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Scheduled release date:

March 13th, 2009

Publisher:

Capcom

Developer:

Capcom

Number Of Players:

1-2 (2 Online Co-op)

Genre:

Survival/Horror

Release Date:

March 13, 2009

Resident Evil has long been a staple of Capcom's portfolio, demonstrating continuous quality and attention to detail from nearly every release the series has seen, excluding the spin-offs, of course. The series is now ready to enter its third generation of games with a release on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2009. Following the absolutely epic success of Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5 has some rather large shoes to fill, but based on our time with the game this past Summer and the additional info we know, it shouldn't have any trouble filling those shoes.

No longer in Raccoon City or Europe, we are taken to Africa. As you know, RE5 stars Chris Redfield, our her from the first Resident Evil and Code Veronica. Chris has allied with a new counter-terrorism group and tracks down a new biohazard threat in Africa. This new threat transforms the citizens and animals of the villages into rabid and mindless beings, and you'll have to figure out where this threat is coming from.

Naturally, because Resident Evil 5 takes place in an all new environment, it will offer the player a number of new features to experience, such as a location with a large environment that boasts a plethora of locations to play through. With a new environment comes a new horde of enemies, on top of all new artificial intelligence where the enemies are smarter and faster, despite being mindless creatures. Enemies that travel in packs will have to be feared, as well as the loners who aren't.

Weapons will continue to be your main source of power, as the game will feature everything from knives, to pistols, to machine guns, to rifles, grenade launchers, and so forth. To borrow my own hands-on impressions of Resident Evil 5, you can rest-assured that the gameplay is superb. When I played RE5, you still had to stop when you opened fire, but Capcom is still working on the aspect, considering how many have complained, so that may change in time for the final release.

If you can look past the shooting mechanics, then Resident Evil 5 looks to deliver a much more solid experience than RE4. Based on what I played, the controls were smooth and easy to get adjusted to no matter which console's controller you'll be playing with. We also loved how powerful the shooting felt, every shot fired came alive through the sound and recoil of the controllers - definitely presenting us with a rewarding quality in the gameplay.

Additionally, as you may also be well aware of, a co-op online mode has now been put together for the game which will allow players to take control of Chris and a new character called Sheva. This co-operative mode marks a first for the main franchise, and will allow gamers to come in and out, at will. During a co-op session, you aren't required to stick to your partner at all times, either, so you're free to run about at any time you wish.

For the curious, side-by-side the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games looked and moved practically identical to one another. The only thing separating them was a very, very marginal difference in color, which is completely normal, considering two different graphics cards are rendering this. Regardless, it's nothing that a quick little tune of your TV's settings couldn't change in five seconds. Now, the first thing that comes to mind when you see RE5 in person is just how flat-out stunning the game looks. Back at E3, it was, without a doubt, one of the best looking games of the show.

Everything about Resident Evil 5 looks superb; the lighting is gorgeous, as everything cast around you looked so perfect it bordered photorealism in some cases. Capcom's use of lighting really is some of the very best this generation has seen, not too much, not too little; and you're not going to see a plethora of glare and bloom.

Because the lighting is so spot-on, the details all around you look that much better, and the fantastic textures are complemented by it all. Furthermore, character detail as a whole gets the same triple-A treatment, as does the rest of the game. Brilliant stuff here. On top of all that, the game runs superbly well, without a single framerate hitch to be spotted. The game engine ran flawlessly at, what appeared to be, 60 frames per second, and considering that this is running on an even more enhanced game engine that powered Devil May Cry 4, expect nothing but great things.

Look for Resident Evil 5 to arrive March 13th, 2009. You will not want to miss one of the first contenders for game of the year 2009.

12/3/2008 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (22 posts)

Qubex
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 12:38:45 AM
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Maybe the Resident Evil 5 engine, as is the case with the Killzone 2 engine, will show what a good graphics engine actually means, without short cuts being taken unnecessarily... Definitely a game will consider!

Q!

"i Am HomE"




Last edited by Qubex on 12/3/2008 12:39:49 AM

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dveisalive
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 1:00:31 AM
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Dam right Qubex! Resident Evil 5 and Killzone 2 are going to make me even more broke! LOL!

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Qubex
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 3:36:00 AM

Rock on dveisalive, rock on!

Q!

"i aM hOme"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 1:04:14 AM
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Some people had a problem with GTAIV going uber realistic, but I doubt we will hear any of that with RE5. After all, if you want to up the creepy factor in survival horror then realism is the way to go. I will make sure cash is in hand come March.

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DeadReaper
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 1:15:01 AM
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Seeing as how this is scheduled for release on my birthday, that could only mean its going to be superb. Big Resident evil fan, cant wait. Also cant wait for that S.E. with all that sweet stuff in it (if its coming to canada).

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NiteKrawler
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 7:30:50 PM

I'm a huge RE fan as well, so I just wanted to let you know that RE Degeneration is available through torrents now. It's awesome.

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Siege
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 2:20:52 AM
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Definitely cannot wait for this game!

I do have a question, though. Arnold, do you know if the co-op is online only or will there also be a split-screen option?

Thanks!

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NiteKrawler
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 7:29:49 PM

Split screen will be available according to Wiki.

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sabitrulz
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 4:14:23 AM
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''one of the first contenders for game of the year 2009''-Mr.Arnold Katayev did u forget dat Killzone-2 is comin in February?

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Buckeyestar
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 7:49:30 AM

That's why he said "one of the first" and not "the first".

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mustang750r
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 6:03:22 AM
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hi everybody. first time poster. this is a must for me seeing how i love action and horror games. different sub. but i wonder if EA is planning to release DEAD SPACE 2 around october again, seeing how it was confirmed to be in the works.

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Qubex
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 6:55:25 AM

Welcome mustang750r... welcome to a great family!

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

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Aftab
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 8:48:24 AM
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"Welcome to your Doom!" Name that game.

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coverton341
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 10:36:38 AM

Altered Beast? Sega Genesis?

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Aftab
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 3:15:59 PM

You got it!!!

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Aftab
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 9:02:18 AM
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After playing Deadspace, I'm definitely looking foward to his one, even more so than Killzone 2. Previously, I hadn't played any of the horror/survival genre (not even RE4), but now I'm pumped. It's quickly become one of my favortie categories of games.

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karneli lll
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 9:24:49 AM
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damn it. I might actually break my rule n buy this!

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shreevin
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 12:34:01 PM
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I have been looking forward to this ever since the PS3 was born. I am curious about how they're going to pull off the creepiness. Didn't get too much of it in RE4; at least not to the level that was in the setting of a torn apart Raccoon City. No matter, I will still be getting it on the 13th.

Has anyone heard anything about DLC?

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The_R0gue_Ninja
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 3:56:07 PM
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I hope that Capcom comes through with good character development in RE5. Don't get me wrong, I love every Resident Evil title, minus the spin-offs. I just pray that character development is put on the same list as "gameplay" and "graphics".
Just imagine if Metal Gear Solid's character development was fused with Resident Evil's gameplay! I'm not saying that I want Chris Redfield to actually be Albert Wesker's clone, or Sheva to be bipolar terrorist. I would like more immersion into who and what Chris Redfield is, why he does what he does, and so on and so forth. In my opinion, that would make RE5 the perfect game everyone wants it to be.

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Zorigo
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:14:15 AM

After inferring what you've said, does that mean you think RE5 has better gameplay than MGS4?

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Zorigo
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:12:47 AM
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Looks and sounds amazing. On my current wishlist.

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The_R0gue_Ninja
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 2:02:52 PM
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Zorigo, after re-reading my post, I agree that the way I worded it does sound like I was implying Resident Evil's gameplay is better than Metal Gear Solid 4's. I in no way meant that. However, you have brought up an interesting question: Is RE's gameplay better than MGS4's?
It's difficult to compare them, because one title focuses on action, while the other emphasizes stealth. So whether one title is better than the other really comes down to personal preference. I, personally, have no preference between the two titles. Survival Horror is one of my favorite genres, as well as stealth. Although, as a side note, I think MGS deserves extra kudos for a well developed, and extremely engrossing story (you can also shoot your gun while running, lol).

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