Resident Evil 4

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Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 cover
Developers
Capcom
Windows Sourcenext
Publishers
Ubisoft
Japan Capcom
Release dates
Windows March 1, 2007
Reception
Metacritic 76
IGDB 82
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, Horror, Europe
Series Resident Evil
Resident Evil 4 on IGDB
Resident Evil 4 guide on StrategyWiki
Resident Evil 4 on MobyGames
Resident Evil 4 on Wikipedia
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Resident Evil 4 is a third-person action horror shooter developed by Capcom, ported by Sourcenext, and published by Ubisoft overseas and Capcom in Japan. It is the fourth mainline installment in the Resident Evil series.

The game was released for the Nintendo GameCube on January 11, 2005, and despite originally being exclusive to that system, it was ported to PlayStation 2 on October 25 the same year. Another port was released for PC on May 15, 2007, however, it was based off the inferior PlayStation 2 port rather than the superior GameCube version, with even more problems than the PlayStation 2 version.[1] The PC version initially shipped with none of the game's original lighting, lower quality textures, and introduced bugs and crashes that were not present in the previous console versions. A patch was eventually released to address these issues and the poor visual downgrades. Despite being released on PC, however, it does not accommodate keyboard and mouse controls as it does not support mouse controls whatsoever, and in-game button prompts only references generic button numbers rather than actual keys from the keyboard. In response to the poor state the initial PC version was released in, Capcom hired QLOC to develop another PC port, which was released through Steam in 2014 as the Ultimate HD Edition.

There was a modding community attempting to fix other issues with the PC version, however, since the release of the Ultimate HD Edition, modders has moved onto creating mods for that version instead.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM DRM.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The game originally shipped with heavily downgraded visuals compared to the console versions. Patch v1.1.0 drastically enhances graphics, lighting and VFXs, and also fixes crashes which would occur when trying to skip certain cutscenes. The patch for the European, German, and Russian releases can be found here. If you run into issues with patch failing to update mid-way through patching the game, try running the patch's executable as administrator.[2]

Skip intro video[edit]

Rename or delete logos.mp4 from <path-to-game>\Movies[3]

Mods[edit]

High-Res Cutscenes[edit]

Greatly improves the resolution and quality of the cutscenes. Links can be found in the description of this video.

Enhanced Environment[edit]

Cerberus84 from Mod DB has made texture pack which improves upon the default textures included with the game and can be downloaded from modDB.

ENBSeries[edit]

The lighting/graphical patch greatly improves how the game looks.
May decrease performance.

Resident Evil 4 MouseAim Patch[edit]

The game lacks mouse support by default. This unofficial patch implements the ability to aim with the mouse. Can be downloaded here.
May not work at all for some users.[4]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>/SetupTool.ini[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>/savedata.dat[Note 1]

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Not all resolutions listed in launcher; see Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use RE4 Melee Trainer.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Although Borderless Gaming can display the game in a borderdless window, it does not get rid of the menu on the upper part of the game window, even when enabling Remove Menus.[5]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced through GPU control panel.[6]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be forced through GPU control panel.[6]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS. RE4 Melee Trainer can increase the frame rate to 60 FPS, however, it merely doubles the game's speed.[7]
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Widescreen resolution[edit]

SetupTool.ini[8]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit SetupTool.ini.
  3. Edit SizeX and SizeY lines to set your desired resolution.
  4. Set Type=0 to set the game to widescreen mode.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Configured through setup tool.
Mouse acceleration
No mouse support whatsoever by default.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
An exit prompt pops up when attempting to quit the game from the title screen, which requires keyboard input.[9]
Controller remapping
Controller bindings can be configured from the setup tool, however, it does not allow remapping of analog inputs to certain buttons. See Controller support for a fix.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
A fix is required for remapping analog triggers to certain buttons for XInput controllers.
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg No controller prompts whatsoever.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Missing from the console versions.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support[edit]

Certain controllers, especially XInput ones, may not be fully configurable through the game's setup tool, which must be configured manually.
How to bind inputs to analog triggers[10]
  1. Configure your XInput controller as desired through the setup tool.
  2. Open SetupTool.ini with a text editor (e.g. Notepad++). See configuration file(s) location to find this file.
  3. Look for the section [PAD] and bind ReadyKnife to az+ (Left Trigger) and ReadyWeapon to az- (Right Trigger).
  4. Save the changes. You should be able to use Left Trigger for drawing your knife and Right Trigger to draw your weapon.

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Missing surround sound audio from the GameCube version.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Polish
Local retail version only.
Russian
Retail version only.
Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed[edit]

How to return to the title screen[edit]

The 2007 PC version of Resident Evil 4 does not make it clear for players on how to quit the game to the title screen.
Press the Start button → select Retry or Load → select Game Reset and choose Yes[11]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.60 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce FX 5600
ATI Radeon 9500
128 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References

  1. SOURCENEXT - Resident Evil Wiki - last accessed on 2020-11-12
    "This version also received a huge backlash due to it being buggy, lacking several effects, using low quality textures and sounds, lacking lighting on release, and being based on the low quality PlayStation 2 Port, which is inferior when compared to the GameCube and even the PS2 Version itself."
  2. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-11-11
  3. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-11-11
  4. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-11-11
    Tested this patch on Windows 10 Home 64-bit, and the patch would not register mouse inputs at all, despite following its directions.
  5. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-11-11
  6. 6.0 6.1 Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-11-11
  7. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-11-11
  8. Resident Evil 4 | WSGF
  9. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-11-11
  10. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-11-11
  11. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-11-11