Story - 99%
Graphics - 95%
Audio - 95%
Gameplay - 90%
Replayability - 80%
The nostalgia is strong with this one. The remake of an icon, what could possibly go wrong?
Resident Evil 2 will long be one of the games that most of us remember from our childhoods. Sitting I front of the TV with your PSONE cable dangling towards the beautiful Gray console, the lights off, coke next to you and your friend sitting watching you destroy zombies. Back when kids were kids, when no-one was sensitive and little 8 year old Dennis could play violent PlayStation titles without being called a potential murderer.
Starting up Resident Evil will always be one of the most terrifying things I’ve experienced in my lifetime of gaming. The chilling music reigns supreme as the creepiest opening to any game ever. From the start you can tell that Capcom hasn’t just remastered the title for PS4, like they did on PS3. The title has a fresh new feel from the moment you enter the menu, where you get to choose whose story you wish to play, Leon’s or Clare’s. I personally chose Leon, as that is who I played the original title with.
The first cut scene sets the tone for the rest of the game. The beautifully designed characters, the story, the horror, the gore, the intensity; it has it all. From that moment, you knew what was coming. Eventually after some bridging, you land up at the Raccoon City Police Station, which is built very similar to the original, with some changes to the overall map. This is where Resident Evil really begins, the good old RPD, where Leon was supposed to start earlier that week as a newly hired RPD member.
I am personally 6 hours in and let me tell you, the nostalgia never stops throughout the entire game. The newly designed game might have new camera mechanics and overall gameplay mechanics that perfectly line up with that of the iconic Resident Evil 4, but it still gives you the exact same feeling. Walking through doors, interacting with objects, and looking through windows has all become smoother to do compared to the original where it seemed like it needed a loading screen every time you entered a room? The navigation seems easier to do with you being able to see every side of the room rather than from 1 stagnant camera angle, I much preferred this compared to the original, for this game in particular.
The biggest change you can see is the graphics, character models and to the world. The design team on this was definitely told to make it look as premium as possible because that is exactly what they did, I tried my best to find texture issues or glitches with character interactions and I found nothing. The cleanliness of the design in this title is simply mindblowing. I have never been more impressed with a remake my entire life. One thing worth mentioning above the rest is the design of the zombies; WOW WOW WOW. The gore was beyond perfection, the colours and dead eyed look of the zombie gave me chills. I absolutely commend the design team behind the scenes.
Another thing that plays into the horror and plays a major role in the scares is the audio. The audio would have to be flawless, perfectly timed and realistic in order to deliver the scare we all crave. They delivered. The sound effects are so well done that I feel like they got real zombies in to eat some brains as they recorded the sound, the growls and zombies roars are beautiful and haunting at the same time. They are especially eerie when you’re wandering through the dark halls of the police department trying to find a gear that you need.
Overall the remake it pure Gold, it had me glued to my screen for hours trying to figure out all the puzzles and finding all the easter eggs (yes they have easter eggs). The game is insanely difficult compared to what I remember and the jump scares are unforgiving. Most people asked why it has a “AAA price tag” and I think you’d have to play to see why. I would definitely recommend this for anyone who has played the original and even more so to those that haven’t.
Key Likes vs Dislike
– Total Remake
– Stunning Graphics
– Amazing Audio and Score
– Engrossing and Story Driven
– Nostalgia with new effect
– NOT A REMASTER