By Stan Rezaee
Resident Evil 5 was an unusual contradiction as it abandon most of the horror survival elements that defined the series but it was also a guilty pleasure.
Gamers who missed out on its original release along with fans who haven’t tried it yet should take this moment to pick up Resident Evil 5 HD. This Next-Gen port of the games Gold Edition has all the DLC along with special features are included.
The plot is set in a world threatened by terrorist and Rouge States that have acquired the Bio Organic Weapons (BOW) following the collapse of Umbrella. Players take on the role of Chris Redfield as he works with the international counter-terrorism agency, Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance.
Redfield and a BSAA team have been deployed to a West African city to stop a arms dealer from selling BOW’s to terrorists. However the operation instantly becomes a race against time when it’s uncovered that Albert Wesker is plotting a global attack using a new virus.
The story starts by making players feel like they’re going to have an experiences similar to Resident Evil 4. However by the third level, it becomes obvious that this is going to be a different gaming experience. Then at the end, players will be concerned about the series when the game punches the boulder in a volcano level.
Unlike its predecessors, Resident Evil 5 is an action game that has obviously been influenced by titles like Call of Duty. It may be disheartening to most fans but it gives gamers a memorable action zombie game. It’s not what old school gamers have wanted but compared to other action zombie titles like Dead Island, it’s one of the best games of its kind.
The original game was rich in replay value thanks to it’s Co-Op gameplay along with a plethora of unlockable secrets. Resident Evil 5 HD includes the content from the Gold Edition, which adds more replay value to a tittle that’s guaranteed to have at least +100 hours of fun.
The graphics of the original Resident Evil 5 are still among the best of the Seventh-generation consoles as it has hardly aged. The HD graphics adds a little more detail and enhances the games visual quality.
While the lack of the horror survival elements is an issue that many could have forgiven the game for, however its greatest problems have to do with its treatment of Jill Valentine and the volcano ending.
(Spoiler Alert) Fans of the series know Jill Valentine as a strong willed character who has also broken away from the gender stereotypes defined by old Hollywood. So to give her the Jessica Jones treatment that diminished her into a “damsel in distress” role is very insulting to her as a character.
Next there is the last level of the game which is set in a volcano and has Chris Redfield punching a boulder. Not only did this almost ruin a good game but it was the turning point for when the series would “jump the shark” (or “punch the boulder”).
Thankfully Resident Evil HD and Zero HD saved the series while 7 is going to be an actual horror game. Resident Evil 5 HD is still fun to play but the series is a horror survival and it needs to return to its roots.
Resident Evil 5 will always be a guilty pleasure for fans while the HD port is an opportunity for those who missed out. It may not have the tone of the classics but it still has it’s many moments.
Final Score: 8/10
Disclaimer: I played the HD version at a friends house for 5 hours then compared it to the Gold Edition for the PS3.