Product Type: Capcom Xbox 360 games
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Survival horror in Africa
Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360)
Member Name: wonkybox
Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Good action gameplay. Lots of unlocks/customisation
Disadvantages: Lacks horror atmosphere
Resident Evil 5 is purportedly survival-horror, but there is a very strong slant towards action, even more so than Resident Evil 4.
You take control of Chris Redfield as he investigates parts of Africa where a viral outbreak has turned the population into monsters.
If you've played Resident Evil 4 you can expect more of the same in a different setting, which is no bad thing. You play in third person, and most of the gameplay involves walking around weird locations and shooting people.
The game engine has been improved since RE4, many of the environments are beautiful, being soaked in equatorial sun, or lit by flickering striplights. The standard 'zombies but not really zombies' from RE4 are back, along with some surprising and scary additions to the monster pantheon and they are all well designed and believable. During the course of your adventure you'll meet a lot of familiar faces and some new ones.
As in all RE games the dialogue is terrible, but thankfully there isn't too much of it.
You are accompanied by Sheva, your partner. You can equip her with good guns and equipment so she can assist you in a fight, or use her as a packhorse and keep all the good stuff for yourself.
The atmosphere suffers because of this I felt. In all other RE games I got the feeling of loneliness and isolation, in RE5 you have your super best friend trailing you and you get more of a buddy-cop movie vibe rather than desperate survival. Another reason is the large amounts of ammo left lying around. If you can pull off a headshot you won't find yourself running out of ammo.
There is a co-op mode where the second player takes over the role of Sheva. I completed this game once on single player, then again with my fiance playing as Sheva. I was able to turn on infinite ammo for her and she really enjoyed herself, blasting bravely away at a wall, the sky or her own feet when enemies appeared.
The infinite ammo cheats are unlocked when you upgrade weapons that you find or buy. There are quite a lot, and everyone seems to get attached to a particular shotgun or SMG.
Also when you complete the game you unlock The Mercenaries - a minigame introduced in RE3 where you try and survive for a set amount of time. You can unlock characters and extend your time by stringing combos together and collecting clock objects, this allows you to unlock more levels.
Summary: Great game if you don't mind action emphasis over horror