Resident Evil 5 places you into the shoes of fan favorite, Chris Redfield. You are joined by Sheva Alomar, an African special agent tasked with investigating the epidemic which has broken out in Africa - a new bio-terrorism threat which is transforming the people and animals of the city into mindless, maddened creatures.
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Honestly, and I didn’t think I’d be saying this, but I had a really fun time with this game. It’s by no means perfect, and I’m sure I’d hate it as a single player experience (especially after 4), but as a co-op game this encourages a lot of really cool teamwork mechanics that my friend and I had a great time playing around with. Plus, getting to fight Albert Wesker while he teleports around spouting ridiculous cartoon villain one-liners is so fun. That seven minutes line is so fucking good and is one of the highlights of the game for me.
I get why people dislike this, because there are a ton of issues with it. The story flip flops back and forth between taking itself super seriously and being really corny and over the top, and the serious moments really REALLY do not work. Also, while I wouldn’t call this game outright racist, it really did misuse its setting. However, I actually liked Sheva as a character and thought her motivation of protecting her country and the people in it was a good one.
This game is flawed, but I think it gets way more hate than it deserves considering the amount of fun that can be had in multiplayer. If you’ve got a friend to play it with, I’d absolutely recommend this.
Oh, and I like Chris’ muscles. I don’t know why people were complaining when it makes perfect sense that he’d want to get yolked in order to take on Wesker.
Annoying QTEs aside, this is a blast to play co-op. Well paced with dynamic set pieces and Chris/Sheva make for a charming duo. Its the natural evolution of the gameplay style that RE4 establishes and goes deeper with its exploration of ethnic exploitation. Dumbly, but do you expect anything less from this franchise?
This game is where people started to really turn sour on the series and the premise of it also got a lot of heat... because well... you know. But RE5 is fun. Yes it strays away from what we know the RE series to be but it's not a bad game any stretch of the imagination. I've beaten this on PS3 and recently finished a run with a good friend of mine. This game is good for a run every once in a while.