Resident Evil 5 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

May 18, 2009
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Moving from the 1-bit Pong machine to the Wii, gaming has been revolutionized and enhanced several times over to keep up with modern technology. If you're a fan of video games today, chances are you're into shooting games. Quite possibly the best first-person shooter ever created, “Resident Evil 5,” is the latest installment in the Capcom franchise.

Resident Evil protagonist Chris Redfield is back to finish his role in the climactic saga. Now, the BSAA agent is sent to Africa to capture a criminal ­attempting to spread a virus. While there, Chris is assigned a new partner, Sheva Alomar.

After receiving the necessary weapons from a black market gun dealer, they find that this virus is nothing to joke about. The infected become hostile savages bent on the death of the uninfected. Chris and Sheva embark on a huge quest filled with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

After the masterpiece “Resident Evil 4” put the franchise back on top, fans eagerly awaited the next installment. After four painful years, “RE5” has arrived and turned the gaming world upside down with excellent controls, mind-blowing graphics, and some of the most creative zombie designs ever. For the first time in the series, multiplayer is supported and is fantastic, with online multiplayer as well.

Replayability is not lacking for the first time in the series. In addition to Mercenary mode, there are loads of unlockables that will have you playing for years. There's unlockable figurines, new weapons with upgrades, treasures, new characters and outfits, and even the ability to buy infinite ammo.

Though “RE5” is an incredible installment to the series, there are a number of aspects that prevent it from being a perfect experience. For example, the irritating puzzles that take longer than necessary to solve and are not only time-consuming but will annoy you, especially since you're here to shoot zombies!

Also, the series is notorious for its small inventory that causes you to discard important items for other important items. Why can't we have all the items we want? Because Capcom wants to be realistic? But since when is a virus that turns people into zombies realistic? Anyway, the inventory problem is still an issue in “RE5.” After five games (plus over 10 sub-games), why can't they just give us all the weapons we want?

Also, playing with CPU-controlled Sheva is a major issue in “RE5.” She likes to waste ammo, making you have to give her your ammo, which she'll waste too. She also likes to get hurt and use up all of your precious first-aid spray. Lastly, the game itself takes only 10 to 12 hours to beat, about half the time of “RE4.” Though there's a great replay value, when you try the game on a different difficulty level for Xbox Live Achievements, doing some of those annoying puzzles again is a real hassle.

Though there are several cons to “Resident Evil 5,” it is still an incredible experience. After “RE4,” it's certainly the best in the series.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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quansun said...
Dec. 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm
 I hate "RE outbreak" but number 4 was awsome!!! I <3 It. Cant wait to play # 5!!!!
Angelic_Rose said...
Dec. 12, 2010 at 10:46 pm
B4 i played Resident Evil 5, i thought it was sorta stupid. But i played RE5 and it was awesome!!!! I'm like best sniper shooter ever! XD
Awesome4427@6 said...
Feb. 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm
This game is so awesome ive played it and way better than left 4 dead 2 i swear
hanete replied...
Feb. 15, 2010 at 1:23 pm
i think that left for dead is way better than this it is way bloodier
Death5554@1 replied...
Feb. 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm
no resident evil 5 is better u shuld play it seriosly
Knux replied...
Aug. 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm

all in opion i play Left 4 Dead cause of the maps i can get off the internet and cause ill playthrough it more thx to the AI director 

re5 Just didn't seem right i love 4 but 5 didn't really pop

JebTheGodlyGamer said...
Dec. 3, 2009 at 4:19 pm
Great review and awesome game, but this is definately not a first person shooter, its an over the shoulder third person shooter, other than that, great.
Jordan H. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm
yeah i put third person shooter on the original but i guess they edited it thinking i messed up
Tlittle said...
Oct. 22, 2009 at 5:53 pm
This is a great article. It is very discriptive and doesn' t contain any boring uneeded words. You stayed on topic and anwsered almost all of my questions toward gameplay and some of the available achievements. I agree with how the game only lasts about 10-12 hours. Since it is basically a game for campaign I believe it should last a while longer to get the full feel of the game.
Knux replied...
Mar. 20, 2010 at 10:58 pm
THe game ain't 10-12 hours long maybe 6 and the puzzles weren't that hard and the controls could have been better
Also Resident evil Is about serviveing so bein given a limited amount of space for inforty helps on the surving part
ROBMOM said...
Oct. 1, 2009 at 7:09 am
Great article. Sounds like this guy really knows his stuff. Very well written.
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