Resident Evil 5 is one of the most hyped games of this generation and was prominently featured in various Top 10 Lists. The incredible amount of hype it generated was contributed to the long development period,the over the top gorgeous looking trailers,gory in game footage and just the plain curiosity,whether it will be able to surpass its legendary predecessor or not.
Yes..today is 13 March 2009 and the wait is Over…Resident Evil 5 debuted worldwide today and I m providing you an honest review here to share if it lives upto its hype or not..
This is one of the most stunning games I have played till date. I played it on XBOX 360 and PS3 (courtesy of a game parlor) and it was an awe inspiring experience for me. Capcom has left no stone unturned to make it a visual landmark in the history of Resident Evil series.Ultra high resolution graphics are painstakingly detailed, and successfully paint a vivid image of a real world setting. The cut-scenes give you a thoroughly cinematic experience as they play like movies, beefing up the already laudable visual fidelity of the game. The only gripe is sometime,you do feel that there are similar kind of zombies but thats passable.
The audio beautifully complements the tense atmosphere of the game and blends seamlessly with the cutscenes and situations faced by the protagonists. The game features orchestral music recorded at Hollywood and the usual electronic stuff. The in game voice acting is impeccable though you seem to feel Sheva’s English accent beats those of Lara croft.I especially liked the voice of Albert Wesker ,his smooth style and charisma.
Whereas Resident Evil 4 stylishly shifted the series storyline with a defining new chapter, Resident Evil 5 distinctly fails to have the same impact. You are put in the shoes of Chris Redfield who now is working with BSAA and is on a mission to investigate the origins of Virus outbreak in an African country.He is aided by Sheva Alomar who is the African operative of BSAA.The plot is slow in a classic RE manner,and is devoid of twists upon which the series relies on but it still carries on the story which will lead to the making of a 6th RE.The promise of Chris Redfield's return largely surrounds the seemingly endless battle with Wesker, and his flashbacks provide the main source of interest but they fail to cause any amnesiac revelations.
While I got my hands dirty on RE5,I was seriously thinking when it would scare the hell out of me. Okay,the atmosphere is tense,but not in terms of Horror,but like you have been playing an Action-Horror game in which you have to blast zombies minus the scare.Puzzles are very less and it makes RE5 more of a shooter rather than vanilla RE.The controls are tweaked and sometimes you really want that you can move and shoot at the same time,but then,It would not be a resident evil game then…You are aided by Sheva,your partner in crime (or survival for the time being) who never seems to be a burden on you. She can help herself on blasting the way through zombies,gets you items and even saved my ass off in some tight situations. Her AI is good but the fact is that you cant strategize with her well to take your new foes down.
Enemy AI is varying,some areas have easy grunts who dont mind you shooting bullets and making noises and some areas have near impossible inevitable foes with whom you are gonna have a duel with.Specific enemies can flank you and even take cover.You will be on the edge of your seats due to interactive cut scenes and QuickTime events which will create some of the game's most memorable moments.
The weapon set constitutes of usual knives,shotguns,handguns,pistols,snipers,automatics and rocket launchers and some times embedded turrets. You will be blasting enemies by shooting drums,transformers and various other aiding baits. The environments are interactive but not to the mark of new games with destructible scenarios like FEAR2 Project Origin and games powered with HAVOC physics and other engines. I hope RE6 on MT framework 3.98765 will be a blast :) The game has a surprisingly short playtime of 6-7 hours. I do feel,RE5 is RE4 with co-op enabled and beefed up graphics..
Resident Evil 4 was a legend,which set the parameters for its successor to unfairly high levels.Resident Evil 5 on the other hand is an action packed spectacular game with terrific production values and painstaking amount of detail and is an excellent co-op game.Resident Evil 5 is worthwhile if you're a fan of the series, enjoy shooters or just like pretty graphics The sheer emphasis on action, coupled with the dated gameplay mechanics and inability to show any advance beyond the Resident Evil 4 blueprint is possible to overlook if you're happy with state-of-the-art visuals and zombie laying. I repeat myself again, Resident Evil 5 is more of a shooter and the tagline “Fear you cant forget” seems shallow..
Final Score – 34/40
Systems Reviewed – XBOX 360,PS3
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