I have been a RE fan since its introduction in the late 90's and it has been without a doubt, my favorite video game franchise. Sadly though, the game has lost its horror feel. What once was a dark and methodical adventure with a clostraphobic feeling of terror, has now become your run-of-the-mill shooter that sort of resembles RE. As broken as my heart is, there is still some good about the game. The graphics are outstanding. Not a bad game, go ahead and rent it.
This game could have easily gotten a higher score but minor frustrations held it back a bit.
First the good, grafix are great, game play is fun, the action is always moving forward. This is a fun game, i really don't understand why anyone would bad mouth this game.(with a rating lower than 5)
But one thing that could have been better was controls, sometimes they didn't handle well in intense action. Yes the menu inventory challenged you to make quick grabs of equipment on the run but hey i'm not a 24 hour gamer and i managed pretty well. Look this game is enjoyable, its not dead space, fallout, or Resistance so don't campare it to those games. This game is definatly worth your time.
RE5 is improves on the old RE4 formula, replacing useless Ashley with a genuinely useful partner. The village in the demo was designed to horrify; the full game provides all the ammunition you'll need to fend off the zombie hordes...if you're good.
Aiming is identical to RE4; align the laser sight with enemies, prioritize headshots. Melee combat is more useful and effective. Collaborate with your partner to perform combos when an enemy is stunned.
The game features many new weapons which can be upgraded for cash. Completing missions awards points, which can be used to purchase figurines or infinite ammo for fully upgraded weapons. The infinite rocket launcher is back as well, although trickier to get.
RE5 may actually be shorter than RE4, but it's definitely more challenging, especially on Professional difficulty where most enemies kill you in one hit. The partner AI suffers on higher difficulties, and sometimes path-finding fails tragically. They have a tendency to run off when you need them. At least their aim is great.
The plot is interesting, with a few surprises for those familiar with the Resident Evil storyline. Although the cloaked character's identity is fairly obvious right from the start.
Unlocking everything takes awhile, and isn't necessarily helpful since a shotgun and magnum and maybe a rifle, all with infinite ammo, will allow you to finish without ever taking a hit. It's massive overkill. You can only hold so much in your inventory anyway. But trophies are awarded for unlocking everything, so yay.
I haven't had a chance to test online play, as my PS3 gets kicked off the network whenever I connect in-game. From what I hear, it's highly entertaining.
In conclusion, if you liked RE4, you'll adore RE5. Go pick up a copy. It's worth playing at least once.