How appropriate that Resident Evil 5 would launch today, Friday the 13th, since it's one of the creepiest games ever. And if you needed proof that the series is a true crowd-pleaser, try this fact on for size: Resident Evil 4 sold 5.2 million copies since its 2005 release, and the entire series has sold more than 36 million copies since it first appeared on the scene in 1996. And speaking of crowds, the one that gathered outside the launch tent in San Francisco's Union Square last night was packed with gamers who were not only waiting to get an early peek at the game, but also anxiously watching the clock until midnight arrived so they could head home with a copy of their own.
The thumping music coming from inside the tent was just the beginning — there were games, giveaways, cell phone engravings, and energy drinks (a geeks' drink of choice) being passed around to keep the party going until the clock struck 12.
- I was so close to winning the screaming contest. Unfortunately, there's no prize for second place!
- The actors that voiced RE5's characters were there to mingle with the gamers.
- There were plenty of Xbox 360's and PS3's to get your hands on to play the game.
- M&M "Antidote"? Yes, please.
- It was a great turnout in downtown SF.
To hear more about the event, and to find out what my favorite part of the night was, just read more.
Not only were there free "health" vials filled with M&M's (I'm always down for free candy), but the creators and developers of the RE series, as well as the actors that lended their voices to the game were on hand to mingle with the crowd. And although it was exciting to meet the voice of Chris Redfield live and in person, my favorite part of the evening was the screaming contest that had you letting loose in a sound booth to see who could scream the loudest. I almost won . . . so close.
You can get your hands on a copy of Resident Evil 5 today for your Xbox and PS3 systems ($60), but be sure to check back on Monday for my full review of the game!