An ideal purchase for first time buyers of Resident Evil 5 as it includes the DLC for both console versions and PlayStation Move support for the PS3. The standard edition of the game won’t support the Move and a patch is unfortunately unlikely at this time.
- Click here to pre-order Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition on the PS3 for £9.99 from HMV
- Click here to pre-order Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition on the Xbox 360 for £9.99 from HMV
The next best prices are £16.85 on the PS3 at SimplyGames and £14.85 at ShopTo.
Resident Evil 5 takes the action to the cradle of civilisation, Africa. Chris Redfield returns from his long hiatus (possibly spent injecting heinous amounts of steroids into his arms), to take on the new strain of Umbrella’s biological virus. The action starts off in dusty slum villages and shanty towns with large numbers of zombies attacking at once. Eventually though the action starts to become a bit of a slog through the more mundane locations of underground bases and docks. The swamp missions are pretty cool though.
It’s no Resident Evil 4, but the graphics, especially in the cutscenes, are excellent. If there’s one thing Capcom can be relied upon (apart from rinsing you for DLC immediately after launch), it’s to produce some great action cutscenes. It’s a shame the action you get to control is really beginning to show its age as you still can’t move and shoot at the same time, which accounts for 90% of all deaths in the game. Online co-op is a welcome addition though and is much better than letting Shiva (your new partner) loose with an AI leash as you’ll spend the whole game shooting each other in the shoulder.
PS3 gamers might find the game suits the new PlayStation Move motion controller, but we’ll have to wait and see how good a fit it will be. We’re presuming the game will also require a navigation controller, unless it’s going to be adapted into an on-rails shooter.
The inclusion of the barmy-priced DLC is a good bonus for everyone though. ‘Lost in Nightmares’ explores the earlier events where Chris lost his partner, Jill Valentine, at Spencer’s Mansion. The second extra mission is ‘Desperate Escape’ which features Jill again, but I’ll leave it at that so as not to ruin the main game for any new players. Both of these chapters will also unlock characters for the Mercenaries mode.
The Versus Mode DLC is for online battles such as Slayers where you compete for points by taking down waves of Majini (Resi 5’s zombies). Or there’s Survivors, which has players taking each other on instead. The package is rounded off with two extra costume packs.
The new single-player chapters are the biggest draw to Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition, especially to any fan wanting a more complete picture of the story. At £9.99 it’s pretty tempting to check it out for the move compatibility too if you’re going to get that in September.
Thanks to nicmall at HotUkDeals for the find.