McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT)
For: Nintendo Wii
ESRB Rating: Mature (blood and gore, intense violence, language)
If the Wii's biggest problem is the glut of ports that don't play nice with the system's special capabilities, "Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition" presumably marks a new low in that aggravating trend. Capcom's horror showpiece may be the arguable best game to come out in 2005, but we're halfway to 2008 now. Never mind that you already could play "RE4" on the Wii — for less money — via backward compatibility with the Gamecube.
At the core — and with the exception of true widescreen support and content previously exclusive to the PlayStation 2 and PC editions — "RE4" indeed is the same game that appeared 30 months ago on the Gamecube. In terms of story, pacing and aesthetics, the changes range from trivial to nonexistent.