- System: PC/Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Publisher: Capcom
- Developer: Capcom
- Release Date: January 25, 2019
- Pricing: $59.99 (Standard) / $69.99 (Deluxe Edition)
- Rating: M
- Genre: Horror
- Players: Single Player
- Official Website: http://www.residentevil2.com/
Resident Evil 2: Leon Gameplay - Familiar Faces
Who it Caters to
Horror titles have since been on the decline, but as of late is starting to see a resurgence with games like Resident Evil 7, being the more game-changing title to help breathe life back into the genre. Realizing the benefits of utilizing the new game engine that was used in RE7, Capcom implemented it into Resident Evil 2 to give it a brand new look, feel, and experience. But the question is, does the series still maintain its luster and creep factor? Keep reading to learn more!
What to Expect
Those who purchased the Deluxe Edition will be happy to know that a plethora of content is added in the game directly affecting the gameplay, but also adding other bonuses like concept art or special costumes that you can don while playing. One of those pretty cool exclusive features is the Noir mode, that lets you don a more 1950’s style detective outfit while you experience the game in black and white.
The lip syncing was spot on and once again added more realism to the experience, showing us how much dedication the Capcom team put into this game to make it look so gorgeous. Blood and gore look more grotesque which once again merit the game, giving it more authenticity in the horror department. Attention to detail is beyond incredible in Resident Evil 2 especially during moments where let’s say Leon is in the rain, as his clothes get wet along with his hair, and will stay wet even when you go back inside. After some time your clothes will dry off, but that once again just emphasizes how much time and energy was put into the game to ensure fans get the most realistic experience possible.
Zombie groans are still terrifying, but what really shook us the most were the lickers, because compared to the original where their animations were very stiff and robotic, these things moved like lightning and just freaked the heck out of you. Their hellish and blood curdling scream bring shivers down your spine, and let us not get started on our little Tyrant friend. This towering figure is beyond scary since anytime he’s in your presence your whole body just tightens up, and you know the end is near. His footsteps alone add more intensity to the gameplay, which once again prove that Capcom’s mastery of sound is unmatched.
Fortunately, for the remake all of that has been improved dramatically, with both Leon and Claire having the luxury of being able to run around without much issues. We reviewed the Deluxe Edition of the game and as we mentioned before, it comes with a variety of perks that not only affect gameplay but also provide bonus content in terms of concept art, etc. In the gameplay department, you’re immediately gifted with Albert Wesker’s favorite gun, the ‘Samurai Edge’, a powerful Beretta 92F custom that simply eclipses that of the Matilda, the starting pistol you receive in the game. This helped out tremendously in the later parts of the game because it made dealing with zombies a lot easier, even on Hardcore mode. A few shots to the legs and zombies would be downed compared to the Matilda, which would require a little more to get the same reward.
Hardcore mode, when compared to that of Standard mode, didn’t really seem that much different aside from zombies dealing more damage, no auto-saves, and the game requiring you to find ink ribbons to save. Perhaps what we mean to say is that if you plan and strategize your approach in Hardcore mode, ensuring to only use ammo when truly appropriate, the game will feel more rewarding and less taxing. If you play the game right then the game will make sure to provide you with a more compelling experience, compared to simply just shooting everything and acting hastily.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- A complete visual overhaul that makes the game feel more modern and realistic.
- Hours upon hours of solid gameplay, both on Standard and Hardcore mode.
- Deluxe Edition is worth every penny for the added perks you receive.
- Gameplay was extremely fluid all around, and sound effects were impactful.
- There were odd moments when the controls would feel real stiff, but quite seldom.
- Not as gut-wrenching as RE7, but still a scary experience nonetheless.
Honey's Final Verdict:
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