If you are looking for a solid extension of RE4's gameplay, then this captures everything it did in terms of thrilling combat and engaging exploration, especially with the added lure of gorgeous visuals and well incorporated co-operative play. But if you're hoping for a return to its survival horror routes, this installment cuts those ties completely. While RE4 maintained an aspect of tension and atmosphere in its environments, the only threatening feeling left is the design staple of overwhelming you with enemies. Even worse is what is done with the story; while it ties back to the originals, it's so poorly done (and in parts completely bonkers) you almost wish they hadn't. It's an incredibly feature-packed and thorough action adventure game that more than deserves to be called RE4's sequel, but you can't ignore what it's sacrificed in order to keep up with the competition.