A new terror arises from the ashes of old conflicts in the latest chapter of Resident Evil, the popular survival horror/third-person shooter series that debuted in 1996. Resident Evil 5, known as Biohazard 5 in Japan, was developed by video game publisher Capcom for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Years after surviving the events in Raccoon City, the original title's hero, Chris Redfield, returns in this action-packed seventh instalment of the series. He is a member of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance, a United Nations-backed group that combats biohazardous threats, such as the zombie-creating T-virus. Redfield heads to the desolate Kijuju autonomous zone in western Africa to investigate a biological agent that is turning people and animals into mindless, maddened creatures. Joining him on this mission is the game's other playable character, local Alliance operative Sheva Alomar (above). Resident Evil 5's storyline attempts to flesh out the plot threads between all the titles in the series. Other returning characters include main antagonist Albert Wesker and Jill Valentine, one of the few survivors from the original game. The game has sharpened its focus on the action, while keeping suspense at a minimum. Gameplay gets more heated using its new co-operative mode, in which a player can get a partner to help solve puzzles or shoot down bloodthirsty monsters. On the Xbox 360, co-op action includes single player with artificial-intelligence support, two players on split-screen using one console and two players across the Xbox Live online network with voice chat. This teamwork approach is most effective when fighting the creatures at each of the game's levels, when a player often must fire a weapon and press a button at specific times. An advanced inventory system allows players to upgrade and trade weapons in real time amid the action. This flexibility is needed as adversaries are more intelligent, stronger and faster than the zombies of previous chapters. Resident Evil 5 has some of the most amazing graphics seen in a video game this year, especially with the impressive detail shown in the locations, lighting effects and creature design. Highly replayable, Resident Evil 5 will be hard to resist for Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 owners. PROS: A must-have, thanks to its co-op gameplay, intense battles and fresh storyline. CONS: Less suspense.