The remaster for Capcom’s classic for Resident Evil 2 is out and it’s a beautiful mix of new mechanics and old-school gameplay. Many of the elements you remember from the original game are present but remixed.
Enemies have a new set of rules. For instance, Lickers are as violent as ever but blind. If you sneak by quietly by walking slowly, you can move out of harms way without being attacked. Regular are now bullet sponges; You have to get a couple head shots on them to kill them for good.
Luckily, many of the things you probably loved from the original. Ammo is a scarce resource. You’ll often be weighing the decision of shooting zombies or skirting by to conserve ammo for the bosses. All those weird esoteric puzzles are back too. Why are there key’s based playing card emblems? Who cares when a tyrant is chasing you!
The remake brings with it the over the shoulder, third-person camera angle popularized since the fourth game. Thank god, no more tank controls. Leon and Claire are a little slow turning but there’s button for you to turn 180 to quickly get away from trouble.
What The Critics Are Saying
Pierce Turner of Gaming Trend gave the game a perfect score. He was particularly into the suspense the Resident Evil 2 offers. Many of the boss fights will come done to that last bullet or healing herb. All the enemies, even the typical zombie, are a danger to be leery of.
Alessandro Fillari of Gamespot loves the atmosphere of the game. He notes how “you’ll rarely feel safe in Resident Evil 2, even if you are.” The eerie sounds and blood splatter hallways make for a disturbing scene. Because everything has been reworked to account for the over-the-shoulder controls, there’s more opportunity to really soak in the environments.
Zak Wojnar of Screenrant was disappointed that the interplay between Claire and Leon. The differences between the two scenarios are downplayed and, unlike the original, you’re decisions in one scenario won’t impact the other. However, he still gives the game 4 out 5 stars because it’s such a fresh take on the original game.
So, What You Waiting For?
As big fan of the original game, especially the N64 version, I cannot wait any longer to jump into this remake of Resident Evil 2. It’s out now for Xbox One, PS4 and PC for $60. I don’t know about you, but I know what I’ll be playing this weekend!