Resident Evil 4 Remake blew us away when it released earlier this year, but it was missing something that has been beloved ever since the original game’s launch on the PlayStation 2: the Separate Ways chapter starring Ada Wong. Well, it took a few months, but Capcom have finally given gamers the chance to see how events played out from Ada’s perspective, and believe me, it’s been worth the wait.
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The narrative of Separate Ways fills in the gaps of Resident Evil 4 where Ada is working in the background, whether that’s when helping Leon out or simply trying to complete her mission to recover the elusive amber for Albert Wesker. However, this time around it’s much more fleshed out than players might have expected – whilst it was straight forward and short in the original game, the remake really expands the narrative in a more impactful manner. In fact, it took me close to five hours to beat, so it really does feel like a substantial piece of content as opposed to a small extra. There are some additional narrative details to be found too, and whilst I won’t spoil anything here, seeing the action play out from a different perspective to Leon’s never stopped being intriguing.
Gameplay-wise, Separate Ways carries over the action from the base game, with players partaking in more of the same top notch over-the-shoulder action you’d have expected as well as plenty of cool set pieces that offer thrills and scares in equal measure. However, Ada also comes equipped with a grappling gun that can completely change how some encounters play out. Whilst it is limited to only grapple to specific points in the environment, the added manoeuvrability it offers (as well as additional ways to dish out some damage to enemies) really does help make Ada feel more unique and versatile to use when compared to Leon. It also plays heavily in some puzzles and boss encounters, with its use making for some very creative scenarios that help Separate Ways stand out as its own unique experience.
“It also has some other cool extras, including an additional weapon known as the Blast Crossbow (which is as fun to use as it sounds), a terrifying new enemy known as Martinico, and some puzzling that’s tied to using your IRIS lens to locate items in the environment.”
Oh, and it can also be used to grapple towards staggered enemies to hit them with a melee attack, which NEVER stops being cool.
Separate Ways does retread a lot of familiar areas from the main game, but there a few locales and set pieces that are wholly unique for Ada, so there’s plenty of unexpected excitement to be found. It also has some other cool extras, including an additional weapon known as the Blast Crossbow (which is as fun to use as it sounds), a terrifying new enemy known as Martinico, and some puzzling that’s tied to using your I.R.I.S. lens to locate objects in the environment. Whilst these aspects don’t completely change how the game feels to play, they do ensure that Separate Ways has plenty of its own interesting ideas to distinguish itself from the main game.
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At the same time, it still plays to Resident Evil 4 Remake’s strengths, with the gunplay satisfying and exploration suspenseful. The Merchant shows up to sell and upgrade weapons, whilst you’ll also have more requests to complete to fill your coffers along the way. And of course, the encounters with bosses are super intense, with some truly memorable battles on show that emphasise how cool Ada is. It’s just a really, really, REALLY fun experience and one that expands on the brilliance of Resident Evil 4 Remake in a really rewarding way.
Resident Evil 4 Remake: Separate Ways Review
Separate Ways adds its own unique spin to the excellent Resident Evil 4 Remake, with Ada having some cool tricks up her sleeve that make her a treat to play as. Of course, seeing the story play out from a different perspective is intriguing too, whilst the new additions ensure players will be kept on their toes as they re-visit the world of Resident Evil 4 once more. It’s another hit for the Resident Evil series and will keep players even more excited to see where the series will go next.
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5 (Reviewed), PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S