Resident Evil 2 Remake has been confirmed for both consoles and PC; it has set to release on Jan. 25, 2019.
The Resident Evil Franchise has gone back to its roots, after the release of Resident Evil 7, which strayed from the original formula for the Resident Evil games, Capcom took a different approach.
Things You Should Know before Buying Resident Evil 2 Remake
The new game is the remake of the original Resident Evil 2, so it will not feel like Resident Evil 7, which also was a phenomenal game. This is a bummer for those who prefer the FPS gameplay but brought bliss to the fans of the original series.
Nevertheless, this game is also fantastic. It shares the same minimum requirements as Resident Evil 7.
Not a Remaster
So far, it seems that Capcom has done a pretty good job at bringing Resident Evil 2 back from the dead. The new Resident Evil is in no way a remastered edition of the game, it is more of a rework of the game.
There have been tons of new features added to the game. Although, most of the great content from the original game has been preserved, with some subtle improvements here and there.
This makes a good deal for new players as well as returning players.
New Camera Angles
The first thing to notice is that there is no fixed camera. They have made third-person gameplay, which means that there is freedom of movement.
Now you can explore Raccoon City Streets and Police station more freely, to discover hidden paths and secrets. This makes for a more immersive experience.
The new game brings a lot to the table. New locations have been added along with some iconic locations, to complement the nostalgic value of the game.
The layout of the rooms has also been altered, gunplay has been changed, which has been made more as if it did in Resident Evil 4. With the addition of these new features, the boss fights feel much better.
A brand new area, The Orphanage, is also introduced to the game, where you will be able to play with Sherry.
Resident Evil 2 is an AAA game and consisted a staff of 800 people, as such there have been many improvements made. There are obvious visual improvements, but a more noticeable change is to the narrative of the game.
The story of the previous game was great, so there has been no change to that, but the voice acting in the previous game was awful and the dialogs were not impressive either.
Now there have been improvements to that, the new dialogs are more relevant and the voice acting feels better.
You cannot choose the difficulty of the game; rather, the game chooses it for you. The game gets more challenging as you progress, depending on your performance.
If you are a beginner, the game will be moderately difficult, so you can face the enemies while not being completely dominated by them.
However, even if you are a hardcore game, you will still have a tough time, since the game will become more unforgiving if you find yourself on the easy street.
There have been new gadgets introduced in the game, like Ada’s scanner. Just like in the classic game, when Leon is shot protecting Ada, you take control over her.
At first, her gear would not seem much impressive, but she has come equipped with EMP Visualizer. This is a scanner and it is a very handy tool. This gadget tracks electronic panels through walls, allowing you to hack them.
During any Resident Evil game, the loot is minimal, so the resources are limited; as such, each item available in the world cannot be taken for granted.
The inventory space available to you in these games have been insignificant, that is why inventory space management has always been very crucial. However, this time, the developers have given us some slack.
Introducing a new feature where any item you find and do not pick up can be marked on the map. So, that you may come back for it later.
Aesthetic changes have been noticed in the game along with some costume changes as well. Ada now wears a coat, which may upset some fans, but do not worry, the classic red dress will also be available in the game.
Leon’s outfit has been made more realistic, they got rid of his shoulder pads that did seem over the top previously since nobody actually wore shoulder pads in real life.
Focus on details is phenomenal, which is complemented by excellent graphics.
Resident Evil 2 is no walk in the park, along with dreadful encounters with the zombies, you also have to solve a puzzle to access the next area. The puzzle from the original game is still a part of the new game, along with new puzzles.
Ada’s scanner must be used to solve some of the puzzles or discover hidden secrets. Furthermore, examining objects for clues is still vital for solving puzzles and uncovering new items.
Of course, sometimes the difficulty of the puzzle becomes even harder if you have to deal with the Tyrant as you look for clues.
The same graphics engine is used as Resident Evil 7, so the new game looks more realistic. Overall, the game feels beautiful, it is apparent that the developers gave attention to details. Blood and gore feel real, the shadows are clear.
The atmosphere of the game gives creepy vibes, and the lighting is dim, so everything is very dark, as such, sometimes it is easily run past items, so keep your eyes peeled.
The game has also been enhanced for both Xbox One and PS4, so PC players are not the only ones delving into its beauty.
The sound design has been reworked, since it is a third person game now, the sound is very crucial. The new sound design feature, directional sound, so enemies are easier to detect, especially in dark.
The sounds also add to the creepy vibe of the game. Throughout the game you can hear the moaning of zombies, also, similar to the classic game, Tyrant is also featured in this game.
You are able to hear his footsteps even if you are quite a few steps away. The game also features new soundtracks.
Chunk of Content
Resident Evil 2 will have a good amount of content. It has been confirmed that both Leon and Claire will have separate campaign scenarios, so you will be able to uncover the story from both their perspectives.
Furthermore, the bonus game modes Forth Survivor and Tofu mode is also a part of the game.
They were previously unlocked by getting A-rank on both Claire and Leon’s campaign, but we are not sure how to unlock them in the new game, it may be the same.
Resident Evil is available in different packaging. The Standard Edition costs $59.99, while the Deluxe Edition costs $69.99 and the Collector’s Edition costs $199.99. Each offers the base game will some additional items mentioned below.
- Leon Costume: ‘Arklay Sheriff’
- Leon Costume: ‘Noir’
- Claire Costume: ‘Military’
- Claire Costume: ‘Noir’
- Claire Costume: ‘Elza Walker’
- Deluxe Weapon: ‘Samurai Edge – Albert Model’
- ‘Original Ver.’ Soundtrack Swap
- Steelbook Edition (Includes Resident Evil 2 full game)
- 12” Leon Kennedy Figurine
- Limited Edition R.P.D. Keys
- Collector’s Item Box
- Artbook & Soundtrack CD
- ‘Made in Heaven’ Pin Badge
- A Poster
- ‘Original Version’ Soundtrack
- Leon Kennedy Costumes: Arklay Sheriff and Noir
- Claire Redfield Costumes: Military, Noir and Elza Walker
- Deluxe Weapon: Samurai Edge – Albert Model
Additionally, they also offer a pre-order bonus.
- Deluxe Weapon: “Samurai Edge – Chris Model”
- Deluxe Weapon: “Samurai Edge – Jill Model”
- Resident Evil 2 / Biohazard Re: 2 Wallpaper Pac
If you are not sure, whether the game is the right fit for you, you can try the demo. The demo is available from 11th Jan, it offers 30 minutes of playtime. So, be sure to check that out before making your decision.
Resident Evil 2 has full controller support, so you will be able to enjoy the game on PC, with the comfort of a sofa. As for Oculus, the developers have not added any support for VR.
The developers confirmed that there would be no support for VR, mainly because of the third person perspective, which makes VR not a good match for the game.