It’s with great shame that I admit that I finished Resident Evil 5 more than a month ago, wrote 90% of a review, and then did nothing with it until now. You can go read my thoughts on the game if you are interested.
The executive summary is thus: Resident Evil 5 is clearly a horror game, and clearly a Resident Evil game, but more importantly in terms of its design focus, it’s an action game. It shows that action and horror do not need to be mutually exclusive, and also follows Resident Evil 4’s lead and brings many of the elements of its previous format into its new design, but it’s ultimate goal as a game is to be fun and action-packed rather than scary. And in that regard, it’s almost entirely successful.