RE5 and what came before it.

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#1 Posted by dwashba (19 posts) -

Do I need to play or know the story's of the other resident evils to get/enjoy the story of 5. I bought it a couple of days ago during the steam sale, not having played any of the others.    

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#2 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7807 posts) -

No, they are all separate ala Final Fantasy.

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#3 Posted by MooseyMcMan (12504 posts) -
@NekuSakuraba said:
" No, they are all separate ala Final Fantasy. "
Not really. They're all interconnected, and several feature the same characters (this has a couple from the first game), but you don't need to have played them. You'd probably get more out of it if you were a long time fan, but the real star of the show is the gameplay, and story is secondary.
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#4 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7807 posts) -
@MooseyMcMan said:
" @NekuSakuraba said:
" No, they are all separate ala Final Fantasy. "
Not really. They're all interconnected, and several feature the same characters (this has a couple from the first game), but you don't need to have played them. You'd probably get more out of it if you were a long time fan, but the real star of the show is the gameplay, and story is secondary. "
They do?... 
 
Wow, I never knew that I just thought it was some bullshit story about shooting zombies in the face.
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#5 Posted by TooWalrus (13389 posts) -

Resident Evil 5 was my first Resident Evil, and I loved it. That game was awesome, almost my GOTY. You should definitely play it, and not worry about the older games. I hear they're great- I'm not knocking them, I'm just saying they aren't necessary to enjoy RE5.

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#6 Posted by Jeust (11739 posts) -
@MooseyMcMan said:
" @NekuSakuraba said:
" No, they are all separate ala Final Fantasy. "
Not really. They're all interconnected, and several feature the same characters (this has a couple from the first game), but you don't need to have played them. You'd probably get more out of it if you were a long time fan, but the real star of the show is the gameplay, and story is secondary. "
I think the people that get most out of RE5 aren't the long time fans, but the recent players, as it is arguably one of the worse RE games to date.
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#7 Posted by dwashba (19 posts) -

thanks thats all I really need to know! ganna go play it soon.

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#8 Edited by agentboolen (1989 posts) -
@dwashba:  The story has been beaten like a dead horse.  All you really need to know is a  Pharmaceutical company created a virus that turned people into zombies, then while trying to fix the virus they made more viruses (now where at mutated zombies).  It started in Racoon City and has spreaded to other areas....  Like the far fetch idea of getting to Africa.  This is mostly what the story is about.
 
Its a great game but the story really needs to be traded in for a new story in the next game.
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#9 Posted by JonGamer (136 posts) -

They all have some sort of continuity with certain characters and organizations... but Resident Evil 5 can be played by itself and still have an enjoyable storyline. I've only played RE1, 4, and now 5 so I'm a little lost when it comes to certain aspects of the backstory. Have fun!

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