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All Storyline Changes in Resident Evil 4

What's new besides HD textures?

No matter how hard we try, we can’t escape the inevitable comparisons between remasters and their original releases, especially with a game as iconic as Resident Evil 4. However, this time, Capcom’s changes go beyond just sprucing up the graphics and gameplay. Instead, they’ve rewritten the saga’s timeline from 2019, which is either a “what if” scenario or the new canon of the series. Still, one thing is for sure; it’s an update that demands attention.

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We could go on for hours about all the changes in the Resident Evil 4 remake, but we don’t want to keep you here until 2045. Let’s highlight the most significant differences between Resident Evil 4 (2005) vs. Resident Evil 4 remake.

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All Resident Evil 4 remake vs. original game storyline changes

Los iluminados

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As the primary antagonist in the Resident Evil 4 remake, this cult is no stranger to fans. But this time, we’re getting an even more raw and explicit depiction of what Saddler’s organization did to the hapless village and all the poor souls who didn’t fare as well as Ashley.


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When it comes to Ashley, she’s the character with the most significant makeover between the two versions of Resident Evil 4. Rather than being a pesky, helpless princess in need of rescue, Capcom has blessed us with a more authentic depiction of a young woman facing the nightmare that permeates the game’s plot. The result is an experience that harkens back to the spine-chilling horror vibe that defined the Raccoon City trilogy.


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Luis is another character that excited us after the original change/remake. We’re not just saying that because of his more significant involvement in the story; Luis’ past is more connected than ever to Resident Evil, as he worked for Umbrella in this new timeline. Additionally, his death at the hands of Krauser made the closure of who was initially “just another one of the bunch” much more personal.


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A game truly tantalizes players when it reveals its chief baddie in a manner that’s both clever and cunning. While some may prefer Resident Evil 4’s original approach to unveiling the main villain, few can argue that giving Saddler more screen time in the remake allowed other heroes and villains to strut their stuff for longer. Instead, it was about teasing the audience until the perfect moment to reveal this bad guy.

The Ending

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Without giving too much away, let’s say that Resident Evil 4 remake finally ties up a loose end that the original game left dangling: the enigmatic Ada Wong. She’s always been a mystery within the series. Still, now that we know more about her, Capcom can take some creative license to reveal her hidden past, a history that only the most die-hard fans knew about during the original game’s heyday.

At first glance, the changes between the two versions of Resident Evil 4 may seem like minor details. Still, they add up to a vast transformation. Your best bet is to dive in and experience it before Capcom unleashes even more new content.

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Cande Maldonado
Though Cande started her journey in the video game industry as a localization specialist six years ago, she soon realized that her true calling was to annoy NPCS, smash virtual pottery, and complete every side quest available in RPGs. Throwing that useless degree out of the window, she has been writing professionally for the past three years ever since. Her passion for games dates to 2006, when she mounted a Chocobo for the first time. Under Nintendo and Square Enix's chokehold, she will willingly pour hours upon hours into reaching 100% completion in the longest roleplaying games ever made. But hey, who needs fresh air and sunlight when you can just live in Ivalice?