Resident Evil 5 Quick performance overview

Hello Everyone, I just recently purchased RE5 (Resident Evil 5) a game that looked a felt more complete then the other RE games. My first impressions were positive and negative, because I never liked RE mainly because the earlier games were really hard. The thing that drew me into the RE franchise were the movies. I found them fascinating and exhilarating. So after finishing the Movies I tracked down all the older RE games to give them another try, but as expected I really sucked at them. (damn Zombie dogs...) I tried RE, RE2, and RE3 on the PS Emulator that I have on my computer. I used a PS controller so I can get the same experience as if I were playing it on a real PS. The thing that I found most difficult was aiming, it was either too sensitive or not sensitive enough. I tried the PC version of  RE4, which was a change mainly because it had Mouse support. After playing for about an hour I still found it very difficult to aim with the mouse. Usually in FPS or even 3rd person FPS its easier to use a mouse then an analog stick. It felt like the PC RE4 was just copied directly form the PS disc. It had clumsy controls and very crappy graphics option menu, it did however support 1920x1080 16:9 resolution which surprised me a lot. So after trying those games I started RE5 and all I have to say is WOW what a change. The options and graphics were top notch and it seemed completely optimized for the PC with a few extras(unlike RE4). The other bonus was that it could use Direct x 9 and 10. It also could interface with Games for Windows(same thing as Xbox live) so you can play online and get see the leaders board. The main thing about RE5 that completed the hype was the MOUSE WORKED PROPERLY!!!. I was amazed that I could aim without getting frustrated. The game play is similar to Left for Dead, but it seemed more advanced and not repetitive.(L4D got old fast) I really like that one of you friends can join you though the Network or over the internet. A lot of games are letting you do that now. The other impressive thing about this game is the graphics. The controls are pretty easy to figure out. There is an active tutorial that helps though the beginning and tells you what keys to push. You can pick up weapons and Ammo usually in crates you destroyed or from enemy's you have killed. OMG Ammo is so hard to find sometimes. That is why you get a long, very long knife to defend yourself. Some enemy's are really stupid, but some are very smart. They will actually hunt you down and knock down doors to kill you lol. theirs more to this game, but I don't want to ruin it for you guys. Play the Demo if you want to find out more.  Here is some benchmarks and photos I did when I was playing it. (note these test had all settings set to Full)

Here is the Game Benchmark using DX9

Here is the Game Benchmark using DX10

Usually when a game is considered to run well on a computer it doesn't go under 30 FPS anything above 60 FPS isent noticeable by the human eye. A game that goes above 60 will experience something called  Texture tearing. The way to fix this to turn on Vertical sync. This will cap the FPS at 60.

Here is an example of texture tearing.(look where the red line is)

Here is some screen shots from the benchmark.

The Game starts off with Chris Redfield being sent to Kijuju, Africa, to join Sheva Alomar to attempted to capture Ricardo Irving, who is attempting to sell a Umbrella corp bio-organic weapon on the black market. You run though a series of streets to meet your contact. After meeting him he gives you weapons and ammo. He tells you a few things and your on your way. After a few areas of just running though the streets and killing a few Zombies. you run it this big building and a cut scene starts. You see a big group of people(Zombies?) gathered in what it looks like a town square. You hear someone speaking on a microphone in a foreign language. It seems that he is trying to rally the crowd. as you move closer you can see that theirs 3 people on a raised platform one of them seems to be the man you meet earlier that gave you the weapons. The other 2 you haven seen before, but one of them seems to be the one talking in the microphone and the other is a huge man with a Axe type weapon. After the execute your informant they seemed to be aware of your presence. The cut scene ends and you take control of you character. It seems all hell has broken lose because hordes of people start to attack you. After a couple of minutes of defending your self the gate that was confining you to the area brakes down and you are free enter the much larger area. As you progress more and more in to the area a great number of people are advancing on your position. The big guy that was on top of the platform is also join there attack. as you explore the area and run for your life you discover several items including a machine run. The way I beat this area almost unaffected is that found a area that I could jump to because that Big dude cant jump and his attacks hurt ALOT I mean almost killing yo alot. I just stood up there knifing and shooting down anyone that attempted to climb up to my position. After a couple of minutes of that you get a radio transmission saying you back up is almost there. The a helicopter rush down and blows up the Big gate that was confining you the area. Thats all I'm going to say about the story. If you want to know more play the demo or buy the game.

Here is some more screen shots and a little info about them.

Here is you partner Sheva Alomar.

The graphics in this game look amazing, but its not the best I've seen.
(Check out Crysis if you want your mind blown)

Here is the items menu

The game has some simple puzzles to solve like "how to get the keys?".

There is one or two of these silver crates in every level. They usual contain new weapons.

Here is a couple more just because (click on them to make them bigger.)

Overall I was really impressed with this game. Mostly because it ran so well for being a recently released game. It also doesn't get old like L4D. The mouse actually working in this game was a plus and the option to run DX9 or 10 is a good way to attract many gamers. I also like the option to play with your friends online, because many PC games lack that major time. Its no mistake that every die hard RE fan should get this game. I recommend getting this for the PC over the Consoles version, because they lack full HD 1080p support for most games. NOW GO OUT AND BUY NOW!


kven21 said... / October 17, 2009 at 7:32 AM  

That's a great review you have for Resident Evil 5. I was always a big fan of the movies having seen all of them. Seeing the graphics you posted on this game and the great review, really makes want to give Resident Evil 5 a try.

jacevedo said... / October 17, 2009 at 10:34 AM  

Looks like a great review for this game. I too have always been a follower of this game series. Too bad the movie story lines don't reflect the games very much. However I will be sure to check this one out.