The Resident Evil collection has garnered crucial acclaim because the first recreation hit the PlayStation back in 1996. But the newer Resident Evil 7 left some individuals disgruntled because of its shift to a first-person perspective, as an alternative of the collection traditional third individual view. At the similar time, increasingly more voices have been clamouring for a remaster of Resident Evil 2 – the 1998 basic survival horror recreation that so many fans of the collection enjoyed back within the day.
And Capcom has delivered a full remake of their 90’s period hit, featuring cutting-edge cinematic scenes, nice environment, good survival horror gameplay and an excellent retelling of the original’s story, in what little question is among the greatest video games of the yr up to now.
As within the 1998 recreation, this Resident Evil 2 remake enables you to choose between two totally different protagonists: Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield. The previous is a cop who’s on his method to Raccoon Metropolis (the sport’s setting) for his first task, solely to seek out that each one hell has damaged unfastened within the city.
Stopping at a fuel station early in the recreation, he soon comes throughout the undead – flesh-hungry zombies intent on wreaking havoc in Raccoon Metropolis. He additionally comes across Claire Redfield, a university scholar who’s arrived on the city and is looking out for her brother, with both characters crossing paths and coming into contact at several points in the recreation.
And unlike different games (such because the current Murderer’s Creed Odyssey) Leon’s and Claire’s playthroughs really really feel totally different, even though you’ll go to largely the identical places in every case.
Nevertheless, there are some unique places and puzzles for every playthrough, and also you additionally get to satisfy and play as a unique secondary character in each. Plus, every having a singular boss struggle (except for main boss fights widespread to both) signifies that it’s certainly value enjoying by means of the sport as each Leon and Claire to see every thing this Resident Evil 2 remake has to offer.
This could take you about 15 hours for a first playthrough and about half of that for a second playthrough. Apart from this, you also unlock a particular mode for Leon when you finish the game with Claire, and vice versa. This mode presents a barely totally different perspective on occasions, and a special ending too, which means Resident Evil 2 is one recreation which may maintain you busy for some time, and this is undoubtedly a plus. Also, attending to unlock further outfits for Leon and Claire is one other incentive which might maintain you enjoying here too.
No matter whether you play with Leon or Claire, although, the primary major location you’ll go to in Resident Evil 2 is an deserted police station. This has obviously seen better days, and is now in a state of disarray with zombies operating amok in the place. Even if the police station is in tatters, it’s straightforward not to respect the extent of polish that went into the game’s visuals, as Resident Evil 2 certainly has incredible graphics.
Capcom has given its 1998 recreation a recent new look, and apart from the cutting-edge cinematics (which are worthy of a Hollywood animated movie), there are some excellent 3D graphics here. Truly, I don’t recall seeing this degree of element on PS4 since 2015’s The Order: 1886, and it’s exhausting to not be amazed on the constancy of the visuals right here, from the stuffed animals on a police officer’s desk to the shiny marble statues discovered within the police station, and a stately library with its extremely detailed wooden textures, there’s plenty of graphical eye candy to admire here.
Additionally, graphical results like sparks, smoke and hearth in the industrial settings you get to explore after leaving the police station additionally look pretty, and there’s also loads of detail to take pleasure in in different places reminiscent of a collection of labs belonging to the evil Umbrella Company – the medical white partitions and onerous metallic textures including to the sense of danger. Plus, character fashions (particularly Leon and Claire) look appropriately lifelike and real looking too.
And even the 3D shut ups you get of in-game gadgets resembling ammo packing containers are full of detail, making inspecting these (by rotating them using the controller thumbsticks) a pleasure.
There are many dark environments right here too, by which Leon or Claire will use a flashlight to offer some lighting. The interplay of light and shadow adds to the feeling of pressure and dread when exploring locales such as the creepy fuel station you explore early within the recreation, as you never know when an enemy will appear, making you battle on your life.
Gearing up for action, you’ve acquired to concentrate on limitations: as is sensible in a survival horror recreation, ammo is scarce right here as you’ll be able to imagine. I found this to be extra of a problem in my playthrough with Claire Redfield, as I typically found myself out of ammo (even for her primary handgun) and needed to run away from enemies always, one thing which I discovered barely frustrating.
Having sufficient ammunition here is particularly important when dealing with the extra powerful enemies you’ll encounter in the recreation, reminiscent of Lickers and people pesky zombie canine, amongst others. Lickers are fast-moving, four-legged monstrosities which may walk on partitions and ceilings and which offers you a tough time later within the recreation, but even the sport’s bog-standard zombies can pose quite a challenge, especially in case you’re out of ammo in your strongest weapons.
It’s because it could possibly take plenty of ordnance to put down zombies, and their erratic actions as they strategy my character made it troublesome to land headshots, that are the preferred solution to cope with the undead. Truly, I ended up lacking quite a number of photographs (not an excellent factor in a recreation by which ammo is so scarce) because of the zombies’ unpredictable actions, something which made putting them down with the essential handgun frustrating typically.
In fact, any of the extra powerful weapons in Leon’s or Claire’s arsenal will make brief work of any vanilla zombies you encounter throughout the sport. Each characters get to wield a extra powerful handgun later in the recreation (which is nice for blasting zombie heads open), while Leon will get what’s possible the most effective weapon in the recreation: the flamethrower.
I discovered using the flamethrower to kill the plant-like zombies I encountered in the Umbrella labs notably satisfying, although Claire additionally will get a special weapon which may hearth acid rounds, making enemies wriggle in pain till they die. Enjoying as Claire you may as well get your arms on an electricity-based weapon (which does pack a punch) even if admittedly I did really feel slightly underpowered when enjoying by way of the sport as Claire – cop Leon seems get the better arsenal here.
Nonetheless, and despite the supply of extra powerful weapons, zombies are nonetheless dangerous in numbers or in the event that they grab maintain of you whereas making your means by way of the sport’s ranges although. Fortunately, you possibly can whittle down zombie numbers in places such as the police station by boarding up windows, supplying you with much less threats to fret about as you go about your enterprise.
Carrying gadgets comparable to picket boards, quest gadgets and the weapons you get to play with in the recreation takes up stock area, in fact. As in previous Resident Evil games the inventory is restricted to a sure number of slots.
And given the limited stock area, it’s a great factor that “stash packing containers” can be found throughout the sport world. This provide area to retailer any gadgets you is perhaps carrying, which is an effective thing bearing in mind I ceaselessly discovered I did not have sufficient inventory area to carry all of the gadgets I picked up all through the sport.
That is something I discovered barely annoying fact be informed, as typically I couldn’t decide up an item I knew I wanted to progress within the recreation because my inventory was full. This meant I either needed to discard one of many gadgets I used to be presently carrying (even helpful ammo from time to time) to make room for brand spanking new gadgets, or make my approach to the closest stash box as a way to retailer a few of the stuff I used to be carrying and then head again to where I used to be with a purpose to decide up the new item or gadgets in questions.
This admittedly I found barely tedious – although these “what should I take with me?” selections will little question be a part of the game’s survival horror attraction for some, plus you may also discover “hip pouch” gadgets scattered throughout the sport world which improve your inventory area, which little question is a plus.
Some may like the fact that Capcom hasn’t toned down the gore and scares for this Resident Evil 2 remake. Wandering across the police station you’ll encounter corpses mendacity on the ground and blood splattered all over. Early on, trying to help a beleaguered police officer proves futile, with the man ending up in very dangerous form after a zombie assault in what little question is one very gory scene.
Also, getting up shut and private with zombies results in the digital camera zooming in on the action, with you getting a desperate final try to make use of Leon’s (or Claire’s) knife to push the zombie again, or danger ending up being the creature’s subsequent meal… Also, enjoying as a secondary character throughout one sequence set in an orphanage makes for one scary and tense experience. There, you’ll be hunted by a ruthless police chief and may only resort to stealth and evasive manoeuvres to make your means by way of.
Regardless of the gore and scares, although, once in a while you’re reminded that this can be a recreation you shouldn’t be taking so significantly. In any case, a personality like Ada Wong goes about her enterprise in Raccoon Metropolis in a horny purple gown, capturing zombies and other monsters on this outfit, whereas Leon and Claire remain straightforward going and calm throughout the journey despite dealing with unspeakable horrors all through.
And the entire premise of the game about an all-powerful corporation releasing a virus which turns the complete inhabitants of the town into zombies is as silly because it will get, even if it’s so typical of the zombie apocalypse genre of which the Resident Evil franchise is probably the greatest instance of.
Additionally typical of Resident Evil are the puzzles you’ll encounter all through the game, which are plentiful as you’ll be able to imagine. A few of these puzzles could be solved by trial and error – as an example, some the locks scattered all through the sport have three letter mixtures, and it’s attainable to get via these by making an attempt every mixture potential. Nevertheless, studying an officer’s journal within the police station or taking a look at one of many pictures you find in the course of the recreation can reveal the appropriate combination.
Also, one other puzzle involving a statue with a missing arm may be solved by trial and error, although it’s way more satisfying to take action by finding a roll of movie, which you need to use to acquire a photograph revealing what merchandise is required to complete the puzzle. Additionally, the very fact the sport marks sure stock gadgets as match to be discarded one they have outlived their usefulness is one thing which helps make the puzzles easier, even when none of Resident Evil 2’s puzzles are real brain-teasers although.
Puzzles are obviously an enormous part of the Resident Evil 2 expertise, and it’s not arduous to succeed in the conclusion that this can be a puzzle recreation at its core, with the action having extra of a secondary nature for my part. A number of the puzzles are a bit old style though, reminiscent of having to seek out keys with particular shapes (for example, the “diamond” key”) to open sure doors, even when getting access to new, previously inaccessible places positive is a joy right here.
It’s arduous to not discover, though, that there is a clunky, mechanical really feel to the sport – that despite Capcom’s polish and high-tech gubbins this nonetheless seems like a late 90’s recreation at its core – which it is (truly, the original Resident Evil 2 hit cabinets method again in 1998).
Regardless of this, and the puzzle-focus, Resident Evil 2 has some astounding action sequences which might put other trendy games to shame. A boss battle within the Umbrella labs towards a monstrosity created by the G-virus positive is beautiful, with the beast tearing down walls and throwing objects on the participant, causing main destruction in the process. Also, being followed by The Tyrant – a towering, gray superzombie with killing intent – during certain elements of the sport adds a component of rigidity to the gameplay, in what is a slow-paced recreation general.
So, what’s not to like right here? As was the case with other Resident Evil games, there’s loads of backtracking concerned here. At occasions I assumed I had left the sport’s police station location for good, solely to have to return with a purpose to decide up gadgets I wanted to unravel a puzzle or two. Additionally, relating to the sport’s story the reality is that there’s not a lot character improvement right here – for example Leon’s and Ada Wong’s relationship comes out of the blue. But the story and dialogue do maintain their very own and are more than respectable for what is a remake of a late 90’s recreation.
A few of the recreation’s encounters are also predictable – sooner or later within the recreation, I knew a bunch of corpses on the ground would increase and assault me the moment I had walked away a sure distance, even if putting these zombies down was still a fun expertise.
And whereas the sound results (particularly the weapon sounds) are ace, the music is typical survival horror fare and I didn’t discover it much during my playthrough. Additionally, you may find the truth that you’ll be able to entry your gadgets from any stash box within the recreation unrealistic – however it is sensible for Capcom to sacrifice just a little realism here for the sake of comfort although.
None of this detracts from the truth that Resident Evil 2 is an outstanding recreation, and an ideal remake of one of the 90’s prime video games. Should you’re into the survival horror style you owe it to your self to play this recreation then, as Resident Evil 2 positive is an early candidate for recreation of the yr little question.
Resident Evil 2
Rating: 88 / 100
Out there on: PS4 | Xbox One | PC
Reviewed on: PS4
Launch date: January 25, 2019
This recreation was reviewed using a replica bought by the writer.