Resident Evil 5 (PS3) Review

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benleslie5's review of Resident Evil 5 (PS3)


“With Resident Evil 4 being one of the best games in...”

Written on: 10/06/2009 by benleslie5 (5 reviews written)

Good Points
Beautifully detailed graphics and character animations, Real-time menu system keeps you immersed, Plenty to do once you've beaten it

Bad Points
Merchant from Resident Evil 4 does not return, Frustrating hurdles to leap when joining an online game, Can't swap weapons with a human teammate online, Fans of the series will feel disapointed that there isn't much horror in the game.

General Comments
With Resident Evil 4 being one of the best games in the series and with a lot of gamers excited about Resident Evil 5 since day 1 back in 2006, a lot of people thought that Resident Evil 5 was going to be great on next-gen consoles ' well you are sort of right and wrong.

Fans of the series will know what I'm talking about with the main story. But for new comers, story isn't that amazing ' mostly funny at certain parts of the game. Ten years after the destruction of Raccoon City, former S.T.A.R.S. Alpha team member Chris Redfield has become an agent of the B.S.A.A. This paramilitary anti-bio-organic weapon organization travels the globe to seek out and destroy Umbrella's creations, which have fallen into the hands of terrorists following the collapse of the multinational pharmaceutical company. When Chris gets a tip off that a known weapons dealer will be making a big deal in the remote African nation of Kijuju, he heads there to put a stop to it and learns what he can about the mysterious doomsday project known only as Uroboros. Chris is joined by Sheva Alomar, a local B.S.A.A. agent, and together they battle wave after wave of infected villagers, horribly mutated monsters, and even Chris's arch-nemesis Albert Wesker.

If you have played through Resident Evil 4 either on the Gamecube or PS2, this should be familiar. It's the same 3rd person controls so you can easily aim for enemies heads unlike on the old Resident Evil games where you can't shoot most of the zombies in the head. Also returning to Resident Evil 5 are quick time events which you have probably seen on other games where you might have to dodge attacks by pressing a random button in certain cut-scenes, so you'll really need to keep your eyes open because you may never know what is going to happen next.

The whole point of Resident Evil 5 is teamwork as you have to watch your partner Sheva, and having a partner can help you blast your way through over 20-30 enemies all at once. There will be times where your partner will be in trouble or badly hurt so you'll have to help her get back on there feet or get enemies off their backs. Throughout Resident Evil 5 you can both only carry a maximum of 9 items each. You can't upgrade it to carry more weapons and items so you will have to choose what you're going to take with you.

At the end of each chapter or if you die you can buy or organize items and weapons but you can also upgrade your weapons as well before jumping back into the game. But the bad news is that the Merchant from Resident Evil 4 does not appear in Resident Evil 5 and a lot of people found him their favourite character in the series.

There is a Co-Operative mode where you can play with a friend online or offline. Players can join in on a free-for-all or invite-only basis if your game session is set up to allow this from the get-go. But with these conveniences, there are some frustrating hurdles that need to be leapt over before a partner can begin playing.

Co-op isn't drop-in, so if someone joins, gameplay is interrupted and immersion is broken to some degree. You can't trade items or weapons with your friends either, so you can't give your friend an upgradeable weapon or mixed herbs.

With Capcom putting a Resident Evil game on next-gen consoles the graphics for Resident Evil 5 are really impressive. But there is more action then in a standard horror game meaning that there isn't much blood, gore and scariness unlike the old Resident Evil games that gave you nightmares.

But there are a lot of detailed environments, like the beginning you start in an African town, then move onto the mines and deserts of Africa and then blast your enemies in a factory facility. But most places in Resident Evil 5 are not scary or creepy and there are no dark places where enemies can come out from the dark and scare you.

There is great voice acting from most of the characters, including the enemies which sound the same as 'Las Ganados' (the villagers in Resident Evil 4). Some enemies return from previous Resident Evil games, such as those who carry a chainsaw and the Lickers from Resident Evil 2 which most gamers will still remember. Music is pretty tense making you feel on the edge of your seat with thrills.

Fans of the series will feel disappointed where some fans thought that zombies were going to return unlike Resident Evil 4 where some people were annoyed that there weren't any zombies. But with the story set in Africa, I thought there would be flesh eating animals like an Elephant which grabs you with its trunk and tears you in half or flesh eating monkeys you into shreds if you go near them.

Beating Campaign mode can take you over then 12 hours depending on what difficulty you want it on. There a lot of things to do after beating Story. You can replay the game carrying the weapons you've had after beating the game and there are hidden B.S.A.A. badges scattered throughout most levels to find that unlocks new stuff. There is also trophy support if you are want to get all trophies or get a higher rank on certain chapters. Mercenaries' mode returns again which is a mini game where you have to take out as many enemies as you can on certain locations in Resident Evil 5.

If you are online on Playstation 3 yes there is a Resident Evil 5 space on Playstation HOME which will soon be full of online users later through out the weeks.

But if you new to the series it's worth picking up but I would highly recommend you playing the old games before playing Resident Evil 5 then you'll probably notice why a lot of people feel let down that there isn't much horror, mostly action. But however has Capcom really lost its taste in horror? If there is going to be a Resident Evil 6, Capcom should make it scary like the old games like Resident Evil 2 and 3 but keep the same gameplay as Resident Evil 4 and 5.

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