Dave Paryle writes: In its early iterations the Resident Evil series personified survival horror. With tank controls and a constant need to conserve ammunition, tensions ran high, and encountering more than one enemy at a time was perilous. Everything changed with Resident Evil 4 (actually the fifth main game in the series), as Capcom threw everything but the characters out the window, including the series’ trademark zombies. Resident Evil 4 changed the nature of the franchise, and had a lasting effect on video games as a whole. With some graphical and control help, it still stands up as a terrific game, even if some of the very mechanics it pioneered serve to date it.