On June 11th 2018, Capcom announced the remake of its most-well known horror masterpiece and one of the best games in the Resident Evil series, ‘Resident Evil 2’. The game improves upon the level of stunning visual quality to make it a terrifying experience, it’s an undeniable classic, and now, a remake of its sequel in the making. The Resident Evil 2 Remake is intended as a newer version of the 1998 release. Fans have been requesting the project for years and following the success of the original Resident Evil and Zero remasters, Capcom gave the fans what they have been craving, remodelling what many consider to be Resident Evil’s finest chapter. Originally on PS1 in 1998, it’s not the easiest title to revisit with its memorable controls and bloody visuals.
You will play through two individual campaigns as series’ veterans Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, you’ll scour the ruins of Raccoon City amidst a deadly zombie outbreak, uncovering the truth behind the devious Umbrella Corporation. Combat feels great as every bullet lands with a satisfying shot. Resident Evil 2 uses an over-shoulder camera similar to Resident Evil 4 and 5, though it’s closer than those making the experience feel even more intense. It offers a similar control scheme to both too, but offers a much greater fluidity to the memorable controls that means moving around feels so much better both in and out of combat. Movement on the left stick is very smooth, and feels faster which allows you to walk even while bringing up Leon’s gun.
Aiming is also quicker, which can be a blessing and a curse. When in a frantic panic, trying to get that headshot while petrified of the rapidly approaching zombie can be very tough. The game is far more violent then before, blood is all over the precinct, and every bullet that hits a zombie sees incredible amounts of guts and gore. The zombies are also immensely detailed, the best I’ve ever seen in the series and probably the best zombies seen in any game. The zombies in the Resident Evil 2 are genuinely scary to look at, as their jaws draw for a chomp on Leon’s neck.
Capcom has done specular and fantastic things with the camera during encounters. As a zombie grabs hold of Leon, the camera swoops in to get you in even closer to the bite, I frantically smashed every button possible trying to avoid the chew, but you’re powerless to stop the bite and turn it to the game over screen, it’s purely to show every gory detail. It’s as amazing as it is gruesome. After the bite, blood will also stay on Leon’s neck after the zombie falls back. And as Leon’s is being bitten, his health box will pop up in the lower left to show the extent of the damage. It’s all done to keep you in action and not forced to jump into a pause menu to see how much damage each bite deals.
January 25th 2019, ‘Resident Evil 2’ will be available on Playstation4, Xbox One and PC.
Resident Evil 2 – Official E3 2018 Announcement Trailer:
Resident Evil 2 – Official E3 2018 Playstation Showcase Trailer:
Resident Evil 2 – Official Story Trailer: