Review: Resident Evil 5

A FEAR YOU CAN’T FORGET

Developer: Capcom
Genre: Action Adventure
Platform(s): PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
Release Date: March 13, 2009
Compatability (PS3): 5000MB Mininum Space | DUALSHOCK 3 Vibration Function | HD 720p | Network Players 2
Compatability (Xbox 360): 140KB Mininum Space | HDTV 720p / 1080i / 1080p | Online Multiplayer 2
Rating: 9.2

Capcom are back with the latest Resident Evil game, where the game’s expectations were high before its release. It’s always the same story when you are waiting for a Resident Evil game. The series sort of began a new genre of survival horror adventure but the latest games are getting more of an action adventure. You still fight monsters and other strange creatures, but especially in Resident Evil 5, those sudden frights seem to be very few. If not none.

The game starts with former STARS member Chris Redfield being sent to Africa to investigate a new outbreak. He is joined by a female partner named Sheva Alomar and the latter stays with you for the whole game. They set out to stop another of those Umbrella Corporation creations, but the only thing they know is that the project is called Uroboros. The whole game is in co-op mode and your female partner will help you fight all those ugly mutations. You don’t need to worry much about her, she is almost flawless and can get out of a dangerous sitation without problems.

This time you're not alone in your mission.

Graphics are a major point in Resident Evil 5. They are one of the best around on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. The beautifully rendered surroundings and the details that the protagonists and monsters have are simply amazing. Explosions and gun fire, which will be very frequent, is very realistic and when a cutscene appears, you think that you are watching a movie. The facial expressions of both Chris and Sheva are first class and even the enemy animations are pretty good. The textures and lighting of the environment around you is so well made that you will want to see more. And Resident Evil 5 doesn’t fail here.

Maybe one of the drawbacks of the Resident Evil games was always the controls. A lot of gamers don’t like the way you control Chris like for example you have to hold down a button to run and you must stop in order to shoot. Maybe the whole series was developed like this to increase the level of tension for the gamer. The way you control the protagonist, restricted camera views and now that you access your gear/inventory in-game, surely increases the anxiety and tension while you are in the middle of a fight. An improvement from previous games is that now you can walk sideways. But even though the controls may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the non-stop action in Resident Evil 5 is stunning and very common. When you are in an area where you are hearing and seeing nothing, expect a bunch of monsters to jump out of nowhere to attack you.

The graphics are one of the best around in the latest generation of games.

Having another player helping you is a new feature in this game and this means that teamwork is a must. The partner’s AI is almost perfect and its your responsibility to take care of Sheva, even though as previously stated she can hold her own. If you are using a shotgun and she finds some shells, she simply gives them to you so you can use them. Even when you are in danger of health, she’s always there to give some first-aid spray or some herbs. These are a few examples of how the AI of your partner was well developed.

The game takes about 12 hours to complete but this doesn’t mean that you’re done with Resident Evil 5. You can play again any chapter to get the best time possible and lead the leaderboards. There are also a couple of items that can be collected such as costumes and badges. The Mercenaries mini-game is also back after beating the game, this time in co-op mode. To summarize it all, Resident Evil 5 is a must own game for Resident Evil fans having one of the best looking visuals available around. Other gamers may still appreciate the game with its impressive presentation and re-playability.

Reviewed by Barber – September 22, 2009

Graphics
One of the best looking games around. The level of detail in textures and lighting of the surroundings are simply outstanding.
 
Sound
Sound effects are as they should be and the only negative aspect here is the voice acting of certain characters, not the protagonists.
 
Fun
The game lacks in controls and camera views but the non-stop action makes for this easily. An exciting game to play.
 
Final Score

 

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