The original Resident Evil 4 was more or less fairly linear in its design, which leant itself well to the title. However, the Resident Evil 4 remake deviates from this truly linear style of gameplay and provides players a lot of options to retrace their steps to engage in “extra” activities and beat it. For this reason, the time you spend in the remake may be longer than you initially expect or anticipate.
How Long Does It Take to Beat Resident Evil 4 Remake?
The Resident Evil 4 remake spans a total of 16 chapters and naturally, each player’s mileage will vary concerning how long the amount of time is that they will spend in the game. This is due to the additional side quests you can choose to tackle for Spinels to get upgrades for your arsenal, treasure maps, and more. You can also backtrack during certain segments of the game to pick up treasure that may have not initially been obtainable when you first crossed them. This is due to needing keys to unlock specific chests, often located at very visibly distinct shrines.
That said, having played through the game twice, the average length of Resident Evil 4 remake without incorporating more efficient movement or combat strategy will run you roughly 15-20 hours. This includes completing some side quests to obtain the mentioned weapon upgrades and other such items, like Attache Case charms. Excluding side activities, your playthrough could potentially be less than 10 hours once you memorize map layouts and optimize movement and weapon choice. This can be shaved down even further when the New Game+ option becomes available after beating the game.
Resident Evil 4 Remake is available for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC. A playable demo is immediately available.