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Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5

Video Game Cat Review

Date of Review: July 22, 2012
Format:   Xbox 360
Language / country of origin:   English
Genre: Action Adventure, Survival Horror, Shooter, 3rd-Person Perspective
Single or Multi-Player:  Single- and Multi-Player (2-player split screen)
Online Capability: 
None.
Prequels: Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil: Code: Veronica X, Resident Evil Zero, Resident Evil 3, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil: Deadly Silence, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles.
Sequels:
Resident Evil: Revelations, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Resident Evil 6.
Equipment Needed: None needed.
Maintenance Required:
 None required.

Review:

Plot:  
This game takes place five years after the events of Resident Evil 4.  With the help of Sheva Alomar, Chris Redfield (our new hero) is sent to Kijuju, Africa by the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA) to apprehend a bio-organic weapon before it is sold on the black market.  While on their mission, Chris and Sheva uncover a plot, spearheaded by Tricell, the company that funds the BSAA, to unleash bio-organic weapons on the world’s populace.  In order to stop this, they must prevent Tricell from completing its research.  Their task becomes difficult once Tricell’s elite use the virus on themselves and become powerful and erratic.

Cultural / Historical Value: 
Resident Evil 5, as its name suggests, is the fifth installation in the Resident Evil series.  As of 2011, Resident Evil 5 was the best-selling game in the series.   The game, despite receiving several award nominations, was criticized for its racist imagery – portraying powerful white protagonists killing rural African villagers.

Teaching / Learning Characteristics: 
Like its predecessors, this is a typical survival horror game – with very little to offer in terms of teaching or learning.

Replay Value:  
This game has both a main plot-driven game and a time-driven survival mode, where players have to avoid death and achieve various goals.  This extra feature can be played both individually or with two players – adding to the depth of the title.

Likely Audiences:
As with other titles in the series, casual gamers should probably stay away.  Precision shooting and mastery of numerous weapons is required to succeed at this game.  Survival horror gamers will again find much to enjoy about this title as will Resident Evil fans.  The alleged racist imagery may prevent some from enjoying the action and adventure offered in this game and should be taken into consideration.

Overall Score:
90/100

Other reviews:
1up.com

Gamerankings

Gamespot

Metacritic

MobyGames

 

About the Author:
Ben Bigalke is an avid traveler, bicycle enthusiast, lover of animals and video gamer extraordinaire.  He grew up taking the stories and virtues told by the Nintendo of his childhood to heart.  As an adult, he continues to appreciate the entertainment and learning experiences that videogames offer and studies the technological and artistic advancements they have made throughout his lifetime.  As a videogame reviewer, he enjoys both observing and experiencing the cultural impact that these games have on his generation.

Awards

Award Giver Category Verdict
Golden Joystick Awards 2008Most Wanted Award Runner Up
Golden Joystick Awards 2008One to Watch Award Nominee
Golden Joystick Awards 2009Multiplayer Game of the Year Nominee
Golden Joystick Awards 2009Playstation Game of the Year Nominee
Golden Joystick Awards 2009Ultimate Game of the Year Nominee
Golden Joystick Awards 2009Xbox Game of the Year Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2010Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2010Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance
(Karen Dyer as Sheva Alomar)
Nominee
Golden Joystick Awards 2006One to Watch Award Nominee

Additional Info

ESRB Description:
Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

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