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Resident Evil 5 Review

Review; Dec. 23, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman
RE5 gives you the tools to play online with friends

For years, Capcom has been at the forefront of the survival horror genre with Resident Evil. When the first game in the series came out in 1996, it left its mark on the video game industry, leading to countless other attempts at the genre, such as Silent Hill. They redefined survival horror, and gaming in general, again in 2005, when Resident Evil 4 was released. The latest game in the franchise is Resident Evil 5, and while it doesn’t redefine anything the way its predecessor did, it is still a worthy addition.

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Resident Evil 5 is different than previous games in the series, in that you have to rely on some teamwork to get through the adventure. You play as either veteran RE protagonist Chris Redfield, or as the newest hero in the series, Sheva Alomar. The pair is in Africa, investigating the latest biohazard outbreak in the world, Uroboros. This time, they’re not dealing with the typical zombies that are a staple to the RE series, but instead are going up against the Majini, which are regular humans controlled through a zombie-like state by a biological insect-like infestation that is similar to the Los Plagas seen in RE 4. Along the way, you’ll run into allies and enemies familiar and new, which of course, lead to interesting plot twists that will motivate you to get to the bottom of this latest infestation.

The game plays very similarly to RE 4, in that you control things from a third-person perspective. You’ll hold down one button to aim and shoot with the other, while move around with the analog sticks. Overall, it’s very easy to get used to and very comfortable if you’re playing for any extended amount of time. But what sets RE 5 apart from its predecessor, is the partner you have throughout the game. This can be a bit cumbersome when you’re playing alone, but it’s a blast if you have someone playing with you on co-op. This game truly shines online, which brings up fond memories of one of the most underrated entries in the series, Resident Evil: Outbreak, which was an online-specific entry on the PS2. Having another human with you adds to the strategy of the game, while also making it much easier to explore and find your way out of any jams.

The look and feel of the game is among the best of current video games on the market. Each character and environment is in great detail. The sounds and music also add to the experience -- and help make you feel more isolated -- as you make your way through the deepest, darkest depths of Africa. There are also some extra goodies you can unlock after you finish the game for the first time to add a little more flair, such as an effects filter and extra costumes for the main characters.

There are also plenty of other bonuses that will bring you back for more. Along with the usual trophies/achievements, you can also unlock special figurines, along with other goodies, such as infinite ammo for specific weapons. There are also enough secrets along the way for you to explore every nook and cranny of each level. Finally, there’s a mercenaries mode that can be unlocked after beating the main game, in which you try to survive wave after wave of Majini within a time limit. There’s also a versus mode DLC with up to 4 players if you want to fork over a little extra money.

While Resident Evil 5 does not redefine the survivor horror genre like RE 4 did, it does add a cooperative element that sets it apart from the other entries in the series. Once you head online, it becomes clear the designers of this game wanted you to play it with a friend, and I hope this type of thinking stays for future entries to come. If you have a friend who likes RE, this is the entry for you.

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Review Score
9.1

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