Resident Evil 4 Remake is one of the most anticipated games of 2023, and the reviews are already pouring in. One of the most striking reviews comes from PCGamesN, a British gaming website that has been around for over a decade. The author, Ed Smith, criticized the game’s portrayal of Ashley Graham, the character who Leon Kennedy saves in the game’s plot.
Despite Capcom’s attempts to make Ashley less objectified by giving her a new outfit, Smith argues that she is still a poorly written female character. According to him, Ashley remains subservient to Leon and unquestioningly follows his orders throughout the game. This portrayal perpetuates outdated gender stereotypes, which is particularly disappointing given Capcom’s recent efforts to diversify its characters.
While I understand Smith’s criticisms, I believe that the Resident Evil 4 Remake is still a fantastic game. The updated graphics and gameplay make it a truly immersive experience, and the story is as gripping as ever. However, I do agree that Capcom needs to do more to create strong, independent female characters who are not defined by their relationships with men.
In conclusion, while the Resident Evil 4 Remake may not be perfect in its portrayal of female characters, it is still a great game that is sure to please fans of the series. It is my hope that future games in the franchise will continue to improve in their representation of women and other marginalized groups.