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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 91
  2. Negative: 1 out of 91
  1. I played it start to finish in three sittings, have played it extensively in other capacities while working on this review, and still can't wait to go back and play through it again cooperatively on higher difficulties to open up more of its goodies. If that's not the definition of a fine action game, I don't know what is.
  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. In conclusion, Resident Evil 5 may have slightly moved away from the original premise of the game but it’s good to see the developers try a different path for this series.
  4. If you can’t deal with the combat gameplay in the RE series (there’s a demo to save you potential naysayers a few bucks), then there’s a good chance that you won’t be buying what the boxed copy of Resident Evil 5 is selling. But if there’s even the slightest amount of indifference in your brain about the aiming and gunplay of RE, then RE5 is worth your time.
  5. While the developers' decision to copy elements from Resident Evil 4 make it feel less original (despite better visuals and a new location), you'll have a blast (especially with a buddy) but after waiting four years for a sequel, we expected better.
  6. Resident Evil 5 is a great game without any doubt. With a new storyline, it offers fans of the series the epic end of the Umbrella arc that they were hoping for. Great visuals and many extras, but the use of RE4's control scheme feels old, and doesn't work too well to this new 100% action style the game embraced instead Survival Horror. You would expect something better from Capcom nowadays.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 171
  1. Jan 20, 2012
    10
    Amazing game, the best Resident Evil ever, the best action game, horror game, the final is amazing with Wesker, I love Jill and Chris again,Amazing game, the best Resident Evil ever, the best action game, horror game, the final is amazing with Wesker, I love Jill and Chris again, the so emotional scene. I really hope that RE6 be better and GOTY 2012. Expand
  2. Jan 7, 2015
    10
    Resident Evil 5 gets a lot of undeserved criticism, largely for the fact that it isn't Resident Evil 4. While both games use essentially theResident Evil 5 gets a lot of undeserved criticism, largely for the fact that it isn't Resident Evil 4. While both games use essentially the same mechanics, and while RE4 is undoubtedly a masterpiece, those that judge RE5 often fail to acknowledge the many ways in which the game matches or even betters its predecessor. Go back to RE4 after playing through RE5 and you will notice, conspicuous by their absence, a handful of improvements that you mistakenly remembered being in the fourth main-series game.

    Most obviously, RE5 features online co-op. Although the game works well as a singleplayer experience, co-op truly is how it was designed to be played, and it is a superb addition. The co-op dynamic feels so natural when applied to the "second generation" Resident Evil framework. The storyline is broken up into chapters of a suitable size for online sessions, meaning that it's easy to jump in with a friend for anything from 30 minutes to multiple hours. As a result, I'm sure I've spent more time playing RE5 than any of the previous entries in the series, and I am a huge fan of the older games.

    The inventory system had to be reworked since weapons and restoratives needed to be easily-accessible in the heat of the moment. With pausing a thing of the past, so too the attaché case grid had to be ditched - seemingly a major issue for some, but completely necessary. The pacing of the game is spot-on. RE4, while fantastically relentless, was over-long and, at times, a bit of a slog. I felt that certain sections dragged and could have been condensed, resulting in a more impactful game. This game has very few lulls.

    All in all, a wholly worthy successor to one of the landmarks of videogaming, updated for the online age. Seeing how hideously wrong it all went for the sixth game just emphasises even more what a sensational title this is.
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  3. Jun 17, 2019
    9
    While it is absolutely true that Resident Evil 5 puts way too much emphasis on action and largely abandons the survival horror, it is still aWhile it is absolutely true that Resident Evil 5 puts way too much emphasis on action and largely abandons the survival horror, it is still a highly entertaining action game. It is massive co-op fun with a friend and the African setting is a breath of fresh air (excluding the dull indoors factory sequences). The graphics are also incredibly good. However, comparing it to the masterpiece that is Resident Evil 4 does it no favors. In summary, a high quality action zombie shooter but a poor Resident Evil game. Expand
  4. Jun 22, 2020
    8
    I actually thought this game was pretty fun. I always played with my boyfriend so I never had to deal with the AI co op, and made it a lotI actually thought this game was pretty fun. I always played with my boyfriend so I never had to deal with the AI co op, and made it a lot more fun. It was definitely goofy at times and the run and gun button mashing was done in a tolerable, but still annoying way. Still, the game was undeniably fun to play. Expand
  5. ERB
    Aug 2, 2013
    7
    One of the best game of its series.Game play is good and even story is good.Only problem is where is the merchant?Kinda miss that guy.But ItOne of the best game of its series.Game play is good and even story is good.Only problem is where is the merchant?Kinda miss that guy.But It is still a great game. Expand
  6. Aug 3, 2022
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Okayish game. Couple of things I can say is that the soundtrack is good. The Kijuju wetlands were scary as **** and Jill is hot as **** Expand
  7. Sep 23, 2022
    0
    Resident Evil 5 es un insulto a la franquicia de RE y un intento descarado de llegar a las cifras de dinero que generaba Call of Duty. LaResident Evil 5 es un insulto a la franquicia de RE y un intento descarado de llegar a las cifras de dinero que generaba Call of Duty. La historia es completamente lineal y presenta inconsistencias y conveniencias argumentales, hay demasiada acción, jodieron a Chris tanto en diseño como en desarrollo(y por eso, -9pts por cabrones); la música es olvidable, Sheva es olvidable, Wesker murió de la peor forma posible...

    Si hacer un mal juego y tergiversar una franquicia fuese un delito, entonces, todo el personal que creó este juego estuviera preso hace 13 años ya.
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