Resident Evil 4 VR review

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Resident Evil 4 VR is, simply put, the best horror game available on the Oculus Quest 2.

The classic game from Capcom has been marvelously remade in virtual reality. Fans of the original will feel right at home and will adore the chance to finally explore the game’s iconic locations in first-person – while newcomers to the game will be impressed by the updated graphics and textures that make you forget you’re playing a game that’s over a decade old.

If you come to VR to be immersed, the gameplay of Resident Evil 4 VR will deliver exactly the experience you desire – the immersive item management straps essential tools to your body so you can slickly swap between and reload weapons as you battle hordes of infected brutes.

And even if you’re inexperienced in VR you can Resident Evil 4 out, as its comfort options are absolutely fantastic. Even over many hour-long play sessions, we didn’t feel any motion sickness with the comfort options we chose.

If you can handle a fright then Resident Evil 4 VR is a must-play game on the Oculus Quest platform.

Price and platform

If you want to play Resident Evil 4 when it releases on October 21, 2021, you’ll need an Oculus Quest or Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. Unfortunately, this is a game exclusive to Facebook’s platform.

We’re double-checking the price of Resident Evil 4 VR and can add those details here once we have them.

Story & Gameplay

The story of Resident Evil 4 in VR is identical to what players first experienced back in 2005 when the GameCube version of the game was released. Leon S. Kennedy – one of the protagonists from Resident Evil 2 – has been sent out on a mission to Spain in order to rescue the U.S. President’s kidnapped daughter.

While searching for Ashley, Leon discovers a strange village filled with violent villagers and terrifying monsters who are being manipulated by a parasite known as Las Plagas. While on his quest Leon is injected with Las Plagas himself, turning his adventure into a race against time as the parasite fights for control of his body.

(Image credit: Capcom / Oculus)

The VR port didn’t just keep the story of the original game, but the core survival-horror aspects as well. You’ll enter the game armed with a few basic items, a handgun, and some bullets but these won’t last you long. To survive you’ll have to explore areas thoroughly and be efficient with your ammo if you don’t want to fall prey to Los Illuminados.

However, Resident Evil 4 VR does mix up the formula too, this time bringing you into an immersive first-person view. Using the touch controllers you’ll be able to interact with objects in the environment like levers and doors, and you’ll have to manually reload weapons as brutes are staring you down.

If you want to really feel like Leon you can play with various weapons and items attached to your body. Your handgun is at your hip, knife on your chest, and healing spray on your shoulder, giving you easy access to them as you fight for your life. The feeling is absolutely amazing, truly putting you in the shoes of this expert fighter.

The only issue we faced with the gameplay was that picking up loot dropped by enemies can be clunky. Around 50% of the time, we end up grabbing a pistol magazine instead, forcing us to reload our weapon fully before it can be fired again – in battles against overwhelming forces you really don’t want to be in this situation.

That really was the only issue, as the biggest bugbear players had with Resident Evil 4 when it first came out has been fixed in this VR installment.

Perhaps it’s thanks to reverse nostalgia but we remember Ashley being an absolutely awful companion in the original game. Thankfully the VR remake of Resident Evil 4 gives her some much-needed buffs. Enemies now preferentially target Leon, and if they do deal damage to Ashley it’s significantly less than what Leon would take. Ashley’s behavior has also been changed, giving the players an easier time during segments of the game she features in.

(Image credit: Capcom / Oculus)

Comfort

Resident Evil 4 VR is one of the most immersive yet comfortable VR games we’ve played on the Oculus Quest 2.

When you first boot it up you’ll be given a variety of options about how you want to experience the game, starting with whether you’ll be playing in a seated or standing up position.

Next up you’ll choose your preferred style of movement. We opted for Comfort Mode which allows you to move through the world via teleportation; this choice didn’t impact our immersion at all and let us tell you there is nothing scarier than teleporting around a corner straight in front of an enemy.

Alternatively, VR aficionados (or those who don’t get motion sick easily) might want to opt for Full Motion. This fluid experience uses analog sticks and will match up with the kind of movement players will recognize from the original Resident Evil 4 game.

If you select Full Motion you’ll subsequently be given the chance to alter the Tunneling, Turn Angle and Turn Style to tweak the settings to best suit your needs and reduce the effects of motion sickness.

It doesn’t stop there though, when you come up to the Del Lago Lake Monster fight you’ll again be given different comfort options to make sure this iconic battle leaves you feeling epic rather than seasick.

Last but not least we want to commend Resident Evil 4 for how it tackles its cutscenes and more acrobatic moments – like when Leon dives through a window or kicks foes. At these times the game swiftly yet smoothly transitions into a cutscene that plays in third-person then reverts back to first-person.

This could have very easily felt jarring, but works incredibly well and doesn’t take you out of the experience at all. To help keep you involved some of these moments – including when Leon is grabbed by an enemy or is running from a boulder – require you to move the controllers to keep you engaged with what’s happening in front of you.

(Image credit: Capcom / Oculus)

Play it if…

You want a VR game that won’t make you ill
Resident Evil 4’s various comfort options make this a game that anyone can play, not matter how new they are to virtual reality.

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You want a VR game that won’t make you ill
Resident Evil 4’s various comfort options make this a game that anyone can play, not matter how new they are to virtual reality.

(Image credit: Capcom / Oculus)

Don’t play it if…

You demand amazing graphics
Like most VR games – especially on the Quest 2 – you won’t be blown away by the graphics which don’t look dissimilar to the 2005 original. The upgraded textures help a lot but if you demand 4K excellence you want to look elsewhere.

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You demand amazing graphics
Like most VR games – especially on the Quest 2 – you won’t be blown away by the graphics which don’t look dissimilar to the 2005 original. The upgraded textures help a lot but if you demand 4K excellence you want to look elsewhere.

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