One of the biggest virtual reality (VR) launches of 2021 came from Armature Studios and Oculus Studios in the form of Resident Evil 4, porting the Capcom classic into VR for the first time. Its been very well received by players and critics alike, with the SXSW Gaming Awards this week awarding the title its VR Game of the Year.
Resident Evil 4 was against some stiff competition in the category which featured Resolution Games’ tabletop multiplayer Demeo, Vertigo Games’ action-packed multiplayer After the Fall; sci-fi adventure Lone Echo II from Ready at Dawn, and mystical survival experience Song in the Smoke by 17-BIT.
This is the third award Resident Evil 4 has picked up. The other two came from winning the Best VR Game at The Game Awards in December and Best AR/VR Game of the Year during the 11th Annual New York Game Awards.
If you’ve not managed to play one of the many editions of Resident Evil 4 – where have you been? – then the VR edition provides gameplay none of the rest can. Putting you in the shoes of Leon S. Kennedy who’s on a mission to rescue the U.S. President’s daughter from European cult Los Illuminados, Armature Studios has completely revamped the 20-year-old gameplay. You can play standing or seated, dual wield weapons, manually reload guns and much more, all in that bid for Resi immersion.
You can always read gmw3‘s review of Resident Evil 4, which said: “Resident Evil 4 on Oculus Quest 2 is a testament to Armature’s VR skills whilst highlighting the difficulties in bringing an almost 20-year-old videogame into VR. With the immersion settings on full whack, running around monster-filled castles was thoroughly engrossing and genuinely tense at points.”
Undoubtedly, Resident Evil 4‘s VR port will continue to pick up awards as it’s a great version of the videogame. What fans really want to know now though is, when is The Mercenaries mode coming out? It was noticeably absent from the launch but Armature Studios has confirmed it is due to arrive at some point in 2022.
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