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Features

  • A spine-chilling reimagining of a horror classic - Based on the original PlayStation console release in1998, the new game has been completely rebuilt from the ground up for a deeper narrative experience.
  • A whole new perspective - New over-the-shoulder camera mode and modernized control schemecreates a more modern take on the survival horror experience and offers players a trip down memorylane with the original gameplay modes from the 1998 release.
  • Terrifyingly realistic visuals - Built on Capcom's proprietary RE Engine, Resident Evil 2 deliversbreathtakingly photorealistic visuals in 4K whilst stunning lighting creates an up-close, intense andatmospheric experience as players roam the corridors of the Raccoon City Police Department (RPD).
  • Face the grotesque hordes - Zombies are brought to life with a horrifyingly realistic wet gore effect asthey react in real time taking instant visible damage, making every bullet count.
  • Iconic series defining gameplay - Engage in frenzied combat with enemies, explore dark menacing corridors, solve puzzles to access areas and collect and use items discovered around the environment ina terrifying constant fight for survival.
  • See favorite characters in a whole new light - Join rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy on his first dayin the job and college student Claire Redfield, who is searching for her brother amidst a terrifying zombie epidemic.
  • Step into the rookie shoes of both heroes - Enjoy separately playable campaigns for both Leon andClaire, allowing players to see the story from both characters' perspective.

Product Description

The fan-favorite Resident Evil 2 is back on PS4, completely rebuilt from the ground up for a deeper narrative experience. Using Capcom's proprietary RE Engine, Resident Evil 2 remaster offers a fresh take on the classic survival horror saga with breathtakingly realistic visuals, heart-poundingly immersive audio, a new over-the-shoulder camera, and modernized controls on top of gameplay modes from the original game.

In Resident Evil 2, the classic action, tense exploration, and puzzle solving gameplay that defined the Resident Evil series returns. Players join rookie police officer Leon Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield, who are thrust together by a disastrous outbreak in Raccoon City that transformed its population into deadly zombies. Both Leon and Claire have their own separate playable campaigns, allowing players to see the story from both characters' perspectives. The fate of these two fan favorite characters is in players hands as they work together to survive and get to the bottom of what is behind the terrifying attack on the city. Will they make it out alive?

9.5 Game Informer Must Play

Resident Evil 2

The Greater Of Two Evils

by Ben Reeves on Jan 22, 2019

Game Informer Must Play

For more than a decade, Resident Evil has felt like a franchise struggling to find its identity. The seminal Resident Evil 4 put a greater focus on action, but subsequent entries lost their luster. Resident Evil 7 was a major course correction but still felt like a radical reinvention that was finding its footing. Fortunately, Capcom might have finally found the magic once again. This brilliant homage to Resident Evil 2 not only revitalizes many of the survival horror elements that put Resident Evil on the map, it paves a brilliant path for the future of the franchise.

In its era, Resident Evil 2 was the pinnacle of survival horror. While the original Resident Evil established a formula, its sequel raised the stakes in nearly every way with tense exploration and nail-biting action. In 1998, Resident Evil 2’s action was as intense as its atmosphere was horrifying, so it became a benchmark for PS One horror. Unfortunately, Capcom’s classic has aged about as poorly as a zombie-eaten corpse.

Capcom’s remake gives Racoon City a much-needed facelift, but a new third-person perspective does even more to update Resident Evil’s action. This remake returns to the series’ slower-paced roots. Thankfully, slowing down the shootouts doesn’t diminish Resident Evil’s intensity. On the contrary, Resident Evil’s action feels better than it has in years, and its smooth shooter controls are incredibly intuitive. Zombies shamble forward like herky-jerky wind-up toys. These animations are unnerving, but they also create an exciting metagame in which you must time your shots perfectly to hit these brain eaters in the brainpan. If you miss your shot, they keep stumbling forward, meaning that even two flanking zombies can pose a challenge if you’re off your A-game.

Resident Evil 2’s new visuals also create a darker, more haunting vibe. For those who think Resident Evil has lost its teeth, Resident Evil 2 might be the most intense game in the series. The original Resident Evil 2’s bold colors look cartoonish today, but the remake’s atmosphere is foreboding. Zombie heads pop in a sickening shower of brain bits. Grotesque body horrors skitter across the walls and ceilings. The station’s halls echo with steady footfalls. I normally have an incredibly steady hand, but Resident Evil 2 had me jumping at shadows, and I couldn’t escape the feeling of being stalked.

Resident Evil 2 is also much more than a remake. In a lot of important ways, this feels like a brand-new experience. Fans will recognize locations within Racoon City’s police department and its sprawling sewer system, but Capcom cleverly reworked the entire layout so they feel fresh. Many of the environmental puzzles are more realistic, and moments like rewiring an electrical grid or looking for environmental clues to a combination lock offer a refreshing break from the action.

Another big change from the original game is the removal of the zapping system. In the PlayStation original, players’ actions with one character could affect events in a second playthrough with the other character. While the zapping system is gone, this modern update has a mode called 2nd Run, which allows you to play through the campaign a second time with the other character. These two campaigns don’t talk to each other as in the PlayStation game, but 2nd Run challenges you to take a different path through the station and gives you a few new tools to use in the process, such as a rapid-fire revolver that burns through high-grade ammo. Leon and Claire’s stories are also very different, so this feature adds extra incentive to play through the game a second time. Fortunately, both playthroughs felt significantly different, and I was excited to see what happened to both protagonists.

Over the years, Capcom has experimented with several different approaches to Resident Evil, but this is one approach I hope gets revisited. Resident Evil 2 not only looks great, it plays well, and it forces you into a series of dark encounters that are a total rush. Resident Evil is finally running on all cylinders.

CONCEPT

Revive Capcom’s classic survival horror game with more than a visual overhaul. This feels like a new game that plays homage to the original – not a classic with a new coat of paint

GRAPHICS

Its new third-person perspective and detailed 3D environments bring Raccoon City’s police department to life like never before

SOUND

The soundtrack is subtle but effective. However, creaking floorboards and other ambient effects do an even better job creating an uncomfortable atmosphere

PLAYABILITY

RE 2’s action is slow-paced but intense; the environmental puzzles are clever and never grow frustrating

ENTERTAINMENT

For Resident Evil fans this is a must-play, but even those without nostalgia for RE 2 will have a good time

REPLAY

High

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Specifications

Order Attributes

UPC 13388560523

General

Brand Name Capcom
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Ratings

ESRB Rating Mature
ESRB Descriptors Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

Gameplay

Number of Players 1
Perspective 3rd Person
Genre Horror

Fandom

Franchise Resident Evil
Publisher Name Capcom
Developer Name Capcom

Dimension

Product Length 6.7
Product Width 5.3
Product Height 0.6
Product Unit of Measure in
Product Weight 0.15
Product Weight Unit of Measure lbs

Resident Evil 2 - PlayStation 4
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