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Controversy Flares as Resident Evil 5 Takes Zombies Back to Their Roots

Another Resident Evil 5 trailer showed up at the G3 video game convention recently; just over a minute long, the trailer features oodles of next-gen zombie battles, including some truly sobering zombie hordes. For zombie fans, it’s looking like Resident Evil 5 could be the big one.

The original Resident Evil 5 trailer, posted nearly a year ago, was little more than a tease, showing us a bit of game engine footage and a tiny bit of cut-scene action. The new trailer, shown below, is a much more satisfying look at what’s likely to be the most popular Zombie video game ever.

Resident Evil 5 Trailer:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP3XFPSHiWo[/youtube]

But the trailer isn’t without controversy. The game takes place in what appears to be a developing African country, and most of the zombies are, well, black.

There’s a precedent for black zombies. The original concept of “zombieness” as we know it was redacted from fantastic stories of “walking dead” toiling in the fields of Haiti. In fact, the word “zombie” comes from a Haitian word meaning “soul.” The book and film The Serpent and the Rainbow is based on one author’s real life experience about researching Haitian Zombie Powder.

Look, whether or not you agree with the efficacy of populating a video game with a single race of bad guys (Battlefield Vietnam was full of Vietnamese people), you’ve got to agree that Resident Evil 5 looks like one of the most engaging and terrifying zombie video games ever.

Only problem? No announcement yet about a port to the Nintendo Wii. Most Wii players agree that Resident Evil 4 was better on that console than on any other before it, and the decision not to port the sequel over to the most successful system is in debate at this very moment.

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