Resident Evil 5
Developed by Capcom
Published by Capcom
*Please Note: This Review is of the PlayStation 4 Version*
Taking place 5 years after the events of Resident Evil 4; Former S.T.A.R.S. member; Chris Redfield is now working for the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA) and is dispatched to Kijuju in Africa to stop Bio-terrorist; Ricardo Irving from selling a deadly BOW. He then partners up with Sheva Alomar; A BSAA operative from the West Africa branch who aims to help him stop this terrorist from causing another incident like Raccoon City however the further Chris and Sheva delve into the villages and locations of Kijuju; the more they find out that their worst nightmares may have come alive and that everything going on has a sinister connection to Chris’ long time nemesis; Albert Wesker and his missing partner; Jill Valentine.
In addition to this aswell, The game features 2 additional DLC chapters which take place before the game and during the game. Lost in Nightmares; follows Chris and Jill searching a mansion after receiving word that Umbrella’s founder Oswell E. Spencer is located there. Upon arrival; Jill and Chris soon realize that the mansion brings back very old memories and along with it; old terrors. Then in Desperate Escape; Josh and Jill must find a way to escape through a base filled with multiple monsters as they lead a final desperate fight for survival.
All in all, Resident Evil 5 has a decent story that while not too great as a horror story works very well as an action story with elements of old hatreds being revived aswell as a story of loyalty and showing what lengths people will go to in order to protect the people they love.
Resident Evil 5 is a third person action/horror title that focuses more on the action than the previous entries in the Resident Evil series, the basic premise is very similar to Resident Evil 4, you aim with a little laser that comes from your gun and shoot, it’s pretty simple to be fair, there are some differences now though, mainly being the inclusion of coop, which in some ways can be the games biggest downfall and greatest feature, playing this game can be incredibly fun when played with a friend, however when playing by yourself, you have an AI version of Sheva or Chris who is more of a liability than anything.
RE5 makes one change that I’m not too happy with, instead of playing through the game and meeting a merchant who upgrades your weapons, you only upgrade your weapons inside of a menu, it isn’t a big difference to be honest but I just prefer interacting with someone rather than a simple menu.
Overall while not being a very good survival horror game, Resident Evil 5 is still a very good action game in general, although it still doesn’t hold a candle to Resident Evil 4, however if you’re looking for a pretty good action game or mainly a fantastic coop game to play with a friend, Resident Evil 5 is a great choice.
In terms of Sound; Resident Evil 5 is almost perfect with a phenomenal soundtrack that really helps to build up suspense and atmosphere. There are many great tracks in the game that play during the tense moments such as the boss fights with some of my personal favorites being Wind of Madness and Deep Ambition which play during the boss fights with Wesker aswell as Sad But True (No Not the Metallica song) which plays during the boss fight with an old friend [Not Saying to avoid Spoilers]. The voice acting in this game is 50/50 however since I personally liked Roger Craig Smith (Assassins Creed 2) who voices Long time Protagonist; Chris Redfield while Karen Dyer and Patricia Ja Lee are great in the supporting roles as Sheva Alomar and Jill Valentine respectively. One thing I do have to criticize about the Resident Evil 5 Voice Acting however is that despite him being a menacing character; Wesker always has terrible voice acting with his dialogue sounding very similar to that of a B-Movie horror character which even though it’s a bad thing adds to the special charm that the Resident Evil series has.
All in all, I love the sound section in Resident Evil 5 and it’s one of the best soundtracks to grace a Resident Evil game since Resident Evil 3.
Resident Evil 5 has some really nice visuals that when considering the game is a port to the PlayStation 4 still feels up to date. Obviously Resident Evil 5 doesn’t have the greatest graphics on the PlayStation 4 but they are certainly not the worst. The locations in the game despite being slightly bland in color at times funnily enough look pretty accurate to that of actual shanty towns and huts located in Africa. The character design is good if not a bit over the top; especially with Chris Redfield who looks as though he has become a bodybuilder in the time between Resident Evil: Code Veronica and Resident Evil 5 however the rest of the characters and the alternate costumes look great. The only real noticeable difference between the original on PlayStation 3 and this port on PlayStation 4 is that the frame rate seems to be running a lot smoother making the game feel much more fast-paced.
Resident Evil 5 has hours and hours of replay value and can be a fun game to revisit over again. The game has an unlockable Professional mode which adds more of a challenge to the game giving you plenty of hours of replay value due to the amount that you will die during it (unless you know the game inside out). The ability to play it single player and Co-Op adds more replay value due to the fact that the games a lot of fun when playing with a friend. There is of course the trophies/achievements for the hunters out there which adds more time to the game and then of course there is the competitive Mercenaries mode which adds even more hours of fun.
Overall there is plenty of replay value in Resident Evil 5 and enough to keep you playing for hours.
All in all, Reisdent Evil 5 is a highly enjoyable title with a fantastic story, really good (if not simplistic gameplay), an incredible soundtrack and some nice visuals aswell as plenty of replay value. Despite not having a great emphasis on the horror elements that the series had originated, Resident Evil 5 is an absolutely stunning action title. The game does have it’s fair share of flaws aswell but all in all, It’s certainly a welcome entry in the franchise and a very well ported game just like Resident Evil 6 and I can’t wait to experience the Resident Evil 4 port.
My Score = 8/10
- Fantastic Stories (including the DLC)
- Great Gameplay
- Co-Op is a great inclusion
- Incredible Soundtrack
- Really good Voice Acting for certain characters
- Smoother Frame Rate
- Visuals look great
- Plenty of Replay Value
- AI Partner is terrible
- No Merchants in the game
- Not as good voice acting for certain characters
- Chris Redfield’s character design
- Some bland coloring effects
Resident Evil 5 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Thanks go to Capcom for supplying the game & Assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Review by Matthew McNamee