Resident Evil 5 Hands-on Preview for Xbox 360

Released in 2005, Resident Evil 4 reinvented the survivor-horror formula of and ended up being one of the best action games ever. Resident Evil 5 hopes to follow suit on its predecessor’s success by upping the ante. Will the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 sequel surpass Resident Evil 4? Find out in this hands-on preview of Resident Evil 5 for the Xbox 360.
Story

After the event of the original Resident Evil in Raccoon City, Chris Redfield joined the Bio-terrorism Security Assessment Alliance. He was then sent to Africa to investigate a new virus transforming normal people into vicious creatures.

Graphics

Resident Evil 5 will be one of the best-looking high-definition games yet when it comes out. Everything, from the environments to the character models, is highly detailed and super sharp.

Sound

The voice-acting is pretty solid for a cheesy action game. Intense background should keep your blood pumping while you try to strive off against dozens of vicious enemies.

Gameplay

Resident Evil 4 fans should immediately be familiar with Resident Evil 5 since the sequel did not deviate from the formula.

Just like its prequel, Resident Evil 5 gets rid of the fixed camera angle from the older games in the series. Instead, the camera is placed right behind the player’s back at an angle. This change has made Resident Evil 4 into of the best action game of all time and also one of the most influential.

Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 are also more action-packed than previously games in the survivor-horror series. You have dozens of enemies swarming you at once. Since the creatures you encounter are no longer zombies, your enemies are also faster and smarter. To counter this, you also get plenty of weapons and ammo at your disposal.

Resident Evil 5 differs from Resident Evil 4 in that you have a partner alongside to help you out, which changes the formula somewhat. Although you got a helping hand, the game will also end if either you or your partner dies. Still, playing the game cooperatively with another friend on the same television screen or online is an absolute blast.

Although long time fans may be upset that the Resident Evil series is no longer the scariest games around, they can still expect an excellent action title with great cooperative action.

Resident Evil 5 controls in the following ways:

Left Analog: strafe; hold a to run

Right Analog: rotate

Directional Pad: quick select items and weapons

Left Bumper: use knife

Left Trigger: ready weapon

Right Bumper: view map

Right Trigger: locate partner; fire while holding down Left Trigger

A: reload while holding weapon

B: call partner/ perform partner action

X: context sensitive action

Y: open inventory

Final Product

Players can expect a fairly lengthy story mode filled with numerous exciting moments and several extras in the final version.

Resident Evil 5 may not be all that different from Resident Evil 4 but it will still be one of the better action games on the market when it comes out in March for the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3.

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