Resident Evil 5 Updated Hands-On - New Environment and Boss Battle

In our latest look at Capcom's survival horror shooter, we run into a Kraken, a temple, and two tickets to the gun show.

Resident Evil 5 is all about scale: more enemies, larger areas, and bigger bosses. Luckily, the game balances things by giving you a partner, the lithe and lethal Sheva Alomar, and the muscle to punch a zombie so hard that it explodes. We had the chance to take our increased firepower and continue on from our previous previews to further explore this undead-filled adventure.

We started off with the full version of the boat level mentioned in our river-raiding preview. As mentioned there, we were hunting after the mysterious Irving, who had narrowly escaped us by boat, prompting Chris, Sheva, and Josh to give chase. Though we were trapped a couple of times by locking gates, the majini defending the switches had foolishly placed brightly colored explosive barrels and tanks within gunshot and thus were easily dispatched.

Once we got out into more open waters, we literally bumped into Irving and his luxury yacht, which seemed to have received a couple of aftermarket upgrades, including mounted chainguns and rocket launchers. A quick cutscene later, we were faced down with the largest monster seen thus far, a water-bound beast that can only be described as a kraken and that attacked us with tentacles and bites from its massive maw.

Though we were disappointed that this kraken was out of reach of Chris' biceps (which may or may not be named Doctor Python and Agent Cobra), we were more than thrilled to use the yacht's probably illegal modifications against it. After blasting through some tentacles and taking advantage of quick-time events to keep out of Davy Jones' locker, the kraken (now on its last legs) unwisely opened up to reveal a critical weak spot. Needless to say, it was all over after that.

Watch out for float-by shootings!

After the defeat of the kraken, we headed out to explore a cave that the mysterious character in the plague-doctor outfit had recently traveled to. Once inside, we discovered a massive underground temple and did the first thing that came to mind, which was to pillage all of its valuable treasures and straight punch, hook, and uppercut any zombie that got in our way. However, things weren't quite so simple, considering that the place was quite thoroughly booby-trapped. The moment we entered the main approach, we imprudently stepped on a pressure plate that triggered the collapse of the support pillars in the hall and initiated a lengthy quick-time event sequence complete with perilous leaps over unstable ground.

Once inside the temple proper, we began to encounter resistance of the unliving sort, which came after us in huge waves, and like most zombies were weak against bullets to the brain. To conserve ammo in these critical moments, we also offered them free tickets to Chris' gun show, but they didn't really enjoy that either. In between moments of battle, we engaged in a complicated puzzle that involved a series of pull-levers that required Sheva's help to engage, during which the appearance of the large room that we were trapped in radically changed.

Midway through the puzzle, we found a grenade launcher and a stock of flash ammunition conveniently lying around, which we would later put to use against one of the giant scorpion-bat minibosses previously encountered outside the mine earlier in the game (check out the preview on that area here). As anyone who played through Resident Evil 4 should know, the Las Plagas parasites do not enjoy flash-bang grenades (or rave clubs with strobe lights, for that matter), and this thing was no exception; a few shots from our sweet new weapon and some good old-fashioned buckshot later, we were clear to further chisel our physique on the undead in different areas.

Resident Evil 5 will be coming out on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 13. A demo is currently available on both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live if you'd like to try out two areas from the game. Be sure to check back early next month for our full review.

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chikong87
chikong87

^^ Totally Awesome,, I think it would take years and years to be such a boring game, and I might say, it's impossible to be bored with this game. The action were packed so smooth 'till you won't stop shooting and running.

GaMeR_Willz
GaMeR_Willz

Resident Evil 5 is amazing! I got it for PS3 today and it's so good.

mr-miyagi3
mr-miyagi3

i got the game and i think it kick ass. no matter what other people says;)

10679
10679

well apparently g4tv.com (xplay) gave residend evil 5 a 3out 5 which is the score that the game deserves for shoddy controls and brain dead ai. Therefore RE5 won'twin GOTY because their is no game that has won a GOTY that received 6 out 10 as score and xplay is one of the sites that gamespot uses to calculate the average scores for the game.

boney614
boney614

It's different than the others, but that is not always a bad thing!

10679
10679

@SavageSasuke "but as a Action Blockbuster film lol. But i have to disagree because Resident Evil 4 and 5 create a new perspective to a survival horror game chain. I mean what makes a horror game fun is the thrill of getting into random surprises and Resident Evil 4 and hopefully 5 has done a very good job of. Looking forward to Resi 5 xD" thats not true because 9 reviewers said that re5 is not even and its a shame that its not like its older games.

SavageSasuke
SavageSasuke

I can see why most people see Resident Evil 5 as not a Resident Evil Horror Game, but as a Action Blockbuster film lol. But i have to disagree because Resident Evil 4 and 5 create a new perspective to a survival horror game chain. I mean what makes a horror game fun is the thrill of getting into random surprises and Resident Evil 4 and hopefully 5 has done a very good job of. Looking forward to Resi 5 xD

10679
10679

i know lol. even eurogamer gave RE5 a 7/10 which sounds like a reasonable score because they mentioned all the annoying issues of the game which other review sites didn't. i don't think it drop below 8 because they are many review sites that are big fans of the series like ign and will give the game a 9 or 10 which the game doesn't deserve.

bryjoered2007
bryjoered2007

The reviews so far have been favorable but not outstanding, Resident evil 4 is indeed a survival horror game, but in a different way anyone remember running from the regenerators that only die from the infrared sniper scope and take most of ur health away in one hit? I'm sorry but trying to snipe those plagas in a little narrow corridor while trying to protect ashley thats nerve racking. Remember running from the Alien type boss that u have to dodge insanely fast when it attacks from the vents. Resident evil 4 was a classic by all standards and its gonna be really hard to live up to and from wat ive seen and read about this game its not scary at all dissapointing but im afraid ill still throw down 60 bucks just in tribute to RE4. Unless it gets below 80 on metacritic than this will have to pass me by likely

10679
10679

i doubt because it coming out in 4 days time. well thats what you get for playing capcoms game. Just look dead risng on the 360 and the wii, the civilian wasn't the smartest. the enemy ai in lost planet wasn't the smartest either therefore the ai being all over the place is not new from capcom.

Strigidae
Strigidae

And oh yeah, is it me or is the A.I. a bit all over the place (in the demo)? Hope they got that all fixed up.

Strigidae
Strigidae

I'm hooked... can't wait for the release. I've replayed that demo so much, I'd probably play it in my sleep. But like all things, nothing is perfect... why couldn't they atleast give Chris a bit of movement while shooting down the mutant hordes, even if it were a slow strafe-like motion. Either than that this game is great.

10679
10679

@Wiifanboy_4life IGN comments about the game. "The resulting experience is an intense, action-packed adventure replete with gorgeous and well-crafted environments. Resident Evil 5 offers all those things and then some, but it doesn't do many of the things longtime fans of the series expect. It won't scare you. It won't fill you with creeping desperation. It won't have you collecting and counting bullets like they're precious stones. It won't, in essence, make you feel like you're playing a traditional Resident Evil game. With Resident Evil 5, Capcom has broken away from many of the survival horror conventions it pioneered. The creepy suspense of the earlier games has been replaced with an action-packed intensity that will instantly appeal to some gamers and disappoint others. As an action game, RE5 is a success" From what they said here it clearly shows that re5 is NOT a survival horror game BUT a third person action game.

endingvision200
endingvision200

I have noticed that the change in gameplay (as frazzle00 put it) and the addition of a corp-play mode in this latest installment of the series has attracted several people who were not even fans of game it has caused addiction and people seem to be enjoying this game far more than its predecessors .

10679
10679

@frazzle00 ROFLOL. totally agree with you frazzle00

frazzle00
frazzle00

@Wiifanboy_4life Wow where should I start? It's very tempting to ridicule you, but I think your Gamespot handle speaks for itself. Making fun of you would only be cruel and redundant. I am not going to pass judgment on the fact that you think the game is going to be "siiiiiiiiiiick". What I will correct however is your utterly misguided notion that Resident Evil 4 or 5 (going by the demo) are survival horror titles. Have you played the older Resident Evil titles? Have you played other well regarded survival horror games like Silent Hill 1, 2 and 3? All these games are characterized by a focus on light puzzle solving, spooky atmospherics and a chronic lack of ammunition/health packs. Any veteran RE player will tell you that in the older REs it was smarter to run than to stand and fight. So having clunky gunplay mechanics wasn't so much a flaw, rather than a conscious design decision. Now fast forward to RE 4 and the RE 5 demo. The first thing you'll notice is the fact that instead of puzzle solving being the focus, gunplay is. Bullets are not in short demand, and if you are half decent at action games you won't be hurting for health either. To add insult to injury, all the atmospheric tension is gone, replaced by the absolutely ridiculous requirement of babysitting a brain dead NPC. In other words you have big long mediocre third person escort mission ;). Definitely not what I would call "siiiiiiiiiiick" :P.

Optimus_Prime83
Optimus_Prime83

Wow ! I must be lucky to get my hands on the Original Game 1 week before the official release ! :D The Game looks Great ! better than ever...

usmanthegreat
usmanthegreat

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JB2B
JB2B

Damn I have to wait until monday before I have internet in my new house. Can't download the demo earlier on. I also still have to finish 4 on the Wii. Maybe try this tonight.

Wiifanboy_4life
Wiifanboy_4life

[Sarcasm] I love how Raveous77's comment got a thumbs-up. [End Sarcasm] XD Anyway, this game is going to be siiiiiiiiiiick. And frazzle, last time I checked, Resident Evil 5 is not a dumbed down third-person shooter, but rather a survival horror game with third-person shooter mechanics. Just like Zelda isn't an RPG, but rather an action-adventure game with RPG mechanics. The controls are supposed to be slow. It makes the game tougher, more intense, and unique. And the story is actually pretty deep when you get down to it. I don't know if it's Metal Gear Solid material, but it's definitely very complicated. On a side note, anything is better than the mechanics in the other Resident Evil's. Aiming up and down in four directions isn't really my thing. XD

Raveous77
Raveous77

This game is White Supremacist dream come through, you run around and lynch blacks the whole game! I wonder if anyone gonna start any kinda racist protesting against this game? :O

jagus12
jagus12

I hope that Sheeva's AI dont f*** the whole game up :S Hey.. It rhymes! :D LOL

jagus12
jagus12

felipenet7 Yes, you still can play Xbox live but there's a slight chance that they perma-ban you...

felipenet7
felipenet7

If I flash my dvd drive can I still play xbox live? everyone out there are playing this game already so I don't want to be left behind!!!

Legend-of-Evil
Legend-of-Evil

The whole giant sea monster in the lake like thing is doing nothing beyond reminding me of Resident Evil 4. Hope they have some unique stuff, not just RE4(2)

Mikkelsen15
Mikkelsen15

Soulfuldagger learn your resident evil story, in the begining of Resident evil 4 were you gun down the firste enemy, Leon checks him and says he is not a zombie. Accuatly they give manager to drive a big story through the game where it says the people arent zombies ! But brainwashed (parasites) humans know as Ganados. Which is the same situation in RE5. Gotchaaa

10679
10679

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soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

Zombies driving boats and motorcycles... lawlz

kinstar2002
kinstar2002

Why is everybody complaining about RE5. its gonna be a great game regardless.. L4D and RE5 are completely different games with their own characteristics, i think people need to play the game on the 13th before they can judge. if you dont like it, then we all can talk crap about how bad the game is. (But i beg to differ :)

Jericho9696
Jericho9696

This game is going to be pretty good. But my biggest concern is, that the game is Resident Evil 4.5 and not Resident Evil 5.

boney614
boney614

Hey Slothmang, your a frickin douchbag! left 4 dead is an amazing game, especially when you crank up the difficulty! RE5 seems like it's coming together well. I don't xbox live so i never played the demo, but from what i hear and read up on, it's DAMN GOOD!

frazzle00
frazzle00

@slipknot61174 No offense but I have to disagree with you about RE's story. Sure L4D doesn't really have a story, but there is definitely a story in Gears of War 1 and 2, and in Uncharted, and I could argue that their story lines are a lot better than the ones found in RE games. Obviously this is pretty subjective and arguing about it would be pointless. What isn't subjective is the fact that for a third person shooter, RE4 and 5 characters are just NOT as nimble or as capable as those seen in other titles of the SAME genre. Sure that may not be an issue for you. But based on a lot of the posts here, it obviously is for quite a few people.

JJB03
JJB03

btw in a sense RE 4 made gears of war what it is that cliff guy said that himself in an interview i saw on this site

JJB03
JJB03

cnt wait it been on my list since i saw the credits rolling in RE 4 i knew they would make a number 5 with co op RE 4 was mind blowing

slipknot61174
slipknot61174

Personally, after playing RE 1-3, Zero, Code Veronica, Code Veronica X, RE Reloaded, Redux, and Rehashed, I found 4 an interesting departure. For me, and I'm sure I'm not alone in this, gameplay and story were always intertwined. RE 4 came with a departure from the normal tank-like controls of the old iterations, and a story that kept me on pins and needles from start to finish. I'm not expecting 5 to remake the wheel or change the world... I just want to play a decent game with the continuation of a storyline that I've come to know and love and wonder about. If you don't want to play it, hey, we get it. You guys like Left 4 Dead and Gears of War and countless other popular titles with no story other than point us at the enemy and let us shoot. Capcom evolved the series, for better or worse, but it can't be all THAT bad, RE 4 sold tons of copies AND garnered great reviews up and down the board. I'm expecting 5 to do much the same upon its release. I've been here since the ride started, and I can't wait to see how it's gonna end.

termadoyle
termadoyle

I don't care if this is RE4.5. The game looks damn amazing. I'd buy this for the jaw-dropping graphics alone.

frazzle00
frazzle00

@DarkGrimreaper9 It's not just the coop in my opinion, but the whole shift in gameplay focus from careful resource management and running away, to mowing down everything in sight. I don't mind the focus on action. What I do mind is the fact that the controls and AI haven't kept up with this shift in gameplay.

denicola_a_god
denicola_a_god

the el gigante boss fight looks pretty slick saw it the other day on youtube i think still must download demo asap :)

DarkGrimreaper9
DarkGrimreaper9

@frazzle00 Im just saying trying to compare the games is stupid. I do agree the "horror" part will probably be lacking because of co op but we havent played the game..

frazzle00
frazzle00

@Buttduck Depends on what your definition of genre is. If you define it based on theme, then RE and L4D are definitely in the same genre. If you define it based on gameplay, then they are in different, but related genres (they are both shooters after all). Speaking of which, let's compare RE5 to other third person shooters in the market like Uncharted and Gears of War. Hmmm, let me see RE5 subjectively doesn't look as good and in terms of gunplay and NPC AI doesn't play as good. So apart from RE fanboys it really mystifies me as to why there is so much hype surrounding the game. @DarkGrimreaper9 RE5 may not throw as many zombies at you as does L4D, but it certainly isn't a survivor horror title anymore. If the demo is anything to go by, and I am pretty sure it is, RE5 will be like RE4, a mediocre third person shooter with outdated mechanics that is going to coast on the strength of the Resident Evil name.

DarkGrimreaper9
DarkGrimreaper9

Left 4 dead and RE5 are competely differant. Yes they are about zombies but left 4 dead is a fastpaced shotter that focuses on huge amount of zombies and infinite ammo. RE5 has a smaller scope of enemies and focuses alot on ammo collecting. Thats just some differances. Im also not saying that either are better than the other. It just depends what kinda games you like.

Buttduck
Buttduck

Slipknots right, can't compare the game to another that's from a different genre...RE is on its own, comparing it to any fps is retarded.

slipknot61174
slipknot61174

And just how has this topic become Left 4 Dead vs Resident Evil 5 anyway? We get it (especially we poor PS3 users who Valve decided to leave in the cold, I wouldn't buy a Valve game now if it came with its own money-printing press), Left 4 Dead was awesome. Now stop hogging the spotlight already, you've had your day.

10679
10679

slothmang Posted Feb 24, 2009 10:45 pm GMT "left 4 dead was so gay i played through the first level, and after that it was all predictable. round the corner, zombies, oh no a quiet spot, zombies, reload, oh no more zombies, it was lame" The Ai in Left for Dead game is a hundred times smarter than the Ai in Re5. The Ai in Re5 is as dumb as the ai in GTA San Andreas. if you thought Left for Dead was lame because it was predictable, what about RE5? Every time you enter a building the enemy is there. everytime you go into a backalley the enemy is there and since RE5 doesn't have an Ai director like Left for Dead has , the enemy location will be more predictable therefore based on what you have said re5 is more lame than Left For Dead.

slipknot61174
slipknot61174

The way I see it, you really can't impress everybody anyway. They could give us an RE 5 that totally blows away every action title on the market today and put in every lead character from every RE game to this point as a controllable character... somebody somewhere will still find a way to complain. If the demo didn't do it for you (and personally, it just stamped must-buy on the game for me, but to each his own), then by all means, don't buy the game. But to diss the game for not being the next Halo or Gears of War... well, that's not really what they were aiming for, anyway. Capcom found a formula that worked (and judging from the sales and the reviews, it worked really well) in RE 4, and hey... if it ain't broke, it doesn't require much fixing. Spruce it up for the next-gen crowd, slap on a touch here and there of the new and unexpected (seriously... you think that every card up their sleeve was put out there in the demo? You're cuckoo, lady!), call it RE 5. The hype, if that's what you must call it, seems to be working just fine.

Furan-San
Furan-San

Resident Evil 5 Collectors Edition for my 360 HERE I COME!!! Chris is so hawt! I can stare at that arse any day of the week. :D

coolblackrain
coolblackrain

"slothmang" sorry but your retarded!!! if you knew any better you would know that the game is different everytime you play so you cant expect a zombie around the same corner again. "Left 4 Dead" is bad ass and something new with that feature. and yes, I cant wait for Resident Evil 5!!!

slothmang
slothmang

left 4 dead was so gay i played through the first level, and after that it was all predictable. round the corner, zombies, oh no a quiet spot, zombies, reload, oh no more zombies, it was lame

WKK
WKK

I want to play this game!

frazzle00
frazzle00

@elfimis You should read my post again. I never suggested that run and gun games can't convey a desperate struggle for survival. Phoenix534 said that and I was DISPUTING his claim. And I agree; Left 4 Dead is a much better game than RE4 (and if the demo accurately represents the full game, RE5).