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Resident Evil 5 - hands-on

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It’s one of the privileged few videogames that can lay claim to true legendary status – sitting alongside Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Metal Gear Solid, GoldenEye and Half-Life as the pinnacle of what gaming can offer. Resident Evildent Evil 4 revolutionized survival horror and third-person blasting – so the chance to get our hands on the near-finished sequel was just too good to pass up.

What we saw in those five hours of game time will stay with us for a long time. Much of what we experienced we’re sworn to secrecy on, but trust us that you’ll be amazed, frightened and more excited than you thought possible. Suffice to say, if you tracked the thrills on a graph minute by minute, its zig-zagging trajectory would describe a ragged saw blade. Huge chunks of pulse-pounding action as the enemy rushes in followed by moments of near unbearable tension as you nervously load your weapon and creep around the next corner – endlessly repeated. What we can tell you about are two terrifying, blood soaked and absolutely mind blowing sections that you NEED to know about...

The first of these sections begins in a train yard as Chris and Sheva make their way through narrow corridors formed by disused cargo train carriages. There’s never a moment when you’re off your guard in Resident Evil 5, and this section was no different. For a moment everything was quiet, but that moment was shattered after around 30 seconds. We were halfway down the first corridor and a low growl pierced the air. Seconds later a pack of huge rabid dogs squeezed out from beneath the far carriage.

Some frantic shooting ensued. Damage was taken, bullets were wasted, and yells of shock and horror drew a crowd outside the door of our private games room. These are no normal dogs. They’re the scariest dogs we’ve ever seen. As our bullets thudded into their hides they changed. Their heads split in two, widening to form grotesque mouths capable of tearing a former STARS (Special Tactics and Rescue Squad) member into strips. We’re not ashamed to admit that we ran for it, shrieking like little girls.

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16 comments

  • HushM110 - March 7, 2009 5:07 a.m.

    Im dancing around like a little girl waiting for this game
  • reggie2oo9 - February 16, 2009 2:14 p.m.

    played the demo with a mate didnt get very far the dudes with the chainsaw and axe will not die!! lol
  • thochaos - February 3, 2009 4:08 a.m.

    The demo is really, good but I hope they add some better control schemes. Why did they swap the action and run buttons after 13 years? It confuses the heck out of me now!
  • jeeya12345 - January 21, 2009 8:46 p.m.

    i love this kind of games they rulez espiecally RE5 and RE5 is coming out on ps3 on march can't wait
  • darkwolf777 - January 20, 2009 11:59 a.m.

    RE5 will be kick ass
  • sarahfoster - January 17, 2009 9 p.m.

    its game series like RE that make me wish i had a 360. but then thats where friends who have a 360 come in handy. kicking them off for a few days with this one!
  • NelosAngelos - January 16, 2009 7:34 p.m.

    Woooo...I got the shakes just thinking about it.
  • Z-man427 - January 16, 2009 7:03 a.m.

    I hope capcom makes me piss myself while playing this
  • Defguru7777 - January 16, 2009 1:42 a.m.

    Mark your calenders kids. Chances are ya ain't gonna leave your houses for a while after this comes out. It's a good thing.
  • katwood92 - January 31, 2009 3:35 a.m.

    I can't wait for it to come out! I still need to beat 4 thought...
  • phoenix_wings - January 18, 2009 3:56 a.m.

    RE5 is coming out for the ps3 too.
  • IslanderSwagg - January 17, 2009 4:22 a.m.

    Ive never even played any of the other Resident Evils. My brother plays em and I was never interested, but this one, i might try!
  • astnwllmsn - January 16, 2009 10:43 p.m.

    This looks good i'm not much of a RE fan but i plan on getting it hoping not to be dissappointed.... i doubt i will be though, nothing better then blowing off some anger on kiling some undead
  • phoenix_wings - January 16, 2009 8:19 p.m.

    I was 14 when I played my first resident evil game. RE2 was pretty rough on my virgin eyes (and now it's just.....rough). I had some pretty weird dreams about zombies for years to come after, it totally freaked me out. I'd never seen anything else like it. Here's hoping that this doesn't just scares us, it @*$%'s us up for life.
  • jar-head - January 16, 2009 7:27 p.m.

    the first paragraph said Goldeneye, so im in love as of now.
  • sixboxes - January 16, 2009 1:43 a.m.

    I don't get quite why there's such backlash over RE5 only iterating over RE4 without innovating. The only reason #4 is considered such a revolution is in relation to the sameness of the first 3 REs. To me there seems to be enough change - the ridiculous visuals, the brilliant co-op, the complete setting change, those little gameplay tweaks, and CHRIS EFFING REDFIELD - to keep us from having to mention RE5 and RE4 in the same breath.

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