Despite the absence of Resident Evil creator/mastermind Shinji Mikami (who left Capcom to start his own company after the release of RE4), Resident Evil 5 is looking tremendously good.
According to my nephew Mike, the game demo on Xbox Live (released in December) is "very kick ass," and worth the 4-year wait. Unfortunately I wouldn't know. See, if you're like me and you have an underage "Children's" Xbox Live account, you won't be able to download the M-rated demo. I tried changing the status of the account by calling Microsoft's customer service line and -- surprise! -- they were dicks. Apparently, you cannot change the status of an underage account. Nope, not even when you are the parent/legal guardian. I was told that I had to either open a new account to allow for M-rated download content -- or wait until my kid turns 18. Yeah. Pretty asinine, huh. If you know of an alternative method, please drop me a message in the comments section below, I would be grateful.
In any case, back to RE5. If you haven't had a chance to download the demo for some reason and need a taste of actual gameplay footage, check out this excellent heads-up from the guys at 1Up.com:
Not much I can do to top that, except offer a few screen shots:
RE5 takes place primarily in Africa
Blood in the eyes. Now that is messed up!
Resident Evil 5 will be available in Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 formats on March 13. Keep an eye on the RE5 countdown timer at the top of this page to keep track!
Limited "RE5 Edition" Xbox 360 Elite,
available in North America
Limited "Biohazard Edition" Playstation 3
bundle, available in Japan only
Thanks to 1up.com!