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Resident Evil 4 (2005) is a survival shooting game where you play U.S. government special agent Leon S. Kennedy, on a mission to rescue the President's daughter from a cult. You play by exploring the different areas, searching for equipment and fending off zombies with guns and other weapons.

In rural Spain you fight hordes of villagers infected by a mind-controlling parasite. In a groundbreaking departure from previous games in the series, your view of the world moves with you as more mobile enemies steadily surround you. Play involves dealing with the zombie threat while also managing resources.

The result is a game that has become renowned for for its story, gameplay and strong voice acting. It has won many awards and influenced the form of survival horror games, popularizing the over-the-shoulder view of the world.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Resident Evil 4 20 months ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 10 months ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Resident Evil 4. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Shooting game with Action, Fighting, Role-Play and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 15 hours and 20 hours to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

This game has helped players develop their Skill as part of the following pathways:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for graphic violence, violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters, and the use of strong language.
Gameplay contains strong, graphic violence throughout, featuring decapitations, dismemberment and mutilation. There are also scenes in which defenceless human characters are killed in gruesome ways, including being tied to a stake and immolated. The game also includes the use of strong language ('*!@?*').

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 15-year-olds play this game:


Resident Evil 4 usually costs £0 to £34.99. 

Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4

XBox Store Xbox X|S £32.98
XBox Store Xbox X|S £32.98

Resident Evil 4 (2005)

Steam Store PC £14.99
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/01/2005, updated in 2023

Price: Free

Out Now: Android, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Shooting (Action, Fighting, Role-Play and Traversal)

Accessibility: 28 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Capcom USA (@CapcomUSA_)

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