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Resident Evil 2 review
Exceptional
by tuckerpoikonen

Feels like these REmakes are in a feedback loop with The Last of Us. Resident Evil is obviously a huge influence on TLOU, and the TLOU became a huge influence on both this game. The combat feels like a really nice mix of RE4 and TLOU gunplay, but far more polished than either of those. It feels great. Maybe this game will end up influencing TLOU 2, who knows.

The puzzles are challenging and numerous. You are thrown right in and you kind of have to figure it out yourself. I love how the map continues to build on top of itself throughout the game. I know these aren’t technically Metroidvanias but it does kind of feel like one in some ways.

Both characters are fun to play as. I did Claire A Leon B, which I didn’t regret. Claire is more fun to me, but Ada was pretty cool in the Leon section.

Mr. Tyrant rocked. Such a cool design and such an intimidating enemy.

Other reviews16

The interaction between resource management, smart puzzles, and genuinely tense action makes this a masterpiece. It is balanced so finely that it's just such a joy and terror to play. And the level design that backs over itself with puzzles opening shortcuts is incredible. A must play!
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
I kept dying and getting frustrated but I stayed up all night playing to completion so clearly it did something right. 
«Just one more turn»
«Can’t stop playing»
This is how you do a remake the right way. Immaculately designed environments with brilliant ui choices (I love the map and how it shows you exactly what rooms you have cleared and where items are, saving you the hassle of having to run around aimlessly looking for ammo and key items). The mood is perfect, with the lighting really creating a sense of dread as you wander down dark hallways or rush through the mansion trying to escape the Tyrant. 

Speaking of Tyrant, the way they introduce him is perfect. Letting you learn the layout of the map before throwing your sense of comfort out the window by introducing someone who will chase you down is a good way to shake things up, and I was genuinely scared of mr x througout the game. 

I have been a resident evil fan my whole life, and I love the last few games they have put out. Happy to see them pulling out of their nose dive after the atrocity that was resi 6. 
«Beaten more than once»
This was a fun game. I wasn't wowed. But I'd put it in my top 100 all time 
«Beaten more than once»
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 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
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«Beaten more than once»
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»
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.