This past “lazy” Sunday I decided to download a game. It was raining outside, so instead of going down to the local GameSpot I signed onto Steam (www.steampowered.com) and perused the newer games available.
I ended up buying newest incarnation of Resident Evil for $49.99. Here is my “professional” opinion.
Download took about an hour (about the same time to get to the store and back) and maybe saved me a few bucks in gas and a few bucks in sales tax.
Normally installation is not a problem for Steam Games. RE 5 however had some issues. For some reason, on first run, every game from Steam needs to reinstall Direct X 9. Ok, whatever go ahead computer. Next It had to install some Games for Windows “Live” software. After a few minutes I got an option to run Resident Evil in DirectX 9 mode or DirectX 10 mode.
First I tried 9 and the launch just closed. I double clicked the icon again and “Live” tried installing again. Eventually I found that neither DX9 or DX10 would work. It seems “Live” couldn’t install successfully. I restarted my new Windows 7 machine and launched 1 more time. SUCCESS!
After loading Resident Evil told me that I needed to sign into Games for Windows Live in order to save my game. For that you need to “Create a Free Profile” or login to an existing one. I already had one, just had to re-guess my password. “I’m IN”! …or so I thought.
SETBACK! Windows Live (or whatever it’s called) had to update in order to use the game. BS!
After finally updating and closing down the game (it didn’t auto-restart or even tell me I had to relaunch) I started the game and logged back in 1 more time. Finally, It’s Play Time!
The graphics are great! The controls are a little lacking though. Your character is constantly in the bottom left of the screen unless you are targeting something. This makes it more likely to that baddies will sneak up on that side.
The beginning of the game should show you more of the controls, like how to move stuff in your inventory, how to change weapons quickly, how to melee (Very Important to save ammo, slice a box with your knife, don’t shoot it) and other things. Even with it’s flaws, the graphics pull you right in and make game play very fun!
The story moved along too quickly for my liking. I prefer “Realistic” horror. Having everybody turn into creatures all at once ruins the suspense. The suspense needs to start slow and build! Crazed eyed villagers with machetes should be enough to get you going. You don’t need to show all the parasites coming out of exploding heads right off the bat. Phase those in. You’d get a lot more shock value.
I like that the story line is a tiny different, this time taking place in Africa. The scenery is great, but I think it’s time to restart the original zombie faction in a Racoon City remake!
All in all I give 4 out 5 G’s. (a G is the Geiger Measurement Scale, the more G’s the better)
The stunning visuals addicting game play will keep you stoked. Also, the supporting female character is quite… nice.