The first in the Resident Evil series to feature simultaneous cooperative play, Resident Evil 5 (2009) is a somewhat strange (but interesting) instalment that takes place in Africa.
This time you’re up against a virus, a corrupt corporation, local ‘zombie’ thugs, and black magic and superstition as well. All in broad daylight too, as the first part of the game seems to take every opportunity to kick you outdoors into the blazing sunshine (as though the developers were insisting that this episode would all be set outdoors, because we’d all been sat indoors playing games for too long in the dark).
What Resident Evil 5 loses in atmosphere it makes up for in action, with a fine control system making for some satisfying combat (headshots in particular are neat in this), and some fairly chilling enemies, sieges and bosses to defeat along the way.
Resident Evil 5 has also been accused of being racist, but I think that’s hogwash. It’s just a different setting. An unusual one, but one that works well, feels authentic, and makes you feel uncomfortable, which is a welcome feeling in an ocean of generic shoot ’em ups.
Resident Evil series on The King of Grabs:
Resident Evil HD Remaster, PC
Resident Evil 2, PlayStation
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, PlayStation
Resident Evil 4, GameCube
Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition, PC
Resident Evil 5, PC
Resident Evil 6, PC
Resident Evil, Game Boy Color
Resident Evil – Code: Veronica, Dreamcast
Resident Evil Zero, GameCube