Can Resident Evil 4 be enjoyed with little knowledge about the franchise & not playing previous games?

1 : Anonymous2021/08/26 15:53 ID: pc2aww

Hi, it was announced a few months ago that Resident Evil 4 is coming to the Oculus Quest 2. I love anything VR and get excited when an actually good looking game comes to the Quest platform.

The thing is, I know next to nothing about the Resident Evil franchise. Despite my lack of knowledge on it, can RE4 still be understandable & enjoyable if I don’t play the previous games? Many thanks!

2 : Anonymous2021/08/26 15:57 ID: hafsdot

Yes. If you don’t know much about RE as a whole. The game recaps on what happened prior to RE4.

3 : Anonymous2021/08/26 15:58 ID: hafsjae

Definitely. It introduces a new enemy in a new area. You might get a little confused about Ada but it should be smooth sailing.

ID: hafttmw

Ada isn't much worse than Krauser, who is introduced as an old comrade of Leon despite making his first appearance here. There's definitely enough context to figure out Leon has a history with both of them, but it doesn't matter too much to the plot. The Separate Ways campaign even gives a little more information about Leon and Ada.

4 : Anonymous2021/08/26 16:28 ID: hafx09c

RE4 is kinda self contained. Obviously the main character was present in RE2 already by that point, but apart from that, the story has little to do with the overall series main narrative.

ID: hafxrgh

Ah I see, thank you! I’m looking forward to playing it when it comes out on the Quest

5 : Anonymous2021/08/26 17:28 ID: hag6c93

You can enjoy any resident evil game without prior knowledge to the previous games. I've never found the series narrative to be it's strength.

6 : Anonymous2021/08/26 16:13 ID: hafuq1l

First time i knew about resident evil at all was through RE4 so hell yeah it can be enjoyed without any more knowledge about the franchise, in fact it was RE4 that made me want to know more and be completely addicted to it

7 : Anonymous2021/08/26 16:36 ID: hafycmr

Yes, is kind of a stand alone that plants seeds that 5 and 6 continue

8 : Anonymous2021/08/26 18:34 ID: haggchk

RE4 is probably the most newbie friendly entry. Has little to do with any game plots before or after it. There are references and returning characters, but nothing that would derail your understanding of 4.

It's a great entry point into the series and a fantastic game (the original, at least. I don't know anything about the VR version).

9 : Anonymous2021/08/26 18:48 ID: hagigd7

Yes because RE4 doesn’t involve any elements used in the previous games. Instead of T virus and G virus they transitioned to a cult using a parasite to spread disaster around the world, and Leon Kennedy meeting Ada wong will show you that they knew each other and had feelings for each other, but worked with totally different companies. Black market spy meets cop, etc. and now he works for the president after surviving raccoon city. I like the older ones better but RE4 is still a great game

10 : Anonymous2021/08/26 18:56 ID: hagjmyf

Absolutely. I honestly wasn't a big fan of Resident Evil until 4. I had only played 2 for a little while after it released, but even back then I wasn't a fan of the tank controls and imprecise shooting. RE4 gave it a much needed update to the controls, but it's arguably where Resi stopped being scary as well. And the Story of Resident Evil had never been it's strong point, it's all ridiculously over the top and convoluted at times. It's honestly on par with Kingdom Hearts imo, so you aren't missing much. Still my favorite Resi game now that I've gone back and played them all. Res2R comes in a close second

11 : Anonymous2021/08/26 19:05 ID: hagkxnr

Yes, there’s a small explanation of what has happened at the beginning and it’s in a whole new area

12 : Anonymous2021/08/26 20:23 ID: hagwlqk

Yes, it was my first RE.

13 : Anonymous2021/08/26 20:23 ID: hagwm98

It's one of the best RE games to play to introduce you to the franchise. You don't need any knowledge of the lore to understand the plot.

It gives you a quick intro and then the rest of the story is pretty self contained. Most of the RE games from 1-5 and then 7 do the same. It makes getting into the series fairly easy.

14 : Anonymous2021/08/26 15:57 ID: hafsdr2

why not? I enjoyed re7 without knowing everything. you learn as you go- play re4 then play or watch the games before it to get caught up

15 : Anonymous2021/08/26 17:29 ID: hag6j0m

I started with re4. It's relatively narratively disconnected.

16 : Anonymous2021/08/26 17:34 ID: hag786c

RE4 can be played almost completely independently of the franchise narrative.

17 : Anonymous2021/08/26 17:41 ID: hag8enl

YES. It's very independant from other games. Hardly any connection from previous storyline.

18 : Anonymous2021/08/26 18:42 ID: haghk4m

Yes because it has little to nothing to do with resident evil aside from characters used and one direct reference to 2.

19 : Anonymous2021/08/26 20:48 ID: hah08bz

You can enjoy any RE game (except maybe 6) without playing the previous games.

20 : Anonymous2021/08/26 22:31 ID: hahermu

It was the first one I ever played and I love it, probably my favorite game ever

21 : Anonymous2021/08/26 23:11 ID: hahk0cr

Yup, just like any horror movie these days lol

22 : Anonymous2021/08/26 23:14 ID: hahkeh8

Honestly, it'll probably help.


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