Review by Amana09

"Resident Evil 5 a Movie Style Game"

Resident Evil 5 is a very enjoyable game and having played RE1 for Game Cube, RE2, RE3, RE4, seeing RE0 and playing Code Veronica: X I can deffinately say this whole heartedly. It has a very rich amount of detail put into the graphics and playing it on the XBox360 or the PS3 it deffinately shows. With umbrella defeated an old foe comes to wreak havoc upon the world and it's up to Chris Redfield to Stop it. However Chris won't be going in alone and is joined by a new partner Sheva Alomar.

With Resident Evil 5 we are presented with a continuation from RE4, but in essence a continuation of the series. Umbrella has finally been slain with the Incident in Racoon city and piling evidence used against them they were forced to call it quits. Companies that were in league with umbrella turned against them in hopes of being granted a pardon. Even though the giant is slain a legacy is left behind and there are some stories better left untold.

The story of Resident Evil 5 is littered with hints and details behind the origins of Umbrella. Not to give too much away you uncover the information about the original founding members and what they discovered that led umbrella to its rise to power. This story will give the knowledge hungry fans of the RE5 universe something to wet their appetites. For some however this wetting of appetites isn't enough and may prove to be a small chink in this game's armor. Luckily it isn't a major flaw and there is still enough here to keep you entertained.

Resident Evil 5 has copied the same style of gameplay from Resident Evil 4 which deffinately adds more action to the game. You arn't hindered by the 3rd person fixed camera angles of past games. For those that were antagonized and frightened by Quick Time Events you are in luck. Resident Evil 5 cuts down dramatically on these frustrating events having only a handful of crucial events. Some events are quite fun and will get some players really into the spirit of the game.

Graphically this game is on par with competitors like Killzone 2 and Fallout 3. Personally I found no difference between the 360 version and the PS3 version. Only details that could even be detected were shadows being tuned up for PS3 and 360 being tuned down at the most. You'll see your enemies dripping ooze, spitting blood and even see the gingivitis on their gums in their mouths.

Technically speaking the Artificial Intelligence of your partner is quite good. However there are points where she will decide she wants to do it her way. Like a little puppy she will want to dart off at times instead of hanging back playing it safe. Again this is a chink in this game's armor, but it isn't a major flaw that totally kills the game itself. However when you start playing on Veteran and the unlocked Professional mode the AI will make you scream at your TV at times. You will be left saying "why did you just do that when it would kill?" as well as "now that's just plain stupid." .

Taking a que from its predecessor RE5 brings in an array of weaponry that can be upgraded for maximum firepower. No game would be complete without the all powerful Magnum and in RE5 there are 3 to choose from. You get the S&WM29, the desert eagle style Lightning Hawk (L.Hawk) and a return of the super powerful .50 caliber Hand Cannon. Ontop of the vast array are 4 unlockable weapons with some rather cool characteristics.

As with any RE game there has to be unlockables and with RE5 there are no exceptions. You have the Mercenaries Mode, Action Figures (Figurines), Unlimited Ammo for guns, Unlockable Guns, Unlockable Difficulty Mode, and more. This game will keep you busy for a while trying to earn trophies (360-Achievments), upgrading all weapons, and trying to score high on the leaderboards.

Speaking personally the greatest part about RE5 adding to replayability is the online co-op. During your game you can set it so anyone can join in to help you out on your journey. Ontop of this you can do Mercenaries mode either solo style or duo it with an online buddy. This combined with the leaderboards wanting to be the best of the best helps make this RE5 game stand out in the franchise.

For those that buy the collector's edition of the game in the US you will be treated to a Blue Ray or DVD bonus disc. Here you can see the production of RE5 and to what lengths game designers went to produce this game. The truely mind blowing part was the use of Hollywood top notch graphics and live story boards along with live events turned into CGI cut scenes.

All in All I would say this game is deffinately for anyone out there. The Collector's Edition is probably for the die hard fans and for those a little curious this game is worthy of a buy tag. If you are still hesitant though it is easily worth a rent to check out the story and experience the action in the game. Have to give this game an easy 9 to 9.5 out of 10 for the story, Hollywood Movie style cut scenes, gameplay and the online portion of the game.

Mercenaries Mode-9.5/10

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 04/02/09

Game Release: Resident Evil 5 (Collector's Edition) (US, 03/13/09)

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