Gameloft unofficially brings Resident Evil 5 to the iPhone.
It's OK if Gameloft's iPhone Apps give you deja vu. The company loves capitalizing on popular video games like Bejeweled 2 (Diamond Twister) and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Modern Combat: Sandstorm). Now we have Resident Evil 5, or as Gameloft prefers to call it, Zombie Infection. Not only does it feature an over the shoulder perspective and a hero cut from the Chris Redfield mold, but it also takes place in Africa. So much for originality.
In the game, a cameraman named Anderson travels to South Africa in search of his missing brother. Instead of finding his bro, he run into gangs of flesh eating zombies that want to rip him to pieces. Fortunately, he carries an automatic rifle that helps him rip through the undead, and yes, headshots score one-hit kills.
Thus far, the game's fairly easy to control, thanks to an on-screen analog stick and face buttons for firing the selected weapon. There's also a red icon that sometimes appears whenever a zombie gets too close. Press it, and you'll perform a devastating finisher that usually results in the hero punching a monster's head off. If one of them latches on to you, simply shake the iPhone to push the bugger away. Just make sure it doesn't retaliate by vomiting disgusting zombie bile.
As you explore the ten levels, you'll come across a diverse group of environments and enemies. The game starts in a seemingly deserted village (again, straight out of RE5), but later, you'll visit a park, dock and even a zoo populated with infected lions and other animals.
You'll also get to play as another character, the sexy journalist Shawna (AKA Sheva Alomar from RE5), but we're not sure if she has different weapons or abilities. For now, she's just eye candy.
OK, so Zombie Infection looks and plays like Resident Evil 5, but at least it's good. Gameloft has seemingly delivered an attractive and satisfying iPhone experience, and we look forward to its release. Besides, those zombies won't kill themselves.