We have the Resident Evil 5 demo!

Out today in Japan – lucky bastards – on the Xbox 360 is the Resident Evil 5 demo, showcasing two levels of not-quite-zombie maiming action. Using devious ways to confuse our American 360 into thinking it operated out of Tokyo, we procured the exclusive overseas demo. Watch the video below to see how we fare.

Our impressions? Incredibly fun mixed with a swift kick in the ass. You see, both of the levels are liberal with bloodthirsty enemies. And just like the village courtyard intro to RE4, you learn the controls and co-op mechanics in a brutally quick trial-by-fire. Besides the rejiggered controls (shoot with the trigger, hold Left bumper to brandish knife), you need to learn how to help partner character Sheva.

Remember, even if you go it alone, Sheva will always be there in the single-player campaign. And she can definitely hold her own. She picks off enemies with deadly accuracy almost quicker than you can and she’ll save you when your health is low. However, you need to learn how to return the favor. In a fight-or-flight atmosphere with scarce ammo, we quickly learned how to bolt out of a deadly situation. However, Sheva wasn’t always that lucky. We’d turn around and saw her fending for herself.

Co-op is both splitscreen and on-line. We tried our hand at splitscreen and not only had more fun, but lasted longer with an additional human playing. Not only are the “holy crap” moments a lot more fun, but it’s way easier to work as a team when you can communicate with the other player. Sheva isn’t gimped in any way and you’ll find her weapon selection is a little different depending on the scenario.

A couple of times in the second section, we had to split up. And that’s where things got incredibly tough. While Player 2 was being mobbed across the street, we had to quickly find a way to provide cover fire and assist. We worry what this would be like in a single-player session if Sheva can die almost too easily if you’re not around to save her.

One last issue: it feels really strange not being able to run and gun at the same time. Since RE4’s revamped third-person control scheme, a number of games including Dark Sector and Gears of War have improved upon the formula. Planting your feet to fire off shots feels pretty archaic in 2008 (and by the time the game comes out, 2009). With that many enemies on screen, we feel it almost necessary to run and shoot simultaneously. But we suppose that’s why RE5 is still a survival-horror game. Waiting until March is going to be hell on Earth.

Dec 5, 2008


  • gavin1873 - December 8, 2008 7:28 p.m.

    it still looks clunky which is such a mood killer the old REs were good but i thought theyd fix this stopping to shoot bulls**t
  • drprofessor - December 8, 2008 6:56 a.m.

    i managed to play it. im sooooo happy with it. and your right it isnt nearly as fun unless your playing with someone else. split screen was so flippin great. also the lake of movement while shotting doesnt bother me in all reality it would prolly make the game far to easy.
  • slapme7times - December 8, 2008 12:23 a.m.

    so much lag... let's hope that's your camera lagging.
  • Major_Wuss - December 7, 2008 10:36 p.m.

    Looks like fun. Can't wait for the demo to come out here.
  • Dameon Angell - December 7, 2008 9:13 a.m.

    That slowdown is garbage, I know it won't be in the final product, though.
  • Cwf2008 - December 7, 2008 7:14 a.m.

    Pretty ironic that its racist to kill African people if it took place in Africa, but its perfectly fine to kill Spanish people huh? Or for that matter, in other games, Japanese, Germans, Americans, Middle Easterners etc. Boy one screwed up world we live in huh?
  • StayPuftGiant - December 7, 2008 2:59 a.m.

  • Defguru7777 - December 6, 2008 10:03 p.m.

    Microsoft, you need to make this downloadable so that us that aren't technically literate can play this!
  • Hurricrane - December 6, 2008 3:37 p.m.

    The framerate dosnt seem to hot, but that may just be me comp
  • jimsondanet - December 6, 2008 11:41 a.m.

    youd need rubbish ai if your standing still to shoot. immmersion huh? thats why i never got into the series that an the zombies remind me of old people great graphics tho
  • Dr.Salvador - December 6, 2008 11:31 a.m.

    I. Want. This. Game.
  • GoldenMe - December 6, 2008 8:06 a.m.

    I don't know... the AI kinda look lackluster, graphics look awesome though. PLEASE TELL US YOUR AWESOME WISDOM OF GETTING THE DEMO, SHANE!!! YOU WILL BE GOD!!!1!!1 Great showing by the way!
  • indierockers - December 6, 2008 6:27 a.m.

    Looks awesome...been a fan of resident evil series myself
  • maxx1 - December 6, 2008 5:30 a.m.

    I HAVE THE DEMO!!! It's so amazing. I'm not lying, there's actually a way to get it by downloading it online and putting it on a disc without modding your Xbox, or going to Japan to get it. :P I like the game. Very fun online.
  • mexpunk666 - December 6, 2008 2:36 a.m.

    wow!! looks fun!! cant wait for it xD
  • HungryBeaver - December 6, 2008 1:42 a.m.

    Third! closest to first...looks waay better than L4D...big upset there
  • riodoku79 - December 10, 2008 6:40 p.m.

    not excactly looking forward to the dual analog controls (after the wii version of resi 4 it's gonna be quite hard) but I'll still buy it.
  • Corsair89 - December 8, 2008 7:07 p.m.

    RE4 is one of my favorite games ever. So, I just hope RE5 can live up to it. Looks awesome so far... Hey, Capcom. Could RE6 feature co-op with Chris Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy? Please? PLEEEEEASE?
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 8, 2008 6:54 p.m.

    @StayPuftGiant: wasnt dead rising supposed to be a kinda horror-comedy?
  • stuzimuzipuzi - December 8, 2008 3:57 p.m.

    and i dont fink its racist ppl r just bein stupid

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