6 Tips to Prepare for Resident Evil 4 Remake

Leon S. Kennedy shoots villagers in the Resident Evil 4 remake.
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Resident Evil 4 has finally arrived, and it’s an exceptional remake that surpasses all expectations. Capcom has spared no expense in reinventing this horror classic, making it one of the best games in the series once again. Whether you’re a newcomer looking to experience an all-time favorite without outdated mechanics or an old fan excited to see the original radically reimagined, there are a few things you should know before diving in.

Learn the Art of Battle

The combat system in Resident Evil 4 has been completely revamped. Unlike the original game, where players had to stand still while shooting, Leon can now run and shoot simultaneously. This change has increased the pace of battles, making them more intense. To succeed, it’s crucial to understand the flow of battle from the outset. By doing so, you can avoid wasting ammo and other resources early on.

There’s one essential combo you should familiarize yourself with. When you shoot an enemy in the head, it will be momentarily stunned, indicated by a small arrow above its head. This arrow may initially seem like a target indicator, but it actually signifies the opportunity for a melee attack. When you see a white arrow, sprint towards the enemy and follow the button prompt. Leon will unleash a roundhouse kick, knocking them to the ground. This kick can also hit other enemies nearby. To conserve ammo, aim to group enemies together, stun one of them, and deliver a devastating kick that takes them all down. Keep an eye out for the opportunity to finish enemies on the ground by using a knife. Mastering this flow of combat will greatly benefit you.

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Embrace the Art of Parrying

In the remake, Leon’s knife plays a much more significant role in combat. Not only can it be used for lethal attacks, but it also serves as a parrying tool. When an enemy prepares to strike, you’ll see a button prompt instructing you to parry (e.g., L1 on PS5). Utilize this move as frequently as possible to avoid taking damage. Surprisingly, the knife can even block chainsaw strikes, potentially saving your life. It can also be used to parry objects in midair, such as flying axes. However, keep in mind that the knife will wear out over time and eventually break. Luckily, it can be repaired at a reasonable price by a merchant. So, don’t hesitate to use it to counter and parry attacks, just remember to account for the repair cost in your budget.

Leon parries a chainsaw villager in Resident Evil 4.
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Harness the Power of Flash Grenades

Flash grenades are often overlooked in video games, dismissed in favor of more lethal weapons. However, in Resident Evil 4, flash grenades can be a lifesaver. The plagas parasites, your relentless enemies in the game, are highly sensitive to light. Detonating a flash grenade in their presence will instantly eliminate them, sparing you the need to waste precious bullets. Keep a few flash grenades with you at all times, especially for situations when multiple plagas assail you. A well-timed throw can clear out a group of enemies without using a single round.

Leon fights off a parasite in Resident Evil 4's remake.
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Make the Most of Yellow Herbs

As with other entries in the Resident Evil series, Leon replenishes his health by consuming herbs. In Resident Evil 4, you’ll come across green and red herbs frequently, but yellow herbs are a rarer find. These yellow herbs are valuable commodities and should not be treated lightly. When consumed, they raise your maximum health. To maximize their effectiveness, consider combining them with red herbs for optimal results. Don’t squander these potent herbs by thoughtlessly mixing them with just any green herb you find.

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Explore Every Corner

Unlike some modern games that allow you to revisit areas at your leisure, Resident Evil 4 does not grant such freedom. Once you leave a location, you won’t be able to return. Therefore, it’s crucial to thoroughly explore each location before moving on. Take the time to search for treasures, complete any remaining puzzles, and fulfill blue requests from NPCs.

Thankfully, a few things will help you adopt a completionist mindset. In each area, the merchant will sell a treasure map highlighting valuable items. Ensure that you acquire the map as soon as it becomes available. To eliminate any ambiguity regarding solved puzzles, Resident Evil 4 offers a helpful feature. When a key item is no longer useful, the merchant will provide the option to sell it. If the merchant offers to buy a key from you, it means you’ve exhausted its purpose, allowing you to part ways with it confidently.

Keep an ear open for the merchant’s advice. As you prepare to leave an area permanently, he will typically offer a useful line of dialogue, reminding you to wrap up any outstanding tasks before moving forward.

A treasure map appears in the merchant's shop in Resident Evil 4.
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Preserve Your Precious Jewels

Throughout your journey, you’ll come across numerous valuable items that can be sold to the merchant at a high price. These items include an assortment of colorful gems and jewels. Although it may be tempting to sell them immediately, resist the urge. Jewels can be combined with specific valuables to increase their value significantly. Don’t part with any loose jewels until you’re certain they won’t enhance the worth of a collectible before the final boss battle. To combine valuables, open your menu and navigate to the key items section. From there, you can expand objects that have available slots and add jewels. If you’re feeling experimental, you can also remove jewels after slotting them to try out different color combinations, maximizing your overall profit.

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Resident Evil 4 is now available on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

The article is written for OnSpec Electronic, Inc..

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