Resident Evil 4 was initially released in January 2005 exclusively on the GameCube and has since been released on almost every console under the sun. Capcom took a bold risk with the game by completely reinventing the Resident Evil formula, with the series’ trademark fixed camera being ditched in favor of an over-the-shoulder perspective. The risk clearly paid off, as Resident Evil 4 is still considered to be one of the best shooters and best horror games of all time.
Following the success of the recent Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 remakes, there are strong rumors circulating that the fourth game will be getting the same treatment. Until that day comes, players can mix up their Resident Evil 4 experience with a wide selection of excellent Resident Evil 4 mods.
Updated on October 25, 2021, by Jack Pursey: Believe it or not, Resident Evil 4 was originally marketed as a GameCube exclusive – the game only remained solely on the Nintendo console for a few months, however, and has since been re-released on over 10 different systems. The latest version of the classic game makes use of VR support via the Oculus Quest 2, quite literally offering a new perspective on the game.
There were some worries amongst fans that the VR implementation would be poorly executed, and was just another attempt to cash in on the game before Halloween. However, the latest iteration of Resident Evil 4 has been very well received, with fans and critics praising the VR version for offering a fresh feel to the iconic game, while also significantly ramping up the fear factor.
Resident Evil 4 often isn’t mentioned when the scariest Resident Evil 4 games are discussed, though that is set change now as the VR perspective is unsettlingly immersive and brings players far too close to the action than is comfortable. To celebrate the game’s latest successful release, we’ve updated this list to give PC players a few more ideas for how they can alter their experience through Resident Evil 4 mods.
Uploaded by user scoovyhd on residentevilmodding.net, the New Map For Mercenaries mod does exactly what it says on the tin, providing players with a new arena to take on hordes of enemies in the post-game Mercenaries mode.
The mod takes the players to the boss arena from the campaign where they fight the enormous El Gigante. The arena offers nowhere to hide, making it easy for players to find and kill enemies, but very difficult to avoid the large crowds, with only a small handful of escape routes available.
Luisadri’s RE4-HD – RISING OF EVIL MOD is a tantalizing choice for those who have completed Resident Evil 4 multiple times, and know the game like the back of their hand. The mod flips the game on its head, implementing more enemies, more items, new areas, and extra puzzles among numerous other changes.
RE4-HD – RISING OF EVIL MOD is a good example of how different a good mod can make a game; offering a new experience to even the most veteran players.
As the name suggests, Opans Keyrist’s Play As Verdugo mod lets players take control of one of Resident Evil 4‘s most powerful enemies. There are two Verdugos in Resident Evil 4, with Leon facing one of them in a claustrophobically tight set of corridors and rooms in the sewer during the game’s main campaign.
The Play As Verdugo mod puts players in the shoes of the boss and lets them unleash carnage in the game’s Mercenaries mode.
The Laser Tweak Mod may not implement the most drastic changes to Resident Evil 4, but it’s a nice option to have and improves the game’s customizability options. KEVIN465M0RAN’s mod is available on Nexus Mods and offers red, blue, and green sliders, letting players change the laser sight to any color that they want. The mod also lets players change the laser’s size and even disable the hud for a more immersive experience.
Implementing characters from other franchises is one of the most popular types of mod across all of gaming. Resident Evil 4 has a fair share of its own, with The Predator For Krasuer being one of the best.
As the name suggests, the mod replaces Krauser with a Predator from the film franchise of the same name. Like the Laser Tweak Mod, The Predator For Krauser was uploaded by KEVIN465M0RAN on the Nexus Mods website.
The rumors of a Resident Evil 4 remake have divided fans of the game. Some believe that that the classic game still holds up incredibly well, while others believe that the time has come for a revitalization. Although many people argue that the gameplay is still excellent, it’s hard to deny that the game is showing its age visually.
Nofumasa’s RE4 Gamma Fix mod offers an outstanding improvement to the game’s visuals, with the following improvements being implemented as per its description on Nexus Mods:
• SMAA Anti-Aliasing
• Gamma and Color Correction
• Contrast Adjustments
The Predator For Krauser mod isn’t the only outfit change worth checking out, as Alternative Outfits For Mercenaries on Nexus Mods also offers a great selection. As the name suggests, the mod offers different outfit options for the Mercenaries mode, a mini-game that is unlocked after beating the main campaign and requires players to rack up points by killing enemies within a time limit.
Alternative Outfits For Mercenaries includes Albert Wesker in S.T.A.R.S. uniform and Ada Wong as Clare Redfield.
Resident Evil and Silent Hill are two of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful horror franchises in gaming history, consequently sparking numerous debates as to which series is better. Each franchise has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, though it’s widely accepted that Silent Hill offers a better horror atmosphere.
DeXiaZ gives Resident Evil fans a taste of Silent Hill‘s atmosphere with their aptly named Silent Hill Atmosphere mod on Game Watcher, which implements the series’ signature foggy aesthetics into Resident Evil 4.
Ever played Resident Evil 4 and wished that Ashley would be replaced by the Nemesis from Resident Evil 3? Probably not, but DeXiaZ’s mod from moddb.com makes it happen anyway. The mod replaces Ashley with the Nemesis throughout the game, letting players order the villain into bins at will and even control him during Chapter 3: Part 4, where the player usually controls Ashely.
The mod includes a voice for the Nemesis, which is used for the majority of the game, aside from a few sections where hearing the villain let out Ashley’s high-pitch scream makes the horror game unintentionally hilarious.
The Regenerators are one of the most terrifying and difficult to kill enemies in all of Resident Evil 4, so naturally, there’s a Nexus mod that litters the game with them.
Re4generators Mod puts a regenerator in almost every room and area in the entire game, significantly ramping up Resident Evil 4‘s difficulty, especially in the opening hours where health and guns are scarce.
For those that, for some reason, decide that the Re4generators Mod isn’t quite tough enough for them, then KEVIN465M0RAN’s Impossible Mode Save Game may be the perfect replacement.
The mod ramps up the challenge in the simple and horrifying way of adding a plethora of chainsaw-wielding enemies around every corner. To stand a chance, players will need to stock up on long-ranged weapons and take the enemies out from a distance, as otherwise, the crowd will take Leon’s head off with one swing.
One of the best things about mods is that they can offer players a completely different gameplay experience, allowing them to revisit their favorite games and enjoy an experience that feels unique and fresh like it’s their first time playing again.
This is exactly what KEVIN465M0RAN’s Modded Savegame achieves, implementing characters like Ashley and those from the Mercenaries mini-game into the main campaign.
The aforementioned RE4 Gamma Fix is one of two fantastic visual mods available in Resident Evil 4, with Resident Evil 4 HD Project being the other. The mod is perfect for anyone wanting a visual improvement while waiting for the rumored Resident Evil 4 remake, making significant changes to character models, weapons, and more.
As per Resident Evil 4 HD Project’s description, 16GB of RAM is recommended to run the mod, with 4GB of RAM being considered the minimum.
Resident Evil 4 is out now on Android, GameCube, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Oculus Quest 2, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Zeebo.
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A gamer since the age of 3, Jack is knowledgeable about virtually every genre of video game under the sun. He has a soft spot for platformers and collectathons though, and still hasn’t given up hope of them making a serious resurgence!