Product Type: Capcom Xbox 360 games
Newest Review: ... was a little disappointed that it wasn't more like the earlier games. The game is by Capcom and can be bought online for from £4 new or ... more
I Bless the Rains Down in Africa
Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360)
Member Name: AverageJoseph
Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Guns, Levels, Graphics, Campaign, Coop, Achievements, Records
"The right to be a god... that right is now mine."
Whilst the films spawned from the series takes things way to far with a mary sue character (Alice played by Milla Jovovich), pathetic performances and ridiculous 'mind powers' - the games tend to keep a slight bit of class. Chris Redfield, formally of S.T.A.R.S (Special Tactics And Rescue Service) finds himself working for the BSAA (Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance) after events that saw Chris lose his former partner Jill Valentine. Reassigned and offered a new partner in Sheva Alomar, he must investigate suspicious activity in the motherland. Something is clearly up in the area and things quickly turn nasty as a furious dictating man screams down a megaphone. The locals are infected. Before you can find your bearings, your unknown guide is captured and beheaded before your eyes by giant beast wielding a massive axe. The infected spectators cheer his untimely death and draw their attentions to you. After ploughing through endless waves of zombies, hitching rides from teammates and encountering menacing 'creatures', theres the inkling this is no mere outbreak of the fabled T-Virus. This is Uroboros. A new biological weapon that turns those 'unworthy' into mindless, blood thirsty zombs, but more worryingly makes those with some worthy attributes, morph into vine-twisting monsters and abstract demons capable of even greater destruction. Trekking through the desert, marshlands, villages and Umbrella corps industrial buildings, you experience all Africa has to offer, including mines, forgotten ruins and ritualistic tribes. And to top it all of, the one behind it all is your former colleague..
Locked & Loaded
Like the game before it, RE5 is from a 3rd person view with fairly advanced controls to aim, fire and reload. Melee is included as is a 9 item inventory to store weapons, ammo, grenades and medical equipment. Being unable to fire when moving is a bit outdated but a realistic throwback to the older games. Strutting around as a man with arms twice the width of his head, you can alternate to your own style of fighting - equipping close range weaponry like shotguns, multipurpose machine guns or long range sniper rifles. Go for the headshot and save time and ammo or take out limbs to disable your opponents. The addition of an ai or friend in Sheva, is a handy aid to brush of grappling buggers or revive you in times of desperation - this aid is a doubled edged sword though - not only do you have to take equally good care of her (or him if you wish to play as Sheva) if either of you should die - its game over. This also makes for some interesting mix ups in moving around, launching your lighter partner across gaps to venture fourth and find different routes, combining attacks to take down foes (this uses clips of attacks which require you to press the correct button, exciting!). The cutscenes themselves are just as punishing as the enemy on professional mode (V.Hard) so you need to pay attention to whats happening even when you think a level is over because you need to hit all the right buttons in order and in time to proceed. This particular feature really made for edge of the seat action as the first time surprises you while the other times keep you on edge. Menus are really addictive with a merchant to buy ammo and other goods from (selling precious gems and ancient relics for currency) and upgrading you weapons for larger clips, better ammo, damage and reload speed.
Welcome to Africa
A bright and sunshine bathed Africa may not seem the setting for a suspenseful zombie game but despite the daytime light, the walking, rotting corpses still make a disgusting impact. Some Zombies wield glass bottles, shovels and even guns whilst some are mere hosts to even more sinister origins - acidic flying beasts, spiked caterpillar heads, rock solid cloisters and rabid jaw-busting mongrels. The pair traverse through eerie villages, hostile tribe land, pitch black mines, chemical spattered experimental quarantine zones... Thats right, its a perfect place thats out of the way for the evil Umbrella Corporation to experiment further, who knows what abominations dwell in the abandoned facility... Things get a bit 'Indiana Jones' too when the couple explore a dank underground ruin that's home to a long forgotten tribe - resurrected thanks to Uroboros, and determined to repel any foreign trespassers. Expect flaming boulders, collapsing stairways, forbidden treasures and other deadly traps, lurking amongst the vicious inhabitants. Being brutally honest, the background score is rather tame and unmemorable - possibly because of the engrossing gameplay that holds your attention. Voice acting is surprisingly strong most of the time even with embarrassingly simplified accounts of the situations at hand and eccentric lines that downplay the seriousness as future boss yells "I just had an extreme makeover!" when evolving into a humongous tentacle swinging marsh mammoth. One thing that amazed me was that for once, a game has 4 difficulties (Casual, Normal, Veteran & Professional) that are fairly done - enemies don't pull of unrealistic moves, survive rocket propelled grenades to face or appear infinitely - they make it legitimate with one bite deaths (as an infection would inevitably mean your demise) fatal gunshot wounds and faster 'bleeding out'. The balance being you can unlock infinite ammo for a price..
I am always on the lookout for decent games with well made cooperative modes and RE5 was definitely a wild ride for me and many of my friends. The game boast 16 levels (scattered in 6 chapters) to survive which truth be told can be completed nonchalantly over the weekend, making it a superb choice for a rental. The game rewards teamwork too, making sure you stick together being paramount and ganging up on bosses with complimentary tactics. However the single-player modes are full of secrets and little nicknacks' to acquire that the fun can go on for a good few months. The Multiplayer though is a disappointment as you not only take on hordes of enemies but are forced to search out additional 'time' points to continue. The versus mode isn't much to brag about either as you just take on others around the world which doesn't seem to fit the style of the gameplay (plus you have to pay for the privilege of Versus Mode). Not much matches putting a shotgun barrel to the temple of an aggressor, pulling the trigger and celebrating with your comrades in brain chunk raindrops excepts for.. "Ooh look, A Diamond!"
Lost In Nightmares Verses Desperate Escape
Should you find the gold edition of the game (or be willing to download via Xbox Live) you'll find 2 new episodes to experience - 1 'Lost in Nightmares' reveals what happened when Chris loses Jill as they take on an old advisory in a monster plagued mansion.. nice touch using Beethovens 'Moonlight Sonata'.. and 2 'Desperate Escape' which takes place during the game when two of your chums must navigate an escape route out of a dangerous facility, tying up loose ends that didn't necessarily need explaining. Lasting slightly longer than the average levels in the whole game, they aren't much cop compared to the real thing, or at least not worth the 1600 MS points they went for upon release. Still, they are a nice touch to add to your many extras thrown into the game, along with the 'records' and 'leaderboards' which detail your in-game accuracy, favoured firearms, kill-count and display your times online.. plus you can find all the hidden emblems and items, dress up your characters in unlockable outfits (safari, zulu, business, little red riding-hood..) and collect action figures!
Summary: 6 billion cries of agony will give birth a new balance. Unfortunately you won't live to see the dawn
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