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Original 'Resident Evil' Remade In 'Resident Evil 4' Engine Looks Incredible

Original 'Resident Evil' Remade In 'Resident Evil 4' Engine Looks Incredible

There's been a lot of talk recently that Capcom is developing a remake of survival horror classic Resident Evil 4. That's all well and good, but isn't it about time we had a remake of the original Resident Evil?

Yes, the first game in the series was remade for GameCube back in 2002 and has subsequently been remastered in HD and ported to every console under the sun. But how good would a fresh, Resident Evil 2-style remake that completely overhauls the original control style be?

Pretty good, if you ask me. I'd certainly take that over a Resident Evil 4 remake, anyway. Unfortunately, nobody asked me, and the Resi 4 remake will likely leave us waiting even longer for a classic Resident Evil remake. The good news is that an incredibly talented modder has come up with something that should more than scratch the itch I'm feeling.

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As spotted by PCGamesN, modder Mr. Curious has rebuilt the original game's iconic Spencer Mansion in Resident Evil 4's engine. That means a version of Resident Evil that looks and plays like Resi 4. This is essentially all I've ever wanted from the franchise since 2005, and I'm so here for it. Check out a good chunk of the game in action above, courtesy of YouTuber Residence of Evil.

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While I would never want to throw shade at the original game, which remains an absolute classic, I've never really been able to get on with the "tank" controls that are prominent in the first few titles in the series. Resi 4 was such a revelation for me for this exact reason, bringing that same sense of horror and tight level design, while combining it with gameplay that didn't make me want to punch a hole through my TV.

Resident Evil 4 / Credit: Capcom
Resident Evil 4 / Credit: Capcom

Mr. Curious has delivered what looks to be a product that should satisfy purists and bring in anyone who's been put off by the original control scheme for so long. Classic puzzles and zombie action combined with modern touches like over-the-shoulder gameplay and weapons that can be upgraded? It's all very much up my street.

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It's unclear when exactly - if ever - other fans might be able to get their hands on this one, but the substantial playable build in the video above proves that it's coming along beautifully. Maybe Capcom can just hire Mr. Curious and make this official, because I'd 100% take this over the Resi 4 remake.

Featured Image Credit: Capcom

Topics: Resident Evil, Remake, Capcom

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.