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Resident Evil 2 review
Exceptional
by UltiDK

Resident Evil 2 is a remake of the classic horror game from 1998. I never played the original, so I can't compare this one to it. To start, the game is a horror game, so it's very scary. I'm not much into horror games, but I enjoyed the game. I felt like it didn't throw too many jumpscares at you. There are especially many jumpscares in the beginning of the game, which suits the vibe of you being new in town. In some parts of the game, you'll be constantly followed by the terrifying Tyrant, an unstoppable enemy. This forces you to move quick and these parts are very intense.

The game is about 8 hours long, but never feels dragged out. The game has two main protagonists, Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield. Leon is on his first day as a cop when the game takes place, meanwhile, Claire is coming to the city to look for her brother. Before starting the game you'll get to pick who to play as. I would recommend playing through the game at least two times to experience both the protagonist's stories, even though much of it is the same.

The gameplay primarily consists of exploration, puzzles, and survival. The ammunition is very scarce, so you'll have to make your bullets count. The zombies take a lot of bullets to kill, so you'll have to only use your guns when necessary. The puzzles are very diverse and fun to solve, which is great considering that they take up a large sum of the game.

The final thing I want to talk about is the graphics. The lighting is simply phenomenal, and the amount of detail on faces is impressive. This makes the game very immersive to play, and therefore also scarier.

Overall Score: 9/10 - Amazing
+ Intense gameplay
+ The two protagonists each have their own stories, boosting replayability.
+ Stunning graphics with great lightning effects
+ Fun and diverse puzzles
- The game is a little short
«Beaten more than once»

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This REmake deserves all the praise it cant get! There is just so much love in that game you can literally feel it while playing.
«Blew my mind»
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
RE2 looks good and feels good. It is an impressive remaster, but I think it’s over rated. I don’t understand why it is getting such high praise. It is in many game of the year talks and I don’t think it deserves to be there. The story is fine. The dialogue is hilariously bad at times due to the language difference. This type of game is simple but clever at times. The big hat man was a highlight. It’s not as good as The Evil Within (although you can see how TEW takes a lot from the first game) and definitely not as good as RE7. This was a fun solid experience but not more. 

Final Score: A-
Resident Evil 2 from 98' was already a groundbreaking horror game, and still considered one of the best. We are truly blessed to get a full remastered version of this game. This is my second time playing through Claire and Leon's story in preparation for Resident Evil 3.

Resident Evil 2 manages to give us a fresh new look at the classic without taking away what makes the original so great. It still has a absurd 90's action feel to it with some hilarious one liners from both characters, as well as the overall tone of the game. But it does manage to make the game scarier.

It's a bit easier and less scary to play through this game again, especially after knowing where everything is as well as puzzles and paths, but it's still scary as hell. The mood and the atmosphere is damn near perfect. The lighting, or lack thereof, is perfect, and the incredible graphics play a big part in the creepy atmosphere of the game.

Enemies are great and prove to be at least a little challenging at all times. Even the base zombies require patience, aim, and strategy. But of course no one matches Mr. X, who is obviously the most iconic part of this game. The developers made sure he was as scary and menacing as ever, any part of the game with him in it will make you anxiety ridden. 

Gameplay-wise, in typical Resident Evil fashion, is filled with puzzles and iconic levels. The game requires you to be wary of inventory space, and for you to plan out every move you make. 

Overall this is a fantastic remake of an already fantastic game, and I'm very excited to see what the third game brings to the table.
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«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
Both modern and nostalgic, Resident Evil 2 Remake is the perfect example of how to do a remake. This game captures everything that made RE2 amazing in the 90’s with updated sensibilities and visuals. Doesn't over stay its welcome and offers a fun reason to take it for a second spin.
5/5
«Beaten more than once»
The original Resident Evil 2 is a game that aged horribly and I wasn't expecting anything good from a remake. Surprisingly enough, this is by far the best example of a remake that successfully improved and refreshed a classic while keeping the original atmosphere intact. The gameplay mechanics are mostly unchanged but (thank you) everything is way more fluid and of course, visually gorgeous. The player is forced to walk around in the dark with a torch as the only source of light. As areas are usually pretty small and backed up by a map, exploration is never frustrating but surely claustrophobic. You will need to proceed carefully and use your ears to spot zombies and other threats. 

The zombies are the strongest in the series so far and them being a real threat make the exploration even more suspenseful. Running away, hiding and dodging them usually works better as even by aiming at their head will take a few bullets and resources are limited. Shooting at their legs and arms will low them down but they will still come to look after you if you got spotted. Killing off most of them will result in an easier experience at the beginning as there's a lot of backtracking, but it will make the latter part of the game incredibly challenging as loots get scarcer. Unfortunately crafting is as primitive as it was in the original game, and definitely not on par with times. Rooms are full of details and objects, and crafting new equipment or weapons out of common objects would have increased the survival taste so much more. Here you pretty much find powders and bullet cases in the most absurd places and just combine them.

I would recommend playing on Hardcore settings as you get limited opportunities to save. Despite some highly frustrating moments I enjoyed both Leon and Claire's campaigns. The only flaw I could think of is the little variation between Leon's and Claire's campaigns. Recycling the same areas was not a problem but you end up unlocking the same doors, repeating the very same puzzles and killing the same bosses with very little variations. As their campaigns are supposed to be happening at the same time seeing the effect of Leon's actions on Claire's campaign and vice-versa would have been much more interesting. (8.2/10)
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«Can’t stop playing»
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
This is a masterclass in how to remake a game. An absolute joy to play from beginning to end.

My only gripe is the whole Leon and Claire flirting and in general, don't seem to care about the fact that there is a goddamn undead invasion.

This game is fun, scary and if you haven't played it yet, you're doing yourself a disservice. I have never been a RE fan due to certain mechanics such as fixed camera angles but you can be assured I will be buying any other RE remake/new game that comes out in this style.
«Blew my mind»
Favorite Thing: It's nice to see a modern look on a classic.
Least Favorite Thing: Playthrough B was a big let down. It is too much of a repeat: (mostly) the same places, same enemies, same bosses. As a special note, Claire has a big uncanny valley thing going on.

Date Completed: 2019-08-23
Playtime: 15h (Claire A, Leon B)
Enjoyment: 6/10
Recommendation: Enh. If you like horror/zombies/RE play through it on easy.
I've never been more than a passing appreciator of the original Resident Evil 2, and have in fact probably said more than once that it's a tad overrated when compared to its sharper, more focused predecessor. I'm not sure whether that was a help or a hindrance when it came to giving this remake its fair shake, but I do know that this is one hell of a game. Seems to strike the perfect balance between modern gaming QOL concessions and the survival horror tropes of yore. It's not just another tired Resident Evil 4 iteration like the dreadfully boring Revelations games, nor is it an RCPD skin applied to the shockingly great Resident Evil 7, either. No, it's its own new evolution of what RE is, and it makes me really excited to see what comes next.

(and if that's RE3, I'll be there on day one)

Thumbs Up
9/10

PlayStation 4 version
Played through many times, 100% completion, unlocked Platinum trophy
8/10

+ Extremely satisfying gameplay loop
+ Well thought out map; exploration is a blast
+ Excellent animation and atmosphere
+ Didn't overstay it's welcome; nice and short

- Story wasn't anything special
- Respawning zombies somewhat annoying
This one is simple. Resident Evil 2 felt like true an honest re-make for a classical game. Not only it honors old school UI elements, somewhat glitchy animations, and super cheesy dialogues, but it also brings back long forgotten joy of wanting to complete a game as quick as possible, just to be able to start it again. It's quite uncommon these days. Truly exceptional game I'd easily recommend to every fan of a thrill.
«Blew my mind»
«Just one more turn»