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Game Summary

Resident Evil 2 conjures up a lot of fond memories in the minds of gamers. Back in 1998, this
multi-platform title was one of the most widely played survival-based video games of its decade and rose to become one of the most critically acclaimed and best selling Playstation titles of all time. It also paved the way for films, comic books, and other merchandise to build on the popularity of the now growing series. The original Resident Evil game received a remake in the early 2000s and was met with a rather lukewarm response. Most fans of the game thought while things were good, they could've been better. Now, Capcom has risen to the challenge in 2019 by giving fans of the series a ground-up remake of Resident Evil 2. The end results were very good indeed.

For the most part, games that receive a remake are usually just visually updated with better graphics and audio while the core game remains the same. This isn't the case for Resident Evil 2. While the game is still inherently the same in terms of its plot and enemy characters, Capcom fused the Resident Evil 2 experience into its proprietary RE Engine: the same technology that was a part of the very recent Resident Evil 7. This gives the game a distinctly different feel and gameplay experience despite being quite similar to the original title.

The current remake is now a fully 3D experience that capitalizes on modern technologies including adaptive map settings, different lighting, weather effects, and more life-like facial textures. The developers also went to great lengths to animate specific endings to zombie slayings, who recoil in horror and react to damage taken to specific areas of their bodies rather than just falling to a lifeless heap on the floor. The player's characters behave similarly when taking damage and will similarly react in a way that humans would be expected to react when in a gory fight scene in real life.

Resident Evil 2 largely remains true to its roots and follows the same linear story, but some events have additional content and different progression routes that players wouldn't be expecting. There are also far more areas for players to explore while making their way through the game. Many of these areas were implemented strictly for their aesthetic appeal and allowing developers to show off recent technological developments, but they're indeed a fun addition to the game that helps breathe new life into a
remastered title.

Those who remember Resident Evil 2 in its glory of the 1990s will certainly find a fun, lively experience with the undead here in its current remake. Approaching the game with a fresh set of eyes could be a useful thing to remember since the game does contain a few new twists and turns players won't realize. They certainly don't take away from the game though. If anything, they add to the bone-chilling experience players are going to experience as they did two decades ago.

Game Information

Release Date
25th January 2019
Total Rating
Content Rated
M (Mature)
Game Modes
Single player
Player Perspectives
Third person
Shooter, Adventure
Action, Horror, Survival
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One