Resident Evil 2
By the end of the year, Resident Evil 2 will not go down as just one of the best games of the year. I also think it will be regarded as one of the best remakes of all time. Capcom went above and beyond with this. Resident Evil 2 was already one of the most popular games in the series and Capcom could not have treated this remake with any more respect and love than they did.
Two for One
If you have already played one of the ten million releases of Resident Evil 2, you pretty much know what the story is. A couple of things have been changed, but for the most part, it is telling the same story. It just does it in a different way. Once again you can play as Leon or Claire. You play through the same game, but the perspectives are different and what you do and who you come across do differ. This helps give the game some replay value as I feel that both are worth playing through, plus you can unlock some cool stuff by beating everything the game has. I do think that even after all these years I still think that Leon has a better campaign, but this is really a personal preference kind of thing.
Why Wow? Well because this is one of the most gorgeous looking games of the year. Some remakes get really lazy and just put the resolution up and smooth out jaggy textures. That is not what Resident Evil 2 does! Capcom built this game from the ground up and they have used that same engine they had for Resident Evil VII. While the game is not in the first person like VII was, it looks even better if you ask me. Racoon City looks amazing, the zombies, the Lickers and The Tyrant himself all look amazing. Then we have the human characters. The motion capture and especially the facial animations bring these characters to life like you would not believe. The presentation is so good that it really does get you heavily invested in the story. Even if you do know already what is going on. The earlier Resident Evil games had cheesy voice acting, but once again everything is done from scratch here. It makes the whole drama that is happening seem so much more real and freighting when you have good actors delivering the lines.
No Tank Controls or Ribbons Here
There were two things that had some players worried about the Resident Evil 2 remake. First of all, the controls. Those earlier games had tank controls that you either got the hang of, or they turned you off completely. Resident Evil 2 uses much more modern and fluid controls and I do not see anyone having any kind of issue with the controls. Another thing that the older games made use of was ink ribbons to save. Thankfully this is one thing that Capcom decided to leave in the past.
Think Before You Take the Shot!
Resident Evil 2 is not like 4,5 or 6. This is a much slower paced and a more survival kind of game than the action-packed game the series had become. As a result, you really have to be careful with things like ammo and your healing items. These are much scarcer than you would think so you really need to make sure that each shot counts and also that it is worth taking the shot in the first place. The lack of items really does help add to the tension. It does not feel cheap or unfair, instead, it makes you mad at yourself when you waste ammo on a zombie that you could have just as easily run past.
Resident Evil 2 is just a joy to play through. You have two fun campaigns and each one is full of action, puzzles, horror, blood and tons of scares. It really is a wonderful remake and it has certainly set the bar high for any other remakes that happen in 2019.If you liked the original Resident Evil 2, you will love this. If you felt that those old school Resident Evil games were clunky and cheesy…. you will also love this!
- You can play as Leon and Claire
- Some fun changes to the original
- The game looks like a million bucks
- The fantastic voice acting really gets you invested in the story
- Plenty of replay value
- The campaigns are not the longest
- Some may have a hard time with how scarce ammo can be
Like Final Fantasy, Resident Evil is the kind of game that transcends platforms (both are originally PlayStation titles) to become a phenomenon that affects all future releases and has massive impact on the gaming community's consciousness.
Essentially a gory action/adventure, you can play as either Leon, a copper, or Clare, an action girl, fighting your way through the living cemetery that is Racoon City. The exploration is extremely linear, but if you play the game a second time after completing it with one character you receive the bonus of new plot developments and new enemies.
The puzzles are quite simple, but they go beyond the usual feeble attempts found in straight action games and push towards an adventure game feeling. The gaming world, however, is quite restricted and the whole thing suffers from the limitations of its console roots.
It's unavoidable to talk about Resident Evil 2 and not mention George A Romero's trilogy of Dead films, as the game steals not only the terrifying sounds of the groaning, decaying undead, but also the camera angles and set pieces that scare the life out of you with unexpected shocks.
These 'borrowed' camera angles, however, are often frustrating and hardly show any of the action, giving only a fragmented vision of the zombie infested city and your struggle against them. At the same time it does create a hellishly tense atmosphere, simulating in many ways the tense helplessness of a nightmare.
For all its shortcomings though, RE2 still remains one of the most tense and frightening experiences you can have with a gamepad.
I lay the blame for the Resident Evil games solely at George Romero's door, the man who popularised flesh-ripping zombies with Night Of The Living Dead, and ensured that in the depths of our imaginations, our entrails would never be safe again.
Resident Evil 2 is the sequel to perhaps one of the most popular and undoubtedly goriest PlayStation games of all time. You play as either Leon (the Cop) or Claire (the sister of the lead guy from the first Resident Evil gam) and each character has their own story elements, monsters and new situations to deal with. The story of the two characters running into a town polluted by a virus and neck-deep in zombies, is rather farfetched, but it's kept in place with a decent script and some gritty storytelling.
Though the graphics are dated it still hasn't lost its edge, and there's no doubt it's one of the most atmospheric games ever, especially if you like to be haunted in your sleep by the sweet, squelching sound of a pack of zombies feasbng on your flesh.
Processor: PC compatible, P-100
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode
Resident Evil 2 Screenshots
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