Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5 Review for Xbox 360

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The first next-gen version of the classic franchise.

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9Out of 10
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The variety in locations is amazing
The variety in locations is amazing

The variety in locations is amazing

Upgrading your weapons is key to how you'll be able to take on the increasingly hard enemies as you move through the game. As is traditional, almost everything you kill drops something, be it some money, ammo, jewel or health item. Collect money and sell jewels (sadly there's no combining jewels to make more valuable pieces) and you'll be able to upgrade your weapons in key stats, like chance of single shot headshot kill, reload time and capacity. Sadly the travelling salesmen from Resi 4 didn't get on the plane to Africa, and there's no direct replacement, leaving you to do all your buying and selling with a lifeless menu screen.

Completely new to the series is a real-time inventory system, although with it comes an inability to upgrade your inventory's size. Sheva and Chris each have nine slots (every item takes up one slot, so there's no accounting for big weapons taking up more space, and four of these correspond to a direction on the d-pad for quick selection), which means you can't simply take everything you see. It's key to leave any unnecessary items in storage at the end of each act (the game is split into six chapters, each comprised of two or three acts), leaving you room to carry ammo for your weapons and pick up herbs and other weapons you'll find.

Gladly you can carry over your items from one game to the next once you finish the campaign, allowing you to start again (perhaps at a higher difficulty) with your tuned up guns. This has always been a great part of the series, and it's just as much fun here, replaying previously tricky sections with a maxed out head-shot, 100 bullet capacity hand gun and a fast reloading death-dealing shotgun and laughing at the ensuing carnage.

Multi-platform games tend to be less technically impressive than exclusives, but Resi 5 is visually stunning. Some of the animations are a little clunky and we've seen far better physics, but the environments, bosses and general atmosphere on offer here is worthy of a tremendous amount of praise. If there's a criticism to be levelled at the game it's that it doesn't feel all that Resident Evilee, with much of the game taking place in broad daylight. That doesn't mean it's lacking creepiness, as there are moments here that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up (the many infected come in some rather disgusting forms, including the hideous split-head dogs), but Resi 5 definitely feels different to the games that have gone before it.

The enemies are among the best the series has seen

The enemies are among the best the series has seen

Puzzles, which have been a staple part of the series, occur infrequently and of those only one needed a bit of out of the box thinking. Resi 5 feels more like an action game than any game in the series, with a lot of cover-based shooting, loads of machine gun carrying enemies and a definite industrial feel. As spectacular as this action packed gameplay is, there's no doubt that Resi 5 is missing something that made the previous game so special. Whether it was the relationship between lead man Leon and the hopeless Ashley, the forever amusing tradesman or the outrageous boss encounters, Capcom's latest just can't quite match it.

Don't let that rather disappointing comparison to Resident Evil 4 fool you. Coming second to one of the best games of our generation is nothing to be sniffed at, and Resident Evil 5 is still a game that does the series proud. With a whole heap of content to unlock, including the brilliant Mercenaries mode (playable cooperatively off and online), a campaign that begs to be replayed and top of the line production values there's very little to be disappointed with. If you've read all that and the first thing in your mind is "but you can't move and shoot?" this isn't for you, but everyone else should grab a friend and enter the world of not quite so much survival horror.

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pimphater@ jakeistheman

Yea me ether it looks kinda cool but hey at midnight me and my friend corbin was playing resadent evil and it gave us the freaks man im tellen ya we didnt go to sleep to about morning have u ever got that scaryness feelin?
Posted 21:12 on 26 March 2009
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I just recently posted a topic about this very subject.....i feel that this residend evil was good...with pretty sweet graphics but seriously way overrated.....too much talk bout how scary it is and how awesome it is when i have played better games....the enemy AI are ridiculously stupid and not scary what soo ever....i wish resident evil would go back to Zombies and was much bttr off....
Posted 19:02 on 26 March 2009
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Agreed Guyderman. Not usually an achievement whore. But as I love the game so much and the achievements are logical and game play related their worth while. There's no kill every animal in the game in seven seconds ore anything retarded like that. Also the comment on the Demo is 100% correct when I played the demo i hated the game but as i pre-ordered and learnt my lesson from previous demo's I still purchased the game and thankfully my instinct paid off.
Posted 10:45 on 24 March 2009
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guyderman@ Karlius

I agree with Karlius - This is the best game I've played this year - and by far the best looking - with diverse locations and enemies - fast paced and tense - cinematography on the cut scenes is simply jaw dropping - Great characters and great story - I haven't reached karlius' level of expertese yet but this is the first game I've played which has made me even interested in trying to unlock the achievements as there is so much to do - Co-op is fantastic and the AI on Sheva on SP really isn't as bad as some reviews have made out - Ok she doesn't mix herbs - big deal! Anyone who is wondering if they should give this game a go - just do it, you won't regret it! (by the way the Demo doesn't do the game justic at all because there is a lot more to this game than just shooting villagers).
Posted 10:43 on 24 March 2009
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100% Completed the game and it's fantastic. Anyone gibing the game simply hasn't played the game to it's fullest. Game play is immense and graphically superior to every game on the market (Console based). Story is great and the fact it is available on both consoles is a big plus.
Takes an hour or so to get used to the control system but after that it's fine. Stop and shoot makes the game intense especially in the harder levels i.e. professional mode. I urge anyone that wants a challenge to undergo this level of play. I also suggest you grab a friend as completion alone is nigh on impossible. You could always join a randomer's game which is a good feature.(If you doubt my 100% completion take a look at my gamer profile all you need is there.) If i can help anyone send me a PM. Great Review and great game.
Posted 10:33 on 24 March 2009
jakeistheman's Avatar


This game looks ok but i still dont think im guna buy it on launch day.
Posted 22:35 on 17 March 2009
Corrupt0Killa-TomBut's Avatar


To anybody who is going to buy this game....DO NOT BUY THIS GAME...its awful, this story is boring and pretty generic, game play is awful and it isn't even scary at all, the graphics compared to other games are ok at best...the Resident Evil series are starting to go down hill, when those crocodiles/alligators come at you its like...oh ok i run back because i know it wont get me and shoot. I was stood right next to one knifing it for ages without it touching me once just went round in circles whilst i stood still. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY.
Posted 13:06 on 14 March 2009
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I'm not going to buy RE5 at launch but I might buy it sometime down the road.
Posted 13:25 on 12 March 2009
Rickitis's Avatar


I’m confused… everyone keeps on saying just how great the game looks but I don’t see that it’s THAT good. I remember when Resident Evil moved over to the Gamecube and it looked awesome way better than any other game that had come before it. Then Resident Evil 4 was one of the best looking games ever when it was released. Resident Evil 5 doesn’t seem as visually impressive as other titles have in the past; I mean it’s good but not an amazing leap forward like other titles in the past have been. Other than that the game should be fun, especially with a friend I think it will be a blast to play through.
Posted 11:03 on 09 March 2009
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Yeah followup to the greatest survival horror game of all time was going to be impossibly tough. Not even one person on this planet earth would've agreed that it is gonna be better than re 4. But still it looks awesome will get it on release
Posted 09:34 on 09 March 2009
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The demo wasn't bad but wasn't enough to convince me to buy it on a launch day release. I have played them the majority of them and I know what the storyline is about, so I think I may get it later on.

Nice review as it has now gone up a few notches in my book on my 'wanted list'. That fact that it has because of co-op and playing the demo online with a friend was quite satisfying when defeating that Chainsaw 'infected' man. So yes I think I may get it but not on launch day, I shall wait and see what the others say about it first before buying it.
Posted 06:19 on 09 March 2009

Game Stats

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Resident Evil 5
Out of 10
Resident Evil 5
  • Looks staggeringly good at times
  • Loads of replay value
  • Incredible variety
  • Doesn't quite have the magic of Resi 4
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Release Date: 13/03/2009
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS4 , Xbox One , PS3 , PC
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Survival Horror
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 1,636 15
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