What’s more, RE 4 simply doesn’t look as good on PC as it did back on our lowly GameCube a couple of years ago. Weird we know, but drizzling higher resolutions onto a console game that previously had no lighting system and instead relied on textures to complement each other in their shared darkness has rendered the game stark and unlovely. A darkened cavern may now be crisper, but the more detailed rocks in its walls look silly and unrealistic - and any aid given to the game by a television’s inherent blur completely evaporated. Cutscenes too now seem cruelly dated and fuzzy - meaning that much of the “wow” factor is now lost despite the sheer excitement that can still brim over in them.
If you’ve been on a lunar expedition for a little while, and missed out on the fuss, then RE 4 follows Leon Kennedy - a man who is a competent killing machine. He’s in generic Eastern Europe to find the President’s kidnapped daughter - but not only has everyone been turned into a zombie, but some are wearing bags over their heads and waving chainsaws. Chainsaws whose distant revving noise chill your soul to its very core, and which can and will cleave your head in two at a moment’s notice.
Despite the bitter yellow bile Ubisoft have managed to spew into its PC iteration, RE 4 is, remains and ever more shall be one of the best games we’ve ever played. It’s the best zombie shooter ever: thrilling, inventive, exciting and persistent in its desire to throw countless ingenious set-pieces in your direction.