Resident Evil 4 Remake - How to Parry

Resident Evil 4 Remake – How to Parry

Bring a knife to a chainsaw fight!

Parrying is a staple of video games just as much as a dodge roll is. In some games, you need the concentration of a diamond and the reflexes of a mongoose in order to perform a successful parry, but in some other titles, it is enough to just hold a button in preparation for the attack. The original Resident Evil 4 didn’t have any parry systems, however, this mechanic was added in Resident Evil 4 Remake – find out more below!

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Resident Evil 4 Remake – How to Parry

In order to perform a successful parry in Resident Evil 4 Remake, first of all, you need a knife that is whole, that is, it has at least something left in the durability scale. A survival knife is very useful in this game because in addition to slashing and stabbing opponents, you can use it for instant release when enemies grab you (R2 or RB), but all those actions consume its durability scale, and once it runs out, it breaks. A broken knife stays in your inventory and can be repaired by that famous “Whaddaya buying” Merchant. So yeah, you need a repaired knife or a knife that at least has some durability left in order to parry.

By pressing L1 on PlayStation, or LB on Xbox, or space bar on PC (please, get a controller for the love of god) you can perform a parry, you just need to time the quick press of this button at the right moment when the opponent is just about to attack you. A successful parry can throw ordinary opponents into stun mode where you can then perform a melee roundhouse kick or a German suplex on them! Parry can also be used to deflect things thrown at you like axes, and also to save your head from being cut off by a chainsaw – yes, you can even parry a chainsaw!

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Alternatively you can turn this additional option (picture above) to enable parries to be done with R2 as well, this way your “stab to escape the hold” and parry will be bound on the same right trigger.

PROTIP: Although the parry in Resident Evil 4 Remake does not require excessive precision in a millisecond, as this isn’t Street Fighter III or Sekiro, the L1/LB buttons have a much shorter deadzone, so they are still more efficient for performing quick parries then R2/RT triggers.

So there you have it, now you know everything about parrying in Resident Evil 4 Remake – try it out, you will find it very useful, it is a good way to turn around a fight with some mad Spanish pitchfork-wielding zombie villagers.

Resident Evil 4 Remake comes out on March 24, for old-gen and next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles and the PC.

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Nikola "Nick" Jovanovic
Nick has been a Prima Games Staff Writer since May 2022, an old-school gamer, and a gamer journalist with over 25 years of expertise. Our resident micro-influencer from Serbia! When he's not driving through Belgrade, he's probably racing in Gran Turismo or Forza, playing some strange JRPG games or just watching pro wrestling.