Resident Evil 5 (Switch)
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Review in Spanish | Read full review
The gyro controls are a welcome addition, but Resident Evil 5 on Switch feels inferior to other formats thanks to a sub-par framerate.
Bone of contention among fans, Resident Evil 5 is unexpectedly the best selling game of the franchise. Regardless of this, the Switch edition of the title is very satisfying, since it's quite as beautiful as the original game but in a portable device this time. It also contains all of the DLC and the multiplayers modes of the Gold Edition released on the other consoles of the market.
Review in French | Read full review
As it is, it’s a perfectly serviceable port that serves as a nice reminder that Resident Evil’s so-called ‘action phase’ really isn’t as bad as some think.
Resident Evil 5 is a product of its time. It is also a product of Resident Evil 4's time. The generation-defining strength of the latter pushed against the contemporary ideas of the former, creating a surplus of vaguely Resident Evil content masquerading around in 2009's milieu of cooperative action games. Depending on your expectations, Resident Evil 5 either remains a blissfully cooperative version of Resident Evil 4 or a harbinger of the monstrosity that became Resident Evil 6.
Even the Switch port isn't quite as good as RE4's, running at an inconsistent framerate that never manages to hit 60fps—sometimes not even hitting 30fps. I had a good time playing through a chunk of the game online with a friend, but playing on my own was just dull. It's probably true that RE5 was never going to live up to RE4's legacy, but now, a decade after its original release, I think it even fails to live up to its own.
Resident Evil 5 on Switch is the same feature-filled version as on other platforms. It receives a warm recommendation for anyone looking for a great co-op third-person action game, either in split-screen while docked, or wirelessly in portable mode between two systems, the online mode lacking voice chat and thus making the use of third party communication solutions compulsory, yet impractical.
RE5 has lost none of its luster a decade later.
Taken on its own, Resident Evil 5 is a good game even though it isn't as strong as its predecessors.