A remake over two decades in the making, Resident Evil 2 released to critical acclaim, a whole lot of fanfare and its over five million units sold means it’s already more successful than the original ever was. So profound is its success, Capcom’s cash-printing train is set to keep on rolling with a remake of Nemesis already announced and in development.
Resident Evil 2, like this year’s entry into the Devil May Cry series, is just another in a current hot streak for Capcom. Though the game handles more like an over-the-shoulder action game, the team made special focus to double-down on horror so the claustrophobic feel wasn’t lost with the removal of the game’s tougher fixed angles and tank controls. Fortunately, the game is as horrifying as ever thanks to wet gore, photorealistic undead and that dastardly Tyrant, whose approaching footsteps never fail to make hairs stand on end.
In his review, James said:“Resident Evil 2 takes a masterpiece and twists it until it resembles something completely new without betraying the spirit of the original. There are some very, very minor cuts that’ll no doubt upset some fans; but these are ultimately unnoticeable as what Capcom has offered up is an absolute triumph. Resident Evil 2 provides a new way to experience a classic and a very welcome reminder that the old style of Resident Evil is not dead. If anything, it’s finally back.”
Steven said: Capcom has been firing on all cylinders for the last couple of years. Resident Evil 7 showed that Capcom could re-think what Resident Evil is and how it plays, Resident Evil 2 showed that the third-person action-horror style Resident Evil still has plenty to surprise us with.
Toby said: Since its announcement a few years ago, the hype surrounding Resident Evil 2 was at its peak when the game was reannounced back at E3 2018. And boy, did it not disappoint — captivating, terrifying, and all-round well-executed, Resident Evil 2’s remake is, without a doubt, one of my favourite games this generation. The development team did a great job in recreating iconic scenes and locations from the original and bringing them to life in a gorgeous new engine, while keeping the general atmosphere and tension as high as it always was. My favourite game of the year by some distance, Resident Evil 2 is everything I could have ever wanted out of a horror game.