Resident Evil 4
[1] North American GameCube cover art
Developer(s) Capcom Production Studio 4
Publisher(s) Capcom
Ubisoft (PC)
Nintendo Australia (GameCube and Wii)
Red Ant Enterprises (Wii)
THQ Asia Pacific
Designer(s) Shinji Mikami (director)
Hiroyuki Kobayashi (producer) Yoshihiko Wada (Sound)
Composer(s) Shusaku Uchiyama
Misao Senbongi
Series Resident Evil
Version Windows:
1.10 (17-Apr-07)
Platform(s) GameCube, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Wii, iPhone OS, Mobile phones, Zeebo
Release date(s) January 11, 2005[show] GameCube NA January 11, 2005 JP January 27, 2005 PAL March 18, 2005 PlayStation 2 NA October 25, 2005 EU November 4, 2005 AUS November 11, 2005 JP December 1, 2005 Windows AUS March 1, 2007 EU March 2, 2007 NA May 15, 2007 JP June 7, 2007 Wii JP May 31, 2007 NA June 19, 2007 EU June 29, 2007 AUS July 5, 2007 Mobile JP February 1, 2008 iPhone OS JP July 2009
Genre(s) Survival horror
Third person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) BBFC: 15
OFLC: R18+
PEGI: 18+
Media GameCube Game Disc, Wii Optical Disc, DVD, Download
System requirements *Supported OS: Windows 2000 or better

  • Processor: 1 GHz Pentium III or AMD Athlon (or better)
  • RAM: 256 MB (512 MB recommended)
  • Video Card: 128 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant AGP or PCI Express graphics card (256 or higher for high graphics detail support)
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compliant
  • DirectX version: DirectX 9.0c or higher
  • DVD-ROM: 4x or faster DVD drive
  • Hard drive space: 1.2 GB minimum
  • Peripherals supported: gamepad
  • Supported video cards at time of release
Input methods Gamepad, Wii Remote, Keyboard, Multi-touch

Resident Evil 4, known in Japan as Biohazard 4 , is a survival horror third-person shooter video game developed by Production Studio 4 and published by multiple publishers, including Capcom, Ubisoft, Nintendo Australia, Red Ant Enterprises and most recently in Australia, THQ Asia Pacific. It is the sixth game in the Resident Evil series.

The game was intended to be a Nintendo GameCube exclusive, but a PlayStation 2 version was announced before the game was released for the GameCube. Resident Evil 4 was subsequently released in full for PC (Microsoft Windows) and Wii, and in heavily condensed versions for other platforms, including the iPhone OS, Mobile phones, and Zeebo.{|class="toc" id="toc" |



The player controls Leon S. Kennedy from a third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective during a mission to rescue the daughter of the President of the United States, Ashley Graham. The gameplay focuses on action and shootouts involving crowds of enemies in large open areas. The camera is focused behind Leon, and it zooms in for an over-the-shoulder view when aiming a weapon. The addition of a laser sight adds a new depth to the aiming, allowing the player to aim in various directions and easily change their placement at any time. Bullets now affect the enemies specifically where they are shot: shots to the feet can cause enemies to stumble, while shots to the arms can cause them to drop their weapons.

Another new aspect of Resident Evil 4 is the inclusion of context-sensitive controls. Based on the situation, the player can interact with aspects of their environment: kicking down a ladder, jumping out of a window, or dodging an enemy attack. There are also dynamic cut scenes, in which the player must press buttons indicated on-screen to execute actions such as dodging a falling boulder or wrestling an enemy to stay alive. These are often incorporated into the game's many boss battles, where the player must avoid one-hit kill attacks. The Wii version expanded on this concept slightly by including a quick Wii Remote shake as a possible context sensitive action.

Capcom added new content made specifically for the PlayStation 2, which was later incorporated into the PC and Wii releases. The largest addition is Separate Ways, a minigame which revolves around Ada Wong's involvement in Resident Evil 4 and her connection to Albert Wesker, a former member of S.T.A.R.S., who is now attempting to revive Umbrella. Ada's Report, a five-part documentary, analyzes Ada's relationship with Wesker and his role in the plot. Other unlockable content in all versions included The Mercenaries minigame, new costumes for Leon and Ashley, new unlockable weapons and a Movie Browser.


The main enemies are parasitically-controlled humans referred to as "Los Ganados" ("The Cattle" in Spanish). Significantly smarter and quicker than the zombies from previous games, Ganados are a very different sort of foe. These new enemies dodge, wield melee and projectile weapons, and are capable of working collectively and communicating with each other. Once simple farmers, these Ganados are the product of an infestation of "Las Plagas" ("The Plague" in Spanish).


The inventory system of the game features a grid system, represented by an attache case, that has each item take up a certain number of spaces. The case can be upgraded several times, allowing for more space. Weapons, ammunition and healing items are kept in the case, while key items are kept in a separate menu. Items may be bought from and sold to a wandering merchant that appears in various locations throughout the game. He sells first aid sprays, weapons, allows for weapons to be upgraded and buys various treasures that Leon finds. The various weapons each have their own advantages and disadvantages. One major goal for the game design was to increase weapon diversity to improve player freedom and gameplay depth.

The Plot Edit

In 2004, the Umbrella Corporation's secret activities within Raccoon City have become a public affair. Following an investigation conducted by the U.S. government, several Umbrella officials are implicated and prosecuted. The government indefinitely suspends Umbrella's business, bankrupting the company.

Leon S. Kennedy was recruited by the U.S. Secret Service after they learned of his actions in Raccoon City. Leon is sent on a mission to rescue Ashley Graham, the President's daughter, who has been kidnapped by a mysterious cult. Leon travels to a rural village in Europe, where he encounters a horde of violent villagers who pledge their lives to "Los Illuminados" ("The Enlightened Ones" in Spanish), the cult that has kidnapped Ashley.

During the course of the mission, Leon is injected with a mind-controlling parasite known as Las Plagas. He is also reunited with Ada Wong, a woman from his past, and Jack Krauser, one of Leon's former comrades from his years of training, who was thought to be dead. He also meets Luis Sera, a former Los Illuminados researcher who aids Leon on his mission, but is later murdered by Osmund Saddler, the leader of the Los Illuminados cult. By examining Sera's notes, Leon discovers that Los Illuminados gained control of their subjects with the Las Plagas. Their plan is to inject Ashley with a parasite, and then allow her to return to the U.S., where she can infect government officials.

After Saddler discovers that Leon has rescued Ashley, he commands his subjects to use any means to recover her. Meanwhile, after defeating the village chief, Bitores Mendez, Leon and Ashley take refuge inside the castle of castellan, Ramon Salazar. Ashley begins to cough up blood, indicating the slow maturation of the Las Plagas egg in her bloodstream. Distressed by this, she runs off. Leon eventually finds her, but she is later captured again. Leon then battles his way through the castle to find Salazar, only to learn that Ashley has been taken to a nearby island research facility. After numerous altercations with Saddler's forces, Leon is able to rescue Ashley, remove the Las Plagas from both of their bodies and defeat Saddler with Ada's assistance. Leon recovers a vial containing a Plagas sample from Saddler's body, but Ada forces him to give it to her at gunpoint. She then escapes from the complex in a helicopter, leaving Leon and Ashley to escape via her jet-ski.


Officially announced in 2001, Resident Evil 4 underwent a long development period in which several proposed versions of the game were discarded by the developers before the finished product was released in 2005. The first attempt was developed for the PlayStation 2 from 1998 to 2000 after the completion of Resident Evil 2. The project was led by Resident Evil 2 director Hideki Kamiya and "Team Little Devil" from 1998 to 2000. However, in prototype status, the game proved to be a radical departure from the established Resident Evil formula and the survival horror genre in general. Rather than abandon the project entirely, the premise was changed and the game eventually became Devil May Cry.

The development of Resident Evil 4 got its official start in 2001 for the GameCube as part of an exclusivity agreement between Capcom and Nintendo that included Resident Evil 4, a remake of the original Resident Evil and Resident Evil Zero. The first proposed version, dubbed the Fog Version, was unveiled in the Tokyo Game Show in 2002 and had Hiroshi Shibata, the background designer for Resident Evil 3, attached to the project. This version's premise featured Leon infiltrating Umbrella's headquarters in Europe, getting infected by the Progenitor Virus and fighting fog-like creatures. One of the most notable areas shown in this version was a flying airship; however, Capcom scrapped the second beta of Resident Evil 4 quietly and created a new version without any outside announcement.After the Fog Version came the Hooked Man Version, dubbed Maboroshi no Biohazard 4 on the Biohazard 4 Secret DVD. First shown at E3 in 2003, this version was set in a haunted mansion and featured Leon fighting what appeared to be paranormal enemies, such as medieval suits of armor and living dolls. A distinctive enemy in this version was the aforementioned Hooked Man, who had a large hook grafted onto his wrist. The game displayed numerous elements that have been carried over to the final release, such as the perspective, laser sight, flashlight, idea of two weapons at once, action sequences, struggles with enemies and grenades. This version was reportedly so scary that Shinji Mikami warned gamers with the quote "Don't pee your pants!" prior to showing convention attendees the initial trailer. However, it was later cancelled for being too paranormal for the Resident Evil plot. Gameplay footage of this version was featured in the Biohazard 4 Secret DVD, released in Japan.

The final proposal before the finished product reportedly featured zombies as enemies once again. It was considered too formulaic by the developers and was discarded before it was publicly shown. Mikami took over directorial duties from Shibata and began working on the version that was released. At the last beta version, again, several things were changed during the development. Resident Evil 4 was to retain the inventory slot system, but this was changed to the attaché case.Prior to the game's release, many Capcom producers considered Resident Evil 4 to be a "risky" departure from the series' previous installments. The game's creators sought to reinvent the series by adding a new type of enemy to the game, called "Ganados", as opposed to using the undead creatures from previous Resident Evil games. The final story was written by Mikami, and unlike previous entries, was not centered on the Umbrella Corporation or its exploits. Furthermore, producers expended additional detail to modify and update characters that had previously appeared in the series. In a documentary explaining the conception of the game's characters, a game designer stated he intended to make Leon Kennedy "look tougher, but also cool".

As a result of heavy losses incurred in 2002, Capcom confirmed that Resident Evil 4 was not exclusive to the GameCube as the other game. Along with Resident Evil: Dead Aim and Resident Evil Outbreak, two side story titles that did not fall under the exclusive policy, it was announced on October 31, 2004 that Resident Evil 4 would to come to the PlayStation 2 in 2005, citing increased profit, changing market conditions, and increased consumer satisfaction as the key reasons. The PS2 version included new features, primarily a new subgame featuring Ada Wong. On February 1, 2006, Ubisoft announced that they would be publishing the game on the PC for Microsoft Windows. On April 4, 2007, a Wii version was announced, and was launched later in the year. The game features all of the extras in the PS2 version, along with other additions, including a trailer for Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles.



Biohazard 4 Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack by Misao Senbongi & Shusaku Uchiyama
Released [23] December 22, 2005
Genre Video Game Music
Length 138:45
Label Suleputer

An album titled Biohazard 4 Original Soundtrack, bearing the catalog number CPCA-10126~7, was released in Japan on December 22, 2005, for the retail price of ¥2,500. It contains 62 compositions from the game and the 48-page Visual Booklet with liner notes from composers Shusaku Uchiyama and Misao Senbongi.


The game's English voice actors recorded their parts in four sessions, over three to four months. Capcom hired Shinsaku Ohara as the game's script translator and voice over coordinator. In an interview with IGN, Carolyn Lawrence, who provided the voice for Ashley Graham, described her character as "vulnerable, because Leon has to come to her rescue all the time". She also described Kennedy's character as "more brawn, perhaps than brain". In addition to the voice acting, the game's designer detailed each cinematic sequence so that each character's facial expressions matched the tone of their voice actor.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic GC: 96% (82 reviews)
PS2: 96% (38 reviews)
PC: 76% (15 reviews)
Wii: 91% (49 reviews)
Review scores
Publication Score GC & PC: A
PS2: A+
Wii: B+
Game Informer GC: 10 out of 10
Wii: 9.5 out of 10
GamePro GC & PS2:
Wii: 4.8 out of 5
GameSpot GC: 9.6 out of 10
PS2: 9.3 out of 10
PC: 7.8 out of 10
Wii: 9.1 out of 10
GameSpy GC, PS2 & Wii:
GameTrailers GC: 9.6 out of 10
Wii: 9.3 out of 10
IGN GC: 9.8 out of 10
PS2: 9.5 out of 10
PC: 7.7 out of 10
Wii: 9 out of 10
Nintendo Power GC: 10 out of 10
Official Nintendo Magazine Wii: 94%
Play Magazine GC & PS2: 9 out of 10
Wii: 9.5 out of 10
X-Play GC & PS2:

Resident Evil 4 has garnered significant critical acclaim, averaging a score of 96 on Metacritic. It has received dozens of awards from various organizations and stellar reviews from various video game websites. The game was considered by critics as a top contender for 2005's Game of the Year, and was seen as a successful crossover hit; the new gameplay alterations and immersive style appealed to many not previously familiar with the Resident Evil series. Nintendo Power named it their 2005 Game of the Year, and ranked it number 1 on their list of the "Top 20 Best GameCube Games of All Time" in their 20th anniversary issue. Resident Evil 4 was ranked number 1 on IGN's Top 99 Games of All Time list. The Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine named it the Game of the Year for the PlayStation 2. Game Informer gave both editions of Resident Evil 4 a perfect score, and along ranking number one on their list of "Best GameCube Games of All Time" they named it their 2005 Game of the Year. It tied with Kingdom Hearts II as Famitsu's Game of the Year 2005. Subsequently, Resident Evil 4 was named "Game of the Year" at the 2005 Spike TV Video Game Awards. Also, the G4 TV show X-Play named it the greatest game since the beginning of the series in April 2003.

The Nintendo GameCube version sold over 320,000 copies in North America during the first twenty days. The European release sold its entire 200,000 units during the first month. By January 2006, over 3,000,000 copies of the GameCube and PlayStation 2 versions had been shipped worldwide. According to January 17, 2007 sales figures provided by Capcom, the GameCube version of Resident Evil 4 has sold a total of 1.6 million units worldwide, while the PS2 version has sold over 2 million units.

The characters and story generally received positive commentary. GameSpot's Greg Kasavin praised the game's voice acting, but claimed that it was betrayed by "some uncharacteristically goofy dialogue". Yahoo! Games' Adam Pavlacka and GameSpot's Kevin VanOrd acclaimed Capcom for adding great amounts of detail to the game's characters. IGN's Matt Casamassina went into further detail in his review for Resident Evil 4, praising not only the detailed character design, but also the fight choreography and three-dimensional modeling within cinematic sequences. Casamassina also complimented the game's voice actors, especially Paul Mercier, commenting, "For once, the characters are believable because Capcom has hired competent actors to supply their voices. Leon in particular is very well produced". IGN and Nintendo Power specifically recognized Resident Evil 4s character design and voice acting. Nintendo Power acknowledged the title's voice acting in its 2005 Power Awards, while IGN awarded the game the "artistic design" award in its the "Best of 2005" segment. The International Game Developers Association nominated Resident Evil 4 for their best "visual arts" award, but lost the award to Sony's Shadow of the Colossus. Hyper's Jonti Davies commended Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition for its "visual improvements" and criticised it for having "no new content".

The increased variety of weapons has been praised by gaming publications such as GamePro and Game Over Online Magazine. The makers of Resident Evil 4 worked on various innovations associated with the use and inventory of weapons. Thomas Wilde explains that players can use the vast array of weapons to "go for headshots now". Game Informer explains that ammunition is more plentiful in Resident Evil 4 than in other games in the series, making the game more action-oriented. Game Informer ranked Resident Evil 4 #1 on their list of Top 25 GameCube games. Game Informer also ranked Resident Evil 4 #3 on their list of Top 25 PlayStation 2 games.{|style="margin: 0.5em auto; font-size: 95%; clear: both;" class="wikitable succession-box" |-style="text-align: center;" |align="center" width="30%" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
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The GameCube version featured two different collector's versions of the game. The first was available as a pre-order from the official website that included the game, Prologue Art book, and a white t-shirt with a black logo of game's title on the front and the website address on the back. GameStop offered another limited edition that was packaged in a tin box with an artwork book about the story of the series, a cel of Leon, and a soundtrack CD. Australia received an exclusive collector's edition that comes with the game, and a bonus disc with interviews and creator's footage for both the game and previous Resident Evil installments.

The PlayStation 2 version featured two standard and collector's bundles from pre-orders on the official website. The standard package included the game and a dark blue t-shirt that featured a small Capcom logo on the front, and the game cover and website on the back. The collector's bundle included the game, t-shirt, a Leon S. Kennedy figurine, sculpted by NECA, and a black Biohazard Sound Chronicle Best Track Box, that contains six discs in solid black cases and a CD booklet with information on lists of selected songs. This quickly sold out, and a second pressing was released that included an Ada Wong figurine. Another, called the Resident Evil 4: Premium Edition, was packaged in a Steelbook media case, along with the artwork book, a documentary DVD, and a cel art of Ada.


Resident Evil 4 was ported to the PlayStation 2 after Capcom stated that it did not fall under the exclusivity deal with Nintendo. It was released in America on October 25, 2005. Critics said that the PlayStation 2 version's graphics were inferior to the graphics in the GameCube version. However, some felt that the large number of exclusive features made up for these shortcomings. It was later included with Resident Evil Code: Veronica X and Resident Evil Outbreak as part of the compilation Resident Evil: The Essentials.


Resident Evil 4 was developed for PCs by SourceNext. It was first released in Hong Kong on February 1, 2007, published by Typhoon Games, and it was later released in Europe and Australia on March 1, 2007. The port contains the bonus features from the PlayStation 2 version, such as "Separate Ways", the P.R.L. 412 laser cannon and a second set of unlockable costumes for Leon and Ashley, as well as an Easy difficulty level. It also supports multiple widescreen resolutions.

The ratings of the PC port were not as high as for the other versions. It was heavily criticized for no mouse support and frustrating keyboard controls, low-quality FMV cut scenes, choppy graphics rendering (lacks shadows and proper lighting) and requiring a gamepad controller for better aiming and gameplay. The shadow and lighting issues were fixed in Version 1.10 patch of the game. The mouse support however, was added in by an unofficial patch. Despite the frustrating control scheme, the game still got positive reviews that praised the gameplay. GameSpot has given the game a 7.8 out of ten, while IGN gave it a 7.7 out of 10.


Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition was released for the Wii on May 31, 2007 in Japan. It features new controls involving the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, along with the ability to use the GameCube controller or Classic Controller instead. The Wii Remote is able to aim and shoot anywhere on the screen with a reticle that replaces the laser sight found in the other versions. It can also be flicked to use the knife to instantly target an enemy. The Wii edition also includes the extra content from the PlayStation 2 and PC versions, and a trailer for Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles.

The Japanese magazine Famitsu reviewed the game, with two editors giving the game a perfect 10 score, and the remaining pair giving it a 9, resulting in a score of 38 out of 40. The reviewers noted that the game's improved controls offer something fresh and different. One reviewer said that the game offers the feeling of being closer to the action as well as upping the tension. Multiple reviewers agreed that even those who own the original will find something fun and enjoyable in this version.

British magazine NGamer gave the Wii edition a score of 96%, slightly lower than the 97% given to the GameCube version. They praised the visuals, controls and features and commented on the fact that such an "exceptional package" was on sale for €29 (£20); however, when writing about the Wii controls, they said "if you've played the GC version this won't be as special". Official Nintendo Magazine gave the game 94%, 3% less than the original due to it simply not having the same impact it did back then. IGN gave the game a 9.0 out of 10, stating it was the superior edition, but does not push the Wii like it did with GameCube and PS2. The Wiire gave the version an A-, and an "Editor's Choice" award.

GameSpot gave the Wii edition a score of 9.1 out of 10, praised the new controls, but commented on the lack of exclusive Wii features. The Next Level awarded the game a 5 out of 5, citing the Wii version of Resident Evil 4 as "the pinnacle of its existence".


Biohazard 4 Mobile Edition was released in Japan for au's BREW 4.0 on February 1, 2008. It was first announced by Capcom at TGS 2007. Differences from the original include changing the flow of the story from being continuous to being divided into sections such as "Village", "Ravene", "Fortress" and "Subterranian Tunnel". There is also a more challenging Mercenary Mode. The game uses the MascotCapsule eruption engine and was adapted to the Zeebo and iPhone platforms.


In March 2009 with the launch of the Zeebo console in Brazil, Resident Evil 4: Zeebo Edition (a port of Resident Evil 4: Mobile Edition) was made available on the ZeeboNet for download along with another Capcom game, Street Fighter Alpha.


On July 13, 2009, without any formal announcement, Resident Evil 4: Mobile Edition was released by Capcom for the iPhone OS platform via the App Store in Japan, but was quickly removed. Despite the quickness of removal, some players were able to purchase and download the game. The game has since been officially released in Japan and North America.


In addition to BradyGames's Signature Series strategy guide for the PlayStation 2 version, various figurines based on the characters and enemies were created. Two were based on the likenesses of Leon Kennedy and Jack Krauser. Agatsuma Entertainment has also created various miniature collectibles based on several main characters and enemies from Resident Evil 4.

Two special controllers designed to resemble chainsaws were designed by NubyTech for the GameCube and PlayStation 2 versions.

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