Ah, Resident Evil 5. My favorite of the second trilogy in the main series. Last time I took a look at the PS3’s Gold Edition, which I’ll be linking at the end, but this time I’m taking a look at the woefully gutted PC version.
When I Say Gutted…
I mean it. I really, really mean it. The game is nearly 6 years old but not a single bit of any of its DLC has ever been ported to PC. I’m sure there are reasons why, but for fuck’s sake, c’mon Capcom! You’re up there with EA when it comes to pinching pennies out of your idiot fans!
Note: I include myself in that statement. I’m cautious when it comes to Capcom these days, but I’m still a die hard fanboy for them.
The part I miss most is Lost In Nightmares. It was the best part of the DLC for this game!
Aside from Lost In Nightmares being absent, a few extra costumes, another side story, and, I think, a few little bits and pieces are missing. This is where this version takes its biggest hit when it comes to the value of it all. It’s $20USD on Steam. Now, you might think “Hey, that’s not so bad. You love this game regardless of DLC being present or not, right?” Well, yes, but that isn’t the point. The point is that while this is easily my favorite from the 4/5/6 family, it’s missing a good chunk of what makes it so great on every other platform, and no one should buy it without being made aware that it’s not as complete as most games of its age on Steam. Think about it, how often to do pick up a game that’s got some years on it and find either the option to buy the DLC, or that it’s all included? It’s pretty often.
The speculation I hear is that Capcom just didn’t have the resources at the time to have it ported over. Well, maybe in the future, or now, if they’re not busy raking people over the coals with their continual abuse of On-disc DLC. It pains me to say such things about my favorite game company, but they kind of had it coming. I think I’m starting to get on a bit of a tanget, so we’re going to go ahead and reign this back in.
The missing DLC isn’t a deal breaker, though. You still get the full game, extra modes, costumes, other unlockables, and whatnot. Honestly, the campaign alone is still worth $20, but at this point, it’d be nice to get something more.
Well, the controls are tight, and aside from some minor intentional sway, the game has very, very tight controls and plays like a dream.
Oh, and you’re not stuck using A and D to turn, Suck it RE4 Ultra HD Super Remix Turbo King Edition. No, I couldn’t help a jab at RE4, but it’s not with as much malice as usual.
You’ve Been Hitting The Gym
Of course, on the PC version, the game looks absolutely awesome. It’s just got a very tight design about it, everything fits perfectly. Well, except that weird saliva/drool thing on the monsters, but I’ve never liked that anyway.
The lighting, the atmosphere, everything just seems so much more in your face and upfront in the PC version.
So, in the end, I’ll say that the game is beautiful, plays better than ever, and is definitely worth the $20.
Whoa there, Bucky. Don’t go running to get it just yet, we’re not done here. While I definitely think the standard edition is still worth $20, I’d still recommend waiting for it to go on sale. If you are going to drop a twenty on this game, do it for the console version. I think you can get the Gold Edition for around $20 nowadays.
For the PC version, though, I’d say $10 and under is the perfect point for it. You get a great game that has plenty to do despite its missing DLC. For all my noise and bluster about the missing DLC earlier, I guess it isn’t really that big a deal unless PC is our only option. If that’s the case: Capcom, fuck you.
For my original review of Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition, click here. You might even be able to see how much it pains me to say anything bad about this game, too. Ah well, I created this blog to try and give honest, unbiased reviews. Ain’t nobody buyin’ good reviews from me.
…but, uh, if you want one…
That’s all for now.
You folks have fun, take care, and I’ll see you next time.