It is likely to be one of the best remaster mod ever made

Ashley and Leon in wallpaper for the Resident Evil 4 HD Project mod.

Capcom launched an ‘HD’ remaster of Resident Evil 4 in 2014, however their official makeover is nothing in comparison with the work by a small group of modders throughout nearly eight years. Their mod, the Resident Evil 4 HD Project, is out now, and I feel it is essentially the most spectacular remaster mod ever made. In changing the sport’s textures and fashions with high-def variations, they’ve tried arduous to copy each the shape and the fashion, and even tracked down places and objects Capcom had photographed to work into textures. Dead spectacular.

Along with new high-res textures, the mod tweaks many 3D fashions for extra element, remakes the UI in high-res type, redoes pre-rendered cutscenes, fixes some visible glitches Capcom had left in, improves lighting and shadows in locations, and does extra work to make it look higher. The mod brings technical enhancements too, corresponding to higher widescreen help. It even (optionally) restores visible results just like the depth-of-field blur current within the authentic launch however absent in later variations.

Along with the primary story marketing campaign, it is retouched the Assignment: Ada and Separate Ways bonus campaigns, and the arcade-y Mercenaries mode.

What’s most spectacular is that by way of all this, the creators are guided by how the unique recreation appeared. Too many ‘HD’ mods make not solely particular person textures look fairly completely different, however their complete fashion and stability is off. They see remastering as a technical course of to be solved with brute pressure software of pixels, and not using a shred of artistry. The RE4 HD Project follows the identical sharp, hanging fashion of the unique, it nonetheless seems like RE4. And many textures nonetheless appear like themselves, the identical bricks and scratches in the identical locations, moderately than simply any outdated brick. I’d grumble that a number of the gun textures have gritty element for element’s sake however that is about it. The mod actually is spectacular.

That’s partially as a result of the group have tracked down most of the places and objects which Capcom used as the inspiration for a number of the recreation’s textures. They’ve usually returned to the supply materials to make use of as foundations for their very own work. An superb effort.

I did get pleasure from re-reading the mod’s preliminary announcement from again in February 2014, the place undertaking founder Cris supplied disclaimers together with “I’ve never really done this before” and “I don’t have a lot of free time, so this will be a project that will likely take 1-2 years to finish”.

Hit the mod’s obtain web page for internet mirror and torrent hyperlinks. To play, you will want the model of RE4 bought on Steam. As luck would have it, that has a 75% low cost proper now within the Steam Lunar New Year Sale. It’s all the way down to £3.74/€4.99/$4.99 till 6pm GMT (10am Pacific) on Thursday.