Monday, May 17, 2010

Video game number one hundred and twenty five: Resident Evil 5

Video game review number one hundred and twenty five in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is"Resident Evil 5".

Everyone has something in their life that just about everyone they know loves...but they hate. Maybe all your friends like sushi and you're not into it. Perhaps a bunch of people you know think "Dancing with the Stars" is a great TV show, but you just think it's stupid. Maybe you're that one person who still doesn't have a computer because you think they're silly. Of course, if that last one was wouldn't be reading this, now would you?

There seems to be a consensus among gamers that the Resident Evil series is "good". While I respect this opinion, I have never once enjoyed a Resident Evil game. I heard all sorts of fantastic things about this one, but I must say...I kept my expectations low so as not to be disappointed when I eventually decided that it sucked. I'm not going to blame the following review on pessimism, because I was actually looking forward to giving this one a try.

This game sports amazing graphics, cut scenes that REALLY tell the story, and characters that seem interesting. Unfortunately for me, the second I started playing...I was right back in that world I hated. Third person shooter, incredibly slow gameplay....zombies ganking me right and left. Unlike Left 4 Dead or Dead Rising (two zombie games I love)...this game isn't arcadey and fun. It's "survival horror"...and that's a genre I've never enjoyed.

Unlike other zombie games, you'll find that you run out of ammo. A lot. This game is all about making you scramble and run away from the zombies, and I've always enjoyed the games that have you mowing them down like weeds. This game just doesn't do that. I knew from playing other games in the series that it would be this way, but I held out hope that they might have refined it a bit. When I saw the previews six or seven months ago, it looked like more of the same and that's why I never played the full version until today. I gave it a try for the 365...and while I won't say I'm sorry I did, I'll definitely say I wasn't surprised.

Overall score? 4/10. This game is probably a winner for a lot of people...but I'm not one of them. I won't insult it by saying the game itself is's just not something I enjoyed. Never have, probably never will. Don't worry're going to get my 50 bucks the second Dead Rising ships later this year....and I bet it's going to be awesome.

Achievements? Here are the only two I got.

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