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Solo Players Should Get The Standard; Multiplayer Is Golden,
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This review is from: Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
I'll review the "Resident Evil 5" game at the end of the review. I want to address this Gold Edition for new buyers.
Simply put, I think getting the original standard release is the better buy, especially if you're not going to play this game online. If you're only going to use the single-player options, the bonuses that you're getting from this Gold Edition are:
* Extra Costumes - who cares?
* Online Versus Mode - you're not going to use it
* Updated Mercenaries Mode - it's not that big of an upgrade
* Two Bonus Episodes - these are solid 1-hour add-ons, but not worth the extra money
Let's address the two bonus episodes. "Lost In Nightmares" and "Desperate Escape" were originally downloads that are now being included on this disc. They're fun extras, but they're not worth 20 dollars if you're playing offline and/or alone. Similar to the bonus content in "Resident Evil 4", these are fun diversions, but not must-play experiences.
If you're a multiplayer gamer, jump right into this Gold Edition. There is a ton of content for you to enjoy. But offline users would be better served to get the original version of "Resident Evil 5", which (as of this writing) is only 20 bucks. Everyone should play this game, but this Gold Edition was meant for co-op or versus play.
The Gold Edition is also compatible with the PlayStation Move. I haven't tested the Move with anything, but if it plays as well as I've heard from a few others, then that's really the only catch for single-player gamers. Personally, I'm willing to bet that most gamers prefer a controller in their hands.
As for "Resident Evil 5" itself, there's really not a whole lot to say. It's basically "RE 4" in Africa with co-op elements. That's not to dismiss the hard work that went into this game, but it's a very similar experience. The over-the-shoulder gun combat hasn't changed, and the animations aren't that different either. Enemies will stumble, attack, and fall very much like they used to. You will upgrade your weapons, manage your inventory, find treasures to trade in for cash, solve simple puzzles, and try to survive a truly intense experience from start to finish.
Where "Resident Evil 5" takes a strong step forward is in its co-op gameplay. Franchise hero Chris Redfield is joined by Sheva, an African agent who tries to solve the mystery of how her homeland has been taken over by a virus. Whether you're playing alone or with a friend, the two characters will have to work together to solve puzzles and strategically take down enemy attackers. While the AI for 1-player could be a little better --- Sheva always uses the handgun first, and doesn't condense inventory well enough --- it's still a great experience no matter how you play it. The inventory management isn't done through a pause menu; you'll have to exchange ammo and health herbs in real-time, while you're fighting to survive. Sheva does a good job of keeping herself (and you) alive, only faltering in a few forgiveable instances.
The only areas where "RE 5" failed to surpass "RE 4" are in its plot and atmosphere. I'm not gonna call "Resident Evil 4" a brilliant story or anything, but it was remarkably well-told, and you were mostly aware of where you were trying to go. In "RE 5", Chris & Sheva pretty much have the same goal from start to finish, making any detours in the plot feel like excuses for more action. As for the African setting in "RE 5", not only is it less interesting, but about halfway through the game, it didn't even feel like I was in Africa anymore. Crypts, laboratories, and fortresses don't exactly look African. In "RE 4", the Spanish flavor was constant, from the small villages to the religious cult architecture.
"Resident Evil 5" establishes its own identity through the African backdrop and through constant action. If you're looking for the chilling scares and horror of "RE 4", there's not a lot here. Quite frankly, "RE 4" was a terrifying experience with a great blend of action & horror. "RE 5" skips the horror factor, and goes for balls-to-the-wall action. But make no mistakes - These two games are very different in style & tone, and they deserve to remembered for their own merits. To compare this game to its predecessors is nitpicking. Fans of action gaming must play "Resident Evil 5", pure and simple.
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Initial post: Nov 5, 2010 11:01:40 AM PDT
Thank you for your review. I was going to get RE5: Gold, but decided against it. I will not use any of the features like VS or online. I appreciate your review!
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2010 2:51:41 PM PDT
No sweat. Usually these deluxe re-releases are great for everybody, but this time, I thought people could save some money.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2010 7:52:43 AM PST
Thanks for the great review. Is Resident Evil 4 different enough from 5 to warrant a purchase as well?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2010 2:23:29 PM PST
It's basically the same kind of game, with the over-the-shoulder camera combat, the same controls, same kind of weapons upgrading, etc. In my opinion, In some ways, "RE 4" is still a better game. The game is a lot scarier, has a more interesting setting, and still looks and plays amazing. I'd recommend getting the GameCube or PS2 versions if you can, because although the Wii version is excellent, the Wiimote controls take some getting used. Just be aware that the Wii & PS2 have some extra content that weren't in the GameCube release, though I wouldn't sleep over missing any of those bonuses.
In short, however way you choose to play "Resident Evil 4", you should definitely buy it!
Posted on Nov 20, 2010 7:01:07 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2010 5:24:42 PM PST
Giggity Giggity says:
Thanks for your helpful review. It was very objective and well written. Because I am not a big fan of online multiplayer, I think I will just buy the standard version. Looks like your review saved me some money.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2010 11:15:23 PM PST
Austin J. Bennett says:
I don't think this was written after the Playstation Move came out because I think it sorta changes your viewpoints. If you already own the Move, this is the better buy since it adds motion controls to the game experience.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2010 5:05:07 PM PST
Honestly, I haven't tried the Move, so you definitely have a good point there.
I don't think the original version is Move-compatible.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2010 11:28:15 AM PST
You can use the classic controller in RE4 on the Wii. I never even bothered with the Wii-mote as I knew that would be terrible.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2010 10:58:55 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 10, 2010 11:01:22 AM PST
You should read my RE4 review >,<
I agree with you that RE4 was and still is the best !! Much scarier than RE5 because of it's surrounding and the Regenerators (I think it's the name) were really scary with their lifeless body and their voice. RE5 only stood out because of the graphics, Co-op, and the return of Chris. Compared to RE4's memorable ending, RE5 was good - not great.
I wish RE4 was ported to PS3 with co-op. I would finally dust my PS3 off.
Posted on Dec 28, 2010 10:27:36 AM PST