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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 Windows Lookin' good there girl.
Resident Evil 5 PlayStation 3 A handgun ammo will come in handy.
Resident Evil 5 Windows A collectible figure
Resident Evil 5 PlayStation 3 Some enemies won't die, but morph into a flying creature.

Promo Images

Resident Evil 5 Screenshot
Resident Evil 5 Screenshot
Resident Evil 5 Wallpaper
Resident Evil 5 Wallpaper

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 (3565)
Totally overrated crap. This is NOT a Resident Evil game. Xbox 360 Melvin Raeynes (26)

Critic Reviews

XboxZone (Australia) Xbox 360 Mar 30, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Game Over Online Xbox 360 Mar 31, 2009 88 out of 100 88 PC Gaming Windows Oct 12, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot PlayStation 3 Mar 13, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamernode Xbox 360 Mar 22, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 3 2009 4.1 out of 5 82
GameDaily Xbox 360 Mar 12, 2009 8 out of 10 80
DarkZero PlayStation 3 Mar 17, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Gaming Nexus Xbox 360 Apr 13, 2009 B 75
Computer and Video Games (CVG) PlayStation 3 Mar 09, 2009 7.3 out of 10 73


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Painful 9 MichaelPalin (1419)
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 7.4 million copies worldwide since its initial release (as of December 31, 2018), making it the second 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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