Resident Evil 5 PS4 Review – Ready Partner?

Despite releasing seven years ago, Resident Evil 5 has aged quite well.

Posted By | On 29th, Jun. 2016 Under Article, Reviews | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


Resident Evil 5, although a great game in its own right, was the beginning of the drastic transition of the long running series from survival horror to the action genre. Subsequent entries such as Resident Evil 6 and spin offs such as Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and the recently released Umbrella Corps literally butchered any kind of connection hardcore fans had with the once great series. But then Capcom recently announced Resident Evil 7 along with a string of excellent releases in the past in the form of Resident Evil: Revelations and Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Overall, it’s has been a roller coaster ride for the long running series with flashes of brilliance and mediocrity in between.

Resident Evil 5 PS4

"Capcom have made it clear that this is not a remaster and is a direct port of the last gen versions. So if you are expecting improved visuals along the lines of say Resident Evil 0 or Resident Evil 1 Remastered then you will be sorely disappointed."

Capcom is committed to the Resident Evil brand this generation and they have been consistently releasing remasters and ports of older games on current gen consoles. A couple of months ago, Capcom released Resident Evil 6 on the PS4 and Xbox One and as expected, launching on current gen consoles in no way improved the game which was already disappointing to begin with. Resident Evil 5 on the other hand is a different story. The follow up to Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5 was more action focused but was largely a satisfying experience and it goes without saying that not much has been changed in current gen ports. Other than a native 1080p resolution and performance improvements, we are largely looking at the same product that Capcom released seven years ago.

To recap, Resident Evil 5 takes place in the fictional city of Kijuju. Players can alternate between long time series favorite Chris Redfield or his new partner, the highly agile Sheva Alomar. They are to investigate the selling of bio-organic weapon on the black market and as expected things go awfully wrong for the couple. The locals are infected by Majini (a new kind of parasites similar to the Uroboros from Resident Evil 4) and from here on players are set for an entertaining 12-15 hour journey of high octane action, zombie killing and over the top cutscenes (I am looking at you, bike ridding Majinis!).

Capcom have made it clear that this is not a remaster and is a direct port of the last gen versions. So if you are expecting improved visuals along the lines of say Resident Evil 0 or Resident Evil 1 Remastered then you will be sorely disappointed. Besides better performance and image quality, there is no major improvement in the various graphical facets that the game offers. Although I must admit that the game has aged quite well but it’s a tad disappointing that Capcom have simply put out a one to one port.

Resident Evil 5 PS4

"Picking up this port will definitely make the wait easier for the upcoming Resident Evil 2 Remake or Resident Evil 7 which seems to be returning to its survival horror roots beginning next year."

Most of Resident Evil 5 takes place in broad day-light, killing off any suspense or horror elements, right off the bat. Granted the core gameplay mechanics are still intact (and they still feel surprisingly satisfying in this age), it’s still unfortunate that the day setting sticks out as a sore thumb; not to mention that the latter half of the game is all about taking cover and shooting the bad guys instead of the usual scares and puzzle solving that we all expect from a mainline Resident Evil game. Having said that, the shooting still feels remarkably tight and the intriguing inventory management system, co-op mechanics coupled with some excellent boss fights and well paced set pieces are still intact in this port.

The current gen versions of Resident Evil 5 also comes packed with all previously released DLC, such as the Lost in Nightmare and Desperate Escape story episodes. Furthermore, the Mercenaries mode is also included but unlike the original all the characters will be unlocked from the beginning. Overall, there is a lot of content here, enough to hook you over for almost 20-25 hours so it goes without saying that those who have missed out on the original release, can definitely invest in this re-release.

Picking up this port will definitely make the wait easier for the upcoming Resident Evil 2 Remake or Resident Evil 7 which seems to be returning to its survival horror roots beginning next year.

This game was reviewed on the PlayStation 4.

THE GOOD

Co-op still rocks, shooting still feels satisfying after all these years, great boss fights, 20-25 hours of content.

THE BAD

Enemy AI is still dumb at times, the day setting kills off most of the horror and suspense opportunities.

Final Verdict

Despite a straight port, Resident Evil 5 has aged well. There is a good amount of content here which should make the wait easier for Resident Evil 7.

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  • not ted danson

    RE5 was hella fun, and the game looked fantastic, but as a Resident Evil game it’s sorely lacking. It was the first game in the series that just didn’t feel like Resident Evil to me. The sun-baked Africa setting just does not lend itself to the more gothic tinged horror of the earlier games. But putting aside it’s RE pedigree, and looking RE5 as purely as a game, it’s pretty damn awesome, with very authentic feeling settings (probably the best looking video game up to that point– the water sections were especially gorgeous), some brilliant level design, and gameplay that’s completely addictive– i’m not very good at video games, but i played RE5 so much that i got an ‘S’ rating on Professional in every chapter except two (the driving section and the Ndesu battle– i’m not a glutton for punishment). The game was fun for sure, but sometimes that’s just not enough.

    I did like Sheva though– i’m not one for multi-player or co-op (especially in a horror game), and i hardly ever like AI partners, but Sheva is a cool character, and i didn’t mind having her around. She’s more Alex Vance, less Ashley Graham. I’d definitely like to see more of her in future games.

    So as a stand alone game, RE5 gets a 9 from me. But as a Resident Evil game, i give it about a 7.5.

    That said, i just might have to pick this remaster up and give it another go.

  • Nick Sivetz

    RE5 port to ps4 and xbox as of right now has major frame rate problems its supposed to be set at 60 fps but it can go down to as much as 40 fps at times, i dont see how this is possible when RE6 port ran smoothly despite being the newer game, So until RE5 gets a patch im not gonna buy it

  • Limit Break

    Wesker is pretty much the only reason to buy this game again. Or better yet just buy the original version for pocket change. There is nothing else that comes to mind when mentioning RE5.


 

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