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Resident Evil 5 Demo Is, Ironically, Live

Xbox Live Gold subscribers can now enjoy some hot-'n-dusty zombie action.

Chris Redfield is obvious STOKED about this news.
If you're an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, and you've got an insatiable hunger for the flesh of the living, you're in luck! Microsoft has made a demo for Resident Evil 5 available exclusively for you, starting today. The demo will roll out to Live Silver members later this week--January 29th, to be more specific. If the Xbox 360 isn't your thing, word has it that this same demo should be hitting the PlayStation Network the following Monday, February the 2nd. No matter which way you slice it--be it with a chainsaw or a gigantic axe--that should leave you with ample time to get up to speed on the new controls, active inventory system, and co-op mechanics before RE5's proper March 13th release date.
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Posted by Ryan
Chris Redfield is obvious STOKED about this news.
If you're an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, and you've got an insatiable hunger for the flesh of the living, you're in luck! Microsoft has made a demo for Resident Evil 5 available exclusively for you, starting today. The demo will roll out to Live Silver members later this week--January 29th, to be more specific. If the Xbox 360 isn't your thing, word has it that this same demo should be hitting the PlayStation Network the following Monday, February the 2nd. No matter which way you slice it--be it with a chainsaw or a gigantic axe--that should leave you with ample time to get up to speed on the new controls, active inventory system, and co-op mechanics before RE5's proper March 13th release date.
Posted by imayellowfellow

dooohope

Posted by ArbitraryWater

I am stoked as well.

Posted by Lozz

I posted my impressions in my blog, I thought it was ok for a demo but it has gained some mixed reactions.

Posted by joey
"Resident Evil 5 Demo is, Ironically, Live"

oh i get it! because zombies aren't alive!
Posted by JoelTGM

I already played the demo and the controls just frustrated me.

Posted by RHCPfan24

Still need to play it. Too bad the reactions aren't good so far.

Posted by Pibo47

I like it. Beat both lvl's once so far. The only thing is the bad story...capcom always makes these storys with alot of romantic tention between two characters and then they never adress it...so damn annoying.

Posted by SkipT

Usually the "exclusivity" or whatever that junk is wouldn't bother me, but since the xbox is broken, its a minor annoyance. I'm not going to get too worked up over waiting for a demo though.

Posted by clubsandwich

meh, I have had it since december.

Posted by Karmum

Wasn't too impressed, but I'm not a fan of the RE games.

Posted by JJOR64

I love the demo.  Can't wait!

Posted by Zohar

If anyone is having trouble with the controls go into options and set it for type A.  Those are the most like RE4 if you're used to those.

Posted by crazyscreenwriter

Pass for me. I wanted to love it but I can't get past the controls. Although RE5 did make me realize how utterly awesome Dead Space is in retrospect. 

Posted by hungrynun

Dude, whatever. The demo was super fun.

Posted by MadExponent

Good to be an xbox 360 owner now. 

Posted by Weltal

Well, I guess that's nice for all those silly individuals that decided to wait rather than just get the Japanese demo.

Posted by Shaka999

Is it actually bad, or did some of you people not play RE4? I don't have my 360 atm and I'm kind of curious because of all the negativity surrounding it.

Posted by c1337us

Demo is recieving some very mixed reactions. I dont think I am going to touch it until I have a full copy of the game myself.

Posted by Dauragon

w00t downloading it now!

Posted by davecuk

Horrible, horrible, horrible clunky controls, having to rely on broken controls for tension is just bad game design. I know they are similar to RE games of old, but in this day and age they just aren't acceptable any more. So much for the Gears-like controls, unless they haven't been implemented yet?

Posted by Aaox

Apparently, Chris Redfield is STOKED. Until he saw the comments section, obviously.

HE IS NOT HAPPY.

Posted by Johanz

Pretty darn awesome. Loved it.

Posted by destro

I dont understand what the big deal with the controls are. They seemed fine to me and almost exactly the same as RE4 controls. If you cant handle it then you must be retarded or really slow.

Posted by Homer39

well seeing that everyone is complaining about controls must mean they are EXACTLY like RE4 and every other game in the series which is fine by me. sorry people this is not Gears. 

Posted by TheLongshot

The demo seems fine to me, i really cant wait to play this game. When i had only read about it i didn't want to play it at all figuring the co-op system would screw up the overall game especially if you were trying to play it solo but it actually plays very well with one or two people, A+ so far in my book from what Ive seen, I guess we'll have to wait and see what the full game has to offer.

Posted by Afroman269

Controls are fine but its not like people completely hate them, its just the fact that they haven't even modernized the controls since RE4.

Posted by manu7

The controls are fine also but why can't you move your character while you're aiming? I don't get that, it's 2009

Posted by CaLe

I loved RE4 and was really looking forward to this game. I got the demo and the graphics were stunning, I'm happy so far. I take a few steps forward and play around with the controls. I don't know why it struck me as feeling so odd, after having played and loved RE4, but not being able to move and shoot at the same time feels so wrong now. It feels completely unnecessary and clunky for a modern game.

Oh and why is some chick following me around and making my screen flash when she fucks up? I don't know what it is with games giving you characters that follow you around, but I don't really like it. Especially when they make me change how I want to play the game.

Another thing, these hobos throwing axes at my head are supposed to be zombies, right? Zombies are supposed to die when I shoot them in the head, yes? Then why do headshots barely make these "zombies" flinch sometimes? I don't like that.

Then there's the almost unstoppable guys. The chainsaw one in particular. I am supposed to find a nice little spot, pop some shots into him, wait until he's uncomfortably close then run past him to the other side of this little street, turn around and repeat..? Then when just running away from him, I can't see behind me but by the time I do turn round he's right there and I gotta start running again. Great!

I want to say this: Resident Evil 5, you're doing it wrong!

Posted by IncredibleBulk92

The controls are alright.  You just need to get used to them.  Your mobile enough to kill of the enemies.  I couldn't find the gears like controls though.  I thought you were supposed to be able to move and shoot? 

Posted by pedantics

This news would be very exciting were it not so easy to setup a japanese live account....

Region exclusivity sits directly opposite console exclusivity in the "what the fuck for?" gloryhole cubicle. And yes, they expect you to service both gloryholes at once.

Posted by MHumphreys89

The controls the game defaulted to were exactly the same as RE4 albeit hotkeys and an on-the-fly menu, it's stupid that you have to be static to shoot and the game just feels broke.

Posted by Ashibaka

Controls were very rough. Everything else worked fine enough, and the action was indeed as promised - non stop and brutal. It's looking great so far, but there are minor flaws.

Posted by Ozeki

I found the controls to be irritating (and I played through RE4) and we could not play longer than 10 mins online as we would get disconnect errors. Don't know if its a local problem. What a turn off...

I though when they said controls inspired by Gears that they would make huge improvements but not at all...

Edited by President_Evil

LOVE the new controls.  As someone w/ a 150,000+ score in Re4's Mercenaries and as someone who used to speed-run the "old-school" RE's in under 2 hours, the slight refinements made to the controls are more than enough to excite.  However, I can easily understand how they will definitely be frustrating to new players used to this generation's more streamlined, more-mobile, "run-and-gun" controls.

The important thing to realize is that this isn't those games.  It will take some rewiring to adjust to the controls and the philosophy behind them, but no game will match the roller-coaster ride RE5 will provide this year.  Mark my words.

Posted by copycatzen
Posted by Raven_Sword

ah ha ha it is funny because zombies are dead, and he said it was live. haaaaaaa.

Posted by theglobe88

Yeah, people who are saying that the controls haven't changed since RE4, try side stepping in past RE games...

No so possible is it? 

And BAW BAW that you can't run and aim at the same time. It's survival horror, not Gears of War, so get over it and let the people who enjoy these games enjoy them.
Posted by TwoOneFive

psn demo on monday??? nah, it will be there on the 5th, a thursday. like always.

Posted by Roger_Klotz

I'm downloading it right naw!

Posted by IceColdGamer

I liked it.

Posted by Kazona

I'm not a big fan of RE, but I will give the demo a try after I get back from work.

Posted by MrKlorox

"Nobody complained about RE4's controls when it came out" ????

That right there is bullshit. I couldn't play RE4 with that awful control scheme (even on Wii).

Posted by emptycow

i dont get y people come into a re5 page  to talk trash about the demo    ........i have played many shooters and to me theres nothing   like a good resident evil game     and the demo is the best i have played in along time  the coop  blows gears away just from the demo alone

Posted by HiroSeven

It was pretty good, changing the control scheme to the RE4 type helped alot.

RE has always had tank-like control capibility, which is part of the allure of the game and the genre I guess.

Posted by emptycow

the.control..in.the.re5...demo.are.better.then.the.controls.in......re4............and.some.people.are.talknig.about.dead.space.  being  better then  re5  how  would you know  capcom  made one of the best action games of all time with re4    just ask the makers of gears of war     they took alot from re4  and  dead space  dont even come close to  the fun   of re4 

Posted by emptycow

dead.space.was.built.from.one.idea.in..re4.

Posted by Jolly_Lolly

that.is.kind.of.annoying.yo....yo

Posted by emptycow

its.only.annoying.to.retards.that.read.dots

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