If you are familiar with the Resident Evil series you will no doubt have played most of the series, especially the main series, if however you have never played any of the series or any of the series except Resident Evil 4 then you will be blown away by this game which will be one of the big releases of 2009. However if you have played Resident Evil 4 you may be somewhat disappointed that this is not an improvement on that game or is no where near as good.
Yes the graphics are stunning, the sound is crystal clear (especially when played through a 5.1 amp) and the cut scenes are great. But when compared to Resident Evil 4 you feel something is missing that would make this a truly great game, maybe they set the bar to high with Resident Evil 4 which was a breath of fresh air when it was released in 2005.
The game itself is enjoyable as you control the returning Chris Redfield who has bulked up since we last saw him and he is now joined by a new partner Sheva who will accompany you throughout the game, so you will have to make sure you keep her alive as well. She will also pester you for ammo so keep her topped up but keep the good stuff for yourself and use her to carry other items like first aid spray and bullets.
The game uses the same over the shoulder view that was used in Resident Evil 4, and you will as always have a good variety of weapons that you can find and buy throughout the game. The game is set in Africa so the locations are stunning, the enemies are the same type that were in Resident Evil 4 as in that they are no longer zombies and can run at you and attack more freely than the zombies ever could. There are different bosses scattered throughout the game but you shouldn't have to much trouble dispatching them. As in Resident Evil 4 when you complete the game you get the mercenaries game which is good and you can also play as Sheva in the main game, but she doesn't affect anything so you still get the same cut scenes.
The days of Resident Evil being a survival horror are gone and it really is more action adventure. Its a decent game in its own right but falls short of greatness when compared to Resident Evil 4.