If there’s an unsung hero of the Resident Evil games, it’s the humble knife. When you’re running low on ammo and the zombies are moving slowly, it’s extremely satisfying to slice up your enemies. The knife is coming Resident Evil 4‘s upcoming remake, where it’s more important than ever to survive in horror gameplay.
Capcom has released a new trailer for Resident Evil 4 last week, and a new 17-minute gameplay video for the media this week showing what’s changed since the 2005 original. The videos show just how much more capable Leon S. Kennedy is in combat: he parries flying axes from the air with a knife, seduces Ganados sects and kicks everything with a face – even things without a face! Leon’s knife proves to be indispensable in surviving encounters with Plagas, who in the original could just bite your head off Resident Evil 4and for fighting Jack Krauser, a knife aficionado himself.
In gameplay footage shared by Capcom, Leon is also shown deflecting Plaga’s tentacles and throwable objects, such as villagers’ Molotov cocktails, at enemies, and finishing off downed but non-dead cultists by stabbing them in the head.
Yes, the blade can deteriorate and break, but unlike the resident evil 2 And 3 redo, Resident Evil 4 lets players upgrade and repair their blade. The beloved merchant of the RE4 remake has Leon “tuning” his blade (like his other weapons) to improve durability.
Leon’s attache case is also getting some fun new perks, and it’s not just about upgrading his case’s storage. The new Resident Evil 4 lets players unlock multiple cases, some of which have their own bonuses. In new gameplay footage, Capcom showed off two types of briefcases: silver, which increases the drop rate for small arms, and black, which increases resource drop. (Apparently that would mean things like gunpowder, which is used to make ammunition.)
Charms can also be attached to a case – up to three at a time – granting additional bonuses. A charm revealed in the gameplay video is a little chicken; that perk will give Leon 100% health recovery every time he eats an egg. Other charms are revealed through Resident Evil 4 remake’s pre-order bonuses, and includes an ammo talisman (which allows Leon to earn more ammo when crafting it) and a green herb talisman. Those charms can be earned by completing requests (aka side missions) for the trader, tasks found on flyers hanging around Resident Evil 4world.
Capcom’s new footage of RE4 remake also showed off other new features, including:
- While guiding her, Leon can ask Ashley to “give him some space” or stay close, giving Mr. Kennedy plenty of room to fight bad guys without fear of harming her.
- In the castle part of the game, Leon can now use the cannons to blow up cult members
- The village’s blue medallion collectibles will also appear in the castle area, implying that the Merchant will have more tasks for you
- Leon has a new weapon called the Bolt Thrower, which can also launch mines
- Stealth gameplay lets Leon and Ashley hide from enemies and offers a new way to approach enemy encounters – and the Bolt Thrower is a stealth weapon, which is much quieter than Leon’s other firearms
- In addition to his briefcase, Leon has access to extra storage space at typewriters
- Leon has some bad jokes; after cultists use a slingshot to launch fireballs and him and Ashley, he says “I think this is their idea of a warm welcome”
These updates and more are coming Resident Evil 4 remake on March 24, when the game releases on PlayStation 5, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X.