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Game Reviewed: Resident Evil 5
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Reviewer: Shaun Graves
Platform: Xbox 360 & Playstation 3
Category: Action
ESRB Rating: M
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Game Description:

Chris Redfield, now a member of the BSAA (Bio-terrorism Assessment Alliance) is sent on a mission to West Africa to stop an upcoming Bio-weapons deal. He will join forces with series newcomer Sheva Alamar, a native African who is also a member of the BSAA. Together they must work to put a stop to this new threat.

Resident Evil 5 (RE5) takes place in many fictitious locales spread across West Africa. Also, in a stark contrast to previous entries in the series, a good portion of this game takes place in full sunlight. The developers were hoping to create a fear of the sunlight in addition to the one that some have of the dark. The question I would ask is if this game was scary at all, whether in sunlight or not? The game graphics are some of the best I have ever seen and provide very realistic character models and environments.

What Parents Need to Know


This is one of the most violent, gory, and blood drenched games on the market right now. The game is viewed from a 3rd-person perspective and as I mentioned earlier has very realistic graphics. This is an action heavy game that is primarily played by shooting humans that have been turned into bio-weapons. Although they are no longer human for the most part, they still appear to be human.

You will see heads explode, blood splatter from bullet impact, creatures rip out of people's backs and even snake like creatures come out of people's skin. Dogs (that have also been infected) heads will sometimes rip into two and become sort of a new mouth that is used to attack the player. Several of the game's bosses are also very grotesque in appearance.

This game is very gruesome and graphic in nature. This is not for the faint of heart. It is along the lines of the blood and gore that is seen in a typical modern horror movie.


- F**k is used one or two times.
- S**t is used about 12 times and is the most commonly used curse word in the game.
- G*d D**n word is about two times.
- B***ard is used one or two times.
- H*ll is used five or six times.
- A** is used four of five times.
- D**n is used six or seven times.
- B**ch is used about one or two times.

Sexual Content

This game does not feature any real sexual content to speak of, although, one female character wears a dress that reveals cleavage, and you can unlock costumes for Sheva to wear that are quite provocative. One is a "Clubbin" outfit that reveals cleavage, a bare mid-riff, and features a very small mini-skirt. The other outfit is called "Tribal" and is basically a bikini.

Spiritual Content (Minor Spoiler Alert)

The main villain is trying to usher in a new era for mankind and hopes to rule the world as its god.


Parents need to be aware of some of the controversy surrounding this game aside from the blood and gore. This game has raised concerns of portraying racist imagery. This was largely generated due to the unveiling of the first trailer that showed footage that was perceived as being racist. After playing the game, however, in my opinion I did not view it as being racist in context of the story that is being told.

Reviewer's Thoughts

Resident Evil 5 does have some positive elements such as working as part of a team and good overcoming evil. The game does, however, feature excessive blood, gore, and swearing that parents may find unsuitable for their families. Please use caution when deciding if this game is appropriate for your family.

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