Resident Evil 2: 5 Things To Look Forward To In The Reimagined Version

Jordan Samuel Jordan Samuel
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January 11th, 2019

Content Editor, Film Critic and Writer for ComiConverse.com, the Founder and co-host of the official Nerdcast Network Podcast

he deadly T-virus escapes into the streets of Raccoon City. Leon and Claire find the police office left abandoned. In an underground facility the story of Umbrella Corp. gets unfolded.

Often called the perfect video game sequel, Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 was a groundbreaking experience on its 1998 release for the original PlayStation. From the improved visuals to an upgraded emphasis on narrative and raised levels of tension made it a classic version. So when the remake was announced in 2015, there was tons of excitement from fans. Who has been clambering for Capcom to return to Racoon City.

But not much is known about the remake, only that it will be released on current generation hardware. Will, it is like Resident Evil (2002), basically the same game as the original but refined for modern systems? Or was it going to be an over-the-top action game? Thankfully at E3 2018, fans were informed that Resident Evil 2 would be a complete remake of the 1998 classic.

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It will be a game, that will please fans of the original while making new ones in the process. Capcom has done their best in drawing newcomers to the series. Like Resident Evil 2 feels more like a soft reboot than a straightforward remake, pleasing both audiences.

Let’s take a look at the newly redesigned R.P.D. police department. Resident Evil 2 releases on January 25th:

A New Perspective

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A new view! Probably the most significant change in this remake: there is no more fixed camera instead Capcom have opted for a over the shoulder system. They are making each enemy encounter feel tenser and allows players to experience these environments with more interactivity.

Often seen as a discussion point of the series, fans have been split on whether fixed camera angles added more tension than over the shoulder systems which have infected modern game design. Well, that and the tank controls which played a significant part in the original release.

Resident Evil 4 first introduced the behind the shoulder camera, but still retained the classic horror elements while delivering some pulse-pounding moments against zombies. Capcom has made sure to maintain the original feel but balancing that with satisfying combat.

Roll on the good times!

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Expanded Story Elements

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Resident Evil 2 was the last game in Capcom iconic franchise to focus on a severe horror tone, instead of the super-powered antagonists that cluttered and ruined modern iterations. Developers have claimed the remake will not be a 1-for-1 adaptation of the classic PlayStation trilogy instead expanding story elements and revisiting old themes.

Producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi has stated the remake will "capture the spirit of the original [game]”. So while it might not deviate from the original release, it’s likely the remake will be a comply with different experiences. So…. Do not expect any of the original corny dialogue.

Expect some Oscar level goodness in this remake.

Munch, Munch, Munch

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I won’t be a Resident Evil game without those undead freaks. And gives them current generation makeovers. The undead army has been thoroughly refined in the remake. Zombies body parts react in real time to bullets and knives, making for horrific moments.

Lickers, the upgraded version of the classic Hunter return and look better than ever. Being made of bone and muscle, they are shy to burns, making defeating them a challenge for even long term fans.

And then there is Mr X, a tyrant in his skintight trench coat. Chasing the player throughout the entire campaign making for some tense moments. Fans will have to figure out how to take him out.

Horror has been redefined.

True Survival Returns

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Anyone familiar with the series knows that Resident Evil has some of the most satisfying survival elements in gaming. From keeping track on your ammunition to healing yourself - nothing has come close to that level of dread and hopelessness.

Resident Evil 2 brings that iconic element of “survival” back into proceedings, as simple headshots won’t be enough to defeat the evil zombie horde. With enemies being able to withstand more damage in this outing. Players will have to be on their toes in combat.

Keep track of your inventory folks!

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4K Zombie Fun

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Capcom uses their groundbreaking RE Engine to reinvent Resident Evil 2, with insane animations and environments. That will be a significant upgrade when compared to the original PlayStation console release, as Leon’s police uniform glisten on modern day televisions. PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X owners will have two different graphical options to choose from when they boot up Capcom's Resident Evil 2 remake.

“Players will be able to play on Xbox One X and PS4 Pro in 4K," Capcom Brand Manager Mike Lunn informed Gaming Bolt. "But if you choose to play in 4K you won’t be able to play at 60 frames per second. So it will run at 30 FPS. It is a stable [framerate].”

All eyes shall be pleased with the visual fidelity of Resident Evil 2 on modern day systems! Zombies have never looked more terifying.

The Resident Evil 2 remake brings the series' classic horror roots up to date with a modernised over-the-shoulder camera and bleeding-edge graphics. Many ideas from 1998's original release, like having two separate campaigns with different points of view and encounters. Capcom is banking on giving fans a heavy dose of nostalgia, while enticing new fans to the franchise. Hopefully this begins a new era of Resident Evil fans.

Resident Evil 2 can be picked up on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on January 25, 2019

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