Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition Hands-On

Feel like playing Resident Evil 4 again? How about with Wii-specific controls? Here's your chance.

Resident Evil 4 is one of the best action games ever made. We feel that enough time has passed since the game's original GameCube release to justifiably make such grandiose statements. Apparently, Capcom is just as confident as we are that the game still has legs because it has been working on bringing RE4 to the Wii for a release in the third quarter of this year. We're sure anyone who really wanted to play Resident Evil 4 has done so already, but from the little bit we got to play of the new Wii game, this looks by far like the best version yet. So if nothing else, Wii owners can add this one to their collections simply for the sake of posterity.

But don't get your hopes up about any new content. This is simply the original game (along with the extra content produced for the PlayStation 2 version) with new controls developed for the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. After a few minutes of hands-on time, we felt like this is probably the most ideal way to play RE4. You walk with the analog stick on the Nunchuk, hit the B trigger to go into aiming mode, and hit A to fire your weapon. The aiming works just as you'd expect, with the Wii Remote acting as a pointer that lets you move your crosshair freely around the screen. (It really is a crosshair now, by the way, instead of the laser sight in the original game.) However, moving the cursor to the edge of the screen doesn't control your view; you still have to do that with the analog stick as usual. We were able to score headshots on those relentless Ganados with greater ease than on the GameCube or PS2, thanks to the more precise, easier aiming.

The "knife search" option will also make the game play a little more smoothly. That's just a fancy name for using auto-aim with your knife attack, which was pretty unwieldy and hard to use accurately in the past. Now, you can bring up your knife by holding the C button on the Nunchuk, and attacking with it will automatically strike the nearest viable target. But you can turn knife search off if you really want the hassle of having to manually aim your strike. Rounding out the Wii changes, you'll occasionally have to use motion (such as waggling the remote) during the interactive cutscenes that occasionally pop up and threaten poor Leon's life.

There's not much else to say about the Wii edition of RE4, other than: If you never played RE4, and you have a Wii, you should get this game. (And if you never played RE4 and don't have a Wii, maybe you should get a Wii to play this game; it really does look like the best version.) Unlike on the GameCube, RE4 on the Wii will run in true 16x9 with progressive scan, though the graphical assets are taken straight out of that previous version. Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition is slated to hit shelves at a modest $30 price point, which seems like a fair price to us for what's potentially the defining version of a true masterpiece.

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gashoe13
gashoe13

seriously, they ought to make RE5 for the wii. Really! It wouldn't be to hard. The controls could be identical to the RE4 port, and strafing could be very easily handlef with the anlog stick.

snoman99991
snoman99991

This is by far the most incredible game I've ever played. The control scheme is perfect, and this is coming from a true skeptic of shooter games on the Wii. I thoroughly enjoyed this game.

cheddar101
cheddar101

i rented res 4 for wii last week and its amazing it feels a lot better aim with the wii mote rather than a gc control

B1ack_Rayn3
B1ack_Rayn3

ZOmg just popped ot into my wii and the game is just as awesome if not more, than when i played it on my GC. the controls to a few min. to get used to but overall the game play is easy to get used to. hopefully we will see more R.E. games in the future on the Wii.

maxkkoik
maxkkoik

Who is the new girl in GAMEPLAY MOVIE 3, i had the PS2 version, and i got to the castle with Ashley (after killing the guy with the "eye") before i had to sell my game, Who is she, and was she in any other version? by the way ya i know i was an idiot for selling the game. but i am DEFINATLEY going to get this one.

styphin
styphin

I'll trade in my GC version for this.

dmish82
dmish82

I have the GC version which I still play on the Wii but I have never played the PS2 content. For $30 I think it'll be worth checking out.

Raeldor
Raeldor

This looks great. Having not played any of the versions before, I'm really looking forward to playing this with the Wii controls!

kdelima
kdelima

I bet this scores at least 1.5 less than the GC version. Not too impressed by the videos I've seen for the Wii port. If it ain't broken, don't fix it.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Can't wait, i've been itchin to replay through RE4... too lazy to use old style controllers now though.

yay_4_violence
yay_4_violence

i hope they have an option to use the laser sight. the crosshair looks too cheap , like they rushed into it or something. and they better not ruin this port like they did on the ps2. i'm going to end up with an ulcer waiting for this game.....you better not screw me over nintendo !!

GrimBee
GrimBee

RE4.. the idea of the wii remote seems awesome to me. But seeing those videos.. I much preferred the lazer sight. Pointing with the remote (I got good aim) will make it EASIER to play, imo. Because the original version you had slight difficulty aiming at several enemies because the sight was slow to move around. Aiming a permanent cross-hair will be far too easy for veteran players of the game who know where the enemies come from, and have already mastered their attack patterns. I don't like the idea of a crosshair defaulting to the bottom of the screen when you are running about, it kinda ruins the atmosphere and it makes it look like a tacked on feature, rather than the game being MADE for this feature, if you know what i mean. I just hope that when you are walking and running about - the crosshair fades out to nothing. But when aiming - it shows up. AND also you can CHOOSE to have different crosshairs and the lazer - if you want it. PLEASE say they wont just leave it as it is!

ov3rdance
ov3rdance

i never play RE4 before and i have a wii so i reserved RE4 already, i can't wait to play it.

omegabyte
omegabyte

The video makes it seem like whoever was playing had trouble aiming the gun... I don't remember those first zombies being that difficult to kill (though of course I wasn't an idiot - I took them out from the window rather than jumping down where they could get me)

sumo1973
sumo1973

I already own the Gamecube and PS2 versions of this game so apart from the new control scheme this game for me won't offer me very much. Yes it's a great game but come on 2 years have passed since it came out and Capcom could have added something extra even if it was a few more costumes or making Luis Sera a playable character in the Mercs.

lilgrim13
lilgrim13

One of the best zombie shooters is now on Wii??,,,,,,WHAT!!! After watching the vids all I can say is I can't wait!!

jaredcrazy3232
jaredcrazy3232

im glad that they decided to keep the original game and just add the ps2 added content because from what i heard, the GC edition looks better then the ps2 edition... much a-do to the fact that the GC had better grfx than the ps2, only the GC was hampered by smaller disc format so ya cant wait.... never played the original and man i loves my shooters.... whether its unreal tournament to half-life or third person action/adventure/stealth game like the MGS series i loves my shooters.....

HVPinc
HVPinc

Oh yeah and after watching the movies it seems obvious that the biggest gripe is gonna be the camera... Nuts.

HVPinc
HVPinc

YES! $30! THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST BUY NOW! (I never played the original...)

Sunrie
Sunrie

The graphics look nice and the control looks interesting. Since I never played RE4 before, I'll probably end up getting this one.

lilromeo0606
lilromeo0606

Interesting that they said that this game is worth buying the wii for. They never said that for any other console, except for maybe Halo for the xbox but not even Resistance: Fall of Man got the same attention for the PS3. This game looks awesome and I have the original RE games so this would be a great change of pace and tactic. I just hope that it doesn't get overrated like Halo 3 is probably going to be.

wateverboy
wateverboy

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Legir
Legir

I've been meaning to play this game. Just got my Wii and it sounds good.

pow121
pow121

Beat this game twice in a week, and im still gonna get it on wii, once i get a wii heh

Hedgyness
Hedgyness

oooo cant wait this will be just what the wii needs and i havent actually finished Resi 4 completely coz my ps2 broke half way lol.

NND1
NND1

I love the Gamecube version. in fact it's one of the games I kept when I sold my GC and got a wii

Acyberexile
Acyberexile

It's going to be a fantastic game, wii really needs these kind of games. can't wait.

hector1313
hector1313

RE4 is a particularly great game, but I've already played it and completed it 4 times already (twice on the GC, twice on the PS2) it is a fantastic little gem of a game, but Capcom are trying to be a bit cheeky methinks, what with the triple release :s Bunch of nutters! I'll probably end up buying it anyway, since I always thought the game would be better as a light gun-esque game. :)

4saken4liFe
4saken4liFe

capcom.. turning re to the path of mega man..

rivalswords
rivalswords

cant wait till it comes out, i feel like its going to be a great game for wii.

SapSacPrime
SapSacPrime

Why is this game full price in Europe? Im not paying full price for the same game twice...

Odnomiar
Odnomiar

it looks like more of the same, which is by no means a bad thing... :D I'm a little worried about the controls, there appeared to be a few glitchy, innaccuarate shots taken in the official gameplay movie. here's hoping it turns out well. And Capcom rarely disappoint these days!

luna7fox
luna7fox

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sexyairmanstud
sexyairmanstud

already played through this game twice on GC, dont know if ill get it on the Wii.

ElmorePOW
ElmorePOW

Get it if you've never played it! One of the best games in the world, seriously.

ryuburger
ryuburger

Honestly I can't stand everyone here. Its ok if a port is released on the Wii just because it has different controls but if it was on every other console everyone would be slating it and saying how sick they are of the fact that its getting released again on another console. Typical Ninten fanboys giving even the crap games good ratings. I mean Monster 4x4 or whatever its called WTF!!

jpenvy9
jpenvy9

GC graphics or even better (check), PS2 content (check), $30 price range (check), all in one on the Wii (check). Now lets all admit this is the best version yet. (checkmate)

neithermanc1
neithermanc1

Though I already own the GCN version of this, I'm thinking I may pick it up for the extra content and enhanced visuals. To anyone that hasn't tried it, they should definitely consider picking it up, because it's truly a masterpiece.

gohoanq
gohoanq

Well, ive never played the GC version of RE4 so im most likely going to get this one..because this game really does look like it'll be good plus the Wiimote makes it look so much more fun!

SonicBooom
SonicBooom

I'm considering getting it. Not played the other versions before.

Dark_Dude701
Dark_Dude701

Haven't got the PS2 or GC version. This one seems to look better.

soulfood4
soulfood4

Its only $29.99!!! Its not $49.99! Its only 30 dollars, stop saying im not paying 50 dollars for remake. Its only 30 dollars get it straight.

mgs_freak89
mgs_freak89

zaveline said:"Awesome! a good FPS to come out on the wii.. couldnt ask 4 more:D" its a TPS, not a FPS ive never played the last gen, but ive always wanted too! ill have to get a wii so i can get this game:P

DEWMAN08
DEWMAN08

I havent played the current ones out there so I'll be buying this one.

speculative
speculative

Sweet; haven't played RE4 yet even though I have a GC & PS2 so it looks like now I can nab the best version.

purity2004
purity2004

Think I'll stick with the GC/PS2 editions