Resident Evil 4: Ashley is not a weak girl, she is people like us

Anyone who has played at least one game with the escort mission knows how annoying this goal can be, especially if the developers do not work enough with the artificial intelligence of the character that accompanies us. With the announcement of the long-awaited remake resident Evil 4Many people remember one of the most notable characters we have had to accompany and defend in the game of decades: Ashley Graham, the daughter of the President of the United States, who was captured and taken to a Spanish village by mercenary Jack. Krauser was ordered by Los Illuminados.

As Leon Kennedy, our mission is to save the girl and bring her home safely. In the meantime, we have to deal with the evils of the Las Plague virus, which worries the facility even more, especially when Ashley doesn’t know what to do on our side and trusts Leon to instruct her. Yes, this strong man may be in the cliché of the girl who saved him, but the truth is, Ashley was one of the best AI partners of her time and she didn’t let up on her lack of knowledge in battle. Help us and make the game even more magical.

Leon, HELP!

Okay, you can read it here and Ashley is captured by a sick enemy, the famous “Leon, help!” You can remember the moments when he shouted. Hearing this a few times was really annoying, but it gave us a sense of urgency, warning us that Ashley was in danger and that the “game was over”.

However, in addition to the cries for help, Ashley has really shown what future AI partners can be, especially compared to previous and subsequent ones. RE4 in other franchises. silent hill With characters like Maria, it’s one of the best moments in that sense Silent Hill 2 or Eileen Silent Hill 4 This is a real burden for the players, not only in the target sense given the psychological nature of the games.

Eileen is a cute character in Silent Hill 4, but her AI was still not greatSource: Konami / Reproduction

Although Eileen is still armed and able to hit her enemies, her AI can suck and ruin the end of the game because she didn’t do much damage to make you happy. Unfortunately, it’s normal to see Eileen following you for a long time, stuck in some parts of the script, standing in front of you when the enemy attacks, and even falling backwards when you walk through the door to another place.

This role of Ashley and the poor man has a turning point, even though we did not expect it. Yes, she was a privileged girl, the daughter of an American president, and never had a problem, at least not as dangerous as that. However, he has no knowledge of self-defense or combat, and must follow Leon’s instructions to be safe, let’s face it, most of us would be in his situation.

But unlike most AI partners of this era, Ashley can execute certain commands, such as hiding, lagging behind, or following us quickly. This helped a lot in preparing for the fierce battle and was the right thing to do for a specialized agent whose goal was to maintain civil security. If a frightened, untrained person wants a gun, it will be a recipe for disaster, even for their own safety.

Ashley was a partner who was more than willing to help Leon.Ashley was a partner who was more than willing to help Leon.Source: Capcom / Reproduction

Of course, there will be times when Leon and Ashley are surrounded and there is no way to hide, forcing you to fight him on your side and without defense. But here we have another wonderful demonstration of how his artificial intelligence is better prepared than we are accustomed to. Eileen, on the other hand, was attacked at every turn Silent Hill 4Ashley would twist when the gun pointed in her direction, and most of her killings were targeted by curious people or player mistakes.

Another episode that made the game more tense and interesting was when Ashley walked around the big room in the castle and tried to kill the zombies approaching us. Teamwork is very important here, and Ashley’s well-programmed intelligence didn’t disappoint, but the lack of accuracy when a player’s hopes for a goal are dashed can have the same effect on all of us.

Brave than most of us

If you remember Ashley’s screams, it is easy to imagine that she is a little girl crying for help, but she could not help but be moved by what she saw. You can even see all the scenes that seem to refresh your memory, and you can see that he is not overreacting to crying or despair. For the rest, he follows Leon and offers to help Louis get the antidote from Las Plaga, and remains patient when he has to think about what to do next with the agent.

You can see his fear when a giant monster appears, when it is trapped in large boxes, when the enemy puts it on its shoulder, or when the ceiling is full of knives and falls down quickly, but I think you will too. the girl’s skin. Given that he is not afraid to help us, and even later to defend himself in the game, I can never put him in the cliché of a girl in trouble.

After all, who isn’t saved in Resident Evil?

Another thing we cannot forget resident Evil There has never been a franchise to praise adults who are ready to save little girls in trouble. Since the first game was released on PlayStation in 1996, we often have female characters who are more interesting than the men in the series. Women who have embarrassed Jill Valentine, Ada Wong, Claire Redfield, Sheva Alomar, Rebecca Chambers, Sherry Birkin or Helena Harper, Chris Redfield, Leon Kennedy and Carlos Oliveira serve us very well.

In addition, we must be honest: there has never been a character in this series who is capable of everything and does not need help at any time. Leon always saw that Claire and Helena were helping a lot, or that a well-trained and experienced agent, Ada, had saved her. The point with Ashley is that this is not a person who fits the role of a troubled girl, but someone who is inexperienced and has the best chance of surviving what the special agent says.

fair comparisons

Given that we compare Ashley to other AI partners, it’s only natural that you want to compare her to other characters like Ellie who helped us. The last of us. The big difference was that Ellie was born into a world full of infected creatures, and the only way to survive was to fight, defend, and use all possible weapons to live a very different life from Ashley or any other citizen she lived with. live in peace.

Ashley is in the sweetest peace in the world, when zombies stab her in the throatAshley is in the sweetest peace in the world, when zombies stab her in the throatSource: Capcom / Reproduction

That said, of course we can’t ignore the fact that these two games are 8 years apart The last of us There are far more technological resources and fewer hardware limitations resident Evil 4 was in his time. Even without Ashley in her day, I would say that she would not be as good and smart as Ellie, who accompanies us today.

Clearly, we would not have such a cool and well-built partner in a later horrible franchise like Sheva, Helena and Moira. Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil 6 the and Resident Evil Revelations 2. It is important to remember that each of them has some tactical knowledge or previous experience, and we appreciate it more, considering that he did his best with what Ashley was given. With that in mind, do you really think that every character, regardless of gender, needs to be physically or tactically trained to be fun?

room for improvement

An important factor that really worries me in the original version resident Evil 4 Ashley has sexual jokes, such as when Louis Sera commented that the girl was well-fitted while looking at the young woman’s breasts, or when the player was controlling a weapon that could be seen under her skirt. VR.

The new Ashley is featured in the RE4 remake announcement and we hope it will be even more interesting in this version.The new Ashley is featured in the RE4 remake announcement and we hope it will be even more interesting in this version.Source: Capcom / Reproduction

Unfortunately, such facts were common in games released between 1990 and 2000, and in recent years there has been a growing awareness of the subject. Although Ashley Lewis defended herself from the comments and the player’s point of view, they had nothing to do with the game and were completely unnecessary scenes that only served as a joke, so Capcom noticed them and removed them from VR. version of the game. , recently released.

This in itself is a good example of how Resident Evil 4 remakes Not only in her play and visuals, but also in how Ashley re-introduces herself to the world. Make no mistake, we don’t want him to be a zombie-killing monster, but we want him to have more resources to defend himself, or more game units dedicated to him. We do not expect Ethan to be like Winters, who, despite being an ordinary citizen, survived. Resident Evil 7 with the help of mold and special training provided by Chris Redfield Resident Evil 8.

We also saw him in the original game of Ashley’s part, where he had to use some parts of the scenery to protect himself or escape from the monsters around him alone. Personally, I thought it was one of the most interesting chapters of the title because it broke expectations and everything I had already learned with Leon.

For me, this was a real lesson in how a normal person should behave and survive in such a hostile environment, and there is no denying that Ashley easily and graciously and skillfully dealt with her most dangerous and vulnerable moments. Of course, an unprotected girl has a stereotype, exists in a few games, and can make no contribution to narration other than being completely lazy.

By the way, I don’t believe Ashley fits into this category. She is more like us in her behavior, more courageous than most in these situations, so if this is a girl in trouble, the same can be said for all of us.

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