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Resident Evil 5 is One of the Best Co-Op Games of All Time

Yes, I’ll say it. Resident Evil 5 is one of the most unfairly dismissed titles in video game history.

It followed the hugely celebrated, and quite possibly best game in the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil 4, and fans were made to wait four years between the two games.

This is just one of many reasons why Resident Evil 5 is considered to be one of the lesser games in the franchise. This and the fact that players who wanted to play on their own had to put up with an annoyingly bad A.I. companion, and the entire game was all-in-all just more of the same that players had already enjoyed four years prior.

But upon returning to the game with a real-life human being to play as Sheva, Chris Redfield’s partner, I realized Resident Evil 5 is not just one of the best Resident Evil games, but also one of the best co-op games of all time.

“More of the same, but not as good,” was a common complaint with regards to Resident Evil 5, but “more of the same” with the bonus of being able to play with a friend was actually a good idea for once.

Unlike Fallout 76, it kind of worked.

Sure, you’re not going to get the same level of tense horror when you introduce another player to the mix, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad.

Taking down Resident Evil’s signature bosses with a friend is a jolly good time. Working out which player takes which items was also a nice change to managing inventory on your own. Even having to watch your partner’s back when shit inevitably hits the fan is fun, and miles better than the few levels in Resident Evil 4 where you had to babysit Ashley from being dragged away by hooded cultists.

I remember Resident Evil 4 for the phenomenal atmosphere, and tense horror, which mainly came about when you had to run for your life from a mob of pitchfork-wielding villagers infected with Las Plagas– gun useless because you’d already used up your precious, limited ammo.

I remember Resident Evil 5 for having some good, authentic action-horror fun with a friend, and being able to discuss strategies for navigating an area, or beating a boss, in the real world.

Whereas Resident Evil 4 sucked me in for tens of hours, utterly immersed, Resident Evil 5 kept me tethered between two worlds: the first in-game, and the second in the real world. And that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Okay, like most, I do prefer the former. Resident Evil 4 is easily the best game in the series, followed by Resident Evil 2: Remake, for those very reasons. But Resident Evil 5 was a fun, more light-hearted, and refreshing experience.

To put it in the same category as the sixth game, which should be permanently removed from Resident Evil history, is borderline blasphemy.

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  1. There’s a trade-off here. You either play it alone and experience it as a horror with the broken A.I. or have a friend and completely remove any tension.

    Then there’s the boulder. Never forget the boulder.

  2. Randy Kent on June 7, 2019 at 6:38 pm said

    This game was only good with co-op…

  3. sootythunder on June 7, 2019 at 9:24 pm said

    I remeber playing the this game with a friend, don’t know his real name we were only online friends but my god did we play the shit out of this game, to the point were we knew all the locations and spawn points of enemies, after a while it became a game of the most creative ways we could screw each other over,
    one such way was what we called playing tag, basically while the other wasn’t looking we would run off and aggro as many mobs and strong enemies as possible and then run back to the other player, run past them throwing a flashbang or some other explosive at their feet that caused the player characters to be stunned for a moment as they recoiled from the explosion and when they regained control the mobs would be on top of them beating the shit out of them

  4. Playing this game with Games for Windows Live was akin to pulling fingernails.

  5. Agreed, 100%. Very underrated co-op game. Played this badboy through with my buddy in Afghanistan. Teamwork baby, teamwork.

  6. RE5 is hands-down the best co-op game I’ve played. To this day my good online friend and I use it as the gold standard to judge other games.

    Its popularity was tainted because it’s unlike RE4, and it’s not the RE5 that RE4 players had hoped for. But it was a great game if viewed by itself.

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