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Letters from the Front

( Editor’s note: This was written on January 25th and at the time of publishing, I have completed Claire’s campaign and I’m on my second run through as Leon. Review will go live sometime in March. )

Out of all the remasters and remakes that has come out this generation, I least expected Resident Evil 2 to be one of them.

Resident Evil 2 isn’t a remaster but it’s a full blown remake, where the game is built from the ground up and entirely from scratch to meet the modern day, it’s basically a brand new game. Resident Evil 2 isn’t obviously the first of its kind, it comes right on the heels of Shadow of the Colossus and Spyro Reignited, but it is the best remake that there has ever been and offers not only a modern take but a brand new experience of a cult classic game. A more up to date camera angle, better controls, new enemy locations, new puzzles, and much more that makes Resident Evil 2 not just another remake but a remake made out of love. Capcom is the master of the remake.

What is the most impressive about Resident Evil 2 is that everything that made Resident Evil 2 so iconic has been preserved here while everything like characters, environments, lighting, graphical fidelity, and enemies has all been brought into the modern day using the RE Engine, the same engine that was used in Resident Evil 7. The Zombies themselves have been brought into the modern day, with all the exposed flesh and flailing
flesh details that you would expect from Zombies. Thanks to overexposure in the years between 2009 and 2019, Zombies aren’t as scary as they used to be but in Resident Evil 2, it’s like that overexposure and familiarity hasn’t set in yet. Much akin to the Zombies having a redo, the characters of Resident Evil 2 also has had a redesign. Claire and Leon aren’t two-dimensional despite being very daft when it comes to their surroundings but they aren’t tanks nor do both look like video game characters. Both characters are slickly rendered and both act like an actual real-life person while both look like action heroes. Both characters get bloody, dirty, sweaty, and much more as you progress through their respective storylines.

Like in the original 1998 version of Resident Evil 2, both characters have their own stories that intersect with each other but it isn’t the story nor the beautifully rendered characters that take the cake, it’s Raccoon City itself. Raccoon City is the main star of Resident Evil 2, the police department and the surrounding area are a labyrinth that has you running from Point A to Point B. The Police Station is the main star of the game as most of the beginning sections of the game take place there and this is where the game gives strong impressions, what initially begins as the main lobby expands which becomes a nightmarish maze that you must escape from by solving numerous puzzles and searching for things like some keys, a detonator, an electrical device, electrical pieces and more.

There aren’t many bad things to say about Resident Evil 2 except that Claire and Leon are very wooden with very cringe dialogue, although that extends more to Leon than to Claire. Leon must be Raccoon City’s dumbest and oblivious police officer but that is a very small gripe in what is an overly fantastic horror game. You shouldn’t miss out on this fantastic horror game that clearly shows that Capcom is the master of the remake.

Stay tuned for my review.

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