Resident Evil 5 takes place in 2009, six years after the destruction of Umbrella and eleven years after the destruction of Raccoon City. You play as Chris Redfield, who has been sent to investigate possible smuggling of bio organic weapons in Africa. Upon arriving in the autonomous zone of Kijuju, Chris teams up with Sheva Alomar, an agent in the same alliance as Chris.
Together, they attempt to rendezvous with another team who went missing while investigating suspected smuggler Ricardo Irving. As Chris gets deeper and deeper into the region, however, he’ll realize there’s much more that meets the eye to the small little village of Kijuju and that the stakes are more personal than he could have ever guessed.Resident Evil 5 really feels like the “end” to story arc that the Resident Evil franchise had built up to at that point. As such, it feels suitably “epic” in its scope and presentation. For Chris, the stakes are personal. For players, the battles you’ll fight throughout the story of Resident Evil 5 are the things of a fans fever dream. The writing and the pacing of the story would have you forgiven for thinking that this was the final game in the franchise.
It’s still over the top schlock, but it’s well choreographed and well-presented schlock and really isn’t that what any aspiring Resident Evil title should be? Don’t expect a killer story or any revelations to blow you away – many are predictable – but the story here ties back to previous games much more than Resident Evil 4 did, which many long time fans will appreciate. And as melodramatic and predictable as it is, it’s still great fun to watch unfold.Resident Evil 6’s port to the new wave of consoles was an amazing effort. Everything was carried over well and everything was slightly improved to make the game run much smoother. Resident Evil 5 is not as a triumphant success as Resident Evil 6 in this regard, though it’s still a very solid-looking title. Almost seven years old now, the game still looks modern enough to stand up to some titles today but is definitely starting to show some signs of age. It’s not all bad news, however.