Decent gameplay, though most of its excitement is subdued by its unsurprising similarities to nearly all other Resident Evil titles.
Co-op mode is fun, refreshing, and ultimately the only worthwhile reason to play all the way through story mode.
Unfortunately, the "story" is the most substandard layer of Resident Evil 5. The plot is disjointed, lacking in any foundation of its own (outside that provided by previous titles and lackluster text files), led by one-dimensional primary characters and even worse secondary characters, and riddled with stilted, cheesy dialogue.
After Resident Evil 4, which was comparatively superb, this is quite the disappointment.
too short, not scary, hot characters, cool weapons
posted by j3cruz (SAN DIEGO, CA) Apr 12, 2009
Member since Apr 2009
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
I'm a huge fan of the resident evil series, but this game was too short and not as challenging as I would have liked to be. It was also a little annoying that my partner took some of my kills. They've made this game more action adventure than horror. In fact, I can't remember ever being really scared. It was non-stop action with almost no puzzles and the storyline wasn't as captivating as RE2 or RE4. Overall it was a visually stunning game and the main characters were hot. I like the weapons and I like being able to switch between them in mid combat.
Its been more than 13 years since the first Resident Evil game and 4 years since Resident Evil 4, so what does Resident Evil 5 have to offer to the Survival Horror series?
Story: Anyone whos played previous R.E. game knows about Umbrella corp, and since R.E.4 its been collapsed and gone. Chris Redfield from R.E.1 and R.E.Code Veronica has been sent to Africa to investgate on a bioweapon terrrorists plan to use for control of the world. This biochemical known as Uroburros works like the Las Plagas from R.E.4, but its even more powerful. Alongside Chris is Sheva Alomar, a native to Africa hoping to cure her home from the deadly virus, Chris and Sheva work for the BSAA (Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance), Chris is from the North American branch, while Sheva works for the West African branch. Together they must find the source of the virus and put an end to it.
Gameplay:Gameplay has changed a lot since R.E.4, it still has the over-the-shoulder view along with the laser-sight and the action commands. However there are differences made. you no longer have a large attache case, and must rely on a small non-pausable inventory screen for Chris and Sheva, but swap out more items at every completed level. The shooting mechanics work the same as R.E.4, but people still wish that you can move and shoot at the same time.
Graphics:When R.E.4 appeared on the GC, it was glorious and still looks good to this day. R.E.5 simply looks amazing. The characters look almost like real people, the enviroment and texture look firghting look realistic and even little things like rain, smoke, and dust stand out great. The graphics engine pushes what the PS3 and 360 can really do. Gamers will awe with the same feeling.
Replayability:After beating the game, you'll want to back and get the new unlockables. You can unlock features such as Chris' STARS uniform and screen filters, or you can re-enter the fray with a friend.
Overall, R.E.5 is worth the buy and the price. 9.4/10