I’ve spent about an hour with RE4 on the Wii, and having played both the Gamecube and the PS2 versions through at LEAST 5 times each, here are my thoughts on the Wii version.
Upon popping the game in and booting it up … the first thing that came to mind was … did this game look BETTER on the Gamecube? I wish I still had my Gamecube version to test out as a graphical comparison.
(What I did have was the PS2 version, which I’d like to be the first to report, looks SUPERIOR in wide screen mode, and an upscaled resolution via PS3’s PS2 backward compatibility options.)
The Wii version shows massive amounts of pixelation on my 52 inch screen and shows filter artifacts even with the high def cables in. Zelda TP doesn’t have the same problems, and looks pretty sharp in comparison, and one could argue that both games were essentially built from the ground up on the Gamecube hardware.
So, I guess I expected a bit of a graphics polish from the gang at Capcom … and I was a bit let down in that department, no big deal.
I’m also a bit cheesed off about the firing controls … as I had purchased the Wiimote “gun” shell from Hong Kong JUST for the experience of playing through RE4 with it … but the way that the controls work (and you CAN NOT ADJUST THEM) are hold the B button to aim and press the A button to fire.
Um, correct me if I’m wrong, but Isn’t the B button more like a TRIGGER on a GUN??? And wasn’t the whole POINT of the Wiimote to make gameplay more IMMERSIVE?? Well, guess what, pressing the A button is the equivalent of pressing a gamepad button to shoot, which is what we’ve been doing with games for YEARS.
sigh again, not a HUGE deal … but, I’m still cheesed off.
Finally, the “quick knife / quick reload” controls … they’re the “shake the Wiimote to slash your knife / reload your gun” action features … and while I’m sure with more time in the game I’ll learn to curb my motions … I wound up dying a few times right out of the gate because instead of quickly targeting a bunch of Ganados (zipping around with the target reticule) in a crowd, the Wiimote made me slash my knife or reload my pistol…
Boy, did Leon look stupid swinging his knife while he should have been melon-busting parasite heads.
I haven’t gotten that deep into it, and I’m sure most of these frustrations will either wear off as I get closer to the end, or make the game completely un-bearable … and only time will tell, so I need to get back to it all.
For now, it’s looking like a 7 out of 10. Could go up or down from here.