Resident Evil 5 Impressions

Am I glad I got RE:Revelations on the 3DS. Since then I’ve moved on to RE: Mercenaries (3DS) and Resident Evil 5 on the PC. I finally got around to finishing the latter over the weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a bit of a difficulty spike towards the ending but I blame myself for trying to shoot my way through the enemies instead of observing their weaknesses and attack patterns (damn those Reapers). Mercenaries was what got me into the series’ rhythm of shooting a limb off and closing in for a melee attack.

Where Revelations told the story from multiple characters’ perspectives, RE5 allows you to play only as Chris for the entirety of the game (completing the campaign does allow you to play as his partner Sheva). I decided to stick with the handgun and shotgun for most of the game. The inventory box gets a bit frustrating due to its small size, so I did not have the luxury of carrying (and experimenting with) a lot of weapons.

The campaign is suitably long, and manages to be so without any unnecessary padding. The pacing is great: quiet moments allow you to soak in the atmosphere. A couple of zombie attacks follow, progressively ratcheting up into bigger fights (more enemies, or a mini-boss), all of which finally culminate into a massive boss fight.The levels are well designed and fit the setting pretty well. The game throws in a few driving missions to keep things fresh. These work pretty well and do not outstay their welcome.

Special mention should be made of Chris’s partner Sheva, who does not get in your way all the time, knows how to find her way to you without running in circles, does not continuously demand support in the middle of a firefight, and actually feels like a useful partner. Of course a blindly helpful teammate would have been too boring, and there is enough give and take to make it feel like a true partnership.

Finishing the main campaign unlocks some nice goodies, such as Mercenaries mode and an infinite ammo option that I’m looking forward to try.

The RE movies have long been a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, and I’ve now become a fan of the games as well.

Resident Evil Revelations Review

I bought this game from the eShop some time back and then forgot about it when I got some newer ones. I’m glad I went back to it though, because this was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

My only previous experience with the franchise was with Resident Evil 4 on the Wii. Although it was fun, I hated how frequently I ran out of ammo or health. I gave up around when a chainsaw-wielding maniac became an insurmountable obstacle. Since I’m mostly a casual gamer, I was glad that Revelations had a casual mode that removed these frustrations. The story is convoluted and does not merit too much attention. Plot summaries are shown when you load a save file, and were a nice touch since I picked up the game after long gaps.

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The graphics are insanely good though, and this is probably the prettiest game I have on my 3DS. The pacing is great and there are long corridors that build up to a tense finale (generous item drops usually hint at a big boss fight coming up). The enemy designs are enjoyable gruesome and fun to kill. The entire game takes place on a ship and there is some back tracking that happens, but it does not become annoying. The map that is available in one of the screens certainly helps in these cases.

The story also lets you play as multiple characters and there are some parallel chapters that happen off the ship. This keeps things from becoming too repetitive.The weapons are the usual range of handguns, shotguns, and machine guns, and a nice but under-used rocket launcher that shows up for some satisfying moments. Weapon upgrades are hidden throughout the levels to upgrade the clip size, stopping power and so on.

I’m yet to play through the Raid mode (which gets unlocked as and when achievements are attained), but the story mode itself made the purchase worthwhile.

P.S. dodging sucks, I managed most of the game without it.

P.P.S.Favourite moment: MaaayDaaay!!