After spending just under half an hour with Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Demo, I can without a doubt say that the remake is hitting all the right horror notes.
I've played the newly released Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Demo on PlayStation 5 and loved pretty much everything about it. Visually, the game received a massive makeover with detailed environments, brand-new assets and a lightning system among other things.
That's probably the first thing you'll notice - how good the game looks. In certain locations, it feels like a brand-new title, rather than a recreation of the classic survival horror from 2005. I do have to say that at times, I was feeling nostalgic for the old art style and visuals but make no mistake, I'd play the remake over the original all day, any day.
The gameplay feels smooth and modernised but still old-school. To me, it's a perfect combination of the original and modern recreation that is the remake. While you'll find aiming still to be quite challenging since there is no aim assist, I wouldn't change it since, just like the original, it creates such tense moments, especially when you get surrounded by a swarm of lunatic peasants early in the game.
Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Demo is only half an hour long, running to the point when you get to the village and survive the first crowd attack. This encounter was truly as stressful as I remember it from the original. Running around, avoiding traps, shooting enemies until you run out of ammo, and praying that the chainsaw guy doesn't ambush you from one of the houses is a terrifying moment, and Resident Evil 4 doesn't hold back in trying to make it that way.
It's a daunting welcome for the players before the game even kicks off properly but I find it to be perfect since it introduces the gameplay loop and the pace of the action properly. At this point, you pretty much know what to expect of this survival horror moving forward.
The performance of the demo was super smooth even in the graphical mode with ray tracing. I didn't notice any frame-rate drops that would render the game unplayable due to its tense gameplay, which is an important point to mention. Resident Evil 4 Remake really runs great on PlayStation 5.
Overall, I'd say that the demo really checks all the boxes for me. The 30 minutes I spent with the game left me wanting more and I cannot wait to fully experience this modern reimagining of the iconic Resident Evil title.
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