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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.04
From IGN :

[T]hese aren't your typical Resident Evil foes and therefore they cannot be dispatched in the same way. "This is something new. The enemies you are fighting are not zombies. They look like zombies, but they are not. That being said they are not humans either," said Kobayashi of these beings. "They are closer to humans when it comes to wits. They are smart. They will try to dodge Leon's weapons. They will whistle to their friends to try to create a group and surround Leon as well."

Sounds like an interesting departure from the series that is sure to piss off a few fanboys (even moreso than the fact this game will be GameCube-exclusive, which just makes me smile) ... However, the graphics look absolutely drop dead gorgeous and - could it be? - no more fixed crappy camera angles, so I'm pretty much sold on reserving a copy as soon as humanly possible.



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To quote Kelly Bundy, that's like Thanksgiving without the pizza. :P



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.04
More info ... Still no zombies.

Is the Umbrella Corporation in the game?
According to Capcom's official Resident Evil 4 press release, the title takes place in 2004 some six years after the events that transpired in Resident Evil 2. The government has destroyed the Umbrella Corporation, which has been behind just about every plot and disgusting bio-chemical mutation in the survival horror series. Now-US agent Leon Kennedy has been dispatched to Europe to save the President's daughter from "crazed organizations."

But is Umbrella gone for good? We don't think so. Asked whether the infamous corporation played some role in Resident Evil 4, [Resident Evil 4 producer Hiroyuki] Kobayashi responded: "Yes, it will play some role in Resident Evil 4." Pushed on the issue, though, the Capcom producer remained quiet. "Come on, you know I can't let that cat out of the bag! Play the game and all will be revealed," he said.

Our guess is that the Umbrella Corporation is directly involved with the unexplainable state of the villagers at the beginning of the title. The townspeople seem to roam about the environment in an angry and dazed state. Just how deep the rabbit hole goes, though, we don't know.

Does Resident Evil 4 feature dark and scary environments like the kind seen in the E3 2003 demo?
The demo of Resident Evil 4 we played took place in broad daylight and seemed very action focused. Leon explored the village and the townspeople came after him in endless groups, all armed with sharp pitchforks and axes, with chainsaws and knives, and mumbling incoherently. The demo also showed night sequences in which lighting flashes danced in the background and atmospherically illuminated the environments for split seconds at a time. What we didn't see, though, were traditional Resident Evil areas such as eerie hallways that might house hidden creatures and classic scares.

The E3 2003 demo is gone, but the classic shock moments have not been forgotten. "Yes, there will still be some classic scares in Resident Evil 4, although the game does focus more on action than any previous installments," admitted Kobayashi.

In the old E3 2003 RE4 footage, Capcom hinted that Leon might be infected with a virus. Does this still hold true with the re-made game?
"No it does not," said Kobayashi. "That game's story has changed quite a lot." In fact, the two stories are completely different from one another.

Are the villagers in the Resident Evil 4 infected with the T-Virus?
There is definitely something wrong with these guys. Whenever the church bell chimes, they drop their weapons stupidly and stumble back toward the structure. Capcom has said in the past that these creepy beings are neither human nor zombie. But is Umbrella's deadly virus to blame? According to Kobayashi, the answer is no. "I can't be too specific, but I can say this: the villagers aren't infected with the T-Virus," the producer explained.

Are there ever zombies in the game?
"No zombies," said Kobayashi. This revelation comes as a first for the franchise. Whatever is going on in the village where Kennedy finds himself stranded, it doesn't involve the undead. That noted, the villagers themselves are abnormal in many ways and video snippets of scenes from the game showcase battles with water creatures and ogre-like characters.

Who is the other playable character in the game?
Resident Evil 4 features another playable character in addition to Leon S. Kennedy, but who? Is it a character from Resident Evil 0, perhaps? Or one of the classics? Neither, according to Kobayashi. "[It's] a new character that you haven't seen before," he admitted. It is not yet known if it will be possible to switch between the two characters at random as you could in Resident Evil 0 or if each character plays through specific chapters in the game.

Does the game take place entirely outside or are there some big structures to explore, too?
In the single level demo we played Leon explored around a village and the majority of the scenario took place in outside environments. But that doesn't mean there aren't some traditional inside locations in store for you. "Yes, of course there are some big structures you can go into," said Kobayashi. "A lot of people seem to be under the impression that you can't enter the different houses in the village, but you can enter almost every one of them as well."

Are there environmental puzzles in the game?
Capcom isn't offering up specifics, but the puzzles are definitely back. "Yep, this really wouldn't be a Resident Evil game without the puzzles. They are in there," said Kobayashi.

Does Resident Evil 4 feature FMV cut-scenes as many previous installments of the series have?
"All of Resident Evil 4's cut-scenes use the game's real-time graphics engine," said Kobayashi. Good news, as far as we're concerned because the graphics engine is very capable and this means that the action will never break for story inserts. Also, there's the possibility that Resident Evil 4 may appear on a single GameCube Optical Disc now that it's running in full 3D and dropped the storage-sucking pre-rendered video sequences.

How long is the game?
"It's on par with other action games at about 10-15 hours to clear," said Kobayashi. "The length is definitely going to depend on how skilled the person playing it is at these type of games, especially in this genre."

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.44
Y'know, the only reason the action in the original RE games worked was that zombies were slow and unwieldy enough that, given the rather clumsy control scheme, you had plenty of time to aim and fire. It's sounding like they want to move RE towards being more of a fast-paced action title...and we already have a Max Payne franchise.

Or, to say it much more simply:

NO ZOMBIES?!
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.74
No Zombies. So I assume that whatever we fight will move faster than the RE zombies. They better make the characters more mobile and the shooting system more advanced. Otherwise it'd be like facing a game full of those damned Hunters. Those things always freaking killed me.

And, maybe whatever we can fight will SHOOT back. That'd make the game a bit more... interesting.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.89
Ouch. That picture looks painful.

I just hope the improve the game so its easier to react when something scary comes down the hall. No more pressing the action button, waiting a second, killing it (or maybe going to run away from it), wait a second to put the thing down, then turn the direction you want to go and run.

And with the preview I saw from Gamespot, Resident Evil Outbreak isnt looking too good right now... the Idea was good, but 30 minutes of play per scenario?

I guess Capcom has a new meaning of 'Resident Evil'.

*NEW*
A link for a Resident Evil 4 Preview from Gamespot.com
http://www.gamespot.com/ gamecube/adventure/residentevil4/ preview_6091563.html

(edited by Anti_Guy on 26.3.04 1627)


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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.21
What I hear is that they redesigned the control system completely.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.85
How was Umbrella destroyed? Kind of ruins everything because after playing Code Veronica they are all like, "TIME TO TAKE DOWN UMBRELLA FOR GOOD!" What happened to that game?

(edited by The Vile1 on 3.4.04 2340)



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.93
Maybe they're trying the movie-game tie-in deal that was done with the Matrix, but in reverse? Maybe Resident Evil 2 (the movie) will fill that gap.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.28
What I've read says the U.S. government wiped out the Umbrella corporation after the events of Code Veronica, but Umbrella or the remnants thereof will likely play a part in RE4.
The Vile1
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.85
    Originally posted by Nate The Snake
    Maybe they're trying the movie-game tie-in deal that was done with the Matrix, but in reverse? Maybe Resident Evil 2 (the movie) will fill that gap.


Well the second movie is based on Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. So no for that.




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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.76
I came up with this hairbrained notion, please let me know if it has any validity.

The game's supposed to take place in Europe, with crazy Europeans. Umbrella was based in Europe. Also, the Umbrella logo is a modified iron cross. Maybe there's a big tie in with the nazis?

Or do I just have too much free time on my hands to actually think all that out?





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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
I may be a little tardy in posting this, but if you want your own home version of the Resident Evil 4 trailer to download, view repeatedly, parse, hug, squeeze, and call George, click and save here.

The highlight for me occurs just after the 3:00 mark when we get footage of the chainsaw assault via that guy in the no-budget luchadore mask that Alessandro's picture depicts(sans the blood geyser, though).

This game can't POSSIBLY keep up through the entire time the ridiculously awesome look, depth, and gameplay that the photos, movies, and descriptions tease, right? This has to be like when they put all the best jokes and stunts in a movie trailer, RIGHT?!? If not, I need to buy a thesaurus so my hyperbole could have some variety when I finally procure this one.



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Totally. That's what I was thinking of, format-wise, along with shows like "Shorties Watching Shorties" - stuff that lets the joke act as the narration for the scene. And Leroy, I agree.
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