Quite possibly one of the biggest games at E3 2008 was the latest entry into the survival horror genre from Capcom, Resident Evil 5, or more affectionately known as RE5. It did not disappoint. Not in the slightest. Coming to both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Resident Evil 5 takes what made Resident Evil 4 a great game and adds more awesome to the formula. We’re talking faster zombies in greater quantities, more scares the likes of the way only the Resident Evil series can give you and this time they’re adding co-operative play. If that’s not enough the game looks stunning and so realistic that you may actually soil yourself at just how great the game looks. And for those of you fanboys looking to rub it into the other systems owners, from what I saw the two versions looked pretty much near identical.
Now, if you played Resident Evil 4 you can expect similar controls. That means that you will use one stick to move your character and a second to target with your chosen weapon. Expect it to take a while to get familiar with if you’re used to the old Resident Evil controls, but most fans of third person shooters should warm up real quick.
Capcom offered up two areas to play through. From what I played, which was about 20-30 minutes worth of gameplay in one of the areas I could tell that there are a lot of improvements over the previous installment, which was quite easily one of the best games of the last generation. First off you will notice that the zombies move a lot faster. They’re relentless, they are coming for your brains and the only way for you to stop them is with a well placed bullet in their skull. They were also swarming. There were tons of enemies ready and ripe for picking off with any of a number of weapons. Best of all, though is the co-operative aspect of the game. If you’re running low on health your partner will come in with a medical kit and inject you for a much needed replenishment. Unlike the past Resident Evil games you won’t worry about having to ease up on that precious ammo either, your enemies will randomly drop plenty of it amongst gold and other useful items.
I think it’s safe to say that RE5 will be one of the most grizzly and gruesome games on either system so far, and if the game can live up to the demo that I played fans of the series will not be disappointed one bit. Fans should be able to rest easy knowing that the moment they get their hands on Resident Evil 5 there will be no more resting easy because this will probably be a nightmare inducing, bloody cacophony of zombie slaying goodness.
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