Resident Evil 2 Review

Resident Evil 2 Review
Resident Evil 2 Review Darryl Linington
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Developed and published by Capcom, the Resident Evil 2 remake has finally landed on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Rebuilt from the ground up, Resident Evil 2 brings back the classic survival-horror experience that made the series so popular when it first launched in 1996.

With Resident Evil 0 and Resident Evil 1 receiving a remastered version, we eagerly hoped for Resident Evil 2 to see the same treatment; however, Capcom took the world by storm and introduced fans to a Resident Evil 2 that was not just remastered, but completely overhauled.

Now for those who don’t know the story of Resident Evil 2, here is a brief rundown. Resident Evil 2 is set in the Midwestern American mountain community of Raccoon City two months after the events portrayed in the first game. Nearly all of the residents of Raccoon City have been turned into zombies by an outbreak of the T-Virus – A new type of biological weapon secretly developed by the pharmaceutical company Umbrella. This is where Leon, a rookie cop, and Claire, a college student, step in. Leon makes his way to Raccoon City in order to start his first day on the force while Claire’s objective is to find her brother, Chris Redfield. Both protagonists meet and make their way to the Raccoon City police department in order to escape the zombie-filled streets of the city and find safety.

Unfortunately, upon arrival, it’s pretty clear to both Leon and Claire that the police station has been overrun by zombies. With minimal options on hand, Leon and Claire, in separate campaigns, attempt to look for survivors as well as a way to escape the nightmare that is Raccoon City.

It’s a story that we are all familiar with although, this time around, it includes some A-class voice acting and an environment that is absolutely gorgeous and bone-chilling. To add to this, Resident Evil 2 comes with an absolutely amazing musical score that is both beautiful yet terrifying at the same time.

Speaking of being terrifying… I’m not lying when I say that Resident Evil 2 had my anxiety levels at an all-time high. Dark and eerie hallways made me feel uncomfortable and the zombies lurking within said hallways made it worse. The tension was then shifted into overdrive when Lickers would viciously attack out of nowhere as I tried to rush to areas that I deemed safe. To amp up the fear factor even more, not only was I being hounded by Lickers and zombies, but I was also being pursued by the unstoppable Tyrant, Mr. X. With all this happening around me, I was still trying to conserve ammunition, ration health items as well as solve some rather tricky yet well thought out puzzles.

Even with my anxiety levels skyrocketing through the roof, I found Resident Evil 2 to be the perfect example of what survival-horror games should be like. Mr. X doesn’t take a break from trying to crush your skull in and neither do the other enemies. While this can be slightly frustrating, Resident Evil 2 does give you a bit a bit of breathing room as, apart from the main hall of the RPD, Mr. X and other enemies can’t follow you into certain rooms as well as save rooms. These areas allow you to take a break and regroup.

While you are tackling a variety of enemies here, you are given a fair bit of an advantage when it comes to movement. Leon and Claire don’t trudge around the RPD like a couple of tanks. They are instead a lot faster and a lot more nimble than the previous game. This allows players to, more often than not, avoid incoming attacks as well as escape some rather volatile situations. With movement being overhauled, this also allows Leon and Claire to be more efficient when placed into a position where they have to fight back.

While Resident Evil 2 gets horror right, it also delivers in the graphics department. Resident Evil 2 is a beautiful game that not only includes some of the best-looking zombies I have come across, but it also offers up some rather stunning set-pieces. To add to this, Leon and Claire look spectacular and so do the other familiar faces that you come across.

Conclusion:
The Resident Evil 2 remake is an absolute masterpiece. Not only does Resident Evil 2 hit all the right notes when it comes to the nostalgia factor, but the entire experience is just hands-down amazing. Everything from the combat, graphics, and sound has been reworked to create a game that is now the new standard for remasters and remakes.

By: Darryl Linington
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