Thursday, February 05, 2009

Resident Evil 5: PS3 and 360 Impressions

I can see clearly now the rain is gone...

The above screenshot was during the days when Resident Evil 5 (RE5) was unveiled to the masses. It was then announced that it will be published by Capcom for the PS3, and the 360. It marks the beginning of the RE series to be in the Microsoft platform, and just recently, both platforms have received the demos for the game. So, the question is, how does it fair?

We are now in Africa, and this time Chris Redfield is being controlled to investigate what in the blazes is going on. Umbrella Corp is gone, but we have Tricell in play. Chris meets Sheva, who willingly helps him and introduces him to Africa for her own goals. So, what the hell is going on? We'll find out more when it releases.

Welcome to Africa. I don't know where Claire is.

The demo provides you with 2 stages. So, lets try cutting things as short as it could. Graphics, very nice. Sound, nice. Shooting mechanics, like RE4 for the Wii, PS2, and Gamecube. Controls, tight. Intensity, present. Fear level, abysmal.

I said that right. Abysmal. Meaning, it is not scary at all. You
know you're good enough to kill all them zombies with your guns and ammos lying around everywhere for you to scavage and kill them with. So, where's the fun in that? What's RE without the fear level? Intense is of course. But you know those zombies will come around everywhere from you. What else can you expect?

I had a really big gripe on that part. I don't blame the demo since it has no puzzles in it. But if the game is similar to some reviewers have mentioned, I'd be really pissed if there was only 1 puzzle in the whole damn game. What is this, Gears of War? Where's my real RE game? Bugs are present in both versions, sometimes during online co op where the screen blacks out after loading (Credits to Neoardi for getting that bug). So, further improvement is plausible.

Come here little doggie. Shinji won't kill you. Heck he won't even buy this.

I have to say, I'm being very skeptical with this game. So please don't blame me. Shinji Mikami told the world he won't play it because it feels incomplete, and I can vouch for that based on this demo. I can't crawl in a fetus position when I open a door anymore, and that's something that I get when played the series before RE4. And I still feel it even when I've read the walkthrough for it already. When that feeling is gone, survival horror, is just not survival horror anymore. So, thank you very much Capcom for making this demo for me to review. I'm gonna remain as skeptical as I can be.

Still not buying what I just said? Well, you can pre-order it currently from Play-Asia. It releases on March, Friday 13th 2009. My pre-order will come soon.

Resident Evil 5 PS3 R1 Normal Edition
Biohazard 5 PS3 R3 Normal Edition
Resident Evil 5 Xbox 360 NTSC-J Normal Edition
Resident Evil 5 PS3 R1 Collector's Edition
Biohazard 5 PS3 R3 Limited Edition
Resident Evil 5 Xbox 360 NTSC-J Limited Edition
Resident Evil 5 Xbox 360 NTSC-U Collector's Edition


Nicholas Leong said...

No puzzles! Someone answered my prayers!

But no fear sucks :P Maybe I should download the demo.

Pure Raver said...

One of my biggest gripes becomes your greatest pleasures. :P

Go ahead and download lah. it should be fun. But seriously, where's the running zombies that were shown in the first teaser?

Nicholas Leong said...

Lol this is a demo ma. I played it. Wasn't too bad. No slow opening doors, the fear is replaced by just a simple fear of getting mauled down by millions of zombies :P

Still can't move while shooting which seems stupid. "I am a trained cop but I need to stay rooted" Sigh.

Pure Raver said...

Well, millions of zombies is good. RE4 delivered it well, but like you said, I'm a trained cop. Of course I can kill them.

The idea of making him run and gun would make it not an RE title anymore. It's what makes RE. :P

Jason Lee said...

Woot. Time to download the Demo since it's on the US PSN..yay.

Pure Raver said...

You waited for it to come to US PSN ka? :D

Well, give your impression later. Very interested. :D