The fifth major installment in Capcom’s genre-defining survival-horror franchise, Resident Evil 5, is now available to download on Google Play exclusively for SHIELD Android TV. Featuring a new emphasis on action over pure horror and stunningly detailed visuals, Resident Evil 5 boasts a bold new storyline and terrifying new plague-carrying enemy to face. Here are four things you may not know about Resident Evil 5.
It doesn’t feature 'zombies'
Practically synonymous with zombies, Resident Evil hasn’t actually had any since 2000’s Code Veronica. The next virus, the Plaga, was worse – it turns living people into murderous, super-strong puppets of an evil master.
Now the Type 2 Plaga has turned the West African town of Kijuju into 'Majinis' – crazed mutants who lurk in shadows and kill in mobs. Even blowing off their heads can reveal something worse. Writhing tentacles are common in Kijuju, as are flying monsters, chainsaw-revving freaks, and even whip-swinging psychos on motorcycles.
Zombies would seem like a holiday at this point.
You’re not fighting Umbrella
Who could forget the sinister Umbrella Corporation and its stark red-and-white logo? Certainly not Chris Redfield, who finally took it down in 2007’s The Umbrella Chronicles, and returns in Resident Evil 5.
Unfortunately, Umbrella’s viruses didn’t disappear with it. They’ve fallen into the hands of Tricell, a multinational company led by the treacherous, aristocratic scientist Excella Gionne. Her creations lead to six chapters of increasingly fearsome mutants, gigantic boss battles and a fantastic final showdown.
While Tricell is a new enemy, Albert Wesker isn’t. Wesker began as leader of the Special Tactics And Rescue Service – S.T.A.R.S – in Raccoon City, but betrayed everyone. Having spent years manipulating events remotely (and apparently watching The Matrix) he at last shows up in the flesh, in a long black coat and shades, rocking mind-warping superpowers. Fans of the series will relish the chance to finally take him down.
It’s not traditional survival-horror
The combat in Resident Evil 5 is more fluid, resources are more plentiful, and your view is now fully controllable, making this more of a horror-themed action experience than previous games in the series. That’s not to say this is just another shooter. You still can’t run-and-gun, so you work hard not to get overrun. Careful inventory management is vital, as is trading items.
Expect hours of action, plus lots of replay value – including leaderboards, hidden items, trophies, new costumes, infinite-ammo guns, and three levels of difficulty.
Chris Redfield is back, but not with S.T.A.R.S
S.T.A.R.S, famously the only word the Hodor-like Nemesis could say, is no more. Chris Redfield now works for the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance. So does ex-guerilla Sheva Alomar, your constant companion.
So Resident Evil 5 is bigger, faster and wilder than ever – something you could say about SHIELD Android TV now, too. Download the game via Google Play. The game is available to download for just $9.99 for a limited time, so don’t wait long to take advantage of this offer and experience one of the best survival-horror games on SHIELD.