The lights are on
I must say my Resident Evil experience wasn't that extensive before I played 5, and at first I was not overly impressed. Luckily, I had met a friend on Live and got to see dimensions of the game I never would have discovered without an experienced player behind me. The graphics are slick and the environment well-detailed, and I have never seen an inventory system work as well as it did in this game. The story was OK, and I understand that I probably feel this way because I havent played through all of the first four RE's. The small collectibles and outfits are just enough to encourage you to play again and again (Man was I pissed when I accidentally ate the only rotten egg I had found when I wanted to get the achievement for killing something with it).
However, I still do not understand why the series continues to disallow moving and shooting. It may add a bit to the horror aspect, but is more annoying than it is worth. Also, the game just wasn't overall that scary (The cut-scene in the cave where you jump over large gaps in the floor is a prime example of an attempt at suspense that just does not deliver). The gem/jewelery collectibles were fun and interesting, but finding them while fighting mutants just died down any scare I would have had. I never had the Alan Wake-esque chills, and the game lacked the Assassin's Creed conspiracy feel that I think it may have been going for. Nevertheless, it is a quality game that is fun to play, yet challenging for any achievement hawks out there.
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