What can I say about this new Resident Evil 2 Remake? I should rephrase that with, “What can I say about this game without using profanity?”
Holy toledo Batman, its absolutely amazing!
Welcome To Raccoon City
They didn’t hold back in the production of this game, and it shows right away. This is way more than a remaster. This is a complete overhaul of this originally awesome game.
Comic-Con DEMO Release
The booth they had at Comic-Con was a set straight out of the game itself. Along with blood stains on the floors and walls, and a sign welcoming you to Raccoon City. After waiting about an hour, you got to walk inside of a set of the Raccoon City Police Department.
Here you will find 15 computer monitors lining the room, where you could choose between PS4 or XBOX platforms to try out the game. The demo itself doesn’t have a cap on what you can do. Its just timed. So if you’re quick, you could experience quite a lot in just the demo.
I got a chance to play the timed demo at Comic-Con 2018 and started whining the moment they threw that black screen at me telling me I couldn’t keep playing after my 15 minutes were up. It’s just not enough time to really explore everything it had to offer!
But they did give me an awesome RPD t-shirt to dry my tears with!
We also got a sneak peek trailer at E3 back in June that blew us all away. Resident Evil always did know how to keep their horror games to masterpiece levels, and this is no exception.
The game play is smooth, the graphics are great, and keep you cringing with every jump scare, and I love that they kept the zombies hard to fight. They didn’t make this game as a zombie shooter. They made this game as a puzzle, a damn horrific jump-out-of-your-seat survival puzzle game.
You can dump a whole magazine of bullets at these things and it’ll just slow them down…. slightly, but that ain’t the way to complete the game, to beat it you need to get your head into it and figure your way out. (Like the way it should be!) Of course, as you progress in the game you’ll get better weapons to utilize in fighting the hordes. But in the beginning, man does your heart race trying to scramble out of situations.
Think back to the days when you’d play Legend of Zelda and curse at the screen (With the little knowledge of cuss words you had at your disposal) trying to get on to the next stage. Now add in hordes of terrifying zombiefied creatures coming at you, and you don’t get much in your arsenal to stop them, now you got Resident Evil in a nutshell.
Thats what makes these games a lovable classic, and thats what you can expect from this remake from Capcom.
The ORIGINAL Was Kept In Mind
They made the maps very similar to the original, but still keeping its own unique flare. So it will have you feeling reminiscent of the old Resident Evil 2, but also feeling like you’re playing a completely different game at the same time. In an interview with Variety, Producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi stated:
“Our main goal is taking the original, classic title and trying to reimagine it for an entirely new audience.”
– Producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi
I do believe they have succeeded in just that, it hasn’t even been released yet, and this game is already looking like dollar signs. The camera style has changed dramatically too. Looking a lot like Resident Evil 4‘s style, then the locked in place camera stylings of the Classic RE2.
The frames themselves look more theatrical than stiff and unfocused like in the Classic. Which gives more to the drama and suspense of this game. Helping you feel more like you’re apart of a movie that’s unraveling before your eyes, with your own control.
Its gory and scary and keeps you on the edge of your seat. You’re never really safe in the game and always feel at risk of something grabbing onto you. But it also has a great story to it. Its action and drama, and thats what made it successful in its youth. Horror genre games, done right, can really rack it in because that’s what our demographic wants!
Yoshiaki goes on to say about the clarity of the graphics in the game:
“Now that we’re using our internal RE engine, which we used in “Resident Evil 7,” it’s a really beautiful looking engine and it makes these photorealistic environments really pop and come to life.”
“When you put that in the context of a horror game and it’s set in an area that you can really explore and backtrack through, and have an adventure in it, we have gameplay experience in mind, and part of that is going to be, amongst the adventure, these pulses of horror, shock, and gore.”
“We want people to enjoy the game at the end of the day, so it’s not an endless parade of disgusting gore, because that wouldn’t be fun.”
Whats also great with this game is they had a play on the butterfly effect. Things you do (or don’t do)will have an effect on your gameplay as you go along. If you’re negligent on certain things, trying to run through the game, That can impact your difficulty later.
So don’t forget to board those windows up! You’ll thank me later! 😉
They used every resource they could with making this a truly better horror game all around. Even with the music choices they made, they kept thrill in mind. They took even your stance into consideration.
How things would sound from the perspective of the character you’re controlling. There will be moments when there won’t be any music playing, to make you feel more tension and wonder as to what may be around the next corner.
Resident Evil 2 Pre-Orders
All around, this is a highly anticipated game Resident Evil 2remake is set to release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on January 25, 2019. Pre-orders are open now! Pre-order Resident Evil 2, will include two bonus weapons: Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine’s signature Samurai Edge handguns.
While If you pre-order from the PlayStation Store, you’ll get a free Resident Evil 2PS4 theme. The Deluxe Edition comes with the main game, plus a DLC for two Leon costumes, three Claire costumes, Samurai Edge – Albert Model, and a classic Resident Evil 2 soundtrack swap.
The GameStop-exclusive Collector’s Edition comes with everything you get in the Deluxe Edition, plus a 12-inch Leon statue, a collector’s art book, and R.P.D. renovation blueprints, all in R.P.D. item box packaging. So theres definetly some options, from the small fans, and casual players, to the hardcores!