The long-awaited Resident Evil 4 remake arrives tomorrow. And while this upcoming horror game is a largely faithful adaptation of the original Capcom classic, not everything from the original game has been recreated in the reboot. For example: Your monsters, who like to murder the mysterious merchant, will angrily realize that now he can no longer be killed.
After years of rumours, the Resident Evil 4 remake was finally announced by Capcom last year, and it updates the legendary game’s controls and combat while keeping most of the core storyline and characters intact. As in the original RE4, ex-cop turned secret agent Leon S. Kennedy travels to a rural part of Western Europe to rescue the kidnapped President’s daughter. Along the way, the two become embroiled in a series of campy, terrifying actions. You know, classic Resident Evil shenanigans!
As you count the hours, you might want to check out a recently uploaded video from GameXplain that highlights 10 surprising things from the original RE4 that have been cut or changed in this new remaster.
As previously mentioned, the lovable and wonderful trader is now immortal. If you try to point your gun at him, Leon will lower it, making it impossible for you to kill him. In Classic Resident Evil 4 you could kill the trader, but he still showed up in other locations, leading some to believe that the trader wasn’t one man, but many different people spread across the region. (I hate this theory and believe that Capcom just didn’t want to punish players who made the mistake of killing the merchant once for the rest of the game.)
More changes in the new Resident Evil 4 Remake
Another positive change I think is the removal of the weird crane minigame part in the factory. Here you had to use a large crane to grab enemies and knock them off a ledge. It was ok but felt very out of place. On the other hand, some great cheesy lines of dialogue have sadly disappeared, including the very goofy right-hands talk between evil Salazar and heroic git Leon.
Also – and it’s a minor thing, but one I’ll definitely miss – the cool laser room section is gone now too. I always liked this part as it looked amazing and felt like a nice nod to the live action movie Resident Evil starring Milla Jovovich. (And yes, that movie came out first, in 2002.)
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While I know some people will be pissed about any changes, overall the original game is so easy to play in 2023 that I don’t mind these tweaks. If anything bothers me too much, I’m just a few clicks away from replaying the classic RE4 on pretty much every platform in my house.