Capcom's Masachika Kawata has admitted that Resident Evil 5 is heavily influenced by western-style gaming, placing particular emphasis on Bioshock.
"It's a classic game which really utilized the next gen power very well. The world is very strong and very believable, and the whole game was quite inspiring"
Speaking to Computer & Video Games, Kawata said that the decision to include proper co-op play was another borrowing from the West and that Capcom had "incorporated some other aspects" of western gaming that he "can't talk about right at this moment" Fingers crossed for a Jet Set Willy bonus level! Resident Evil 5 Interviews [CVG via PSU]