Sunday, March 08, 2009

Resident Evil 5: Like A Blockbuster Movie, But You (and possibly a friend) are in it

Just picked up Resident Evil 5. Got through a few chapters of the game and I really, really like it. Production and presentation values are just insane in this title.

Unfortunately, since the game got released in March this year, I have a strong feeling the gaming press will forget to give it any honors when they start selling their Game of the Year Awards to game developers by the end of this year. (that's what usually happens. Great games that get released early in the year don't ever do well in year-end awards....). I do believe that this is one of those games that define this generation of consoles, for both the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3.

Capcom's photorealistic graphics really shine through in some parts, and if you're into just appreciating the advancement of game technology, the level of detail Capcom managed to put into their graphics can be mind blowing at times. I'm sure there will be those who are used to first person shooters and will definitely say that you should be able to run and shoot at the same time....but I think that, at its heart, this game is really an adventure game with action elements thrown in. The tactics that the enemies can use on you respects the fact that you can't run and shoot, so they don't seem to do anything distinctly cheap or unfair. The inability to run and shoot will increase the tension at some points, and there are a few areas later in the game that do get a bit scary. (Just a bit.)

Overall, I definitely recommend this game to anyone who just bought a Playstation 3 or an Xbox's an excellent title that's worth having....I love the way it melds storytelling, adventuring, and action in a neat little package. The replay value might not be as high as something like Street Fighter IV or Killzone 2 since it doesn't have versus multiplayer....but it does feel like one of those story based games that you'll remember for a long time. The story is just simple but the way it presents it is excellent. It's very, very cinematic! I don't really expect philosophical treatises in my zombie-monster games, so I really appreciated that at the very least, presentation wise, I like the way Resident Evil 5 is made. It just screams polish from beginning to end.

So you can't run and shoot at the same time. I say, let go of the argument'll just miss out on an excellent action adventure game, the type that very rarely gets made, or done right.

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