Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition is not a new game. It is a combination of the two previous versions of the game, originally released for Gamecube and PS2. It has the graphics of the Gamecube version, the extra material of the Playstation 2 version, and a brand new control scheme that makes it feel like an entirely new game. At only $30, this is the version to own.
In RE4 you once again assume the role of Leon S. Kennedy, now an agent of the U.S. government. Tasked with rescuing the president's kidnapped daughter Ashley from a remote area of Europe, you will experience some of the most intense firefights, boss encounters, and events in the entire series.
Graphically, Resident Evil 4 still manages to look impressive, despite first appearing on last-generation systems. Everything in the environments looks gritty and crumbling, with a fantastic attention to detail. The characters move and animate fluidly, and the action scenes have spectacular choreography. The lighting is also spot on, creating pools of darkness (where appropriate) that will have you moving forward cautiously in fear of what might be lurking inside.
The sound is also excellently done. The music is dark and tense, and very appropriate for the game. You will get to know the sounds when enemies approach well, and it will never fail to get your heart pumping. From the hate-filled yells of disgruntled villagers, to the hisses and cries of the inhuman monsters, the sound effects really grip you. The voice acting is quite good, with a few exceptions (Ashley's cries of "LEONNNN!" will have you screaming at the TV for her to shut up).
The real attraction to this game is the control scheme. You maneuver Leon with the control stick, as per usual, but you control the targeting reticule with the Wii remote. This seemingly simple twist makes the game ridiculously fun to play, making you feel more in control than ever before. Nothing feels quite so satisfying as taking careful aim and blowing an enemy's head clean off with a well-placed headshot. It makes aiming with a control stick feel positively archaic; you'll never want to go back. After twenty minutes the new controls feel absolutely natural.
For a Resident Evil game, there is a lot to do. Each of your weapons can be upgraded several times to increase its power, ammo capacity, and reload time. In addition, you can unlock several more by playing the bonus material. You are able to play as longtime adversary Ada Wong in two side stories, or you can see how many enemies you can take down in a set amount of time in the Mercenaries minigame. This minigame is almost an entire game in itself. Selecting from Leon, Ada, HUNK, Krauser, or Wesker, you are tasked with destroying as many enemies as possible while staying alive. Each character plays vastly different, and it is immensely fun. A New Game+ feature and harder difficulty levels round out the package.
Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition, is one of the best deals in gaming, and a fantastic game in its own right. Even if you absolutely detest the previous games in the series (like I do) you definitely need to give this game a try. Highly recommended.