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Resident Evil 4: The canned versions

Type “Resident Evil 4” into YouTube, and you’ll encounter a sea of spliced game footage set to the soundtrack of songs like “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor.” Aim your browser to, on the other hand, and you’ll find something much more interesting. This is footage of an early RE 4 prototype shown at the 2002 Tokyo Game Show, dubbed “Hooked Man” in honor of the dude that would chase after you in the manner of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis’ eponymous antagonist.

Ignoring the fact it had the fixed camera of the originals (which was a relic from the PSOne, where they cheated the appearance of 3D environments by fixing the view of pre-rendered 2D backgrounds), the main difference is thematic, with more paranormal elements featuring, such as shin-stabbing sentient dolls and murderous suits of armor. It was rejected for being a bit weird. Similarly, don’t expect too much change to the combat. So no radical departures - just a good old fashioned zombie slaughter.

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