With the launch of Resident Evil 5 Henry Northmore looks at why it’s a great time to be a fan of digital terror

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PC’PSS Xbox ($60 (Warner Brosl O... Admittedly not as good (or scaryl as the original. this first person shooter favours lrantrc action over atmosphere. It's a top notch shooter With a decent horror theme tagged on.

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Henry Northmore talks to Capcom, the development team behind the latest instalment of the massive Resident Evil franchise

ideogames have delved into

the world of horror for a

good number of years. Ilium/mg (iron/til. 'I'lrr’ Sir/ferrite. .lr'rit'lm. Alone in I/lt‘ Dark and many more have fought for the crown. but Reside/II Ift'i/ is the daddy of them all. On its launch back in I‘)‘)h it was one of the titles that helped sell the Play Station. lts adult themes. creepy set pieces and hordes of /ombics proved gaming wasn‘t kids stuff any more.

Now on it’s filth official instalment (there have been a multitude of off shoots such as ('m/i': \i'rorrii‘u. “HUI .-tim. ()uI/rrr'u/t and Survivor released under the Resident livi/ bannerl the action moves to Africa. (‘hl‘is Redfield returns from the original Resident lit'i/ teaming up with a new partner Sheva .-\|omar as the t'mbrella ('orporation's bio- terrorism infects a new continent.

t'nder the guidance of co- producers .lun 'l‘akeuchi and Masachicka Kawata. (‘apcom have ensured the story elements are as important as the action. They are justifiably proud of the immersive \VUI'ILI they Iltt\e c‘l'CtttL‘tI. ‘\\'L‘II. apart from the stunning visuals. gameplay. huge dedicated following and consistency in quality.~ explains Leo Tan.

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(‘apcom‘s l'K PR Manager. when asked about Res/(lent livil's enduring popularity. 'I‘d say it’s probably the level of care that goes into the character design and the amount of research that‘s done for every aspect of the game. Iiach character is miition—captured from professional actors. each back story is thoroughly fleshed out and maintained throughout the series and each enviromnent is based on a real-world locationf

Resident Iit'i/ has created its own gruesome mythology. Its popularity has spawned three big screen adaptations starring Milla Jovovich (w ith part four on the way in 2mm. alongside a series of comics and novels. It‘s certainly one of the most successful videogarne franchises that has managed to spread its infection even to the non-garner community. And while the films may have taken some flak from the critics through the years. the games



have been reliably first- rate.

While it may not have invented the survival horror genre. Res Iz'vi/ certainly cemented it as one of the most popular in gaming. Helping to introduce genuine terror into the world of the home console. ”People really do like being afraid. whether it‘s games. books or films. It's definitely something primal in each of us.’ says Tan. ‘for something which shouldn‘t be L enjoyable. it has broad appeal.‘

Stepping up to the next gen consoles for the first time with improved graphics and playability, not only is this a new setting with new adversaries. monsters. weapons and the usual creeping dread you‘ve come to expect from the series. this latest helping of horror also has a few new tricks up its sleeve. ‘Residen! [ivil 5 introduces co-op play for the first time.‘ adds Tan. ‘It‘s a huge innovation for a series that has thrived on solitary fear.’

Resident Evil 5 (Capcom) is available on PS3 and Xbox 360 from 13 Mar

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