PS4 Review: Resident Evil 5

Should you give Resi 5 another chance?

Resident Evil 5 first came out in 2009 and it was greeted with a mixed reception. The gameplay from RE4 had improved, but the scares were lacking…in fact I don’t think I jumped once during all the times I’ve played it, compared to just a handful in RE4. RE5 marked the end of Wesker (or did it?) as he met his maker at the hands of Chris and Sheva.
Capcom has decided to go an odd route in re-releasing these titles, first it was 6, now it’s 5 and 4 is due next month. Why the backwards order? Maybe there’s some sort of hidden code we don’t know about or an Easter Egg that we just can’t see. One thing is certain though, RE5 has never looked better.

The game contains the main game, along with all the add-ons both included in the original and through DLC. There’s no extra content, but there’s so much here and it’s all at a relatively low price…so it’s hard to pass up. Some have complained about framerate issues, but I’ve only experienced this a few times and it didn’t hurt the overall experience. Capcom are aware of a few bugs and are working hard to fix them.
For the most part though. RE5 actually runs at a faster framerate than it did before. Enemies seem quicker and the whole thing seems so much more polished visually. They’ve done a great job in breathing new life into the entry that has divided fans equally. Personally, I’m a big fan of RE5…despite it’s lack of jump scares, my only criticism was Sheva’s contribution to the plot and that I think Wesker deserved a better end. But now it’s highly possible that he’s still got that to come…

The Verdict

Resident Evil 5 may have its detractors, but there’s no denying it is a good game. It’s remastered version makes it look all the better, while building anticipation for RE4 next month. It’s a good time to be a Resi fan, that’s for sure.

Score: 8.5