Aug 6, 2008

Resident Evil 5

Now, everybody who knows me knows I love my zombies. What's not to love? Stumbling, maggot infested corpses trying to take over the world - for no reason at all. One of the best zombie universes out there is found in the Resident Evil games. It successfully combines horror, zombie folklore, and science fiction into a single, monolithic story. For what it's worth, it's almost Tolkienian in its depth. For about a decade there, in the late 90s/early 00s, I couldn't turn on my Playstation or PS2 without it having some incarnation of RE stuck in there. RE 3: Nemesis is probably the game I have played the most in lifetime (other than DOOM, of course).

That being said, after a while, the story got sort of, um, stale (Codename: Veronica X, anyone)? So, they amped it up in Resident Evil 4, set in Europe and containing possessed people instead of the walking dead. Being a necrophiliac, I was a little disappointed...until I played it.

Same thing with 5. HOWEVER, there is a controversy brewing since the game takes place in Africa. To some people, it's sort of demeaning and, well, racist to depict a white dude with a gun mowing down black people. Never mind that they're possessed demons of the apocalypse. Just think if it were set in the South in the 1840s? Then how would it look? Actually, you reverse it and have the plantation owners become the zombies and have the slaves be the heroes with guns, and you've got a pretty good fucking idea! Lawyered. That I'll have to do before anybody steals it.

What was I saying? Oh yeah, Resident Evil 5 has got people playing the race card, so it must be one ill-ass, violent video game.

Too bad I don't have a next-gen system to play it on.

1 comment:

  1. Well, they're not real people anyway...