Review: Resident Evil 2 Remake
It has been 21 years since we first experienced the survival horror of Resident Evil 2. It was one of the greatest video games at the time and more than worthy of a modern-day remake. As we head down the streets of Raccoon City and climb into the police station once more, we ask ourselves if it’s still the marvelous horror game we remember and whether or not the remake can do the original its justice.
Starting January 25th we have been playing the game almost non-stop. The story itself is an experience that takes about 9 hours to complete, but with the two characters (Leon and Claire) and with both having two scenarios to play through, the game is still enjoyable long after the first credits roll. There are also plenty of unlockables, so there is more than enough to keep you busy for a good, long while.
Having played the original did help quite a bit with solving the puzzles around the Raccoon City Police Department, but don’t expect to remember every zombie to come your way. The remake has changed quite a lot of things around and it is all for the better. Changing the set camera angles to a tense over-the-shoulder one simply works perfectly and fits the game as a whole. The title feels like a completely new experience and one worth having. The visuals are amazing, the updated map feels great and makes all the puzzles way more manageable, while playing still captures that classic/nostalgic feeling.
We have always thought that the Resident Evil games are in a genre of their own and it used to take a very specific kind of gamer to enjoy. Stumbling in the dark, trying to solve a puzzle you have been stuck on for hours came with the overwhelming feeling of success when you finally did find what you were looking for. The Resident Evil 2 Remake still has this feeling, but makes everything a lot easier to keep track of, which makes it easier for new players to step in. Don’t think the game is too easy now though, zombies often seem to come out of nowhere and take quite a few headshots to keep down for good. Manage that ammo count is al we are saying, because it wouldn’t be the first time we were out of bullets and then a licker decided to show up.
Resident Evil 2 has gotten one hell of a remake and it is easily one of our favourite horror games to date. It improves every aspect of the original, while still keeping all the things that made us fall in love with the title in the first place. Creaking floorboards, intriguing puzzles, terrifying zombies and plenty of repeatability, this remake has quickly become one of the best horror games to date.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC