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Chris Redfield returns to the series as the main character in Resident Evil 5, a game which takes place five years after Resident Evil 4. He is sent to Kijuju, Africa, where local agent Sheva Alomar joins him in the mission to apprehend Ricardo Irwing, who is trying to sell bio-weapons in the black market. Soon they are attacked by hordes of locals infected by an improved version of the "las plagas" parasite seen in Resident Evil 4, which they call "majini". As the story progresses, Chris discovers that some old fellows are behind the whole incident.

As well as including the concept of the "las plagas" parasite, this fifth part of the series also brings back the novel gameplay from the previous game. With an over the shoulder view, Chris confronts hordes of infected enemies that can throw objects and even shoot at you. They can be repelled with various guns, grenades, or using the knife and melee attacks if they get too close. This time though, Chris has a partner, Sheva, who accompanies him through all the game and can be controlled by a second player, with both characters having to keep an eye on each other to survive. The second player can enter and leave at any time playing locally through split screen or online through another console.

The mercenaries mode, which consists of closed levels where the player must survive a given time while defeating enemies to set up chains and earn points, also returns from Resident Evil 4.


Resident Evil 5 PlayStation 3 Opening cinematic... this time, the place of events is Africa.
Resident Evil 5 PlayStation 3 Let's check what's in building number 153.
Resident Evil 5 PlayStation 3 Sorry, were you saying that to me or to the guy on the bike?
Resident Evil 5 PlayStation 3 Quick-time events will prevent you from relaxing during the cutscenes.

Promo Images

Resident Evil 5 Screenshot
Resident Evil 5 Screenshot
Resident Evil 5 Render
Resident Evil 5 Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "RE5" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Biohazard 5" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

The Worst Monster in This Game... Is Your CPU Buddy... Xbox 360 ResidentHazard (3244)
Totally overrated crap. This is NOT a Resident Evil game. Xbox 360 Melvin Raeynes (26)

Critic Reviews

JustPressPlay Xbox 360 Mar 20, 2009 10 out of 10 100
Gamers Daily News Xbox 360 Mar, 2009 9.5 out of 10 95
GamingTrend Xbox 360 Mar, 2009 90 out of 100 90
XboxZone (Australia) Xbox 360 Mar 30, 2009 9 out of 10 90
JeuxActu PlayStation 3 Mar 09, 2009 18 out of 20 90
GamePlasma Xbox 360 Apr 07, 2009 8.6 out of 10 86 PlayStation 3 Mar 04, 2009 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep 13, 2009 84 out of 100 84
GameDaily PlayStation 3 Mar 12, 2009 8 out of 10 80
XBox Evolved Xbox 360 May 07, 2009 8 out of 10 80


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Apr 13, 2010


1001 Video Games

Resident Evil 5 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Jill Valentine

In what may be a subtle nod to Namco, Jill Valentine's appearance at a certain point in the game resembles Nina Williams from Namco's Tekken fighting game series, specifically Tekken 5.


According to publisher Capcom, Resident Evil 5 has sold 7 million copies worldwide since its initial release (as of June 30, 2016), making it the most successful game in terms of sales in the entire history of the company.


  • 4Players
    • 2009 – #4 Best Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2009 – Best Action Game of the Year
    • 2009 – #3 Best Graphics of the Year
    • 2009 – #3 Best Viral Trailer of the Year
  • Gamespot (Editor Choice Awards)
    • 2009 - Character Most Likely to Fail a Performance Enhancing Drug Test (for the character Chris Redfield)
  • IGN
    • 2009 - PC Award for Visual Excellence (Game of the Year Editor's Awards)
  • Information also contributed by Big John WV

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