The Jimquisition: The Funny Brilliance Of Resident Evil 4

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The Jimquisition comes early and you didn’t need to pre-order it!

Let’s look at why Resident Evil 4 was a classic, why its writing stood the test of time, and what it can tell us about REVII.

… all with a little help from Dr. Crane.

“Born Depressed” covered by Nathan Hanover:
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Kyle Pierce
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Kyle Pierce

I always liked Leon’s trolling comments.

Halloumi-cutlet
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Halloumi-cutlet

I wonder how much more $ later iterations spent to get ever worsening results.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

Ok, watched now on phone. One thing I’d like to ask; what are your opinions of Dust:An Elysian Tail? I recently heard it was by one guy…ONE Guy?? WHAT? That nod toward the resi4 dealer dude is so nicely done. Rumours are he is working on a sequel, but that game was so brilliant, who knows how long it may take. But I don’t mind, never rush these things. Such beauty takes work, and nothing ever goes precisely to plan. The creative process, I find, is mostly a lot of fortunate accidents melded together in uniquely creative ways. Always mashing… Read more »

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

Will watch this when home. But…JIM? Do you take questions from here or is it twitter or is it some seedy fansite I have yet to discover?
Anyhow…
Question 1: How do you poo?
Tell. Me. EVERYTHING!!!

Question 2: Do you secretly despise turtles?
Tell.
Me.

EVERYTHING!!

Question 3: Is there any question that would make you suddenly realise your only life’s goal was to murder the one responsible?

Tell.

ME EVERYTHING YOU BASTARD!!!

Ahem. Much love, loverbear!

David Feichtner
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David Feichtner

I was hoping for the Chip-sawkiller this year but then again, its good to see a nice retrospect on the times when Capcom could be trusted to do well.

Jpkurihara
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Jpkurihara

I wonder what Jim sees under the effect of the Fear Gas.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

RE4 will forever be my favorite in the series, and possibly on the podium for favorite game period, for exactly the reasons stated. Sure, it wasn’t that scary (dog maze excluded), and gameplay was nothing like the first few games, but man was that gameplay good. The dev team put their heart and soul into the game, scrapping and rebuilding several times (fun fact: first build of the game was too fast paced and became Devil May Cry). Leon is my favorite zombie boy, and I absolutely hated how Capcom drained all his (and the series) personality when they made… Read more »

Tank Dsouls Ordialot
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Tank Dsouls Ordialot

Call me a whiney, irelivent old coot, but RE4 marked the end of my interest in the series. I loved the sense of progression in the original’s, which had you discovering myterious doors and puzzles you would have to backtrack to later after finding the relivent keys or objects. The fixed camera positions also created a sense of dread, as you entered a room and could hear creepy shuffling noises from a blindspot forcing you to creep slowly forward praying the camera would switch angle to reveal what terrors lay ahead. I don’t expect modern audiences to put up with… Read more »

Фролов Денис
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Фролов Денис

Hey, that reminds me of some other Capcom game, that went from complete and charming insanity to some teenage “rebel against system” nonsense…

Just Some Guy
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Just Some Guy

Heh. Also, no “thank God for me” at the end?

Martijn Fiering
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Martijn Fiering

One of my favorite TPS games ever made. Even with all its rough edges. Very challenging, especially on your first playthrough, while not being ridiculously difficult. The shop system with the optional treasures hidden around the map, made it a joy to explore every nook and cranny, even though you *knew* that could end badly for you… There are even optional unlockable missions as Ada… Yeah, it was great. And uh, not to give Capcom any ideas (their stance against Microtransactions officially promoted them back to Capcom from Crapcom in my eyes), but Resident Evil would be *perfect* for MT’s.… Read more »

Anton
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Anton

Some pure uncut truth right here. It’s amazing how much worse resi 5 and 6 are for not having a sense of humor. It’s MORE amazing that resi 5 and 6 are the exact kinds of games that resi 4 is a parody of.

Also, Jim, are you implying that Solid Snake is not a complete tryhard?

Kotaro
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Kotaro

This is unrelated to the episode, but fuck it, it’s horror game-related.
I played The Charnel House Trilogy yesterday and fuck, Jim, your voice performance in it was just fucking CHILLING. Bravo.

George
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George

I feel so spoiled! Thank for all of your hard work! And Happy Halloween!!

Also, did anyone else start to feel nauseated while watching the video of “Resident Evil 7?” This happened to me while I watched the jimmpression of, “Here they Lie,” as well.

EDIT: …and no it wasn’t the content of the videos…

Za_Docta
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Za_Docta

Do we see parallels between RE4 and Army of Darkness?
I could definitely see Leon seeing a monster show up and responding “Groovy…”

09philj
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09philj

Jim, you missed an opportunity to indulge your love of masks when you did the goof by not just nonchalantly pulling a gas mask from under your lectern.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

No mention of Luis Sera or Miss Ballistics? Come on!

Gavin Kirwan
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Gavin Kirwan

I agree wholeheartedly with eveything you said -especially that Leon is a cringier Solid Snake- but for me, the real merit of this game is its singular focus in design and atmosphere. RE5 is a dreadful bore to play because Capcom made the decision to make it a co-op shooter, which really messed up the rhythm of the game. The locations weren’t half as scary as those of RE4 and you could almost feel the hands of management hovering over every little detail so they could have it both ways. I understand the financial incentive to make a AAA game… Read more »

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Aww, I liked Resident Evil Degeneration. I mean fuck, why bother making another brunette badass agent who totally I promise doesn’t want Leon’s nuts in Helena Harper, when Angela Miller is a brunette badass agent who totally doesn’t like Leon…bakka.

And that running scene with Leon when does doing all those flips and roles and just fucking nailing the QTEs while the inexplicably underground massive bio laboratory is falling apart was totes badass.

I mean I would have preferred if they didn’t cut out all the gameplay, but as a story it would have made a find Resident Evil game.

Mike Wallace
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Mike Wallace

Three Jimquisitions this week, plus your usual Monday morning episode. Damn, but you must be tired.

Leah
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Leah
cowboyjimmy
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cowboyjimmy
RuRiK_87
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RuRiK_87

to be honest I enjoyed the CG films quite a bit, there are not as bad as many people seem to make them out to be

goodbyejojo
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goodbyejojo
thegreatpumpkinking
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thegreatpumpkinking

sir you spoil us, thank you. I think we don’t deserve you lol

but question dose scarecrow take over you show every Halloween or on dose every halloween dose Jim Chungas Sterling turn to scarejim.