Bringing back a classic is a risky thing to do. Especially with a game like Resident Evil 2, which is without a doubt one of the most celebrated in the franchise’s long running multi decade history. There are so many creative decisions that I’m sure daunted the designers. Do you just copy exactly what was in the original game? Do you remove what didn’t work? Do you add new content in entirely? While all these questions are hard, I’m happy to proclaim that Capcom has done it yet again. Resident Evil 2 is an unquestionable treat for old and new fans alike.
The game follows two characters; Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield through Raccoon City. Leon is a rookie cop arriving in town to start his new job, while Claire is traveling there to find her missing brother Chris. As you’d expect, they both meet up, get stranded in the city and discover that they’re in way over their heads as the city has fallen to an outbreak of a deadly virus. The story hasn’t changed much since 1998, though some key plot points are expanded upon to play out in a more modern fashion.In the game, you’ll control Leon or Claire as they explore the Raccoon Police Department and its surrounding areas to not only escape but discover the cause of the outbreak. The characters each have their own unique characteristics that separate their campaigns – they’ll meet different people on their journey and acquire different weapons too – but it’s really, really recommended that you see the story through with both characters to get the full picture.
This is a simplified, more streamlined version of the “zapping” system that played out in the original game. At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, but now honestly, I believe it’s a better way to handle the plot. No more debates over how a certain character died, or if a certain character got infected, as it’s all laid out here no matter what order you play the game in. Leon and Claire experience the same story from two different sides, which just makes a little bit more sense.But enough about the plot. Just how does it play?