Capcom recently added the long-awaited Mercenaries DLC to the Resident Evil 4 remake last week but it came with a few more additions that players weren’t expecting. Namely, microtransactions have now been added to the game that allows players to quickly upgrade weapons. Tickets can be bought with real money that can then be used at The Merchant to speed along the upgrade path of a specific weapon.
Upgrading weapons in the Resident Evil 4 remake involves players trading in treasures and valuable items at The Merchant in exchange for in-game cash that can then be used to beef up a weapon’s stats. However, players can simply bypass all that hassle by purchasing weapon upgrade tickets with real money. Regardless of a weapon’s level, the tickets can unlock exclusive upgrades at any time.
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Naturally, you can see how this might break the gameplay a bit. Higher weapon upgrades are intentionally locked and only made available at a steady pace once players reach certain points in the story. These microtransactions essentially enable players to buy tickets from the start of the game that can then unlock powerful weapon upgrades, essentially giving paying players a massive advantage from the start.
Previous Resident Evil games successfully side-stepped any sorts of microtransactions that could break the game so the inclusion of weapon upgrade tickets in the Resident Evil 4 remake is confusing. Regardless, Capcom recently reported strong sales for the remake as well as an overhelmingly positive critical reception. As of writing, the game has an OpenCritic score of 92 from top critics with 97% of critics recommending it overall. Read our full review here.
More DLC is expected to arrive for the Resident Evil 4 remake in the near future, particularly Ada Wong’s Separate Ways campaign which was included as a bonus mode in the original game once players beat the main story.
Resident Evil 4 is now available for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: PlayStation Universe