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    =                     Weapon Analysis Guide (Version 0.5)                     =
    =               GameCube (GC) - Playstation 2 (PS2) - PC - Wii                =
    =                       Last Updated on January 3, 2009                       =
    =                      By Zack Scott (re4zack@gmail.com)                      =
    =                              www.ZackScott.net                              =
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    = Table of Contents                                                           =
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    1.0 - Introduction
    2.0 - Update History
    3.0 - Statistics (Please Read)
       3.1 - Firepower (FP)
       3.2 - Firing Speed (FS)
       3.3 - Reloading Speed (RS)
       3.4 - Capacity (Cap)
       3.5 - Total Cost (TC)
       3.6 - Total Cost / Firepower (TC/FP)
       3.7 - Firepower Rate (FP/Sec, FPr)
       3.8 - Total Cost / Firepower Rate (TC/FPr)
       3.9 - Inventory Space (IS)
    4.0 - Handgun Analysis
       4.1 - Handgun
       4.2 - Red9
       4.3 - Punisher
       4.4 - Blacktail
       4.5 - Matilda
       4.5 - Statistical Comparison
       4.6 - Conclusion (The Best Handgun)
    5.0 - Shotgun Analysis
       5.1 - Shotgun
       5.2 - Riot Gun
       5.3 - Striker
       5.4 - Statistical Comparison
       5.5 - Conclusion (The Best Shotgun)
    6.0 - Rifle Analysis
       6.1 - Rifle
       6.2 - Rifle (Semi-auto)
       6.3 - Statistical Comparison
       6.4 - Conclusion (The Best Rifle)
    7.0 - Magnum Analysis
       7.1 - Broken Butterfly
       7.2 - Killer7
       7.3 - Handcannon
       7.4 - Statistical Comparison
       7.5 - Conclusion (The Best Magnum)
    8.0 - TMP Analysis
       8.1 - TMP
       8.2 - Statistical Analysis
       8.3 - Conclusion (Don't Use the TMP)
    9.0 - Other Weapons
       9.1 - Mine Thrower
       9.2 - Rocket Launcher
       9.3 - Rocket Launcher (Special)
       9.4 - Infinite Launcher
       9.5 - Chicago Typewriter
       9.6 - P.R.L. 412
       9.7 - Conclusion (You Decide)
    10.0 - Complete Statistics
    11.0 - Miscellaneous Tips
    12.0 - Summary
    13.0 - Acknowledgments
    14.0 - Contact Information
    15.0 - Legal Information
          
    
    
    
    
    
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    = 1.0 - Introduction                                                          =
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    In early 2005, the best game for the GameCube was released. This game was 
    Resident Evil 4. I bought it on its release date and became an enormous fan of 
    the game. I then felt oddly compelled to analyze its weapon and currency 
    system. The results of my analysis greatly improved my understanding of the 
    game mechanics, and I became such a better player that I decided to use my 
    findings to write my first FAQ ever. The Resident Evil 4 Weapon Analysis Guide 
    was born.
    
    Later that year, the PlayStation 2 version of the game was released. It had a 
    few new additions as well as some updated weapon stats, but I never got around 
    to updating my guide to reflect the changes. However, in June 2007, Resident 
    Evil 4 Wii Edition was released, and it is awesome. It has all of the updates 
    the PS2 version had, better graphics, and optional motion controls. I believe 
    it's the best version to play. The real reason I'm mentioning it though is 
    because it rekindled my interest in updating this guide.
    
    The purpose of this guide is to help you acquire the best weapons while 
    conserving pesetas (money). These two things go hand in hand. The more money 
    you save the quicker you can get better weapons. The quicker you get better 
    weapons the more money you'll end up saving. It's a continuous loop, just like 
    the Ouroboros. Therefore, this guide details both while trying to keep them 
    balanced. After all, you can beat the game with just a knife and a handgun. 
    It's tough, but it's a fun challenge. Plus, you'll save tons of cash. However, 
    this guide assumes you'll want to operate at your maximum efficiency by keeping 
    up with the available weapons and upgrades.
    
    In this guide I attempt to determine which weapons are the best, and I've 
    included a lot of calculated data to support my conclusions. However, "best" is 
    a subjective term, so deciding which weapons to buy should also rely on your 
    personal preferences. Feel free to choose different weapons and upgrades than I 
    did. I just hope this guide provides enough data analysis for you to make 
    better decisions than you would have without it.
    
    Please note that the next section you should read is section 3.0 (the 
    Statistics section). It explains the depth of this guide and includes 
    explanations for some of the stats and results I've derived. With that said, I 
    would like to thank you for reading this guide. I've tried to incorporate all 
    versions of the game while pointing out how their differences could affect your 
    gameplay and decisions. I also tried to take into account all types of players 
    ranging from those who will only play through the game once to those who will 
    beat professional mode and unlock all of the special weapons. Please send any 
    comments, questions, or suggestions to re4zack@gmail.com, and thanks in 
    advance. Enjoy this guide, and have a good day in general.
    
    
    
    
    
    
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    = 2.0 - Update History                                                        =
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    This section includes a short description of all of the updates that this guide 
    has been through. I saw that a lot of other FAQs and guides include a section 
    like this, so I decided to fall in line and provide the same.
    
    
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    - Version 0.5 - January 3, 2009 -
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    Wow, it's been over three years, but the upcoming Resident Evil 5 has inspired 
    me to update this guide! I started updating it in mid 2007 right after the new 
    Wii version came out, but I just got around to completing the update. I have 
    now included all of the weapon changes made to versions after the GameCube 
    edition, and I have tried to incorporate all versions of the game into this 
    guide. As always, the introduction has been redone, and lots of new info has 
    been added throughout this document. Hey, it's been three years, and a lot has 
    happened. I've also removed some things I typed in 2005 that I no longer find 
    funny, so I apologize if this guide is not as funny as it used to be.
    
    
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    - Version 0.4 - March 13, 2005 -
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    I added some new shotgun advice that I received from Fernando, a frequent e-
    mailer. Thanks a ton! Also, Iceman39 e-mailed me with information about where 
    the Matilda probably got its name. Check out section 4.5 for that information. 
    I also added some more text to the introduction to make this guide appear more 
    important than it actually is. Also, check out section 9.3 for information 
    about the Rocket Launcher (Special) that is received at the end of the game.
    
    
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    - Version 0.3 - March 4, 2005 -
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    This version includes an updated conclusion for the Handgun Analysis section (I 
    did a lot more research in that area). Also, I had to change some stats for the 
    Punisher thanks to RingWraith775 pointing out that the first firepower upgrade 
    of the Punisher can be free. If you check out the Magnum Analysis section's 
    conclusion, you'll see an alternate idea pointed out by Alan C. Wells. I also 
    added "---" in numerous tables to show that a weapon doesn't have an upgrade 
    available for a particular level. I also was referring to the Infrared Scope as 
    the "Thermal Scope," so I fixed that mistake. I also rewrote part of the 
    introduction section to make it flow better.
    
    
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    - Version 0.2 - February 23, 2005 -
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    The Handcannon information is now available! The Magnum Analysis section has 
    totally changed. In this version I also corrected a few spelling and 
    grammatical errors. This marks the first version that was accepted by GameFAQs. 
    For some reason, Version 0.1 wasn't accepted because there was already a FAQ 
    titled "Weapons FAQ." I then submitted Version 0.2 and explained how this guide 
    differed from "Weapons FAQ" and how this guide was unique. It then got 
    accepted! Awesome!
    
    
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    - Version 0.1 - February 18, 2005 -
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    Version 0.1 is the first version of this guide. It includes the Introduction, 
    Version History, Statistics, Handgun Analysis, Shotgun Analysis, Rifle 
    Analysis, Magnum Analysis, TMP Analysis, Other Weapons, Miscellaneous Tips, 
    Summary, Acknowledgements, Contact Information, and Legal Information sections.
    
    
    
    
    
    
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    = 3.0 - Statistics (Please Read)                                              =
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    Two types of statistics are used throughout this guide: statistics found 
    directly in the game and statistics that have been derived by me. Before 
    reading any of the detailed analysis of the weapons, it is important to 
    understand where they came from and what they mean.
    
    I should note that the statistics used in this guide mainly deal with the 
    weapons once they have been fully upgraded. It is a good idea to aim for fully 
    upgraded weapons, especially if you decide to play the game multiple times. 
    Fully upgraded weapons are very powerful and much more efficient than their 
    lower-level counterparts. Occasionally, I will talk about the guns at lower 
    levels, but only to compare their upgrading process.
    
    
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    - 3.1 - Firepower (FP) -
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    To me, firepower is usually the most important aspect of a gun since ammo is 
    sometimes a scarce commodity. This stat essentially translates to how much 
    damage can be dealt to an enemy for each shot. If a gun has a higher firepower, 
    then fewer bullets will be used to get the job done. You can then use the extra 
    ammo to kill more enemies or make money by selling it. Each gun's firepower can 
    be found in the game.
    
    
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    - 3.2 - Firing Speed (FS) -
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    How fast can a gun fire? The firing speed will tell you just that. This is an 
    important stat for guns that do not have a high firepower. It is also an 
    important stat to consider when enemies are rushing at you. Each gun's firing 
    speed can be found in the game.
    
    
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    - 3.3 - Reloading Speed (RS) -
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    Reloading speed is the time it takes for you (Leon) to fill the gun back to its 
    maximum ammo capacity. This is important during a heated battle, especially for 
    guns with a low ammo capacity. Each gun's reloading speed can be found in the 
    game.
    
    
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    - 3.4 - Capacity (Cap) -
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    Capacity is how many bullets a particular gun can hold. For rapid-firing 
    weapons, this is an extremely important stat. For others guns, this stat is not 
    as important. Guns with higher capacity are better for the overall inventory 
    because they can lessen the amount of bullets that have to be carried 
    separately in Leon's case. Each gun's capacity can be found in the game.
    
    
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    - 3.5 - Total Cost (TC) -
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    Having fully-upgraded weapons is a key to success towards the end of the game. 
    The total cost stat is derived by adding up the cost of the gun's initial 
    acquisition with the costs of every upgrade. I should note now that in this 
    guide, if a gun can be acquired for free, then the cost to actually buy it is 
    not included in this stat. That is because if you plan to use a particular type 
    of gun, then you should never sell a free one only to buy it again later. The 
    total cost of a weapon is important when determining if a particular gun is 
    worth the money. This guide will help you do just that.
    
    
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    - 3.6 - Total Cost / Firepower (TC/FP) -
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    The total cost per firepower stat is calculated by simply taking the total cost 
    to obtain a fully upgraded gun and dividing that cost by the gun's maximum 
    firepower. This stat shows the value of that gun's firepower. For example, if 
    you wanted to buy and upgrade a gun only for its firepower, then you'd 
    obviously want it to have a high firepower rating. However, if you could buy a 
    10,000 peseta gun with a firepower of 11 or a 6,000 peseta gun with a firepower 
    of 8, which one would be a better deal? Which one would you buy? This statistic 
    could help you decide.
    
    
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    - 3.7 - Firepower Rate (FP/Sec, FPr) -
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    Sometimes you might find yourself in the middle of a swarm of creatures that 
    needs to be eliminated as quickly as possible. The firepower rate stat helps 
    you determine which guns are best for that type of situation. This stat 
    basically tells you how much damage per second you could do. It is calculated 
    by taking the firepower of a gun and dividing that by how long it takes to fire 
    all of its bullets and then reload it. You might find this stat useful when 
    deciding which shotgun to buy or whether or not you should buy a TMP. But don't 
    forget that grenades work wonders against crowds as well.
    
    Here's an analogy that might help you understand how to use this stat: let's 
    say you have one car that has a top speed of 400 mph and another that can go up 
    to 900 mph. Well, what if the first car can get to 400 mph in 2 seconds, but it 
    takes the second car 2 minutes to get to 900? Some people might want the 900 
    mph car for its top speed, while others will want the 400 mph car for its 
    awesome acceleration. Likewise, some people might want the Red9 for its high 
    firepower, while some people might want the Blacktail for its high firepower 
    rate.
    
    
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    - 3.8 - Total Cost / Firepower Rate (TC/FPr) -
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    The total cost per firepower rate statistic is the most complicated statistic 
    used in this guide. I think I came up with the idea for it when I was drunk. It 
    is calculated by taking the total cost and dividing it by the calculated 
    firepower rate. So, what's the purpose of this stat? Well, like the total cost 
    per firepower stat, this stat can help you determine if a gun is worth the 
    money. This may not seem like an incredibly important statistic, but it is 
    interesting to look at when comparing guns from an economic standpoint.
    
    
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    - 3.9 - Inventory Space (IS) -
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    Inventory space has always been an aspect of Resident Evil games. Fortunately, 
    Resident Evil 4 gives you more space and better control of how to manage it. 
    It's important to know how much space a weapon takes up because it's impossible 
    to carry every gun. I never buy the TMP, Rocket Launcher, or Mine Thrower, so 
    this stat is rarely an issue for me. However, if you don't feel like playing 
    through this game multiple times, then you might want to experience the fun of 
    many big weapons during your first and only time playing. The inventory space 
    that a gun consumes is then a concern.
    
    
    
    
    
    
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    = 4.0 - Handgun Analysis                                                      =
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    Other than the knife and Leon's foot, handguns are the most basic weapons of 
    the game. Aside from enemy encounters, handguns are great for shooting 
    stationary targets such as birds and treasure. Since handgun ammo is not as 
    rare as other types of ammo, you might want to use your handgun whenever 
    possible. If you'd rather use the bigger and better weapons most of the time, 
    it is still a good idea to keep a decent handgun ready. Sometimes you'll run 
    out of shotgun ammo. Sometimes you'll need to reload a bigger gun, but you just 
    won't have time. Sometimes a villager will call out in Spanish and challenge 
    you to a duel. That's when you'll need to switch to your handgun.
    
    
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    - 4.1 - Handgun -
    -----------------
    
    Description:			"A standard 9mm handgun."
    Base Cost:			Free upon starting the game (or 8,000 ptas)
    Inventory Space:		3 x 2 (6 spaces)
    Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	198,000 ptas
    Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	103,750 ptas
    
       GC/PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 1.0             | 0.47          | 1.73          | 10            |
       |  2  | 1.2 (7,000)     | 0.40 (5,000)  | 1.47 (4,000)  | 13 (4,000)    |
       |  3  | 1.4 (10,000)    | 0.33 (12,000) | 0.87 (10,000) | 16 (6,000)    |
       |  4  | 1.6 (15,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 19 (8,000)    |
       |  5  | 1.8 (18,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 22 (10,000)   |
       |  6  | 2.0 (20,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 25 (12,000)   |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Exclusive:	Increases chance of critical headshot by five times (57,000)
    
    Info:		The only interesting thing about this gun is the fact that Leon
    		starts the game with it, so it is free. To me, the critical 
    		headshot exclusive isn't worth the overall lack of firepower
    		that this gun offers.
    
    
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    - 4.2 - Red9 -
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    Description:			"A powerful 9mm handgun."
    Base Cost:			14,000 ptas
    Stock Cost:			4,000 ptas
    Inventory Space:		4 x 2 (8 spaces)
    Stock's Inventory Space:	3 x 1 (3 spaces)
    Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	335,000 ptas*
    Fully-upgraded Resale Value:  	168,200 ptas*
    
       PS2/Wii Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 1.6             | 0.53          | 2.73          | 8             |
       |  2  | 1.8 (15,000)    | 0.47 (10,000) | 2.20 (6,000)  | 10 (6,000)    |
       |  3  | 2.1 (20,000)    | 0.40 (15,000) | 1.67 (10,000) | 12 (8,000)    |
       |  4  | 2.5 (24,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 15 (12,000)   |
       |  5  | 3.0 (28,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 18 (16,000)   |
       |  6  | 3.7 (45,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 22 (22,000)   |
       | Exc | 6.5 (80,000)    |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
       GC Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 1.4             | 0.53          | 2.73          | 8             |
       |  2  | 1.7 (15,000)    | 0.47 (10,000) | 2.20 (6,000)  | 10 (6,000)    |
       |  3  | 2.0 (20,000)    | 0.40 (15,000) | 1.67 (10,000) | 12 (8,000)    |
       |  4  | 2.4 (24,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 15 (12,000)   |
       |  5  | 2.8 (28,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 18 (16,000)   |
       |  6  | 3.5 (45,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 22 (22,000)   |
       | Exc | 5.0 (80,000)    |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Exclusive:	Increases the Firepower to 6.5 (5.0 in the GC version) (80,000)
    
    Info:		When completely upgraded, this gun's firepower is the highest 
    		out of all of the handguns. Unfortunately, with its stock, this
    		gun takes up the most inventory space (11 spaces) out of all of
    		the handguns.
    
    *Note:		These costs include the cost of the stock. Before the Wii
    		version came out, there was no way I'd use a Red9 without it. 
    		However, aiming is a lot easier on the Wii, so you may not need
    		the stock. The difference in the total cost doesn't really
    		impact the conclusion of the Handgun statistical comparison.
    
    
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    - 4.3 - Punisher -
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    Description:			"This 9mm handgun will blast a hole through two 
    				enemies!"
    Base Cost:			Free from the Merchant after shooting ten 
    				medallions (or 20,000 ptas)
    Inventory Space:		3 x 2 (6 spaces)
    Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	266,000 ptas
    Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	148,900 ptas
    
       GC/PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 0.9             | 0.47          | 1.70          | 10            |
       |  2  | 1.1 (10,000*)   | 0.40 (10,000) | 1.47 (8,000)  | 13 (8,000)    |
       |  3  | 1.3 (15,000)    | 0.33 (20,000) | 0.83 (18,000) | 16 (10,000)   |
       |  4  | 1.5 (20,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 20 (15,000)   |
       |  5  | 1.7 (25,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 24 (18,000)   |
       |  6  | 1.9 (35,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 28 (24,000)   |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Exclusive:	Bullets penetrate up to five bodies at one time (40,000)
    
    Info:		Before purchasing the exclusive upgrade of this weapon, it 
    		normally penetrates two enemies at once. This is about enough
    		since you'll rarely be able to line up five enemies. Also,
    		almost any other gun is much better than a handgun for dealing 
    		with large groups.
    
    *Note:		The 1.1 firepower upgrade is free if you shoot all fifteen 
    		medallions instead of only ten. If you only shoot ten, then 
    		you'll have to cough up an extra 10,000 pesetas. Thanks goes
    		out to RingWraith775 for letting me know!
    
    
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    - 4.4 - Blacktail -
    -------------------
    			
    Description:			"A 9mm handgun with superior handling."
    Base Cost:			24,000 ptas
    Inventory Space:		3 x 2 (6 spaces)
    Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	362,000 ptas
    Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	182,000 ptas
    
       PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 1.6             | 0.47          | 1.70          | 15            |
       |  2  | 1.8 (10,000)    | 0.40 (10,000) | 1.47 (8,000)  | 18 (8,000)    |
       |  3  | 2.0 (15,000)    | 0.27 (20,000) | 0.83 (15,000) | 21 (10,000)   |
       |  4  | 2.3 (20,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 25 (15,000)   |
       |  5  | 2.7 (25,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 30 (20,000)   |
       |  6  | 3.2 (35,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 35 (25,000)   |
       | Exc | 4.5 (80,000)    |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
       GC Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 1.6             | 0.47          | 1.70          | 15            |
       |  2  | 1.8 (10,000)    | 0.40 (10,000) | 1.47 (8,000)  | 18 (8,000)    |
       |  3  | 2.0 (15,000)    | 0.27 (20,000) | 0.83 (15,000) | 21 (10,000)   |
       |  4  | 2.3 (20,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 25 (15,000)   |
       |  5  | 2.7 (25,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 30 (20,000)   |
       |  6  | 3.0 (35,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 35 (25,000)   |
       | Exc | 3.4 (80,000)    |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Exclusive:	Increases the Firepower to 4.5 (3.4 in the GC version) (80,000)
    
    Info:		The Blacktail is a fairly quick gun with a good aim and a 
    		decent firepower. It is the last handgun to become available to 
    		those who are playing their first time through.
    
    
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    - 4.5 - Matilda -
    -----------------
    			
    Description:			"A 9mm handgun with Burst-Fire capability."
    Base Cost:			70,000 ptas (available after beating the game)
    Inventory Space:		5 x 2 (10 spaces)
    Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	303,000 ptas
    Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	155,750 ptas
    
       GC/PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 1.5             | 0.47          | 1.73          | 15            |
       |  2  | 1.7 (15,000)    |      ---      | 1.47 (6,000)  | 18 (7,000)    |
       |  3  | 1.9 (17,000)    |      ---      | 0.87 (15,000) | 21 (10,000)   |
       |  4  | 2.1 (20,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 24 (12,000)   |
       |  5  | 2.3 (25,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 27 (16,000)   |
       |  6  | 2.5 (35,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 30 (20,000)   |
       | Exc |       ---       |      ---      |      ---      | 100 (35,000)  |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Exclusive:	Increases the Capacity to 100 (35,000)
    
    Info:		The Matilda (named after a Roald Dahl book*) only becomes 
    		available after beating the game once. Therefore, buying this 
    		gun may not be as rewarding as perhaps saving up for the 
    		Chicago Typewriter and buying that (beat Assignment Ada first). 
    		However, if money is not an issue, and you're bored, this is an 
    		excellent handgun to get because it can fire three bullets in a 
    		very rapid succession. But then again, there's the Chicago 
    		Typewriter for that kind of stuff.
    
    *Note:		Actually, the Matilda is probably named after Natalie Portman's 
    		character in Luc Besson's film "Leon: The Professional." 
    		Iceman39 pointed this observation out in an e-mail he sent me. 
    		He wrote "This is just a guess but I would say it was named 
    		after Natalie Portman's character in Luc Besson's Leon. In one 
    		scene in the film Leon gives Matilda a pistol, much like the 
    		Matilda in RE4. Plus the fact that the film's title and main 
    		character's name are identical to our protagonist's in RE4 
    		doesn't hurt my hypothesis either." Thanks again Iceman39!
    
    
    --------------------------------
    - 4.6 - Statistical Comparison -
    --------------------------------
    
    PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    | Gun                | Max FP | Total Cost | TC/FP     | FP/Sec    | TC/FPr   |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Handgun            |  2.0   | [198,000]  |  99,000   |  5.482    |  36,115  |
    | Red9               | [6.5]  |  335,000   | [51,539]  |  13.658   |  24,528  |
    | Punisher*          |  1.9   |  266,000   |  140,000  |  5.283    |  50,350  |
    | Blacktail          |  4.5   |  362,000   |  80,444   | [15.321]  | [23,628] |
    | Matilda**          |  2.5   |  303,000   |  121,200  |  15.118   | [20,042] |
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    GC Stats:
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    | Gun                | Max FP | Total Cost | TC/FP     | FP/Sec    | TC/FPr   |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Handgun            |  2.0   | [198,000]  |  99,000   |  5.482    |  36,115  |
    | Red9               | [5.0]  |  335,000   | [67,000]  |  10.506   |  31,886  |
    | Punisher*          |  1.9   |  266,000   |  140,000  |  5.283    |  50,350  |
    | Blacktail          |  3.4   |  362,000   |  106,471  | [11.576]  | [31,272] |
    | Matilda**          |  2.0   |  303,000   |  151,500  | [12.094]  | [25,053] |
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Brackets indicate a weapon's statistical superiority in its own class. 
    
    *Note:		Unlike other handguns, the Punisher is capable of shooting 
    		through multiple targets. This means that potentially more 
    		damage could be dealt than other guns of a greater firepower. 
    		However, you will not always be able to shoot multiple targets 
    		at once, so the Punisher's special ability has been ignored in 
    		the above analysis.
    
    **Note:		The Matilda's rapid-fire capability has been taken into 
    		consideration for the FP/Sec and TC/FPr stats.
    
    
    ---------------------------------------
    - 4.7 - Conclusion (The Best Handgun) -
    ---------------------------------------
    
    So, what's the best handgun to use in the game? I'd say the Red9 mainly because 
    it has the most firepower out of all of the handguns, making it the most 
    efficient. Also, the Red9 is the most economically sound for the amount of 
    damage it does. Its total cost per firepower (TC/FP) is the least out of all of 
    the handguns. The Red9 does have two downsides though: it takes up a lot of 
    inventory space (11 spaces total with the stock), and it is German. Its 
    consumption of space never affects my game though, mainly because I don't buy 
    weapons like the TMP or the Mine Thrower.
    
    The second best gun would be the Blacktail. Overall, it isn't that much more 
    expensive than the Red9, and it does pack a decent amount of firepower when 
    fully upgraded. It also consumes less inventory space. If you plan on buying 
    many items or weapons, then this would be a great gun to have in Leon's case. 
    Also, you'll notice that the firepower rate (FP/Sec) of the Blacktail is the 
    highest out of all of the handguns available. The total cost per firepower rate 
    (TC/FPr) is also the lowest for the Blacktail. Unfortunately, neither of these 
    two stats really matter to me for handguns. Unless I'm just showing off, I 
    rarely take on a large group of enemies with a handgun. Another downside is 
    that you'll have to wait until Chapter 3 to acquire the Blacktail.
    
    The Punisher is not a good handgun choice because it's exclusive is not really 
    that useful. If you keep that gun, the only one you're punishing is yourself. 
    Remember, attacking multiple targets is best suited for shotguns, rifles, and 
    grenades. The Matilda, although a great gun (and a great children's book), 
    isn't really needed once it becomes available. If you want a gun with rapid 
    fire, you'd be better of beating Assignment Ada and saving up for the Chicago 
    Typewriter.
    
    The standard Handgun does give you a lot better chance of blowing off the heads 
    of enemies, but that doesn't outweigh the Red9's firepower. In fact, just to 
    make sure, I did a test. I played through a portion of Chapter 2-2 three times. 
    I used a fully-upgraded Handgun the first time, a fully-upgraded Red9 the 
    second time, and a fully-upgraded Blacktail the third time. With the Handgun, I 
    killed 16 villagers with 44 bullets total. With the Red9, I killed them with 32 
    bullets, and with the Blacktail, I killed them with 37 bullets. So, with the 
    Handgun, it took me 2.75 bullets to kill each villager, but with the Red9, it 
    only took me 2.00 bullets to kill each villager. The Blacktail had similar 
    results (2.31 bullets per villager). This test directly shows the correlation 
    between firepower and bullet conservation, and it shows why the Red9 is the 
    best handgun choice.
    
    For those of you playing through the game for your first time, you should use 
    my personal strategy for acquiring handguns. First, you'll want to avoid 
    upgrading your basic Handgun. Once you shoot all fifteen blue medallions, 
    you'll get the Punisher. You can either sell it or sell the Handgun. I'll leave 
    that to you, but do sell one of them. Once the Red9 becomes available, sell 
    whatever handgun you have, and buy the Red9 (preferably with the stock), and 
    never look back. Focus on upgrading the Red9's firepower as often as possible, 
    and upgrade the capacity whenever you need bullets or have pesetas to spare. If 
    you're doing well enough in the game, you might find that you don't even have 
    to upgrade the Red9 all the way.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    ===============================================================================
    = 5.0 - Shotgun Analysis                                                      =
    ===============================================================================
    
    In previous Resident Evil games, using a shotgun was the equivalent of using a 
    pellet gun in real life. Okay, not really. However, I'd be willing to say that 
    the shotgun is the most important class of guns in Resident Evil 4. Not only do 
    they have a pretty large firepower, but they can also damage numerous creatures 
    at once. If you're like me, then you're going to use your shotgun as the gun to 
    pull out when the going gets really tough...and the tough gets really going.
    
    
    -----------------
    - 5.1 - Shotgun -
    -----------------
    
    Description:			"A 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. Don't leave 
    				home without it."
    Base Cost:			Free in the village (or 20,000 ptas)
    Inventory Space:		8 x 2 (16 spaces)
    Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	257,000 ptas (312,000 in the GC version)
    Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	167,440 ptas 
    
       PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 4.0             | 1.53          | 3.03          | 6             |
       |  2  | 4.5 (15,000)    |      ---      | 2.43 (7,000)  | 8 (8,000)     |
       |  3  | 5.0 (20,000)    |      ---      | 1.67 (15,000) | 10 (10,000)   |
       |  4  | 6.0 (25,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 12 (12,000)   |
       |  5  | 7.0 (30,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 15 (15,000)   |
       |  6  | 8.0 (40,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 18 (20,000)   |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
       GC Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 4.0             | 1.53          | 3.03          | 6             |
       |  2  | 4.5 (15,000)    |      ---      | 2.43 (7,000)  | 8 (8,000)     |
       |  3  | 5.0 (20,000)    |      ---      | 1.50 (15,000) | 10 (10,000)   |
       |  4  | 6.0 (25,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 12 (12,000)   |
       |  5  | 7.0 (30,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 15 (15,000)   |
       |  6  | 8.0 (45,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 18 (20,000)   |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Exclusive:	Makes the firepower the same for all distances (40,000) (90,000 
    		in the GC version)
    
    Info:		This shotgun can be found for free towards the very beginning 
    		of the game (in the second story of one of the houses in the 
    		village). Since shotguns are normally only good for close 
    		encounters, this gun's exclusive upgrade is well worth the 
    		price.
    
    
    ------------------
    - 5.2 - Riot Gun -
    ------------------
    
    Description:			"This pump-action shotgun is effective even at 
    				long distances!"
    Base Cost:			32,000 ptas
    Inventory Space:		8 x 2 (16 spaces)
    Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	415,000 ptas
    Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	208,700 ptas
    
       PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 5.0             | 1.53          | 3.03          | 7             |
       |  2  | 5.5 (20,000)    |      ---      | 2.43 (7,000)  | 9 (10,000)    |
       |  3  | 6.0 (24,000)    |      ---      | 1.67 (20,000) | 11 (12,000)   |
       |  4  | 6.5 (28,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 13 (15,000)   |
       |  5  | 7.0 (32,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 15 (20,000)   |
       |  6  | 8.0 (50,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 17 (25,000)   |
       | Exc | 10.0 (120,000)  |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
       GC Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 5.0             | 1.53          | 3.03          | 7             |
       |  2  | 5.5 (20,000)    |      ---      | 2.43 (7,000)  | 9 (10,000)    |
       |  3  | 6.0 (24,000)    |      ---      | 1.50 (20,000) | 11 (12,000)   |
       |  4  | 6.5 (28,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 13 (15,000)   |
       |  5  | 7.0 (32,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 15 (20,000)   |
       |  6  | 8.0 (50,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 17 (25,000)   |
       | Exc | 10.0 (120,000)  |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Exclusive:	Increases the firepower to 10.0 (120,000)
    
    Info:		One good feature of the Riot Gun is that you can aim and turn 
    		faster with it than the regular Shotgun. It is, however, not 
    		extremely better than the regular Shotgun.
    
    
    -----------------
    - 5.3 - Striker -
    -----------------
    
    Description:			"Equipped with the advantage of wide-shot, it 
    				enables faster firing than a standard shotgun"
    Base Cost:			43,000 ptas
    Inventory Space:		5 x 2 (10 spaces)
    Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	392,000 ptas
    Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	206,560 ptas
    
       PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 6.0             | 1.10          | 3.00          | 12            |
       |  2  | 7.0 (25,000)    |      ---      | 2.40 (8,000)  | 14 (10,000)   |
       |  3  | 8.0 (28,000)    |      ---      | 1.67 (15,000) | 16 (12,000)   |
       |  4  | 9.0 (32,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 20 (16,000)   |
       |  5  | 10.0 (40,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 24 (18,000)   |
       |  6  | 12.0 (60,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 28 (25,000)   |
       | Exc |       ---       |      ---      |      ---      | 100 (60,000)  |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
       GC Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 6.0             | 0.73          | 3.00          | 12            |
       |  2  | 7.0 (25,000)    |      ---      | 2.40 (8,000)  | 14 (10,000)   |
       |  3  | 8.0 (28,000)    |      ---      | 1.50 (15,000) | 16 (12,000)   |
       |  4  | 9.0 (32,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 20 (16,000)   |
       |  5  | 10.0 (40,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 24 (18,000)   |
       |  6  | 12.0 (60,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 28 (25,000)   |
       | Exc |       ---       |      ---      |      ---      | 100 (60,000)  |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Exclusive:	Increases the capacity to 100 (60,000)
    
    Info:		This shotgun has the greatest firing speed, maximum firepower, 
    		and maximum capacity out of all three shotguns. Unfortunately, 
    		you have to wait a while until you can buy this gun.
    
    
    --------------------------------
    - 5.4 - Statistical Comparison -
    --------------------------------
    
    PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    | Gun                | Max FP | Total Cost | TC/FP     | FP/Sec    | TC/FPr   |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Shotgun            |  8.0   | [257,000]  | [32,125]  |  4.930    |  52,132  |
    | Riot Gun           |  10.0  |  415,000   |  41,500   |  6.142    |  67,572  |
    | Striker            | [12.0] |  392,000   |  32,667   | [10.746]  | [36,479] |
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    GC Stats:
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    | Gun                | Max FP | Total Cost | TC/FP     | FP/Sec    | TC/FPr   |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Shotgun            |  8.0   | [312,000]  |  39,000   |  4.959    |  62,920  |
    | Riot Gun           |  10.0  |  415,000   |  41,500   |  6.180    |  67,157  |
    | Striker            | [12.0] |  392,000   | [32,667]  | [16.107]  | [24,337] |
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Brackets indicate a weapon's statistical superiority in its own class. 
    
    
    ---------------------------------------
    - 5.5 - Conclusion (The Best Shotgun) -
    ---------------------------------------
    
    The best shotgun to use is without a doubt the Striker. It has the greatest 
    maximum firepower, the greatest firepower per second, the greatest maximum 
    capacity, and it takes up the least amount of inventory spaces. There are a few 
    downsides to this gun though. First, it is truly a wide-shot gun that isn't as 
    suited for long distance shooting as the regular Shotgun can be. Also, you get 
    it pretty late in the game. That's why you should use my strategy of acquiring 
    shotguns.
    
    First, get the regular Shotgun in the village. Now just hang on to it until the 
    Striker becomes available. Ignore the Riot Gun and just upgrade the Shotgun's 
    firepower and capacity if you feel like you need to. When the Striker becomes 
    available, sell the Shotgun and focus on maxing out the Striker. It is well 
    worth it!
    
    So why do I say to never buy the Riot Gun? Well, the number one reason is 
    because you're going to want to save up for the Striker, so the Riot Gun is 
    just a waste of money. Just look at the upgrades and the upgrade costs of the 
    Riot Gun. They are almost the exact same as the Shotgun. So if you need a 
    decent shotgun before the Striker becomes available (you probably will), then 
    just upgrade the regular Shotgun a bit.
    
    Let's say that you want to avoid the Striker completely though. Let's say that 
    you want to keep either the Shotgun or the Riot Gun. Now I have no idea why 
    anyone would want to do that. Nobody knows why except for you. Regardless, I 
    would still recommend not getting the Riot Gun. The extra turning speed and the 
    two extra points of firepower are not really worth the extra 100,000 pesetas. 
    The regular Shotgun has the most value per firepower (just look at the TC/FP 
    stat). You could use that money for other things. Plus, wouldn't it be cool to 
    use a shotgun for long distance shooting? I think so. Of course, this guide 
    leaves the final call up to you. The Riot Gun does look cooler...
    
    Actually, there is one instance that I would recommend getting the Riot Gun. If 
    you want to limit yourself and only get your shotgun's firepower up to 5.0 then 
    please buy the Riot Gun. It costs 32,000 pesetas, and it starts off with a 
    firepower of 5.0. It costs 35,000 pesetas just to upgrade the standard Shotgun 
    to that same level. So, you'll save 3,000 pesetas, and you'll get up to 10,000 
    by selling your non-upgraded Shotgun. Now's that's a deal! I would like to 
    thank Fernando very much for e-mailing me this information. You might do fine 
    with a firepower of 5.0 until the Striker becomes available. However, if you're 
    not sure, then just do as I have already advised.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    ===============================================================================
    = 6.0 - Rifle Analysis                                                        =
    ===============================================================================
    
    I wouldn't say that the rifles are 100% necessary to own, but you'd be kicking 
    yourself if you didn't get one. Rifles are excellent for shooting long range, 
    especially if you can take out tons of enemies before they even reach you. 
    Also, rifles have pretty good firepower, and their bullets can go through 
    multiple targets. Because of this feature, attacking even close-range enemies 
    with a rifle is sometimes a good choice.
    
    If you don't own a rifle in the game, you're going to miss out on a lot of the 
    fun. Sniping is usually my favorite part of any game that contains rifles. In 
    order to do proper sniping, you are going to want to get the better scopes. 
    Therefore, the cost of the additional scopes has been included in the stats for 
    both of the rifles. Besides, the included cost doesn't really make a huge 
    difference when comparing the two rifles anyway.
    
    
    ---------------
    - 6.1 - Rifle -
    ---------------
    
    Description:			"A .223 caliber bolt action rifle."
    Base Cost:			12,000 ptas
    Scope Cost:			7,000 ptas
    Inventory Space:		9 x 1 (9 spaces)
    Scope's Inventory Space:	3 x 1 (3 spaces)
    Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	296,000 ptas*
    Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	149,950 ptas*
    
       PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 4.0             | 2.73          | 4.00          | 5             |
       |  2  | 5.0 (10,000)    |      ---      | 3.23 (8,000)  | 7 (6,000)     |
       |  3  | 6.0 (12,000)    |      ---      | 2.33 (18,000) | 9 (8,000)     |
       |  4  | 8.0 (20,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 12 (12,000)   |
       |  5  | 10.0 (25,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 15 (18,000)   |
       |  6  | 12.0 (35,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 18 (25,000)   |
       | Exc | 30.0 (80,000)   |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
       GC Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 4.0             | 0.67          | 4.00          | 5             |
       |  2  | 5.0 (10,000)    |      ---      | 3.23 (8,000)  | 7 (6,000)     |
       |  3  | 6.0 (12,000)    |      ---      | 2.33 (18,000) | 9 (8,000)     |
       |  4  | 8.0 (20,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 12 (12,000)   |
       |  5  | 10.0 (25,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 15 (18,000)   |
       |  6  | 12.0 (35,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 18 (25,000)   |
       | Exc | 18.0 (80,000)   |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Exclusive:	Increases the firepower to 30.0 (18.0 in the GC version) 
    		(80,000)
    
    Info:		The standard Rifle is a pretty powerful gun, but it is a bit 
    		slow. Also, after firing, the scope view is exited so that the 
    		next bullet can be readied. This can be a bit distracting.
    
    *Note:		These costs include the cost of the additional scope. The 
    		rifles do come equipped with scopes, but the individual scopes 
    		are much better for sniping.
    
    
    ---------------------------
    - 6.2 - Rifle (Semi-auto) -
    ---------------------------
    
    Description:			"A .223 caliber rifle capable of firing faster 
    				than the standard rifle."
    Base Cost:			35,000 ptas
    Scope Cost:			10,000 ptas
    Inventory Space:		7 x 2 (14 spaces)
    Scope's Inventory Space:	3 x 1 (3 spaces)
    Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	361,000 ptas*
    Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	182,600 ptas*
    
       PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 7.0             | 1.43          | 2.33          | 10            |
       |  2  | 8.0 (15,000)    |      ---      | 1.90 (9,000)  | 12 (10,000)   |
       |  3  | 9.0 (18,000)    |      ---      | 1.33 (18,000) | 14 (12,000)   |
       |  4  | 11.0 (24,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 17 (15,000)   |
       |  5  | 13.0 (30,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 20 (20,000)   |
       |  6  | 15.0 (40,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 24 (25,000)   |
       | Exc |       ---       | 0.80 (80,000) |      ---      |      ---      |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
       GC Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 7.0             | 1.43          | 2.33          | 10            |
       |  2  | 8.0 (15,000)    |      ---      | 1.90 (9,000)  | 12 (10,000)   |
       |  3  | 9.0 (18,000)    |      ---      | 1.33 (18,000) | 14 (12,000)   |
       |  4  | 11.0 (24,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 17 (15,000)   |
       |  5  | 13.0 (30,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 20 (20,000)   |
       |  6  | 15.0 (40,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 24 (25,000)   |
       | Exc |       ---       | 0.40 (80,000) |      ---      |      ---      |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Exclusive:	Decreases the firing speed to 0.80 (0.40 in the GC version)
    		(80,000)
    
    Info:		This semi-automatic rifle is extremely quick when it has been 
    		upgraded to its full potential. Also, after firing, the scope 
    		view remains on the screen, so your concentration is never 
    		broken.
    
    *Note:		These costs include the cost of the additional scope. The 
    		rifles do come equipped with scopes, but the individual scopes 
    		are much better for sniping.
    
    
    --------------------------------
    - 6.3 - Statistical Comparison -
    --------------------------------
    
    PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    | Gun                | Max FP | Total Cost | TC/FP     | FP/Sec    | TC/FPr   |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Rifle              | [30.0] | [296,000]  | [9,867]   |  10.492   |  28,213  |
    | Rifle (Semi-auto)  |  15.0  |  361,000   |  24,067   | [17.535]  | [20,587] |
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    GC Stats:
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    | Gun                | Max FP | Total Cost | TC/FP     | FP/Sec    | TC/FPr   |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Rifle              | [18.0] | [296,000]  | [16,444]  |  22.516   |  13,146  |
    | Rifle (Semi-auto)  |  15.0  |  361,000   |  24,067   | [32.937]  | [10,960] |
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Brackets indicate a weapon's statistical superiority in its own class. 
    
    
    -------------------------------------
    - 6.4 - Conclusion (The Best Rifle) -
    -------------------------------------
    
    Deciding between these two guns is a tough issue because having the better 
    rifle isn't as important as having the best handgun or shotgun. Also, the 
    decision is tough due to the changes made to the post-GameCube versions of the 
    game. The changes made the regular rifle more powerful and the semi-automatic 
    rifle slower.
    
    You probably won't even be using the rifle as often. Economically speaking, 
    you'd want to go with the standard Rifle. It'll have the best firepower, and 
    it'd be the cheapest route to go. However, with rifles, speed can become an 
    issue. Having a slow rifle in this game is not that fun, especially when trying 
    to save Ashley when the bad guys are carrying her away. That's why I always 
    (but hesitantly) choose the Semi-automatic Rifle.
    
    The Semi-automatic Rifle is quick and its firepower rate is greater than the 
    standard Rifle. Plus, its scope view is uninterrupted when firing. That means 
    when the bad guys are messing with Ashley, you don't have to try to locate them 
    again after firing. Also, I was very glad that I had it during many fact-paced 
    portions of the game. And during any boss fight where I felt I could pull off a 
    rifle shot or two.
    
    When I play, I'm actually a bit wasteful when it comes to the rifles. I have no 
    intention of keeping the standard Rifle, but I buy it anyway. I don't upgrade 
    it; I just buy it, use it maybe twice, and then sell it when the Semi-automatic 
    one is available. I don't recommend doing this because it is wasteful. I guess 
    the best expression would be "Do as I say, not as I do." Of course, this guide 
    leaves the final call up to you.
    
    If you're playing the Wii version or if you're a confident player, you'll 
    probably be able to stick with the standard Rifle. If you do, you'll enjoy the 
    benefit of being efficient and being able to focus on just one rifle throughout 
    the game.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    ===============================================================================
    = 7.0 - Magnum Analysis                                                       =
    ===============================================================================
    
    In terms of firepower, magnums are the most awesome guns in the game. In other 
    words, you're going to need one, and it's going to cost you a pretty peseta. 
    There are only two magnums available during your first round of the game, and 
    the choice is clear on which one you should get. However, instead of only 
    saying "Use the Broken Butterfly," I'll go ahead and give you the usual data 
    analysis, and then say "Use the Broken Butterfly." Of course, this will all go 
    out the window once you unlock the Handcannon. In order to do this, you'll have 
    to get a five-star rating on all four stages with all five characters in the 
    Mercenaries mini-game. Then I'll say "Use the Handcannon," but not until then.
    
    I should note now that the Handcannon uses .50 caliber bullets and the Broken 
    Butterfly and the Killer7 use .45 caliber bullets. This annoyance is due to 
    Capcom's striving for realism. I say it is an annoyance because in my 
    experience, Handcannon ammo is rarer than the other magnum ammo. Don't worry 
    though, because once you get the Handcannon upgraded all the way, you'll be 
    enjoying the benefits of infinite ammo. It will feel like cheating.
    
    
    --------------------------
    - 7.1 - Broken Butterfly -
    --------------------------
    
    Description:			"A very powerful .45 magnum revolver. This will 
    				make anyone's day."
    Base Cost:			Free in the Castle area (or 38,000 ptas)
    Inventory Space:		4 x 2 (8 spaces)
    Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	455,000 ptas
    Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	249,500 ptas
    
       GC/PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 13.0            | 0.70          | 3.67          | 6             |
       |  2  | 15.0 (25,000)   |      ---      | 3.00 (15,000) | 8 (15,000)    |
       |  3  | 17.0 (30,000)   |      ---      | 2.33 (20,000) | 10 (20,000)   |
       |  4  | 20.0 (35,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 12 (25,000)   |
       |  5  | 24.0 (50,000)   |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
       |  6  | 28.0 (70,000)   |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
       | Exc | 50.0 (150,000)  |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Exclusive:	Increases the firepower to 50.0 (150,000)
    
    Info:		Now this is a nice .45 caliber magnum! Not only can it be found 
    		for free, but once fully-upgraded, you'll have a firepower of 
    		50.0! Amazing!
    
    
    -----------------
    - 7.2 - Killer7 -
    -----------------
    
    Description:			"A very stable yet powerful .45 magnum."
    Base Cost:			77,700 ptas
    Inventory Space:		4 x 2 (8 spaces)
    Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	337,700 ptas
    Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	172,350 ptas
    
       GC/PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 25.0            | 0.70          | 1.83          | 7             |
       |  2  | 30.0 (62,000)   |      ---      | 1.53 (20,000) | 10 (30,000)   |
       |  3  | 35.0 (78,000)   |      ---      | 0.93 (30,000) | 14 (40,000)   |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Exclusive:	This gun doesn't have an exclusive. How lame!
    
    Info:		I've never used this .45 caliber magnum except to test it. It 
    		only has three levels, and it doesn't even have an exclusive. 
    		Basically, Capcom made a sub-par gun and named it after a sub-
    		par game.
    
    
    --------------------
    - 7.3 - Handcannon -
    --------------------
    
    Description:			"This is a .50 magnum. Need we say more?"
    Base Cost:			Free after getting five stars on all four 
    				stages with all five characters of the 
    				Mercenaries mini-game.
    Inventory Space:		4 x 2 (8 spaces)
    Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	790,000 ptas
    Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	0 ptas (but who would want to sell it?)
    
       GC/PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 30.0            | 1.17          | 3.67          | 3             |
       |  2  | 35.0 (40,000)   |      ---      | 2.87 (25,000) | 4 (15,000)    |
       |  3  | 40.0 (50,000)   |      ---      | 1.83 (50,000) | 5 (20,000)    |
       |  4  | 45.0 (70,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 6 (25,000)    |
       |  5  | 50.0 (90,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 8 (35,000)    |
       |  6  | 60.0 (120,000)  |      ---      |      ---      | 10 (50,000)   |
       | Exc | 99.9 (200,000)  |      ---      |      ---      | Infinite*     |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Exclusive:	Increases the firepower to 99.9 and gives the gun infinite ammo 
    		(200,000)
    
    Info:		This gun is the Holy Grail. When fully upgraded, this is the 
    		best weapon in the game (and the hardest to get). It also uses 
    		a different type of ammo than the other two magnums.
    
    *Note:		The lack of a listed price is due to the fact that I listed the 
    		200,000 price next to the 99.9 firepower upgrade. You get both 
    		99.9 firepower and infinite ammo for the 200,000 exclusive 
    		upgrade price.
    
    
    --------------------------------
    - 7.4 - Statistical Comparison -
    --------------------------------
    
    GC/PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    | Gun                | Max FP | Total Cost | TC/FP     | FP/Sec    | TC/FPr   |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Broken Butterfly   | [50.0] |  455,000   | [9,100]   | [55.918]  |  8,137   |
    | Killer7            |  35.0  | [337,700]  |  9,649    |  45.666   | [7,395]  |
    | Handcannon         | [99.9] |  790,000   | [7,908]   | [85.385]  |  9,252   |
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Brackets indicate a weapon's statistical superiority in its own class. 
    
    
    --------------------------------------
    - 7.5 - Conclusion (The Best Magnum) -
    --------------------------------------
    
    Use the Broken Butterfly.
    
    Okay, let me elaborate just a bit. For the magnums, all you should really be 
    concerned about is the firepower. The firepower rate (FP/Sec) and the total 
    cost per firepower rate (TC/FPr) stats that I made up don't even matter for 
    these guns. That's because you don't want to fire so quickly that you lose 
    bullets. Magnum bullets are very rare, especially the Handcannon's. In fact, 
    you should be finding yourself getting capacity upgrades just to get more 
    bullets.
    
    Now the real question is would you rather have the 50.0 firepower or the 35.0 
    firepower during your first game? I'm guessing fifty. With that much firepower, 
    the Broken Butterfly will be able to deal massive damage to bosses so that the 
    boss fights are a joke. Well, not a joke that you'll laugh at, because chances 
    are you'll die during some boss fights no matter what weapons you use. However, 
    if the cost in an issue with you then just use the Broken Butterfly and don't 
    even bother with the exclusive upgrade. You'll save 150,000 pesetas, but your 
    gun firepower will be down to 28.0.
    
    A nice e-mail was sent to me by Alan C. Wells, and he pointed out that the 
    Killer7 shouldn't be completely overlooked. He pointed out that the Killer7 
    gets its upgrades quicker than the Broken Butterfly does. In addition, he 
    reiterated that it has a larger capacity, which means that you get more of 
    those awesome magnum bullets. Finally, he said that the firing speed of the 
    Killer7 was important to him because he was able to put magnum bullets into 
    bosses faster than the Broken Butterfly. Now, I still stand by what I said when 
    it comes to owning an individual gun. I really don't see the need to spend 
    money on the Killer7 when the Broken Butterfly is clearly better in the end. 
    However, Alan suggests owning both guns! Now that's something I never thought 
    of or did, so I'll leave that decision up to you. In fact, if you do own both, 
    I'd suggest only upgrading the Killer7's firepower. If you're out of bullets, 
    then upgrade the capacity as well.
    
    The only gun with more firepower than a fully-upgraded Broken Butterfly is the 
    Handcannon. If you do plan on beating the game in its entirety and playing 
    again, then skipping some of the Broken Butterfly's upgrades might be a wise 
    idea. You'll want to use the saved pesetas to upgrade the Handcannon as soon as 
    possible. After all, its exclusive upgrade is infinite ammo. Then, once you get 
    the Handcannon, you should just sell the Broken Butterfly and use that money to 
    finance the Handcannon's upgrades. Once it is fully-upgraded, then you could 
    even sell your handgun. I mean, why ever use your handgun again when you have a 
    magnum with infinite ammo?
    
    So, in conclusion, just use the Broken Butterfly on your first playthrough and 
    then get the Handcannon on your second. Chances are the average player won't 
    want to pour the required amount of time into the game to unlock it. If you do 
    get it though, then give yourself a pat on the back. But believe me, once you 
    have a fully upgraded Handcannon, the game will become the easiest game ever.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    ===============================================================================
    = 8.0 - TMP Analysis                                                          =
    ===============================================================================
    
    The TMP is essentially a rapid-fire gun that there is only one type of. It uses 
    its own bullets. Frankly, I never buy the TMP because there are so many better 
    options when facing a horde of enemies. So, I've analyzed the gun so that I can 
    tell you why you might not want to buy it either.
    
    
    -------------
    - 8.1 - TMP -
    -------------
    
    Description:			"A fully-automatic machine pistol. Fires custom 
    				9mm's."
    Base Cost:			10,000 ptas (15,000 in the GC version)
    Stock Cost:			4,000 ptas
    Inventory Space:		3 x 2 (6 spaces)
    Stock's Inventory Space:	2 x 2 (4 spaces)
    Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	334,000 ptas* (339,000 in the GC version)
    Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	173,900 ptas*
    
       GC/PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 0.4             | 0.10          | 2.37          | 30            |
       |  2  | 0.5 (7,000)     |      ---      | 1.93 (5,000)  | 50 (7,000)    |
       |  3  | 0.6 (14,000)    |      ---      | 1.17 (15,000) | 100 (15,000)  |
       |  4  | 0.8 (18,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 150 (20,000)  |
       |  5  | 1.0 (24,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 200 (25,000)  |
       |  6  | 1.2 (35,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 250 (35,000)  |
       | Exc | 1.8 (100,000)   |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Exclusive:	Increases the firepower to 1.8 (100,000)
    
    Info:		Like I said before, this is a rapid-fire weapon. It has a low 
    		firepower, but it can pump out bullets quite quickly. Also, it 
    		has a fairly large capacity.
    
    *Note:		These costs include the cost of the stock. You should never use 
    		this gun without the stock, because the stock helps out your 
    		aiming a great deal. Without it, you'd start firing and then 
    		you'd lose even more bullets than you normally would.
    
    
    ------------------------------
    - 8.2 - Statistical Analysis -
    ------------------------------
    
    PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    | Gun                | Max FP | Total Cost | TC/FP     | FP/Sec    | TC/FPr   |
    |--------------- ----|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | TMP                |  1.8   |  334,000   |  185,556  |  17.195   |  19,424  |
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    GC Stats:
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    | Gun                | Max FP | Total Cost | TC/FP     | FP/Sec    | TC/FPr   |
    |--------------- ----|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | TMP                |  1.8   |  339,000   |  188,333  |  17.195   |  19,715  |
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Brackets have not been included on any of these stats because the point of this 
    section is to convince you to never buy the TMP. Also, there aren't any other 
    guns listed for comparison.
    
    
    ----------------------------------------
    - 8.3 - Conclusion (Don't Use the TMP) -
    ----------------------------------------
    
    Okay, I think I can convince you that you don't need the TMP, so let me try. 
    Let's focus on the important aspects. The maximum firepower isn't so hot. 
    However, it does have a high firing speed, so the firepower per second (FP/Sec) 
    looks pretty good at 17.195. In fact, that's higher than any handgun or 
    shotgun. Well, let me explain that stat a bit better. The FP/Sec only means how 
    much firepower that gun can pump out per second. Though it is related to the 
    amount of damage it can do per second, it isn't the same thing. TMP bullets can 
    only go through one body at a time, but the shotgun shells are quite a 
    different story. They can damage several foes at once. So the Striker's 10.746 
    FP/Sec translates into more damage per second than the TMP's 17.195 FP/Sec when 
    facing a horde of enemies. Basically, there are better options for dealing with 
    groups than using the TMP.
    
    Are there any other reasons you might want the TMP? Maybe. The game does give 
    you TMP bullets whether you own a TMP or not. But for me, that's not a problem 
    because I sell them! You can make lots of money like that. Besides, if you use 
    the TMP, you'll end up going through those bullets faster than you can fire 
    them. I'm not sure how that works, but it's a figure of speech (I think I made 
    it up). So you can save up to 334,000 pesetas (but probably less) by not 
    getting the TMP, plus whatever you make for selling the unneeded ammo. Plus, 
    you won't be using the ten inventory spaces that the TMP and its stock require. 
    Oh, and I forgot to mention the noise. The TMP makes quite a racket. Not owning 
    one will be friendlier to your ears.
    
    Now remember, this is just a suggestion. I never use the TMP, and I get through 
    the game just fine. However, I still get e-mails from people telling me about 
    how awesome the gun is. It might be awesome, it might be fun, and it is nearly 
    essential when playing Mercenaries. But to me, it just isn't worth the cost and 
    the inventory space when playing through the regular game. It is just not a 
    very economical choice. If you want to use it though, please go ahead.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    ===============================================================================
    = 9.0 - Other Weapons                                                         =
    ===============================================================================
    
    This section is dedicated to the other weapons that I don't really feel fit 
    well into the other categories. With the exception of the Mine Thrower, these 
    weapons are not upgradeable. I really don't recommend buying them unless you 
    just have tons of money or are playing the game a second time through. In fact, 
    you aren't able to buy the Infinite Launcher or the Chicago Typewriter until 
    the second time through. Actually, now that I think of it, the Chicago 
    Typewriter is worth buying, but not until you have a fully-upgraded Handcannon. 
    Other than that gun, I don't really see them as being necessary or worth the 
    pesetas.
    
    
    ----------------------
    - 9.1 - Mine Thrower -
    ----------------------
    
    Description:			"This weapon fires custom 'mines' that attach 
    				to objects and detonate after a period of 
    				time."
    Base Cost:			28,000 ptas
    Scope Cost:			8,000 ptas
    Inventory Space:		5 x 2 (10 spaces)
    Scopes's Inventory Space:	2 x 2 (4 spaces)
    Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	219,000 ptas*
    Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	112,000 ptas*
    
       GC/PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP** (cost)     | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       |  1  | 2.0             | 1.33          | 3.43          | 5             |
       |  2  | 4.0 (25,000)    |      ---      | 2.57 (18,000) | 7 (25,000)    |
       |  3  | 6.0 (45,000)    |      ---      |               | 10 (40,000)   |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Exclusive:	Gives the mines homing capabilities and apparently increases 
    		the blast radius of the mines, although the game does not 
    		specify what the new blast radius is (30,000)
    
    Info:		You know this gun is actually pretty fun, and that's the only 
    		reason I can think of to buy it. Yes, it does a great deal of 
    		damage, and yes, I have used it before. Unfortunately, I really 
    		don't see why you'd need to spend the extra pesetas just for 
    		this. It seems to me that a magnum can do more damage to a 
    		single target, and a standard hand grenade can do equal damage 
    		to groups. Plus, mine darts seem rarer than magnum bullets, so 
    		that makes this gun of limited use.
    
    *Note:		These costs include the cost of scope, although the mine 
    		thrower works wonders without it. If you decide to get this 
    		gun, you might as well get the scope.
    
    **Note:		The firepower of this gun has nothing to do with how much 
    		damage it can do. This firepower just describes the blast 
    		radius of the mines in meters. Now, I have no clue what the 
    		firepower of a mine actually is, but it is fairly decent.
    
    
    -------------------------
    - 9.2 - Rocket Launcher -
    -------------------------
    
    Description:			"Do major damage to any target. (Single fire)"
    Base Cost:			30,000 ptas
    Inventory Space:		8 x 2 (16 spaces)
    Total Cost:			30,000 ptas
    Resale Value:			15,000 ptas
    
    Info:		The in-game description of this weapon says it deals "major 
    		damage," and it probably does. However, the Rocket Launcher 
    		only comes with one rocket! That's 30,000 to kill a group of 
    		enemies or deal "major damage" (100% damage in some cases) to a 
    		boss. You could just save that money for other guns and just 
    		spend a few more seconds and bullets dealing with enemies. This 
    		is just a waste of money. In fact, you end up finding one of 
    		these in the middle of the game for free. If you're a baby (no 
    		offense to babies), you could use it, but I would just sell it 
    		for the 15,000 pesetas.
    
    
    -----------------------------------
    - 9.3 - Rocket Launcher (Special) -
    -----------------------------------
    
    Description:			"A rocket launcher that fires a special rocket. 
    				A perfect weapon to exterminate the boss."
    Base Cost:			Free from Ada during the final boss battle
    Inventory Space:		8 x 2 (16 spaces)
    Resale Value:			30,000 ptas
    
    Info:		This is essentially the same as the regular Rocket Launcher 
    		except that it can be used to kill the final boss. You do have 
    		the option of not defeating the boss with this weapon, and 
    		instead selling it during your next game. If you're never going 
    		to play again, or if you're unwilling to keep fighting the boss 
    		with your other weapons, then go ahead and use it.
    
    
    ---------------------------
    - 9.4 - Infinite Launcher -
    ---------------------------
    
    Description:			"The ultimate rocket launcher! Fire away!"
    Base Cost:			1,000,000 ptas
    Inventory Space:		8 x 2 (16 spaces)
    Total Cost:			1,000,000 ptas
    Resale Value:			500,000 ptas
    
    Info:		This weapon becomes available after you beat the game once. It 
    		is basically the rocket launcher that you can use infinity 
    		times. I played around with it for a bit, and it was neat to be 
    		able to shoot rockets at everything. That is, until Ashley 
    		joined my team and kept getting in the way. Anyway, I'm more 
    		satisfied popping enemies with the Handcannon or the Chicago 
    		Typewriter. Go ahead and acquire those first before buying this 
    		weapon.
    
    
    ----------------------------
    - 9.5 - Chicago Typewriter -
    ----------------------------
    
    Description:			"This machinegun is outfitted with a powerful 
    				.45 caliber magazine."
    Base Cost:			1,000,000 ptas
    Inventory Space:		7 x 3 (21 spaces)
    Total Cost:			1,000,000 ptas
    Resale Value:			500,000 ptas
    
       GC/PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Lvl | FP              | FS            | RS            | Cap           |
       |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
       | N/A | 10.0            | 0.10          | 1.63*         | Infinite      |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Info:		This gun takes up a lot of space, but once you're able to 
    		afford this gun, then you should probably get rid of your 
    		weaker weapons anyway. I've probably echoed this throughout the 
    		guide, but this gun only becomes available after beating the 
    		game once and then beating Assignment Ada. Assignment Ada is 
    		pretty fun, so go ahead and do it. Plus, you get to see Wesker. 
    		I've included a statistical analysis of this gun below. It is 
    		pretty interesting to look at, so feel free to.
    
    *Note:		A reloading speed was assigned to this gun, but you never have 
    		to reload it. If you did though, it would take you 1.63 
    		seconds, no less, no more.
    
    GC/PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    | Gun                | Max FP | Total Cost | TC/FP     | FP/Sec    | TC/FPr   |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Chicago Typewriter |  10.0  |  1,000,000 |  100,000  |  100.000  |  10,000  |
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    
    --------------------
    - 9.6 - P.R.L. 412 -
    --------------------
    
    Description:			"Use the charge attack to decimate all 
    				surrounding enemies with this supremely 
    				powerful laser weapon!"
    Base Cost:			Free from Merchant after beating the game of 
    				Professional mode.
    Inventory Space:		7 x 3 (21 spaces)
    Total Cost:			0 ptas
    Resale Value:			0 ptas
    
    Info:		This gun was introduced in the PS2 version as a weapon you get 
    		for free from the Merchant after beating the Professional mode. 
    		The only version of the game it is not in is the GameCube 
    		version. This is another weapon that makes the game too easy 
    		because it can kill pretty much every creature on screen just 
    		one pulse. Also, it can stun enemies in the same way flash 
    		grenades can. If you have the inventory space and you want it, 
    		then get it.
    
    
    ---------------------------------
    - 9.7 - Conclusion (You Decide) -
    ---------------------------------
    
    I can't really say anything additional about these weapons that I haven't 
    already said. Therefore, I will just quote a portion of this section's intro 
    paragraph.
    
    "I really don't recommend buying them unless you just have tons of money or are 
    playing the game a second time through. In fact, you aren't able to buy the 
    Infinite Launcher or the Chicago Typewriter until the second time through. 
    Actually, now that I think of it, the Chicago Typewriter is worth buying, but 
    not until you have a fully-upgraded Handcannon. Other than that gun, I don't 
    really see them as being necessary or worth the pesetas."
    
    In all seriousness though, these are items to consider during your second time 
    playing the game. However, don't get them until you have acquired the 
    Handcannon first (and the P.R.L. 412 if you are playing a post-GameCube 
    version). Then get the Chicago Typewriter. That's my opinion. This guide leaves 
    the final call up to you. My gaming experience was never ruined by buying 
    something that this guide tells you not to. In fact, it can be fun to buy a 
    Mine Thrower. So try it if you want to.
    
    
    
    
    
    ===============================================================================
    = 10.0 - Complete Statistics                                                  =
    ===============================================================================
    
    I've decided to go ahead and compile the statistic analyses of all of the 
    weapons into one chart so that you can look at the overall picture. I noticed 
    that if you stare at it long enough, you start getting really thirsty. It is a 
    bizarre side effect that I have no intention of causing.
    
    PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    | Gun                | Max FP | Total Cost | TC/FP     | FP/Sec    | TC/FPr   |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Handgun            |  2.0   | [198,000]  |  99,000   |  5.482    |  36,115  |
    | Red9               | [6.5]  |  335,000   | [51,539]  |  13.658   |  24,528  |
    | Punisher*          |  1.9   |  266,000   |  140,000  |  5.283    |  50,350  |
    | Blacktail          |  4.5   |  362,000   |  80,444   | [15.321]  | [23,628] |
    | Matilda**          |  2.5   |  303,000   |  121,200  |  15.118   | [20,042] |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Shotgun            |  8.0   | [257,000]  | [32,125]  |  4.930    |  52,132  |
    | Riot Gun           |  10.0  |  415,000   |  41,500   |  6.142    |  67,572  |
    | Striker            | [12.0] |  392,000   |  32,667   | [10.746]  | [36,479] |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Rifle              | [30.0] | [296,000]  | [9,867]   |  10.492   |  28,213  |
    | Rifle (Semi-auto)  |  15.0  |  361,000   |  24,067   | [17.535]  | [20,587] |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Broken Butterfly   | [50.0] |  455,000   | [9,100]   | [55.918]  |  8,137   |
    | Killer7            |  35.0  | [337,700]  |  9,649    |  45.666   | [7,395]  |
    | Handcannon         | [99.9] |  790,000   | [7,908]   | [85.385]  |  9,252   |
    |--------------- ----|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | TMP                |  1.8   |  334,000   |  185,556  |  17.195   |  19,424  |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Chicago Typewriter |  10.0  |  1,000,000 |  100,000  | [100.000] | [10,000] |
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    GC Stats:
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    | Gun                | Max FP | Total Cost | TC/FP     | FP/Sec    | TC/FPr   |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Handgun            |  2.0   | [198,000]  |  99,000   |  5.482    |  36,115  |
    | Red9               | [5.0]  |  335,000   | [67,000]  |  10.506   |  31,886  |
    | Punisher*          |  1.9   |  266,000   |  140,000  |  5.283    |  50,350  |
    | Blacktail          |  3.4   |  362,000   |  106,471  | [11.576]  | [31,272] |
    | Matilda**          |  2.0   |  303,000   |  151,500  | [12.094]  | [25,053] |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Shotgun            |  8.0   | [312,000]  |  39,000   |  4.959    |  62,920  |
    | Riot Gun           |  10.0  |  415,000   |  41,500   |  6.180    |  67,157  |
    | Striker            | [12.0] |  392,000   | [32,667]  | [16.107]  | [24,337] |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Rifle              | [18.0] | [296,000]  | [16,444]  |  22.516   |  13,146  |
    | Rifle (Semi-auto)  |  15.0  |  361,000   |  24,067   | [32.937]  | [10,960] |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Broken Butterfly   | [50.0] |  455,000   | [9,100]   | [55.918]  |  8,137   |
    | Killer7            |  35.0  | [337,700]  |  9,649    |  45.666   | [7,395]  |
    | Handcannon         | [99.9] |  790,000   | [7,908]   | [85.385]  |  9,252   |
    |--------------- ----|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | TMP                |  1.8   |  339,000   |  188,333  |  17.195   |  19,715  |
    |--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
    | Chicago Typewriter |  10.0  |  1,000,000 |  100,000  | [100.000] | [10,000] |
    o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Brackets indicate a weapon's statistical superiority in its own class. 
    
    Note:		The Matilda only becomes available after beating the game once. 
    		The Chicago Typewriter only becomes available after beating 
    		Assignment Ada. The Handcannon only becomes available after 
    		getting a five-star rating on all four levels with all five 
    		characters in the Mercenaries mini-game.
    
    *Note:		Unlike other handguns, the Punisher is capable of shooting 
    		through multiple targets. This means that potentially more 
    		damage could be dealt than other guns of a greater firepower. 
    		However, you will not always be able to shoot multiple targets 
    		at once, so the Punisher's special ability has been ignored in 
    		the above analysis.
    
    **Note:		The Matilda's rapid-fire capability has been taken into 
    		consideration for the FP/Sec and TC/FPr stats.
    
    
    
    
    
    
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    = 11.0 - Miscellaneous Tips                                                   =
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    Here are a few tips that I came up with that'll help you save pesetas, thus 
    allowing you to focus more on weapon upgrades.
    
    * Never shoot barrels and crates to get items unless you are in an emergency or 
    are using a weapon with infinite ammo. Just use your knife in order to conserve 
    ammo.
    
    * This might seem like a no-brainer, but be sure to sell treasure in its 
    completed form.
    
    * You should never buy First Aid Spray. You can find plenty of them (as well as 
    herbs) throughout the game. If for some reason you aren't a good player, just 
    keep dying and reloading the game until you get better, even if it takes 
    months.
    
    * You should only upgrade the capacity of your weapons when your weapons are 
    empty because the Merchant fills refills your gun's ammo when you do. This is 
    especially important when upgrading magnums and the Mine Thrower. Ammo for 
    those weapons is very rare.
    
    * Be sure to shoot all fifteen of the blue medallions. When you shoot ten, 
    you'll get the Punisher for free. When you shoot the other five (all fifteen 
    total), you'll get a free firepower upgrade for it. Thank you RingWraith775 for 
    letting me know about the free upgrade!
    
    * Sell any and every rocket launcher you find, even if it requires that you 
    hold onto it for a while.
    
    * During Chapter 5 of the game, you'll get an Infrared Scope. Sell it before 
    the final boss fight or upon starting a new game. You'll free up space and get 
    10,000 pesetas. If you never want to play the game again, then go against my 
    first tip and buy a First Aid Spray. If you do decide to play the game again, 
    then you'll just end up finding another Infrared Scope in Chapter 5 when you 
    need it.
    
    
    
    
    
    
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    = 12.0 - Summary                                                              =
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    I guess this section of the guide is supposed to be like Cliff's Notes for it. 
    Well, here we go then. Find the Shotgun, but only upgrade the firepower 
    occasionally. Buy the Red9 and sell whatever handgun you have at the time. Find 
    the Broken Butterfly and try to fully upgrade it. Once the Striker becomes 
    available, sell the Shotgun and focus on fully upgrading the Striker. Oh 
    (almost forgot), buy the Semi-automatic Rifle when it becomes available and try 
    to fully upgrade it as well. Don't buy any of the other guns, not even the TMP.
    
    Now why do this? Because you'll save pesetas, and therefore have the most 
    efficient and powerful weapons.
    
    If you beat the game once, beat Assignment Ada, and play the Mercenaries two 
    thousand times (that's how many times is required to beat each stage five 
    times), then you can buy the Handcannon. Be sure to fully-upgrade it, and then 
    buy the Chicago Typewriter. Then do whatever you want. After that point, I stop 
    caring, and you probably will too. Once you have these weapons, it'll feel like 
    you're using some sort of cheat code while playing. So maybe you can go the 
    opposite way. Just sell everything and try the whole game with just the Handgun 
    and the Knife. Good luck!
    
    Although this guide is a wonderful and excellent guide, it is just a guide. 
    I'll remind you that it merely tells you what the best choices are, but it 
    allows you to make the final call yourself (unlike other FAQs and guides). So, 
    take all of these statistics and suggestions and use them to make your own 
    decisions. In fact, I sometimes go against what this guide suggests, and I'm 
    the one who wrote it! So do what your brain, heart, and pancreas tell you to 
    do. Or do what this guide tells you to do. Ultimately, it's your call!
    
    
    
    
    
    
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    = 13.0 - Acknowledgments                                                      =
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    I would like to thank Capcom for making such a great game. Playing the entire 
    Resident Evil series has been one of the best gaming experiences that I have 
    ever had. Resident Evil 4 really puts the icing on the survival horror cake.
    
    I would also like to thank GameFAQs and all of its contributors for providing 
    such great information on a ton of different video games. I primarily wrote 
    this guide to be put onto that site. If for some reason it doesn't get 
    accepted, then I will remove this paragraph.
    
    Thanks should definitely go out to http://www.network-science.de/ascii for 
    giving me a way to make the title of this guide look cool.
    
    I would also like to thank computers. Without mine, I wouldn't have been able 
    to type this guide or perform phishing scams to fund my video game purchases. 
    Okay, not really.
    
    I would like to thank my wife Ashley (my girlfriend at the time I first wrote 
    this guide) for liking scary games so much that she made me play through all of 
    the Resident Evil games. I love her, and I'm glad to have enjoyed these games 
    with her.
    
    I'd also like to thank my friends Mike Eades and Michael Wilkes. Michael Wilkes 
    played through the game first while Mike, Ashley, and I watched. His game 
    taught me that the TMP was totally unnecessary. Also, Mike Eades read through 
    numerous early versions of this guide since its first incarnation when it was 
    called "Using a Level 2 Striker in Chapter 5." You're right Mike, doing a full 
    weapons guide was a good idea.
    
    I would really like to thank the people who have e-mailed me (except whoever e-
    mailed me the virus). Getting e-mail from readers is perhaps the most 
    fulfilling reward for writing this guide. So a special thanks goes out to all 
    of you! I used to list everyone who e-mailed me, but there are now too many to 
    list.
    
    Finally, I'd like to thank all of you who are reading this right now. A lot of 
    work went into this so that numerous gamers could use it. Thank you for taking 
    your time to read through this information, thus making my work worthwhile. Be 
    sure to contact me and tell me what you think!
    
    
    
    
    
    
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    = 14.0 - Contact Information                                                  =
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    Please send me any comments, corrections, or questions that you have to 
    re4zack@gmail.com. I would really appreciate hearing from you, and you'll 
    receive credit for anything that I use. Thank you in advance for contacting me, 
    and don't send me any file attachments! Someone sent me a virus already, and 
    that was just stupid.
    
    Here is all of my contact information:
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    = 15.0 - Legal Information                                                    =
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