Out of nowhere Capcom has launched an update for the Steam model of Resident Evil 5, launched in 2009, the primary perform of which is to strip-out the zombified corpse of Video games for Home windows Stay. The latter was an ill-fated on-line service that linked PCs into Microsoft’s Stay companies—launched in 2007 and discontinued in 2014—which primarily served to bother customers with its lack of performance and compatibility issues. Certainly, a theme within the aftermath of its closure was video games one-by-one updating to take away the service.

Nicely Capcom took their candy time (that is the primary Resi 5 update since 2017) but it surely’s clear why this was on the to-do checklist: the presence of GfWL meant an in-built function of the game needed to be disabled. Resident Evil 5 launched as a GfWL title, with split-screen co-op included, however when ported to Steam the GfWL layer prompted issues with participant knowledge and meant that the choice was disabled (although there have been workarounds with mods). 

It is all the time been a little bit odd, as a result of co-op was baked-in to Resi 5 and the important thing differentiator with what had gone earlier than. The basics are carried-over from the peerless Resident Evil 4 (and would not the remake of that look sizzling) however Resi 5’s schtick was two playable protagonists and a marketing campaign that may very well be performed the entire approach via with a buddy.

The game typically will get a nasty rap, primarily as a result of it is not so good as its basic predecessor, however in co-op it is a good time and the game goes so OTT on the finish you may’t assist however giggle. That is the one where Chris actually punches again boulders, and also you kill the ultimate boss by shooting him with a rocket as he is burning in a volcano.

The patch notes point out “different minor bug fixes”, although no indication of what they’re. So a small shock, however a welcome one. My anticipation for the upcoming Resident Evil 4 remake is white-hot and, if you happen to’re the identical, possibly a little bit runthrough of this in co-op will assist ease the wait.