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Resident Evil 5 Demo Stumbles on the Xbox 360
Trial of the hotly anticipated survival horror now on LIVE.
By Andrew Joy 01/26/2009 22:08:07 PST

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Series protagonist Chris Redfield.

Easily one of the more anticipated games of this generation, Resident Evil 5 is all set to make a splash on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 when it launches March 13th (a Friday, for added effect).  However, if for some reason you aren’t quite sold on the game yet – what, with its return to the over-the-shoulder perspective of RE4, some of the new aesthetic touches or, if you please, the slightly controversial setting – or if you just don’t think you can wait that long without a small fix to tide you over, it was today announced that a demo is now available over Xbox LIVE.

Investigating a biological terrorist attack in the heart of Africa, players get to step into the shoes of series regular Chris Redfield and newcomer Shiva Alomar in RE5.  Though not exactly new ground for the series, which (as most of you know) extends well beyond the handful of entries the title number otherwise seems to indicate, the cooperative play is a major focus this time around, letting players team-up on split-screen or online through LIVE (or the PlayStation Network).  In this Xbox 360 demo, players will get a chance to try out three new single-player and co-op levels.

Unfortunately, this little announcement isn’t all good news.  For example, for now, the demo is only available for Gold subscribers.  If you’re just a lowly, nonpaying Silver member, choosing not to reap the rewards early out of principles or sheer cheapness (or perhaps both), your chance won’t arrive until February 29th, a bit longer than the week-later policy usually seen.  On the other hand, if you own a PS3, you can pick up a two-level demo on the PSN come February 2nd.  For the latest news regarding Resident Evil 5 and all your other gaming needs, be sure to check back at VGGEN often!

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