Resident Evil 4 is a survival horror game developed and published by Capcom. It was released for the GameCube in 2005 and later ported to other platforms, including PlayStation 2, Wii, and PC.
The game takes place in a rural village in Spain, where the protagonist Leon S. Kennedy, a former police officer from the Raccoon City incident, is sent on a mission to rescue the president's daughter, Ashley Graham. Leon finds himself fighting against a horde of infected villagers controlled by a mysterious cult called Los Illuminados, who are in possession of a parasite known as Las Plagas.
The gameplay of Resident Evil 4 differs significantly from its predecessors. It features an over-the-shoulder third-person view, allowing for better control of the character's movements and more precise aiming. The game also introduces a new combat system that emphasizes quick reflexes and precision shooting. Players must aim for specific body parts of the enemies to cause maximum damage, and can perform context-sensitive actions such as dodging or kicking to avoid attacks.
Resident Evil 4 also introduces a new merchant system, where players can sell and purchase items and weapons from a merchant known as the "Merchant." The game has a variety of weapons, from pistols and shotguns to more exotic weapons such as a rocket launcher and a chainsaw. The player can also upgrade their weapons by purchasing exclusive attachments and parts.
The game's narrative is divided into chapters, each with its own unique setting and objectives. The game's pacing is well-balanced, with intense action sequences mixed with moments of suspense and puzzle-solving. The boss battles are also memorable, with each requiring a different strategy to defeat.