New John Wick X Resident Evil 4 Mash-Up Is Perfect, No Notes

At this point, it seems silly to piss off John Wick. The dude has single handedly destroyed entire armies of highly trained henchmen and elite goons. Yet, in a new video from a talented YouTuber, we see that someone in the village from Resident Evil 4 has killed John’s dog. Bad idea. Terrible idea. But good content for us!

Since 2014, the John Wick film franchise has existed primarily to allow Keanu Reeves to learn how to use various weapons and then use said weapons for a few hours of fantastical, over-the-top fight scenes. It’s a great formula and led to some of the best action films of the last decade. However, it seems like Wick has killed all the stuntmen and women in Hollywood. So in a new video from eli_handle_b.wav, Wick has made a detour to the creepy woods of Resident Evil 4.

eli_handle_b.wav / Capcom

Released on July 6, “John Wick in Resident Evil 4” is precisely what the title promises. YouTuber and incredible video editor eli_handle_b․wav takes John Wick from the films and transplants him into the digital world of the recent Resident Evil 4 remake. The result is a nearly perfect crossover that makes me want a full-on zombie-filled spin-off movie starring John Wick in an alternate timeline from the main films where the dead rise and he has to kill them all again.

In the video, Wick doesn’t just kill everyone he meets. Instead, we also see Wick talking to everyone’s favorite merchant about various guns he may want to buy. We also see him encounter Father Bitores Méndez, who is very tall and very immune to bullets. That moment doesn’t go well for ol’ Wick. Also, shout out to Wick for buying an RPG to quickly take out the final boss of the game. That’s some pro strats. I guess we should expect nothing less from a professional of his caliber.

This isn’t the first video game mash-up video created by eli_handle_b.wav. Earlier this year, we wrote about how he perfectly edited Steve Carell from The Office into Mass Effect. He told Kotaku at the time that he creates his videos in Adobe Premiere, estimating that The Office videos took about two weeks to produce.

eli_handle_b.wav / BioWare

All that work paid off, as those videos—which have over 1 million views—were hilarious. If you check out eli_handle_b.wav’s full YouTube channel you’ll find some other fantastic creations, including Ace Ventura in Cyberpunk 2077, Tony Soprano in God of War, and the kid from Home Alone in Resident Evil Village.

All of these videos show off just how skilled eli_handle_b.wav is at this, admittedly, very odd and specific style of internet video involving real movies and TV shows being mixed with games. I can’t wait to see what they make next.


Resident Evil 4 Looks Great As A 2D Side-Scroller

An image shows Leon and Ashely surrounded by dangerous villagers as seen in RE4 Remake.

Image: Capcom

Sometimes a game is so good that it never dies, it just evolves and adapts with time. Such is the case of Resident Evil 4, a game that continues to be remade, modded, remastered, and tweaked by Capcom and fans alike. The latest stab at reinventing the classic horror game turns it into a 2D side-scroller that looks like it fell out of the ‘90s in all the right ways.

Originally released in 2005, Capcom’s Resident Evil 4 was a watershed moment for the beloved survival horror franchise. First released on Nintendo’s GameCube, RE4 moved the series away from its traditionally static cameras and slow action with a new over-the-shoulder third-person perspective and more combat than ever seen in a prior Resident Evil game. Since then many Resident Evil entries and other action-horror games have tried to recapture the feel of RE4, with mixed results. Now someone is taking that original classic and reinventing it as something completely new.

On July 25, classic Doom modder DooMero posted a new video showing off their still-in-development game that takes Leon and RE4’s story and gameplay and translates it into a 2D side-scrolling action game. In the video, we see the famous intro of RE4 from a whole new perspective.

DooMero / Capcom

Much of what you expect when playing Resident Evil 4 is here, including the game’s creepy atmosphere, cutscenes, segments in which you talk to people via a communication device, and even that cool moment when Leon leaps out of a window. It’s all here but presented as a lo-fi 2D side-scroller. It’s like looking at an alternate dimension where Resident Evil 4 changed the series but went this direction instead of an action shooter.

According to DooMero, this impressive 2D creation is built using GZDoom, the popular open-source source port of the original Doom engine. While it’s cool to see GZDoom being used like this, it also presents some challenges for DooMero, who explained in a post on Doomworld that they have had to reduce the resolution of the game’s cutscenes because they consume too much memory and crash GZDoom.

DooMero hasn’t shared a firm release date for their game, but on Doomworld they did say a demo for the 2D RE4 is coming “soon.” Until then you can check out the modder’s YouTube channel where they have documented the development of this project for six years.

A Resident Evil Remake Is Now The Best-Selling Game In Series

An image shows Leon and Claire from RE2 remake.

Image: Capcom

Quick! What did you think was the best-selling Resident Evil game in the franchise before you read the headline above? I assumed it was 2005’s Resident Evil 4, I mean, I’ve bought that game enough times at this point. But it actually was 2017’s Resident Evil 7—until just recently, when Resident Evil 2’s remake overtook it.

Released in 2019, Resident Evil 2’s remake is a fantastic modern spin on the beloved survival horror game originally released in 1998. The remake not only looks great, but plays wonderfully, reminding me of Resident Evil 4 and even the (underappreciated) RE Revelations games. And it seems I’m not alone in how much I liked the RE2 remake.

As spotted by Gamespot, after posting its latest financial results on July 26, Capcom updated its Platinum Games list. This is a list of Capcom-published games that have sold over 1 million units, and as the list reveals, Resident Evil 2’s 2019 remake has now become the best-selling game in the horror franchise.

As of July 2023, Resident Evil 2 remake has sold 12.60 million copies, just beating out Resident Evil 7 which currently sits at 12.40 million units. According to Capcom’s latest financial results, the Resident Evil franchise as a whole has now sold over 146 million units worldwide.

Top five best-selling Resident Evil games

If you’re wondering how other Resident Evil games compare, here’s the top five based on Capcom’s list.

  1. Resident Evil 2 – 12.60 million
  2. Resident Evil 7 – 12.40 million
  3. Resident Evil 5 – 8.80 million
  4. Resident Evil 6 – 8.80 million
  5. Resident Evil Village – 8.30 million

Meanwhile, the most recently released Resident Evil game, the RE4 remake, has already sold an impressive 4.9 million copies since it launched earlier this year. It has a way to go before it overtakes any of the top-selling games in the franchise, but I won’t be too shocked to see it eventually overtake Village and 6 in the coming years.

As for Capcom’s best-selling game overall, that remains Monster Hunter: World which is now sitting at 19 million copies sold around the world. That’s a lot of dead monsters!

All Mainline Resident Evil Games Are Bundled On Sale For $35

An image shows the famous tall lady from Resident Evil Village.

Screenshot: Capcom

Have you been wanting to play (or replay) all of the main entries that make up Capcom’s long-running horror series, Resident Evil? Well, buddy, I got a deal for you: A new bundle available until later this month combines 11 Resident Evil games, plus some DLC, into a $35 package.

Shop the bundle: Humble Bundle

With the release of the very first Resident Evil game in 1996, the survival horror series has become one of Capcom’s biggest series and one of the most popular horror franchises in the world. Since that original hit game—featuring what would become series staples, like creepy monsters, zombies, and lots of tasty herbs— Resident Evil has expanded to include numerous movies, comics, and of course, plenty of video game sequels and spin-offs. Not all of what’s come out was great, sure, but it’s helped the franchise grow bigger and bigger. And now you can get a large chunk of some of the best Resident Evil games ever made for half of what it costs to buy a new, next-gen video game. What a deal!

A newly released Humble Bundle packages the entire main series, including what’s considered the chronologically the first entry, Resident Evil 0, and newer games like Resident Evil Village. (No Code Veronica, though.) This package is only for PC gamers with a Steam account. The deal ends on August 23.

Here’s the full list of what you get for $35, but keep in mind that all of the classic games listed here are the modern remakes, with the exception of Resident Evil 4.

  • Resident Evil 0
  • Resident Evil
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Resident Evil 3
  • Resident Evil 4 (2005)
  • Resident Evil 5 – Gold Edition
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Deluxe Edition

Shop the bundle: Humble Bundle

While some may prefer the original games, I think the modern remakes—especially Resident Evil 2—are fantastic and wonderful ways to revisit these beloved interactive horror adventures. I’m also happy to see the Revelations series included here. Those games aren’t as fancy or big as other mainline entries, but they are campy fun. Plus, 2’s co-op gameplay is unique as only one player has access to guns or combat.


Beyond Good and Evil Remaster Spotted, Sequel Remains Uncertain

The ESRB seems to have revealed that Ubisoft is planning a Beyond Good & Evil 20th Anniversary Edition. News on the BG&E front has been a little quiet as of late, so fans of the classic adventure title might be in for a nice revisit. That notoriously truant sequ—err, prequel, however? Well, who knows?

On August 31, X user MACOS380 posted a screenshot of the aforementioned ESRB rating for an apparent remaster of the beloved PS2-era game. The page describes the title (which they list with an “and” instead of an ampersand) as an “action-adventure game in which players assume the role of a reporter accompanied by a pig-like companion investigating a conspiracy on the planet of Hillys,” which sure sounds the part. Platforms listed include Windows, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox Series. There’s no mention of the Xbox One.

Kotaku has reached out to Ubisoft for comment.

Combining third-person fighting, puzzles, and wildlife photography, Beyond Good & Evil has sustained interest ever since its 2003 release on PS3, Xbox, GameCube, and PC, despite the game failing to earn enough money to warrant an immediate followup. It received a digital HD remaster in 2011 on both Xbox 360 and PS3, and is possibly expected to see an additional game at some indeterminate point in the future. Maybe. It’s complicated.

Beyond Good and Evil 2 is still AWOL

A followup to Beyond Good & Evil was first teased all the way back in 2008, by way of a cinematic trailer showing off spacey environments, a recognizable pig-like character, and someone very reminiscent of the first game’s protagonist, Jade. Some more footage of this project leaked out a year later, but things would go relatively quiet until 2016, when it seemed the sequel’s future was in doubt, shortly before solid confirmation from Ubisoft and a proper trailer at E3 (RIP) 2017. Series’ creator Michael Ancel said that instead of a direct sequel, the next game would in fact be a prequel and that the gameplay would be quite different from the original.

Like so much else in life, things then got more complicated.

Following a controversial announcement by a very excited Joseph Gordon Levitt at E3 2018 that the game would use crowdsourced art and music via the actor’s HitRecord platform, to create content for a game produced by a big-budget AAA game publisher, reports of toxic work environments at Ubisoft, including sexual harassment and abusive behavior broke. The fallout saw Beyond Good and Evil 2’s director leave the company. Managing director Guillaume Carmona would also leave for similar reasons as the game-in-progress broke records for being one of the longest development periods for an unreleased game.

Still, Ubisoft insisted that Beyond Good and Evil 2 was still in production as recently as January of 2023. This past July, however, saw BGE2’s creative director, Emile Morel, unexpectedly pass away.

Resident Evil 4 Remake Will Cost $60 On iPhone

The Resident Evil 4 remake costs $60 for its iPhone 15 Pro port, as much as is charged for standard console editions.

There are ways to justify spending $60 in the App Store, where pre-orders for RE4 are currently live. You could call it spending $60 to play a great survival horror game on a tiny, but supposedly high-power console that also shows you TikToks. (The Pro has a five-core GPU and the “fastest mobile” six-core CPU, Apple says.) An iPhone can also show you the 50 texts you’ve yet to respond to. And, according to Tom’s Guide, the Pro has a battery life of just under 11 hours. Hm.

If you’re as skeptical as I am about playing an intense shooter on a handheld device that’s busy with a thousand other things, you could always download a free version of the game to see how it feels. According to the App Store listing, “Resident Evil 4 is free to download and play, or you can get the full version with a single [$60] in-app purchase and sync your game progress across [iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max, and iPads containing an M1 or later chip].”

“On iPhone and iPad,” the game’s App Store description continues, “you can adjust the size, intensity and display time of the buttons on your onscreen touch controller. Or if a physical game controller is more your style, you can play with one that’s compatible with iPhone or iPad.” The $999 iPhone 15 Pro has a USB-C port; Apple is selling $70 cables for it.

Many mobile games and ports are free, like the great Marvel Snap, or Fortnite. In this context, Resident Evil 4’s $60 price tag feels shocking. (Though the game’s microtransactions are nowhere near as ubiquitous as those in something like free-to-play Genshin Impact.)

However, it seems like Apple wants their latest devices to become everything to you—a black box for communication, entertainment, and more. In this sense, $60 makes sense, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see future iPhone ports, including the one for the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed Mirage, to be priced similarly. It’s a serious price for what Apple considers a serious console.

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Buy Resident Evil 4: Apple App Store

Developer Capcom’s 2021 mutant game Resident Evil Village will also arrive on iPhone and iPad later this year, on October 30. You can currently buy it for $30 on Mac. Or you can buy Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 on PlayStation 2 for $15, up to you.


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