By Dr_Zombie_PHD 11 Comments
I have always loved the Resident Evil franchise but this game had me worried. I was turned off by the demo they offered on Xbox Live and decided to steer well clear of this game. After listening to many gaming podcast tell of how not to base the game off of that awful demo and some of them even talking about how they were on their 3rd or 4th play-thru I was beginning to come around. First off, I don't do online gaming for the most part, don't like dealing with the mass douche-bag'ery that seems to plague Xbox Live. My one gaming friend and I have directly opposite work schedules so we don't hang out and game it up as much as I would like. This sad turn of events meant that if I wanted to play this game then I was Lone-wolfing it.
I don't see any reason why Capcom kept the tank controls in the game. They were tolerated in Resident Evil 4 because the series was experimenting and trying new ideas. In 5, they were nothing but a burden and the major reason I disliked this game. Would I have liked the game better with a Gears of War style game play? Maybe. The main reason I loved this series was the Zombies. 4 took us away from those and my hope was that it was just a temporary side story and 5 would bring them back. Sadly it seems that zombies are a thing of the past with this series now. Wesker was the main focus of this game. And story wise I really think it jumped the shark. There were so many moments I just face-palmed and shook my head.
My A.I. controlled partner spent most of the game standing right next to me refusing to shoot, and wasting our herbs and first-aid sprays every time I got scratched. It was only after I really began to use her as extra inventory slots for my ammo that she really became useful. I had chosen to focus on upgrading my standard pistol for which ammo was plentiful. I never found myself regretting this decision as it turned out to be a very powerful weapon. Even though the game had clunky controls and an over the top story that I really stopped caring about I do find myself slightly interested in a second play-through only to have fun with the unlimited ammo unlocks, but it will be quite awhile before I attempt that.
Recommend only if you have a friend along for the ride.