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Resident Evil 2 Remake

Posted by GG Goblin On February - 5 - 2019

Classic horror is back, and shinier than ever.

In this sea of remakes, remasters and “let’s port our ten year old game onto a new platform”, the launch of yet another older title made new may not inspire much interest. However, when that game is Capcom’s Resident Evil 2, then gamers will sit up and take notice. Long time fans of the series will have a very special place in their hearts for the classic horror title, and even those who have never played a Resident Evil game before in their life will pick up on the internet vibes and know that they are looking at something important. Now that the game has finally launched, after a fair amount of worry from Resident Evil 2 fans, it is good to see that Capcom have done an epic job on the remake, and that the new Resident Evil 2 is a very impressive game, raising the bar for all of those developers out there that are considering their own remakes.

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For the uninitiated, which will likely be quite a few as the original game was out some 21 years ago, the action takes place in the ill-fated Raccoon City. Players will take on the roles of either Leon S. Kennedy, a rookie cop who is coming to Raccoon City to start his new job, or student Claire Redfield, coming to Raccoon City in search of her brother Chris, hero of the first game. The great thing here is that each of the two characters have their own campaigns that will give the player a different experience, and whichever character the player chooses to play as, they will have the chance to play as the other character.

Each character is coming to the city for their own reasons, but what they find is a city on the brink of collapse after some kind of biological outbreak has resulted with the place being overrun by flesh-eating zombies, or worse. What happened and who is behind it? Well, that is what the characters are going to have to work out through the course of their 10 or so hour campaigns. Either way, a large part of the adventure takes place in the labyrinthine Raccoon City police station before spreading to other locations. The obstacles that players will have to overcome on their journey to safety not only include zombies and other biological monsters, but also dark corridors, locked doors and often quite silly puzzles. The fans will have an inkling of what to expect, but newcomers had better just buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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The fixed camera of the original has gone now, being replaced with a nice fully functional camera that makes the most of the over the shoulder viewpoint. This is a big change over the original, and it really makes a big difference, allowing players to get a better view of their surroundings and be more able to see what is coming. For some, this may suggest a far less tense game than the original, but the Resident Evil 2 Remake still has plenty of tricks up its rotted zombie sleeves to keep players jumping at their own shadows.

The camera is very much not the only thing to have changed. Resident Evil 2 was always about the very careful use of bullets, due to the scarcity of ammunition. With the remake and its new camera, aiming is now much easier and players can quite happily drop a few bullets at a zombie to bring it down. The ammunition is more plentiful, at least in the normal mode, and so players can shoot with a bit more freedom. Don’t be expecting that to make the game any easier though, as even your standard zombies will shuffle and twist with an alarming unpredictability, making it much more difficult to get those all important head shots. Even then, most enemies will take a fair few bullets to the head before they go down, and then are quite likely to get up again or make a grab at the player. They are a resilient lot, but as always, shooting the enemy should be a last resort and, in a game where ammunition is still not plentiful, the option to run away and hide is always there. Just remember, sometimes the enemy will follow.

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Players will still have to worry over their inventory, at least in the early game, as slots are limited and tough decisions will have to be made. However, they won’t have to worry about not relating to the characters in the game. While the majority of the story beats remain the same, there are some changes over the original, and the characters, both the two main and the secondary characters, have been given far more depth and a seriousness that was perhaps missing in the original. The remake has a more gritty feel that gives the game a realistic vibe that fits with what players would expect from modern gaming. Sure, there is still the occasional bit of cheese, and plenty of silliness, but it almost feels like Resident Evil 2 has grown up.

Then you have the visuals, which are perhaps the largest change over the original. Using the same engine as the recent Resident Evil 7, which rebooted the series, the remake is polished to within an inch of its life. Everything looks so good, from the expressions on the faces of characters, to the way the zombies take visual damage when you shoot them. Even Mr. X, the unstoppable creature that will stalk the player through most of the game, looks damn good. The excellent use of light and dark creates a tension that will remain throughout the game. Don’t panic though, it has not changed so much as to be unrecognisable and is still very much Resident Evil 2.

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Resident Evil 2 is a terrifying game, and the remake is terrifyingly well done. While holding faithful to the original, every change made enhances the game and makes it much more suitable for a modern audience. The result is a game that everyone should play. Buy Resident Evil 2 Remake now.




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