Resident Evil 5
We've Been Waiting since March for Capcom's juggernaut. Their PC track record isn't exactly glowing, so it's been an apprehensive six months. Thankfully we have an excellently ported game on our hands. It isn't bursting with extras, but it has all that a PC port should have: working controls, improved graphics, and the same features as its console cousin.
By now you probably know the basics. A fictional African state is in disarray and Chris Redfield has been flown in by the BSAA to team up with local girl Shiva Alomar, in order to curb the bioterrorist threat. Naturally everything goes south. The locals are deranged, bleeding from the eyes, and their heads are exploding into a mass of tentacles. Just another day in paradise.
Unsurprisingly everyone else is a bit shit at staying alive, so it quickly comes down to you and your co-op partner. You can leave her in the hands of the competent Al, or if you've got a friend handy, they can jump in using Games For Windows - LIVE. Fighting through the game together does remove RE5's sense of isolation horror, but it makes it far more enjoyable.
Out Of Africa
For one, it makes the finicky inventory system manageable. While the inclusion of mouse support has lessoned its irritation factor, it's still awkward selecting things in the heat of battle. Capcom have implemented hot-swappable keys, but remembering the constantly changing items' number often makes them all but null and void. Still, after a bit of practice, you'll be dispatching the infected with ease.
Another PC plus point is the increased mobility that the mouse and keyboard brings. The controls work perfectly and gunplay is far more accurate due to the mouse's precision. The enemy hordes may lack L4D's frantic pace, but when they advance on you it's hard not to feel on edge. Ammo might be more abundant in RE5 than its predecessors, but that doesn't stop you from running out at crucial points so you'll still need to choose shots wisely.
Throw in higher resolutions (making a beautiful game even better), new outfits, upgradeable weapons, a fleshed out mercenaries mode, benchmarking, and 3D support, means you'll come back again and again to Resident Evil 5. We guarantee it.
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Looking at Resident Evil 4 on the Wii reminds us how far the series' graphics have come. Better days are ahead, though, as our insiders tell us that the visual leap from RE4 to RE5 will just as big as what we saw from REO to RE4. Now that's hot.