The team at FreeGameGuide received early access, direct from Capcom, to the game Resident Evil 4 Remake for iPhone. The title, originally developed for consoles, can be enjoyed on the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max devices.
Since Apple announced the cell phones, the company made it clear that its purpose was to exploit the full power of the A17 Pro chip to attract gamers. After all, with the return to popularization of portable consoles, enjoying AAA games on your smartphone is a huge advantage. Now, I will share with you what the playing experience was like. RE4 no iPhone.
Gameplay and graphic quality
Resident Evil 4 Remake is the revamped version of the title released by Capcom in 2005. So, it is a game that appeals more to those who are fans of the franchise and its entire plot than to “Ray Tracing fanatics”. The fact that the iPhone 15 Pro Max has a 120 Hz OLED screen and other technologies impacts more on the immersion provided in the game than on its detailed visual aspects.
Graphically speaking, it is very faithful to what we see on consoles, but there are still times when there are some bugs that make the pixels extremely visible. This happens mainly in the reflection of environmental elements, but during gameplay, the focus on killing zombies is greater than paying attention to these details.
Something that positively impacts the experience is the gameplay, as Capcom managed to be faithful to the console game. As it is a product adapted for mobile, it was expected that some dynamics, and even the loot from the original game, would be discarded, just as we see in CoD Mobile, for example, but that is not what happens.
This experience is really that of having a console game on the iPhone. For those who have already had the opportunity to reset Resident Evil 4 Remake and remembers details of the game, fighting zombies, discovering weapons or ammunition, as well as the narrative are identical.
Virtual control: avoid using
Something that Apple thought about — and deserves applause for it — is the availability of virtual controls. This feature ensures that the iPhone user will not need to spend additional money on Bluetooth control. But this is only a fact in theory.
Even though the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max have 6.1 and 6.7 inch screens, respectively, you can’t have a good game just on the touchscreen. Let’s say that this functionality makes sense for a first impression, as hours-long gameplay becomes tiring and without real benefit from the gaming environment with the virtual buttons.
To improve my experience, and take advantage of the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s USB-C connection, the GameSir X3 was my ideal choice. In addition to not needing a Bluetooth connection, like the Xbox controller and the PlayStation 5’s DualSense, it fits the cell phone into its base to make the device “turn into a portable console”. It also ensures that the device will not overheat, thanks to its cooling system.
Obviously, the price is not that affordable, being sold at retailers in Brazil for R$700. This value is almost double that of controls compatible with the most recent consoles from Sony and Microsoft — which cost, on average, R$410 — , and the accessory only makes sense for those who don’t have these video games at home.
It is important to highlight that, within the configurations of the Resident Evil 4, you can change the profile of the controller used in the game. As a result, adaptability allows the organization of accessory buttons not to interfere with gameplay, ensuring the comfort of each gamer.
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Space is essential
A “silent improvement” that Apple made to the iPhone 15 Pro Max was the improvement in internal space, starting to deliver models with at least 256 GB of storage. In practice, this means more time to save games.
The fact that the games available for the iPhone do not run in the cloud, as is the case with XCloud, means that ROM memory is highly exploited. The version of Resident Evil 4 Remake that we received, after the installation process, took up almost 13 GB of space on the cell phone.
However, adding more explorable environments throughout the complete story, this number can reach 64 GB. So, if you have the 128 GB iPhone 15 Pro, be careful with space, or ensure more comfort by transferring images to cloud storage (iCloud).
Is it worth playing Resident Evil 4 Remake on the iPhone 15 Pro?
If you have the iPhone 15 Pro or 15 Pro Max, it’s worth playing Resident Evil 4 Remake In your cellphone. The game is running smoothly on the device, it has the advantage of being installed, and this allows the offline gaming experience to happen as well. It’s truly impressive to see how a game of the caliber of RE4, which was developed with consoles like PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in mind, can run without major losses on the Apple device. We’re really talking about the same game and not an adaptation, and even though it’s possible to notice some bottlenecks here and there, the overall experience is very close to what traditional video games offer.
Something that can have a negative impact is the internal space option of your iPhone. So, if you plan to have this and other titles that will be available for Apple’s cell phone, the best alternative is to buy the version with 256 GB of storage.
But overall, the only real difference between what’s played on mobile and what’s supported on consoles is the size of the screen you’re playing on. Therefore, enjoying the game is more related to personal adaptation than to any change in its mechanism.
Resident Evil 4 Remake is now available for download on the App Store. If you have the iPhone 15 or 15 Pro Max, just click here to download.