I had a number of games back in March 2009 that I had not touched and with the inevitable greatness that was Street Fighter 4 I never got around to playing Resident Evil 5. I had heard bad things about the game and so decided not to purchase it. Fast forward to March 2010 and I have finally played it. I can safely say that it is not a better game than Resident Evil 4. However, it is a great game in its own right.
The drop in drop out co-op mode I found to be a great feature and added a new dimension to the Resident Evil franchise. I played the first few chapters with my brother over Xbox live and I was pleasantly surprised how you have to work together in the game and also, that the story mode has been well defined to accompany co-op play. There are some great set pieces where one of you is sitting on the rooftops with a sniper taking down the zombies and protecting your partner whilst the other person is running around in the opposite building trying to find the key to open the door.
The rest of the campaign I played as a single player with the AI controlled Sheva. It looks to me that Capcom have managed to patch the AI as I did not experience major issues playing with an AI character. There are certain things that wasting ammo and using up all the green herbage and first aid sprays that you have to watch out for. But this can be managed by giving Sheva all the other items that you pick up in the game.
This game doesn’t have much variation in the game compared to Resident Evil 4 but does offer some good edge of your seat action. The control method is dated compared to other action games but does add to the suspense of trying to getaway from the zombies. It can prove frustrating sometimes but similar to other action games.
The graphics are amazing in this game. The developers have worked both 360 and PS3 really really hard. Having played the likes of Uncharted 2, Batman Arkham Asylum this stands shoulder to shoulder with them and has some impressive lighting effects. There are various modes to keep you entertained such as Mercaneries but in all honesty, I play Resident Evil for the story and atmosphere and I am not interested in the extra modes. It has around 10-12 hours of story mode gameplay.
I would thoroughly recommend this game and barring Dead Space this proves the next best survival horror game of this generation.
4/5 – Single player only
5/5 – Playing co-op