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Resident Evil 5 not set in Africa

Resident Evil 5 not set in Africa

There's still no confirmed release date for Resident Evil 5, but we do know it'll be on 360 and PS3.

Resident Evil - now there's an interesting series of games. Although the early titles were arguably marred by poor viewpoints and controls which weren't exactly intuitive, the remaining gameplay elements and excellent atmosphere still shone through and bought gamers one of the best and most consistently awesome game series in recent memory.

Hell, even the worst voice acting in the world couldn't stop the first games from being awesome.

Now on it's fifth instalment of the main franchise, Resident Evil has been attacked recently with some critics worried about possible racist undertones in the game's trailer.

Well, according to Kotaku, you can now lay those racist fears to bed, kind of.

You see, while it had originally been assumed from the style of the trailer that Resident Evil 5 would be set in Africa, those assumptions may have been wrong. Kotaku has apparently got a "well-placed insider" who has said that the game is not set in Africa at all, but Haiti. For those who, in my opinion, are foolishly unprepared for the ever-impending threat of zombie apocalypse, please be informed that Haiti is the spiritual home of the Zombie and is considered to be many to be the birth of the Zombie myth.

With this new location in mind, the massive number of black zombies makes a little more sense - as does the different appearance of the Zombies when compared to Zombies from the original games.

Resident Evil 5 is currently confirmed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, though no release date has yet been announced by Capcom. So, while you try to pass the time until the next RE game, why not head to the forums and discuss how you'd plan on surviving the Zombie apocalypse?

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will. 21st September 2007, 10:54 Quote
Now that's racist! Why would the game not be set in Africa?! Is Africa not good enough for a game to be set there?!

Sounds cool though. Can't wait!
cjoyce1980 21st September 2007, 11:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by will.
Now that's racist! Why would the game not be set in Africa?! Is Africa not good enough for a game to be set there?!

Sounds cool though. Can't wait!

LOL!
specofdust 21st September 2007, 11:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by will.
Now that's racist! Why would the game not be set in Africa?! Is Africa not good enough for a game to be set there?!

Sounds cool though. Can't wait!

Haha, agreed.
[USRF]Obiwan 21st September 2007, 11:45 Quote
The only racist about it, is to leave the PC gamers in the dark...
Jack_Pepsi 21st September 2007, 12:07 Quote
2nd Obiwan!

I want this game!
Johnny Bravo 21st September 2007, 12:23 Quote
Out of interest, if the tables were turned so that one black soldier against a rampaging horde of white zombies (perhaps Chelsea fans :P ) would it be deemed racist? It seems like such claims are a little OTT in all honesty, come on people their zombies!
mikeuk2004 21st September 2007, 12:46 Quote
Im actually looking forward to this game. I only played resident evil 2 (Code veronica?) which my brother bought on PS1. I got bored of running backward and forwards. I think I bought the original RE1 a few years after and didnt get into it either.

Im hoping this will be different and been watching the trailers and hope this is good.
CardJoe 21st September 2007, 13:37 Quote
I've just been getting into RE1 on the DS - highly reccommended!
Drexial 21st September 2007, 13:57 Quote
i mean the idea of a virus getting let loose in Africa for experimental purposes doesn't sound like the farthest from the truth. so the idea of hoard of zombies to be over running Africa, seems pretty likely to me if it were to happen.
MiNiMaL_FuSS 21st September 2007, 17:09 Quote
"and is considered to be many to be the birth of the Zombie myth. "

Is it just me that thinks that sentence makes no sense at all.

and is considered BY many to be the birth PLACE of the Zombie myth - perhaps?
Mosey 21st September 2007, 18:26 Quote
I highly recommend anyone who skipped over the "worst voice acting in the world" link to watch it now. I honestly don't remember it being that bad, pretty funny though :)
Yemerich 21st September 2007, 22:23 Quote
I am yet to see worse voice actingthan the main character in "Farcry"...
knuck 21st September 2007, 23:04 Quote
Serious Sam 2 is pretty aweful too when it comes to voice acting ;)
metarinka 22nd September 2007, 19:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Johnny Bravo
Out of interest, if the tables were turned so that one black soldier against a rampaging horde of white zombies (perhaps Chelsea fans :P ) would it be deemed racist?

they already have that game it's called Jena 6

oh sorry that's in really bad taste and a little too soon

as a black person with family FROM haiti I find nothing wrong with a game set the killing zombies, in fact I thank anyone who rids the world of zombies, and if anything I think it will give most ignorant american kids a small taste of haitian culture etc, I'm guessing most kids couldn't point to it on a map
identikit 23rd September 2007, 16:29 Quote
"Kill all the Haitains"...the ones that are zombies.







(Oh god please don't sue me Hatia)
phonon45 24th September 2007, 04:07 Quote
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You see, while it had originally been assumed from the style of the trailer that Resident Evil 5 would be set in Africa, those assumptions may have been wrong. Kotaku has apparently got a "well-placed insider" who has said that the game is not set in Africa at all, but Haiti.

I did not follow any of the controversy on this other than to read the headlines but who thought this was set in Africa? Can someone please enlighten me as to who exactly thought this? I thought that it was pretty apparent from the trailer that this was set in the Caribbean. Haven't these people at least seen Live and Let Die? This lack knowledge of cultural geography is startling. I can't say that I am too impressed.
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Originally Posted by metarinka

... and if anything I think it will give most ignorant american kids a small taste of haitian culture etc, I'm guessing most kids couldn't point to it on a map

I am an American kid (was actually, I'm not such a kid anymore but still American:D) and we are not as ignorant as you might imagine. Granted, I wouldn't have been able to place this as Haiti and not the Dominican Republic off the top of my head which speaks to my ignorance of local cultural geography. However, lets keep the stereotypes and name calling to a minimum. Thanks.
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