Just as Capcom’s remake of “Resident Evil 2” had the highest overall score of any game release of 2019 on Metacritic, it looks like the upcoming “Resident Evil 4” could well do the same this year.
Praise for this new take on the game franchise’s most acclaimed entry is almost universal with the title pulling 93/100 on PC and PS5 and 91/100 on Xbox – easily putting it in Game of the Year contender territory.
It’s also the best numbers for the franchise in recent years. 2019’s RE2 remake grabbed a slightly lower 93/91/89, 2020’s RE3 remake sits at a decidedly lower 84/79/77, and 2021’s all-new Resident Evil Village game stands at 84/83 /83.
It follows some very strong terrestrial remakes recently like “Dead Space” (89/89/87) and “The Last of Us Part I” (88) along with the remasters “Metroid Prime” and “The Witcher 3” both. sitting each 94/100 each.
Although the last two are simpler remasters, this is a full-fledged remake in a new engine and thus stands as the highest-scoring “new” game of 2023 so far behind only the aforementioned “Dead Space” remake, “Hi-Fi Rush”. ” (89) and “Hogwarts Legacy” (88).
The “Resident Evil 4” remake also earned perfect 10/10s from nearly three dozen outlets including The Guardian, The Washington Post, Digital Spy, VG247, IGN, TheGamer, Push Square, Game Spot, GamesHub, VGC and more .
With the game’s release imminent, the obvious question becomes where Capcom goes next. The less well-regarded co-op-centric “Resident Evil 5” with its deeply questionable politics followed by the widely hated “Resident Evil 6”? Are they going back to square one with a second remake of the first game? Will they try to bring Dreamcast’s “Resident Evil: Code Veronica” into the modern day?
Much will depend on the sales of the remake of the fourth game, which will be released in stores next Friday.