Capcom is remaking Resident Evil 2. But they aren’t just slapping a fresh coat of HD graphics on the old (and excellent) game – they are rebuilding it from the ground up.
Resident Evil 2 Remake is going to be a whole new game.
The game will still follow the story of the original in broad strokes, but the gameplay, graphics, and some events have been changed. So even if you know RE2 by heart, there should still be plenty of surprises for you here.
As you can see, Resident Evil 2 Remake is using the RE Engine, the same engine that powered Resident Evil 7. Unlike that game, though, we’ll still be exploring the Raccoon City police station in third-person.
Nevertheless, this remake looks fantastic and extremely gory. You can see bullet damage on individual zombies, layers of flesh and blood, and the way they’re shambling is extra creepy.
The game doesn’t only look great, but it’s going be actually be scary. I remember the original RE2 as a terrifying experience, but also as an action-oriented one.
Judging by the reveal trailer, and the gameplay footage below (courtesy of IGN). RE2 Remake is going to be focusing on the horror, just like Resident Evil 7 did.
The hallways are dark, and zombies can pop up behind every corner. They can even crawl through windows and burst through doors. In olden days, if you got overwhelmed, you could just go through a door and leave your problems behind. Not this time.
The developers have promised the resources are going to be scarce, so we can’t just shoot our way out of every situation. It seems like we’re in for a true survival horror experience.
Hopefully, it will maintain the focus on horror throughout the entire game, and not devolve into a zombie (and planet lifeform) shooter at the later stages.
The gameplay got reworked the most. Resident Evil 2 Remake ditches the fixed camera angles and tank controls (thank god) in favor of a more modern scheme. The over-the-shoulder camera should be familiar to anyone who played RE4.
You can also see some elements from RE7 in the mix. For example, Leon can use his combat knife to open boxes covered in yellow tape.
Another change to the story is its structure. In Resident Evil 2, you had 4 different scenarios – Leon A and B, and Claire A and B. If you started the Leon A scenario, you would switch over the Claire B scenario and replay the campaign from her perspective.
This made following the story a bit hard to follow and repetitive at times.
In the new remake, Leon and Claire will each have their own separate campaign. Their paths will intersect from time to time, but the story will now have a more smooth progression.
I wonder if we’ll get to meet Ada again in Leon’s new campaign, and who the story of the Birkin family will play out in this new version.
Fans of the original don’t need to worry if they don’t recognize their beloved game. Capcom has ensured us that many iconic moments and monsters from RE2 have made it into the game. We can’t see the fountain puzzle in the gameplay demo, and even a glimpse of the Licker at the 15:40 mark.
Another monster that will make a return is (SPOILERS) the giant alligator in the sewer.
Horror fans are bound to get excited about this new iteration of the classic game. I know I am.
Resident Evil 2 Remake will be available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on January 25, 2019.