Five reasons we are stoked for Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition
- Posted November 18th, 2009 at 09:42 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 29 Comments
This year’s Tokyo Game Show proved highly significant for the folks at Sony, with the Japanese hardware manufacturer unleashing a barrage of triple-A software offerings for eager punters to get their grubby mitts on for the first time, such Polyphony Digital’s hotly anticipated Gran Turismo 5. Chief among the show’s highlights, however, came courtesy of the latest developments surrounding the company’s forthcoming motion-sensing controller, the colloquially dubbed ‘PS3 Wand.’ Giants such as Media Molecule took to the stage during Sony’s press conference to demonstrate their software running on the new device, and unsurprisingly, Capcom was also among the many developers hopping on the wand-waggling bandwagon, taking the time to showcase their latest offering in the form of Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition, due out next spring.
Designed specifically for use with the PS3 Wand, this revamped release of the critically acclaimed action horror classic allows gamers to manipulate the action concurrently with the DualShock 3 and Wand, utilizing the latter to point and shoot much like Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition. Furthermore, the game is also packed with additional game modes, including a brand new scenario, plus several as-of-yet unannounced goodies. With Capcom recently confirming that the game will launch in DLC form only, we figured this was as good as any time to divulge five reasons why we’re utterly stoked for the Alternative Edition.
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1. Chris & Jill co-op
Now, don’t get us wrong – we were chuffed that Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine both managed to show up in the same game with the original version of Resident Evil 5. However, the fact Capcom robbed us of the chance to utilize both characters in co-op play for the main scenario left a bitter taste in our mouths. After all, with the duo first appearing in the original Resident Evil and subsequently maintaining a strong friendship throughout the series, Redfield and Valentine have become in many fans eyes the quintessential RE partnership – a sentiment we here at PSU very much concur. As such, we’re absolutely thrilled we get to see them teaming up together in the Spencer Mansion for a bit of cooperative action.
2. Motion Controls
We’re itching to get our hands on Sony’s waggling wand device, and Resident Evil 5 should provide more than a suitable testing ground for the new peripheral; just look at RE4: Wii Edition for proof that motion-sensing controls work wonders with Capcom’s survival horror franchise. No more pesky laser aiming module shenanigans this time around – just point, shoot and bob’s your uncle. Hopefully Capcom will see fit to inject a little creativity in to the game’s Quick Time Events via the application of the wand, though, especially when it comes to those featured in the new scenario, Lost in Nightmares.
3. The Spencer Mansion
Smell that? It’s the fine whiff of nostalgia. Indeed, one of the highlights of Alternative Edition is the chance to explore Spencer’s gloomy holiday home seen in Redfield’s flashback in the original game, which forms the basis of Alternative Edition’s sumptuous looking Lost in Nightmares sub-scenario. Frankly, this looks to be a long time RE aficionados’ wet dream; a return to the ominous, winding claustrophobic halls and estate rooms of old school Survival Horror, replacing the sprawling, sun-baked locales of Kijuju’s action-orientated onslaught. Juxtaposed with the crumbling estate featured in the original Resident Evil, it’s obvious Capcom has taken many architectural inspirations for Spencer’s luscious European hideaway, with many rooms baring striking resemblance to the mansion in the first game – even the old Dining Room is back, complete with cracking fireplace (no bloodstain this time around though, you’ll find that in the Main Hall – though we highly doubt it’s “Chris’s blood!” this time around, as the great Barry Burton would say)
Over the years, Resident Evil’s brain-taxing, and often incongruous puzzles have become as synonymous with the survival horror franchise as much as the buckets of gore and legions of shambling undead. Sadly, recent entries neglected this particular avenue of pleasure to the background, so we’re eager to see it make a profound comeback – and from the look of things, Alternative Edition’s Spencer Mansion scenario looks set to do just that. Indeed, virtually every screenshot we’ve seen has been utterly devoid of enemies, instead focusing on the more explorative elements and puzzle solving antics the series has become renowned for. One particular scene depicted Redfield and Valentine operating a crank; an innocuous item at first glance, but one that the more discerning fan will instantly recognise for its ubiquity during the first three Resident Evil titles. Furthermore, with co-op play firmly integrated, hopefully we’ll see something a little more intricate in terms of team work for the new scenario, as the majority of riddles we tackled in RE5's main scenario proved decidedly uninspired.
5. Return of the Living Dead?
Capcom is remaining disturbingly tight-lipped in regards to what abominations Redfield and Valentine will be pitted against in the new Lost in Nightmares scenario, though we’re crossing every finger and toe conceivable in the vein hope that the zombies will finally make their triumphant return in Alternative Edition. Producer Jun Takeuchi has divulged that the team will be taking in to consideration the fact players are traversing Spencer’s home, so the enemies will reflect this. Not the most encouraging news, considering it’s unlikely the aging Umbrella boss will have legions of walking corpses lumbering through the halls of his humble abode, but on the flip side, it’s unlikely they’ll be Majini’s either, as Redfield had no previous encounters with them prior to Kijuju. Fan enhanced images of the trailer appear to show some sort of hulking humanoid foe – speculated to be that of a classic bio-weapon such as a Tyrant or Hunter – though this remains to be seen. Either way, this is the home of one of the founders of Umbrella – if ever there was a chance for Capcom to inject some classic RE BOWs back into the mix, this is it.
What do you want to see from RE5: Alternative Edition, PSU readers? Are you excited for the motion-controls? Would you like to see the zombies make a comeback in the new scenario? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below.
- 4:48am EST - November 18th, 2009
DualShock 3 and Wand? How is that going to work, sounds like a really bad idea..
- 4:58am EST - November 18th, 2009
I really hope zombies return.
- 5:28am EST - November 18th, 2009
only as a download content? noooooooo i want the blue-ray disc !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- 5:36am EST - November 18th, 2009
yea i hope the zombies return
- 5:44am EST - November 18th, 2009
@1 no idea the only way i can think they cud do it is by just using one analogue stick to move on the DS3 n the other hand aiming wth the wand. But it wont feel right holding a gun wth 1 hand u need 2.
- 6:17am EST - November 18th, 2009
i dont realy care if there is or not cause i didnt like resi until the 4th one came out
- 6:38am EST - November 18th, 2009
lickers, hunters and all the other monster that was earlier
- 6:44am EST - November 18th, 2009
Can this be played with jus the dual shock? I want the extra scenario but I don't really want to have to but a PS3 wand.
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- 7:14am EST - November 18th, 2009
@6 Thats a shame. I played the original RE1 when it first came out. I think most RE vets would agree that the first RE is by far one of the best. Sure the later instalments came with new feautres like weapon customisation, ammo creation, and all the other things that were added, but NEVER has a RE game come close to the awful, terrifying, suspenseful feeling of the first. The dogs jumping through the window in that fist hallway, the shark in the later levels, and of course returning to the mansion and meeting the hunters. I liked the subsequent RE games but the 1st will ALWAYS be the best for me, until they remake it ala Tomb Raider Anniversary (how sweet would that be!?!?!)
Edit: the Gamecube remake was nice. Infact it was very nice and looked amazing, but the first RE owith PS3 graphics??? (__(__)/////////////////////D °O °O O ° O
- 8:34am EST - November 18th, 2009
@1 If youve ever played UT3 with a mouse its basically the same thing!! Ds3 in left hand, l2, l1, l3, and left stick! it works really well!!
- 8:44am EST - November 18th, 2009
One reason I don't give a **** about this game : RE5 is the worst episode in the series
- 9:35am EST - November 18th, 2009
Woooow, I think it's better for them to put it on the PSN store, It's quicker that way and therefore less expensive, since its not in a blu-ray disc, but the real question is how much will PS3 wand will cost?
- 9:45am EST - November 18th, 2009
I might pick it up eventually. Honestly, the demo for the original game didn't impress me much (though I loved RE4). The thought of spending money for the game, plus the controller and the camera...maybe someday. I have a feeling the vast majority of motion control games will be little kids' stuff, so I'm not too excited about spending money on the hardware. Besides, I might not even like standing in front of my TV waving my arms around.
- 10:36am EST - November 18th, 2009
them otion controls require 2 players, one with the DS3 and one with the wand, it's not really that great, i just can't beleive sony messed up, unless they magically build analog sticks into the wand, i dont see how this will work
- 10:51am EST - November 18th, 2009
Well im just glad we are getting an extra chapter with Jill, I read somewhere else aswell there will be another chapter and extra costumes and a couple extra characters for mercenaries.
Wish this was released already because I wanna play it :D
- 1:42pm EST - November 18th, 2009
good idea to bring zombies back...thats what we've grown to love.BRING EM ON!!!AND LOTS-OF-EM!!
- 2:03pm EST - November 18th, 2009
how about making it so you can actually move whilst aiming and shooting in the new edition, it's the only thing that stopped me buying the game.
- 2:54pm EST - November 18th, 2009
I think sony should add a stck like the one in the PSP on the Wand, so no dual wielding and capcom , c'mon is it time to shoot and run..
- 4:33pm EST - November 18th, 2009
I would have a sexy accident on myself if zombies returned. God I love the old Resident Evil enemies.
- 4:41pm EST - November 18th, 2009
Jill and Chris teaming up again, as they should be. Would it be too much to hope having Barry make a cameo?
Still a little grumpy that it's only DLC. I wanna play it too! Stupid lack of broadband internet.
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