Resident Evil 2 Remake Review – GameHaunt

Resident Evil 2 Remake Review

author image by Excelle | PC | 0 Comments | 01 Feb 2019
  • Visuals
  • Gameplay
  • Innovation
  • Sounds
  • Story

You might have definitely heard about Resident Evil 2 Remake, unless you are living under the rock for the last 3 months. Many game review websites and gamers appreciates the game and we agree with them. RE2 remake is a cross between classic storyline with new age gameplay, which makes it fun to play. The gaming community has also used various streaming and meme communities. This is to show off their skills in evading the menacing Mr. X, who returns from the original title to haunt players.

Story

Resident Evil 2 remake has the exact same plot of the immensely popular franchise where a mysterious T-virus brings the undead back as zombies and mutation in the living. RE2 remake puts the players in the boots of either the dashing cop Leon S. Kennedy or the beautiful college student Claire Redfield as they explore and escape the Raccoon City. The choice of path and decisions along the way change the people and enemies you meet along the way. Also, the stories for Claire and Leon are different. There are plenty of new additions that will keep you hooked for hours.

The mysterious pharmaceutical company, Umbrella corporation, which actually developed the virus, sends out their tyrant line of bioweapon called T-00 to hunt down Leon and Claire and recover important proprietary samples of the virus. Throughout the game, Leon and Claire tries to reunite
from time to time. But the hordes of zombies and bioweapons like the lickers prevents them from doing so.

Visuals

They build the Resident Evil 2 remake using RE engine from the house of Capcom. The same one that is powering the popular titles like Resident Evil 7 and Devil May Cry 5. It provides formidable lighting effects, high quality facial and movement animation and textures. Though the developers did not push the engine to the maximum, the game looks great on any console.

For PS4 and Xbox One, the resolution is set to 1920 x 1080, with the PS4’s performance better than the Xbox One. The PS4 Pro and Xbox One X can render the game at 2880 x 1620. Capcom was focusing more on performance than extreme quality.

Gameplay

Resident Evil 2 remake has used the original version’s base plot and built over it. The game has been refined and expanded to such an extent that even the game veterans feel they are playing RE2 for the very first time. RE2 remake is a serious game with plenty of horror elements to keep you on your toes thought out the game.

It has an expanded weapon upgrade system with more parts. Players can also use the new sub-weapons like the combat knife, frag grenade, and flash grenade to attack and counter-attack enemies. The default knife can break with usage, which adds a more realistic approach to survival.

RE2 remake also feels harder than the original game. Players can run out of ammo entirely at critical moments if they are not careful. They have to use the new gunpowder mixing system wisely to be successful against deadly bosses and approaching hordes. The game focuses on resource usage and scary elements like being chased by Mr. X. There are changes in in-game maps and locations. Players can also explore various locations without getting the feeling of being completely off-track. They can complete the game’s main storyline in around 15-20 hours depending on your thirst for unlocking every item or routes.

Innovation

RE2 remake has moved to an over the shoulder perspective which lets the players enjoy the details and mind-boggling action even closer. Imagine being nearby some 20-30 zombies with a few in the extreme close vicinity. More than two bites and your health will drop to critical levels.

The game has been designed in such a way that every element adds to the dread.

RE2 remake has added the dismemberment system, which helps in containing difficult situations such as hordes or boss rounds. But to make an enemy stop completely, it will take more than a few bullets on the limbs as they will find their way even with severed body parts.

The enemies have been upgraded in terms of speed and defenses. They also did not include some classic bosses from the remake, but nevertheless, you will have plenty of enemies to shoot and slash. You can choose to stun them and walk past them if you use your resources correctly against their weaknesses.

The dynamic environment of RE2 remake allows zombies to open doors and chase players through several rooms. But you can trap them with a little strategy and proceed further. Not all enemies can open rooms, so you can plan your next move accordingly. For instance, RE2 remake’s tyrant, Mr. X is both dynamic and reactive, so you need to plan your escape from his clutches by using the map to your advantage.

Sounds

The sound effects in RE2 remake adds to the uncanny environment and make it more fun to play. The characters have great scripts and the game doesn’t feel out of place even for a moment. The soundtracks in the game are remake versions of the original tracks, which will surely bring back memories.

The original game music constantly plays in the background throughout the game. The new Resident Evil 2’s soundtrack can be heard during some key moments. The score that plays during some of the boss battles are magnificent and adds to the adrenaline rush. Overall, the sound effects used in the game are done in just the right way, not too intense, not too quiet.

Final Verdict

The Resident Evil 2 remake is a well-designed survival horror game. All the important ingredients such as exploration, puzzle-solving, epic boss battles, and a great storyline are present. Not only it evokes nostalgia for game veterans but delivers much more to remember it for a long time. We highly recommend RE2 remake as an entertaining title for your game collection.