The remake of Resident Evil 4 is out on March 24, 2023, and with it comes one of the year’s most anticipated releases. We got to see an early preview of how the remake has shaped up, and it’s looking mighty fine. We scoured 17 minutes of footage to see what we could glean and found these five important features that haven’t been officially announced. These five revelations are the latest from our Resident Evil 4 sneak peek.
5 New Mechanics in the Resident Evil Remake
Yes, There’s a Parry Button
Early footage from the Resident Evil 4 remake showed Leon blocking an incoming chainsaw attack (with his gun??). Yeah, it was a pretty incredible save from a scenario that RE4 fans will know used to spell instant death. The preview footage we saw confirmed that there is a parry that will let you block most incoming attacks and negate that damage.
Much of the preview footage of Resident Evil 4 has shown Leon holding his handgun and pistol out at the same time. It turns out this isn’t just a visual flourish; it has a mechanical use, too. At any point when an enemy attacks, the knife icon on the HUD will light up and display a prompt to hit L1 or equivalent. (the demo we saw was on PlayStation).
This prompt comes up a lot if you pay attention to the footage. In one instance, we saw Leon parry an incoming thrown axe from a Ganado and not take any damage. It looks like this parry move will be a major game-changer for the melee combat in Resident Evil 4.
Cash-in Side Quests With the Merchant
Sometimes you’ll find new blue request notes, which act as side quests in Resident Evil 4 Remake. These will ask you to complete a certain task in exchange for Spinels as a reward.
When you’ve completed a blue request, it seems like you turn them in to the merchant in order to cash out the reward.
RE4 Finally Gets a Series-Standard Feature
In the original Resident Evil 4, there was no item storage. This was a break from the norm of the classic survival horror titles. Instead, you had to manage your (significantly roomier) inventory space, and when you didn’t have room for the next gun you wanted, well, it was time to upgrade.
Now, in the remake, you appear to have the ability to send items to storage. This confirms that there is now a storage item box that can be used by Leon. We’ll have to wait to play the full game to fully understand how exactly this impacts the game overall.
Customize Your Attache Case
Another brand-new feature shown is the Attache Case customization screen. Here, you’ll be able to change the color of your case (presumably, you can buy new ones from the merchant) and equip charms.
Attache Case charms are new to the Resident Evil 4 remake, too. They appear to confer passive bonuses, like the one shown in the footage that gives Leon 100% more health recovery when using eggs.
Stealth Will Be a Valid Option in Combat
More footage has confirmed the suspicion that there will be added variety to the ways you can approach combat encounters. One of the big ones that was absent in the original is the presence of stealth. Leon can now crouch to silence his footsteps and sneak up on enemies with a stealth blow.
Using your knife, you can now sneak up on enemies and give them a damaging blow from behind. This will work on larger enemies, too, not just your standard Ganados. This gives Resident Evil 4‘s combat a whole new tactical layer.
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Featured image via Capcom.