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Resident Evil 2 Remake Review: Happy Surviving!

By January 29, 2019 No Comments

“Whatever it takes to save the city.” The city’s dead. Good luck with that!

This was probably the first big game I was looking forward to coming into 2019. Playing the first one when I was younger was terrifying, and for some reason I just couldn’t wait for that ominous feeling of playing Resident Evil 2 again. I don’t know why, but when I’m introduced/put back into the driver’s seat of a survival horror game, the challenge they bring just has me addicted the whole way through. So much so, this game was listed in the Best upcoming games of 2019.

A game like this has you thinking and planning throughout the entire story:

  • “How much ammo should I bring?”
  • “Which weapons should I keep on me?”
  • “Which path should I take or avoid?”

These are questions which were constantly going through my head and it doesn’t bother me. After all, these are the basic steps taken in order to survive Raccoon City’s zombie-infested Police Department.

Gameplay – 

 Now, I played this on PC and I have to say the RE Engine is one of the most optimised game engines I’ve experienced in a while, especially when it was introduced in Resident Evil 7. The game runs like butter, it is that smooth and looks absolutely amazing. The controls are perfect, even though the new 3rd person over-the-shoulder camera loses some of the tension the PS1 version has, I believe this method of gameplay is the way to go.

Puzzles have slightly changed, but are still challenging enough to have you reading through memos and taking a few mins to think things through. Something which I adored in the original and is very much seen in the remake.

Story – 

Story takes place in Raccoon City, the place of origin of the infamous T-Virus and G-virus created by Umbrella Corp. You play as Leon S Kennedy or Claire Redfield (Chris Redfield’s smoking hot sister – yeah I know some of you completely adored her back in the late 90s). These are two survivors looking for a way out of the RCPD while running into other survivors trying to stop the outbreak from spreading.

The story is pretty much the same from what I remember in the original. If you choose Leon’s story it will vary from Claire’s with regard to different cut-scenes and characters. With Leon you join Ada Wong, a mercenary trying to get her hands on the G-Virus. If you Choose Claire’s story you help Sherry Birkin, the daughter of the creators of the G-Virus.

“Hated lickers back then, hate them even more now…”       

Those damn lickers. I hated them then, and I hated them now just as much. Now even though the Tyrant was a pain in the a**, he’s slow, lickers however aren’t! These wall crawling evolved virus ridden zombies start popping up in the game at around the 30% mark and it was horrible. First one you see isn’t that much of a challenge, especially with Claire and her grenade launcher (Only if you got it before the encounter, if not, good luck with that!) but later on in the game you’re fighting these things left, right and center.

Here’s a tip: Flashbangs. You can thank me later.

As for the Tyrant or Mr. X, he brings some great tension not that far into the game. That is, unless you’re playing scenario B. If you’re playing Claire’s story he comes earlier, way earlier, before you can even finish getting items from the police station. The Tyrant is sent to recover the G-Virus and destroy all the evidence, and sadly, all the survivors with it.

Conclusion

Basically, my point is everything in the game is now more deadly and faster than the original. So yeah, I love it! Capcom Really showed off how to make a remake the right way. I’ll just be waiting for Resident Evil 3 remake in the meantime I guess. Capcom do your thing sugar!

Favorite Pastime:

 Organising my inventory to mentally prepare myself.

Proactive Tips:

 Don’t kill every zombie you see. Honestly where you can avoid wasting ammo just run by.

Pros

  • Game runs great
  • Story is still the story I love
  • Zombies
  • Gameplay works perfectly

Cons

  • I just wish it was longer because now I want more Resident Evil!

Verdict:

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