#4 – Resident Evil 4
I freely admit that I’m not a huge Resident Evil fan in general, but there’s no denying the greatness of Resident Evil 4. It follows series staple Leon Kennedy on a mission to rescue the president’s daughter, Ashley Graham, from a cult in Spain driven to use a mind-controlling plague to inject the president with it, and thus start to conquer the world.
Resident Evil 4 is known for popularizing the “over-the-shoulder” first-person shooter style that has since become a staple for many games in the genre. It also included quick-time events, which would go on to see common use in many game genres, and a limited inventory system that required you to use your resources very, very wisely. Excellent mechanics require an excellent story for true greatness, and Resident Evil 4 had that, too. Capcom managed to mix a healthy dose of nostalgia for old hats in with enough brand new characters and situations to move things forward and hook in new fans for the long haul.
Since its beginnings, Resident Evil 4 has existed on almost all major consoles, though never again on a Nintendo device. It’s good to remember that its humble origins were on the GameCube, of all things.
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