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  • Summary: The biohazard threat has not ended: Just when it seemed that the menace of Resident Evil had been destroyed, along comes a new terror to send shivers down players' spines. Chris Redfield, returning Resident Evil hero, has followed the path of the evil literally around the globe. AfterThe biohazard threat has not ended: Just when it seemed that the menace of Resident Evil had been destroyed, along comes a new terror to send shivers down players' spines. Chris Redfield, returning Resident Evil hero, has followed the path of the evil literally around the globe. After joining a new organization, Chris heads to Africa where the latest bioterrorism threat is literally transforming the people and animals of the city into mindless, maddened creatures. He is joined by a new partner, Sheva Alomar, who lends her strength, intelligence and sharp-shooting skills to the mission. In order to survive, Chris and Sheva must work together to take on the challenges of discovering the truth behind this evil plot. Utilizing a revolutionary new 2-player co-op mode of gameplay, players assume control of either Chris or Sheva and experience Resident Evil in new ways. In Resident Evil 5, Capcom has players fearing the daylight as much as they have feared shadow in previous games. [Capcom] Expand
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  1. Positive: 65 out of 76
  2. Negative: 0 out of 76
  1. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    100
    Perhaps Resident Evil 5's most remarkable achievement is how it deftly straddles the line between the franchise's sometimes endearing, sometimes frustrating, legacy gameplay mechanics while incorporating more contemporary action adventure elements like enhanced interaction and exploration of environments and a decidedly more shooter-like control scheme. [Mar 2009, p.38]
  2. If you have a friend to play along with, then that's obviously the way to go, but don't let the thought of playing with the AI deter you from picking this up. It's a great game, and well worth your time.
  3. 90
    It's hardly the dramatic revamp that RE4 was for the series, but it marks the first time that co-op play has been implemented. As a result, the overhaul makes it a good single-player game, but a great multiplayer one. Thanks to its persistent approach to weapon upgrades, it's well-suited to replay. It's a visually splendid game with gorgeous cinematics that evoke the same awe as previous games did in their time.
  4. Resident Evil 5 is “only” an amazing game, a label that 90% of the third person shooters would want for themselves. The cooperative mode is just sensational and the story mode is filled with non-stop action. The huge amount of contents will make you forget the lack of any kind of innovation in its concept.
  5. Resident Evil 5 is an incredibly satisfying, non-stop action romp from start to finish. An essential purchase for fans and newcomers alike.
  6. Overall, Versus is a good step in the right direction for a Resident Evil deathmatch-type mode.
  7. If you’re a die-hard fan, ok. If you’re not, turn the page.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 164
  2. Negative: 24 out of 164
  1. GrantZ
    Aug 23, 2009
    10
    Resident Evil 5 is the perfect survival horror, many people reading this won't think it is scary. I think it is, sometimes. I got Resident Evil 5 is the perfect survival horror, many people reading this won't think it is scary. I think it is, sometimes. I got attacked with my friend with a chainsaw, and we both sat there screaming. It was the funniest thing ever. Graphics are amazing. And Sheva is the perfect partner. Also towards TYLER H, a loser. The story is epic, it follows on from REmake, and completely misses out outbreak and 4, mainly cos their stories were crap. The story had enough twists, and introduced Jill Valentine again, which was my favourite moment in a videogame EVER. Buy this, or your console will throw itself out your window in disgust. Expand
  2. Apr 9, 2012
    10
    Resident Evil 5 is one of my all time favorite games. It gives you the first person shooter game. With a side of scary, horror. While at theResident Evil 5 is one of my all time favorite games. It gives you the first person shooter game. With a side of scary, horror. While at the same time has a good story plot to follow. I have been following all the Resident Evil games, and find it to be my favorite out of all the Resident Evil games out so far. Expand
  3. Aug 30, 2018
    9
    Probably the best way to play this title is on the PS3 or Xbox360, but I do own it on the PC and will be making a review there as well forProbably the best way to play this title is on the PS3 or Xbox360, but I do own it on the PC and will be making a review there as well for some negative reasons. So let me start by saying the one thing everyone talks about so I can just get it over with. Sheva's AI is awful. She only uses the pistol if it is in her inventory, she will constantly get in your way and worst of all she hardly fires. All that being said this game is a jam if you adhere to one rule. Only play this game with a friend. Not that playing with the AI is impossible, it will just aggravate you enough to bring you out of the immersion. Get a buddy, sit down on a couch, grab a cold one and have fun. It is an amazing title to play with a friend and a solid story that follows the Resident Evil story line(sorry RE4). Expand
  4. Oct 3, 2012
    8
    RE5 it's just a good ol action game. I would prefered it if they labeled the game as a new IP. It lost some of it's RE roots. Just see whenRE5 it's just a good ol action game. I would prefered it if they labeled the game as a new IP. It lost some of it's RE roots. Just see when RE6 comes out. Nobody will know what it them. In a horrible way. Expand
  5. Jul 1, 2016
    7
    Online coop saves this game from the AI partner, and helps getting the players to the impressive boss fights with minimal frustration. There'sOnline coop saves this game from the AI partner, and helps getting the players to the impressive boss fights with minimal frustration. There's a frantic, desperate feeling to some of the maps, especially first time through the game. There's a mix between arcade-like sections of fun action, and other sections of confused survival and progression. Overall, it's just an extremely polished coop game that could use tighter level design. No competition within the niche (coop survival game). Expand
  6. Jul 20, 2016
    6
    I absolutely love the Resident Evil series, at least up until RE4, which perfectly straddled the line between action and survival horror, withI absolutely love the Resident Evil series, at least up until RE4, which perfectly straddled the line between action and survival horror, with a few puzzles as well. RE5 is the most disappointing one I've played (not played RE6 yet though. )

    Controls are awkward, in all configurations I've tried. I can live with having to stop to shoot, like with all previous RE games. But it seems to take an age to stop, aim and shoot. It's like there are too many frames of animation. Also actions like taking out and swiping the knife, and picking up items all seem to take too long in the heat of battle. It's also too common that a foe, like the "dogs" get under your feet or to your side, and it's actually difficult to aim at them. An auto aim like in GTA 5 or Red Dead Redemption, for example, would really help.
    Basically, the game throws enemies at you at a rate of an all action shoot em up, but makes you suffer through dated survival horror controls. It makes for a frustrating experience where you have to constantly run away and turn and shoot back. A duck-for-cover action is also missing.

    I didn't love the gold-collecting mechanic of RE4, but it least it sort of made sense in areas like the castle and churches. There's far too much of it in RE5, everywhere, and it just feels like a chore, as does all the box breaking.
    The truck mounted machine gun sequences are dull and just too similar to Medal of Honour or Call of Duty. Not subtle and a bit out of character for the series.

    The Co-op character doesn't add much to the experience. She isn't as bad as some make out, in terms of being plain unhelpful, but I find her a chore and a distraction not a fun addition.

    The graphics are detailed and the characters and enemies look quite realistic. However, aside from HD they are not a major step up in quality from Resident Evil 4, or particularly impressive in relation to other PS3 titles. In fact the HD Remake of RE is more visually appealing in my view, albeit with fixed backgrounds.

    To its credit, the enemies are suitably gruesome and varied, and there are some very memorable scenes and set pieces- like the part in the mines where you carry a lantern and enemies come out of the dark for example. Sound effects are great. Sniping works well.

    It's not a terrible game, but rather disappointing for someone keen on the previous main-series RE games. If you want action packed third person shooters, there are surely better options.
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  7. Jan 5, 2012
    0
    i did not like this game at all you cant move while attacking which leaves you open to attack every time you want to kill something and wheni did not like this game at all you cant move while attacking which leaves you open to attack every time you want to kill something and when you look around the camera is too sensitive and this can not be changed as well everything you do in this game feels unnatural and clunky i played the first chapter and gave up because of the bad gameplay Expand

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