"Resident Evil 5"
I did love
"Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition" and in general, I have loved the
other games in the famous, classic survival horror franchise.
But, with "Resident Evil 5", the franchise derails.
Moment when I knew this would be my last "RE" game: around
chapter 5 (of six overall chapters and about 20 stages), when
zombies under the command of series stalwart Albert Wesker--he of
the superhuman strength, ability to displace himself to dodge
bullets, and the constant use of mirrored sunglasses, even while
indoors--began taking military flanking positions to assault my
character with machine gun and RPG fire.
That's right--those were the fucking ZOMBIES.
For some reason, the zombie craze of the last 15 years was okay
to me when the zombies were the slow-moving, undead, bad makeup
types. Even when the "28 Days/Weeks Later" franchise
reinvented zombies as fast-moving, undead, bad makeup types, I was
still cool with what was happening. But zombies that can move
really fast, perform superhuman jumps, get hit by multiple explosive
grenades (oh, yeah, those zombies are still made of flesh and blood, but don't
mind me), and take cover while popping out to fire bursts from MP5
machine guns just...doesn't...feel...right.
"Resident Evil 5" suffers from one major problem as a sequel in
an established franchise--it throws out the franchise's core
elements of scary, patient, shock-driven set pieces, very limited
weapons/supplies, and cool puzzles and goes instead with a
nearly-all-action approach, which didn't really drive me wild.
Worse, the game sticks you with an AI partner named Sheva who goes
out of her way to not be helpful. The game's camera, and then
Sheva, are always too close to you, so your field of vision and your
ability to freely move around are always a problem. Sheva is
supposed to be some kind of African special agent/cop but when given
weapons, she is totally useless...multiple hint sites I checked
recommended the "purse" approach, where basically she is used as a
weapons, meds and ammo handbag to carry around the items you can't
fit in your pack. Naturally, this makes the game tough later
when you need Sheva to occasionally kill zombies...and, she can't,
because you took her pistol away earlier since she kept wasting all
of the damned ammo.
The game is beautiful, though. Graphics in "RE5" are
amazing and, while not nearly as great as some of the looks on stock
games on the PS3, make you wonder how many hours were logged on
making some of the nondescript items in the game look so good.
The soundtrack is great and the voice acting is solid, even if the
lines being read are occasionally silly.
As a production, "Resident Evil 5" really shines and even I can
admit that a couple of the boss battles are pretty cool. But,
after the stellar mix of action, puzzles and legit scares that the
fourth game in the series had, this sequel is a letdown and it
closes the final chapter (for me) in this otherwise great series.
Feedback? Comments? Salma Hayek's digits?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience