Co-Optimus: The characters really seemed to have been beefed up. Was this influenced by other games like Gears of War where the characters are larger than life?
Chris Kramer: Chris is definitely much more buff than he was in previous Resident Evil games. Chalk it up to clean living and an aggressive workout program ;)
Co-Optimus: While play cooperatively, do both players earn achievements and have their progress saved? Or is that relegated only to the host?
Chris Kramer: Both players will earn certain Achievements (such as finishing a level) and there are additional Achievements that come from playing in co-op. Your character is ALWAYS saved every time you play, which is crucial to the online experience.
Co-Optimus: If you could co-op with any one person in history to survive against a devistating zombie manifesting virus...who would it be?
Chris Kramer: Wild Bill Shatner, hands down. The Shat is the only man I could really trust by my side when the zombie apocalypse comes down.
Co-Optimus: What is the coolest thing you've seen happen in co-op in Resident Evil 5?
Chris Kramer: Watching people play through the first boss battle, figuring out, “Oh crap, one of us needs to be the bait.” Also, watching two people figure out their strengths within the game, like one person taking up sniper duties while the other player goes for aggressive up-close shotgun work.