Reader Review: Resident Evil 5

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This review was submitted by Richard Hunt. If you’ve played Resident Evil 5, or just want to ask Richard more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Resident Evil 5 (PC)

Perhaps I'm a little late to tackle this racist, steroid filled gun opera of a game, but that doesn't make me any less entitled to spout my oh-so-unnecessary opinion of what I think may be one of the most disappointing games I've played since Daikatana.

Loved

Villains who may possibly have actual disabilities: I'm looking at you Ricardo Irving. It was a brave choice to feature a villain early in the piece that resembles Leonardo Dicaprio from his What's Eating Gilbert Grape days and for the most part it pays off. When he bursts out with tentacles and guts oozing everywhere (spoiler alert; this happens to everyone in the game) and screams at the top of his lungs "I've had an extreme makeover!" I could help but express my grin.

Control switching: The PC version makes it very easy to switch between keyboard + mouse controls and the 360 controller. Occasionally I found moments where I wanted a steady aim so I switched to mouse. But for the most part I played with a controller as I found the mouse too floaty and the turning speed a pain for most of the game.

Hated

"That dumb bitch": Trust a video game to turn me into a chauvinistic misogynist dick. I found myself crying this time and time again as Sheva would refuse to do anything useful. My favourite moment was when we were going up an elevator, I would constantly call her to cover me so as to stop her firing on enemies below who we would never encounter again, so as to conserve ammo. And don't get me started on the enemy AI.

The inventory system: A step back from the previous game. Less weapons, less upgrades, poor shuffling of items and your partner unable to combine herbs. Chris must work part time as a pharmacist, that would explain his giant arms.

The controls: Capcom should talk to EA's Visceral Games about how to control their next game.

Resident Evil 5 is a gorgeous game stuck in the early '00s. Shitty AI, stupid story, terrible controls and boring gameplay make for a game saved only by its shiny engine and a decorated past.

Reviewed by: Richard Hunt

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Comments

    Good review and I totally agree. It was the biggest disappointment of 2009. I think the quality of Resident Evil 4 must've boosted RE5's review scores up one or 2 points. Maybe the quality of RE4 just raised my expectations. I can't see why they chucked in a chick and abandoned the feeling of solitude that worked so well in RE4. How are you supposed to feel scared when you're constantly being distracted by your partner's stupidity or tight buns?

      Control switching: The PC version makes it very easy to switch between keyboard + mouse controls and the 360 controller. Occasionally I found moments where I wanted a steady aim so I switched to mouse. But for the most part I played with a controller as I found the mouse too floaty and the turning speed a pain for most of the game.

      i played the ps3 version but i should say that should also sit in the negative then as bad controls(or you needed to tweak some settings)

      also Length should be there to it was so disapointingly short and extremely short on the 2nd round

        It was more that when you shifted between running and walking it changed the speed of the mouse control which was very disorientating. It was easier to tackle that with a controller.

    Good to see Im not the only person who hated this game.

    Resident Evil 5 is the most disappointing game EVER MADE. I bought it on day 1, played it for a few hours and have never touched it since. And to add insult to injury, it's not even worth any kind of trade-in value now. Fuck you Capcom.

    "That dumb bitch" lol! Man I hated those controls.

    i have RE5 and i havent even played it (got in on the first week of sale) cause i am already disappointed lols, i got just for the sake that i am a somewhat of a fan of the series (until it got too convoluted!!)..played almost all the entries in the series and embarrassingly im still trying to finish RE4 *hides face*, just cant find time to finish it BUT i know its good, played half of it..

    anyways i got sidetracked BUT i do agree that RE5 was a big disappointment, they leaned too much in action, i miss the old slow dumb zombies (theyre more creepy), this one felt like playing Gears of War, which they shouldnt have copied/based cause its a totally different fan base!..anyways bring back the old creepy RE series, less action and MORE ON SURVIVAL!!

    Ive finished it on PS3. I only kept playing it for the sake of playing it. It was a definate step backwards. You pretty much NEED to play this game co op or it is ubearable. Whats worse was needing to search 20 minutes to find someone to play with who was serious and didnt drop out!

    Spot on review, and it echoes my sentiments from release day (they're on various forums). There is absolutely no doubt that RE5 was given extra points for its 'decorated past' (eloquently put, good sir).

    Even RE4 was a step away from what made the RE series so excellent, but because RE4 was a great game on it's own two legs, it didn't matter.

    Dead Space is the survival horror game of this generation thus far (Shattered Memories... ?)

      Yes I absolutely loved Dead Space. It was pretty much Event Horizon the game minus a mental Sam Neil, and that was never a bad thing.

      Dead Space nailed the controls, the inventory and the atmosphere. I eagerly await their next title but I'm nervous it'll go the same way as Resident Evil 5 judging by the rumours of Isaac Clarke becoming space's John McClane.

    Glad you guys like it. :D

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