From a personal point of view, few games have me as excited as the remake of Resident Evil 2 does. Regarded by many as one of the best games in the series, a Resident Evil 2 remake had been rumored for a while. Well, that rumor is no more as hell has once again been unleashed on the poor folks of Raccoon City.
Download Resident Evil 2 / Biohazard Re:2
You can download the game from Steam. You should also check out the other installments of this long-running series, for example, Resident Evil 4 (2005), Resident Evil 5 (2009), Resident Evil 6 (2012), and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017).
Resident Evil 2 / Biohazard Re:2 Review
Rather than just slap some of that HD paint they have laying around all over the PlayStation or Dreamcast version of Resident Evil 2. Capcom actually built this game from the ground up. The idea being that they wanted to have that classic Resident Evil 2 feel, but at the same time make it feel like a modern game.
Resident Evil 2 is pure eye candy and very nice to look at. Well as nice as exposed brains, hanging off jaws and blood covered walls can be. Clearly, a lot of time and effort went into making Raccoon City look more lifelike than ever before. These amazing visuals really do immerse you in this world and make the zombies and monsters seem way more scary than they did 20 years ago.
In Resident Evil 2 you get to play the game as either Leon or Claire. Each character offers a slightly different experience. If you play through the game first as Leon, you then can play as Claire and see the events of the story unfold from her point of view. While you visit most of the same locations and deal with the same enemies. Each character also has their own stuff going on.
I think it is this extra stuff that will make you pick which one you like better. For me, it has always been Leon as I always thought that Ada Wong was a cool character. Speaking of characters, the characters in Resident Evil 2 are not like they were before…. well they are. But the voice acting and the writing is so much better now.
It makes the game go from cheesy to straight up horror. Another thing that greatly helps the story is the facial animations. These deserve way more praise than they are getting and it is just another thing that helps makes this nightmare you are facing feel more real.
Long gone are the tank controls of the original Resident Evil 2. This new version feels like a modern game. It is not as action packed and fast paced as Resident Evil 4, 5 and 6 are. However, it is much easier to move around and you feel like you have way more control over Leon and Claire than you did before.
Capcom has made a couple of little gameplay changes and these are for the best. The most notable one being that you do not have to carry around ink ribbons. I know some folks were worried that they would bring this horrible save system back, but they did not.
Resident Evil 2 goes back to the series survival horror roots. After Resident Evil 4, the series was about action and just blowing stuff away. You do not have that luxury here. Each ammo clip and each healing item has to be used at the right time. It makes you think before you act. For example, if you come across just one zombie, you might be better of running away and saving that ammo.
Speaking of running away, let’s talk about The Tyrant! This monstrous beast will stalk you and just when you think you are safe or even if you are about to try and do a puzzle, he can come. He has these booming footsteps that will send shivers up your spine! I think the Tyrant is super cool, but I must admit when you are trying to do a puzzle and he shows up he is more of an annoyance than scary.
Resident Evil 2 is an awesome game and should be the blueprint for how classic games are given a modern makeover. The game offers you two characters to play through, cool stuff to unlock and the story is really cool. If you liked the idea of the old Resident Evil, but could not get into it, Resident Evil 2 is for you. If you are a longtime fan, well this could very well be your game of the year!
- The graphics are amazing
- Solid voice acting and writing
- Two characters to play as
- It is scary in some places
- Forces you to think before you shoot
- Each campaign is not that long
- The Tyrant can get annoying