Resident Evil 5 makes it way to the PS4 and Xbox One in the form of a port that features all the extras from the PC version, and includes all the DLCs and outfits released so far. Just like Resident Evil 6, it is another port from Capcom that runs at native 1080p resolution and 60 fps.
Resident Evil 5 was released hot off the heels of the critically and commercially successful Resident Evil 4. It took the over the shoulder camera from Resident Evil 4 but added a co-op mode. The game’s direction also shifted from survival horror in Resident Evil 4 to full-on action in Resident Evil 5. This was usually considered the turning point for the series because of how co-op became an integral part of the future Resident Evil games.
Resident Evil 5 was visually stunning during its launch on the PS3 and Xbox 360, and despite the fact that a lot of time has elapsed since its release, the game still holds up really well on the PS4 and Xbox One. It runs at native 1080p and with 60 fps, which results in a smooth gameplay experience. This port includes the two story DLCs: Lost in Nightmare and Desperate Escape in addition to Versus Mode, extra figures and 4 costumes.
Capcom has also brought the No Mercy Mode from the PC version and included a new “The Mercenaries United”, which combines the two fan-favorite modes, The Mercenaries and The Mercenaries Reunion. The Mercenaries United integrates the cast in one ultimate compilation and features, split-screen, online and solo modes.
Resident Evil 5 definitely hasn’t aged well unlike Resident Evil 6. One of the main reason perhaps is because I am now much more used to the moving while shooting controls that were featured in Resident Evil 6, although they weren’t present in Resident Evil 4 and 5. This means that users who are playing Resident Evil 5 the first time after trying Resident Evil 6 will have to take some time to get used to the new control scheme. It would have been great if Capcom could have incorporated the improved controls in this port.
The campaign in Resident Evil 5 can take somewhere between 8 to 10 hours to complete. It essentially follows the benchmark set by Resident Evil 4 by having a slow, survival horror focused opening and then taking a turn to full blown action by the end of the game. Still, it stands well on its own and has some memorable boss fights and exciting set pieces.
In term of the extra content, the game offers local co-op in splitscreen as well as online co-op with a friend. This is arguably the best part of the game as co-op makes the whole game a lot more fun. There is a Normal and Veteran difficulty that is available right from the start but players can also unlock the Professional difficulty after finishing the game on Veteran difficulty settings.
This port also features all the DLC released so far, which means it also has the short prequel story ‘Lost in Nightmare’ featuring Rebecca and Chris Redfield, that is set before the events in Resident Evil 5. This DLC takes place in the old Resident Evil mansion and while it is short, it does introduce a new type of monster and concludes with a boss battle with Wesker.
The other story DLC is called Desperate Escape and features Jill and her partner Josh escaping from the TRICELL facility after Jill has been freed from mind control of Wesker. It is a much more action packed mission compared to ‘Lost in Nightmare’, which focuses more on the survival horror aspect of the classic Resident Evil games.
Despite all the added content and enhancements, the game unfortunately falls behind in the technical department because of its poor performance. Capcom has promised 60 fps for the game but judging from what we have played so far, it is definitely not solid 60 fps, which is really disappointing considering the age of this game and the better performance of Resident Evil 6. The frame rate usually drops when there are a lot of enemies on screen. This is a surprise coming off from the excellent Resident Evil 6 port. Hopefully Capcom can fix the frame rate with a patch in the near future.
Resident Evil 5 is available now for the PS4 and Xbox One. This review covers the PS4 version of the game.
Resident Evil 5 Review (PS4)
Resident Evil 5 returns on the PS4 and Xbox One with the most definitive edition of the game yet. It is choke full of content and carries a budget price tag, but unfortunately the technical issues make this port far from amazing.