Resident Evil 4 Remake Game Length [Our Experience]

The Game Length of Resident Evil 4 Remake depends on the player's game style. It can vary from 6 hours to 30 hours for most players.

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Resident Evil 4 Remake: Game Length

Resident Evil 4 Remake brings the adventure of the 2005 classic version in the clothes of modern graphics. Most of the stuff remains the same, including the story, chapters, and objectives. Hence, the remake of Resident Evil 4 has almost the same game length as it was for the original Resident Evil. However, there are a few changes to the modes, which may affect playtime.

Key Takeaways

  • Resident Evil 4 Remake has 16 chapters, and its game length will vary depending on every player’s style.
  • Players new to the FPS genre can take about 15 hours to complete it.
  • Casual players should end RE 4 in about 10-12 hours, considering they do the common side missions and compulsory objectives.
  • Depending on their play style, people who wish to achieve 100% completion might take 30+ hours.
  • Speed Runners can end it in about 3 – 4 hours, focusing on the necessary objectives only.
  • You should skip all the cut-scenes, Merchant Requests, and other map exploration if you wish to finish as soon as possible.
  • Ending RE 4 Remake one time unlocks the New Game Plus mode with the toughest difficulty.
  • New Game Plus Mode has some extra challenges that may fascinate some people.
  • However, the remake does not feature the Assignment Ada that was present in the original version.

How Long Is Resident Evil 4 Remake?

Resident Evil 4 Remake features a story based on 16 chapters and additional quests by the Merchant, achievements, challenges, and collectibles. The main objectives revolve around the story, while players can also explore side quests and collectibles for a better experience. Moreover, the new game plus gives an even more intense difficulty, which might attract hardcore gamers who love to grind and complete 100% RE4 Remake.

Casual Playing

For casual players familiar with the FPS genre or Resident Evil franchise, it might take about 10 – 12 hours to complete the RE4 Remake. This includes all main objectives and some necessary side quests. Such side quests give some bonus items that are helpful but are not mandatory.

Resident Evil 4 Remake - Gameplay
Resident Evil 4 Remake – Gameplay | Credits: VeryAli Gaming

They will follow Resident Evil 4 Remake’s main story, going through all the locations that the objectives suggest. This playtime also includes the cutscenes, which most players will not skip to understand RE 4 Remake’s lore completely.

New players can expect a little more time to end than casual players. This happens due to their less experience with the game’s mechanics. Hence, depending on their play style, they should complete the RE4 remake in about 15 hours or so.

They will spend the most time exploring the environment, various aspects, weapon and aim practice, and how to solve some puzzles. After a few chapters, they will get a hold of the things. However, things like bosses or tricky puzzles might still slow them down.

100% Completion

100% completion consists of finishing all the objectives of the storyline, the Requests by the Merchant, attaining achievements and collectibles, and completing all challenges. These small tasks combined altogether greatly increase the length of Resident Evil 4 Remake. Therefore, looking into the number of these tasks, you should be confident enough to put in at least 30+ hours.

Side Mission - Merchant Requests
Side Mission – Merchant Requests | Credits: VeryAli Gaming

For this, you will have to go through each and every corner of the map to get hidden items, gems, and trophies. You will get a chance to solve a few extra puzzles and kill some tough monsters, and you will most likely not be able to do it in one go. Hence, it is best to go for it if you have enough leisure time.

Speed Running

Speed Runners can end it in about 4-5 hours, focusing mainly on the storyline missions only and ignoring all the side missions. You might want to skip any unnecessary time spent on objectives and the extra runs for certain tasks or achievements for even better results.

Tips For Speed Runners

To get the best results for speed-running Resident Evil 4 Remake, you need to cut off any extra tasks, cut scenes, and other supplementary things to reduce length as much as possible. Here are a few tips:

Skip Cut-Scenes

Luis and Leon Cut Scene
Luis and Leon Cut Scene | Credits: VeryAli Gaming

Cut Scenes take a major portion of any game’s story. They explain the details and streamline the events that occur in the gameplay. However, they are rather very trivial for speed runners and must be skipped if you wish to reduce the time.

Avoid Exploring Side Areas

Side areas of the map contain items for side missions, trophies, and other collectibles, which are only important if you wish to follow the storyline or achieve 100% completion. Nonetheless, you should only go to the locations necessary for the major missions and avoid other places. Consequently, you will save time by not engaging with irrelevant enemies.

Focus On Story Quests

Resident Evil 4 Remake Chapters
Resident Evil 4 Remake Chapters | Credits: VeryAli Gaming

Resident Evil 4 Remake consists of 16 main chapters and side missions. The side missions are irrelevant to the story. Therefore, you should focus on the main story quests only to finish RE4 Remake as quickly as possible.

More Game Modes

New Game+

The New Game Plus mode allows you to replay Resident Evil 4 Remake from the beginning while keeping most of your inventory items from the previous run. You can unlock it by completing the story mode once, and then you get the option to save. Afterward, you must play through each chapter again.

Inventory Items
Inventory Items | Credits: VeryAli Gaming

You can keep the following items after ending the storyline once in the New Game Plus mode:

  • Weapons and their upgrades
  • Pesetas
  • Suitcase and its charms
  • Ammunition
  • Other Suitcase items like Healing Items, Grenades, and Crafting Materials.
  • Challenge Points
  • Treasures and other non-story related collectibles.

However, you must collect all items connected to the story, including those used in unlocking some paths during the missions. Moreover, you don’t need to play in any specific difficulty to unlock this mode; playing in any difficulty will be enough. Ending Resident Evil 4 Remake also unlocks Hardcore mode with the greatest difficulty level for people who love to face new challenges.

Play As Ada Wong

The remake of Resident Evil 4 doesn’t include the famous mode, “Assignment Ada,” in which the player gets to play as Ada Wong. In this mode, you will view the story from Ada Wong’s perspective, giving a whole new adventurous experience for players in the various events of RE 4. Although, the absence of this mode has left some fans unhappy.

Ada Wong - Resident Evil 4 Remake
Ada Wong – Resident Evil 4 Remake | Credits: VeryAli Gaming

Mercenaries Mode

The Mercenaries Mode returns from the original Resident Evil 4, giving players a new challenge if they are bored with the campaign. This mode allows players to kill enemies in a given time frame. Killing enemies gives points that determine the player’s rank at the end.

The Mercenaries Mode - Resident Evil 4 Remake
The Mercenaries Mode – Resident Evil 4 Remake | Credits: VeryAli Gaming

You can select your character at the start from the given list of characters. Each one has a specific weapon loadout with its pros and cons. At first, you can only play with one character, which is Leon, but more of them will unlock as you progress.

Following is the list of characters available in Mercenaries Mode:

  • Leon S. Kennedy
  • Luis
  • Krauser
  • Hunk

Killing enemies gives points and a time bonus, so you should play strategically to kill the maximum enemies so that time does not run out soon. Moreover, there are a few boost items, too, that increase time, so make sure to get them, and quickly killing enemies gives you a combo bonus, which increases the points. You can play this mode in the Village, Castle, and Island.

Final Thoughts

In this guide, I summed up the game length of Resident Evil 4 Remake, considering various playstyles and additional modes. For a normal player, it gives a decent experience, and you can end it in about 10 hours. Hence, it doesn’t require you to grind, or it doesn’t get finished quickly. Additionally, a few more modes are fun to play; however, they take much more time to complete than the main story.

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