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Arising from the same unholy concoction as its immediate predecessor in the series, Resident Evil 5 looks like a third-person shooter, plays like a first-person shooter, and feels like a survival-horror game. As in the acclaimed Resident Evil 4, an up-close, over-the-shoulder perspective allows players to see the heroes in action. Accessible aiming controls and fluid graphics make for quick, intuitive weapon use. Creepy settings, un-human enemies, and keen pacing create experiences of tense exploration, startling surprise, and overwhelmingly outnumbered desperation. The first in the Resident Evil series designed for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the game presents its horrors in high-definition, built on a custom-enhanced version of Capcom's MT Framework game engine. The story takes place in Africa, in the fictional desert country of Kijuju. The game is set about ten years after the events of the original Resident Evil, and features the original game's character Chris Redfield in the lead role. He is accompanied by a skilled mercenary named Sheva Alomar. The two work well together, and many of the most challenging situations in the game are best overcome with teamwork. When one of the two characters has been subdued or wounded, the other can "help" or "heal" with the press of a button. Other circumstances call for particular solutions, such as one player drawing enemies out of cover while the other picks them off with rifle shots from a safer location. Both characters are agents of a international group known as the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (or BSAA), on a mission to investigate the origins of the nefarious Tyrant virus, variants of which have been responsible for turning ordinary people and animals into mindless, zombie-like killing machines throughout the Resident Evil series. The game's levels are a mix of spooky, scripted runs and open-ended battles that develop dynamically. Although facing surprise attacks and overwhelming odds, a run-and-gun approach won't last; it takes situational tactics and good ammo management to make it through each stage. Online multiplayer co-op is available throughout the game, in which one player controls Chris and the other controls Sheva. The Gold Edition of Resident Evil 5 includes two new scenarios. "Lost in Nightmares," also available as a downloadable add-on pack, puts players in control of Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine as they infiltrate a secret mansion headquarters for a face-to-face confrontation with Ozwell E. Spencer. In the scenario "Desperate Escape," players guide Josh Stone and Jill Valentine on a mission to rendezvous with Chris and Sheva. Similar to the Xbox 360 version of the title, Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition for PS3 also includes access to eight new characters for play in the game's "Mercenary" mode.
Unlike the Xbox 360 version, which comes with a token for free access to the downloadable content packs, the PS3 version of the game includes all eight characters and the additional costumes on the Gold Edition game disc. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide
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