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Resident Evil 4 Remake Borrows a Unique Feature from Super Smash Bros
Resident Evil 4 Remake Borrows a Unique Feature from Super Smash Bros,Despite being very different, Resident Evil 4 and the Super Smash Bros. series share an interesting feature that makes playing more rewarding.

Resident Evil 4 Remake Borrows a Unique Feature from Super Smash Bros

The remake of Resident Evil 4 does a great job of appealing to both newcomers and nostalgic veterans with its modern design affordances that capture the feel of the original game. While there is a lot for newcomers to enjoy about the Resident Evil 4 remake, the game includes a bevy of additional details for longtime series fans to uncover and enjoy. These bonus features pull a page from an unexpected source, allowing players to collect in-game models, concept art, and other unlockable bonuses much like the collectible trophies from the Super Smash Bros. series.


Unlockable content is a common feature in a variety of games, but it's always a nice touch to see developers include things like concept art and character models in a viewable gallery to give fans a little something extra to appreciate. Resident Evil 4 really takes this bonus content to a new level with its system for unlocking artwork and models along with the sheer number of items, including special character outfits and weapons, available to unlock. Much like the dedication needed for unlocking every trophy in the Super Smash Bros. series, completionists will have their work cut out for them in Resident Evil 4.

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Resident Evil 4 Offers a Fun Way to Collect Bonus Content

Resident Evil 4's system for unlocking bonus content revolves around earning credits for completing in-game challenges. Some of these challenges are as simple as finishing a chapter of the game, and some are much more difficult, like beating the game in under 5 hours or on Resident Evil 4's highest difficulty setting. The payouts for these challenges vary by difficulty, with some of the hardest rewarding players with unique goodies like powerful new weapons. Players can then take the credits they've earned and use them to unlock these bonuses from the extra content shop.

Although the obvious lucrative items are the weapons in Resident Evil 4, completionists or even casual fans can also appreciate taking a closer look at artwork available for purchase with credits. This feature acts very similarly to how trophies work in the Super Smash Bros. series, as while they don't serve a gameplay purpose, they help fill out a museum-like collection of figures for players to collect and enjoy. Collecting trophies in the Super Smash Bros. series usually involves some kind of mini-game to make collecting more fun, which mirrors Resident Evil 4's challenges that serve as the key to unlocking this bonus content.

Challenges also play a role in unlocking content in Super Smash Bros. games as well, and most entries include some sort of challenge mode that rewards special trophies, music, and other collectibles upon completion. These optional tasks won't be everyone's cup of tea, and some Resident Evil 4 players may only be after the extra weapons and outfits. However, including additional unlockables like these games do goes a long way toward honoring the legacy of their respective series, and the format for unlocking them feels like a natural part of the game rather than filler content.

There is a lot of unlockable content in Resident Evil 4 and even the most hardcore players can have a tough time getting all of it. However, the game presents this bonus content as easy enough to acquire initially that curious players should be able to unlock some of it simply by playing the game, meaning every player should be able to experience at least some of the game's unique artwork. While the Super Smash Bros. series has become a great way to pay homage to Nintendo's past, the Resident Evil 4 remake finds a similar role in paying homage to the classic action-horror title that has become a beloved entry in Capcom's popular franchise.

Resident Evil 4 is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.

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