Resident Evil 2 remake hands-on preview – back from the undead
GameCentral performs Capcom’s long-awaited remake and finds it to be one in every of the finest new(ish) at E3 2018.
The remake of Resident Evil 2 was first introduced in 2015 and but completely nothing of it has been seen till E3 this week. Normally that will ship alarm bells ringing, and plenty of had begun to concern that the Game had been cancelled. But it hasn’t been. It’s at E3, we’ve simply come back from taking part in it, and it’s all the things a Resident Evil fan may dream of.
Resident Evil 2 was first launched on the unique PlayStation in early 1998, and in contrast to its remake it had a genuinely troubled manufacturing. To the level that each one work on the Game was scrapped midway by and began once more nearly from scratch. But that call not solely secured the way forward for the complete franchise however created what many followers nonetheless contemplate to be its finest entry.
After the unprecedented success of the unique, Resident Evil 2 received the massive funds sequel therapy: it was larger, better-looking, however essentially the identical Game beneath. To the level the place the police station the place the Game begins has a weird safety system that revolves round taking part in card-themed keys, statutes, and particular medallions.
And but in some way all of it labored, due to some nice Game design and a uniquely Resi mixture of taut horror, nonsense sci-fi, and tacky characterisation. Quite in contrast to the motion pictures the finest Resident Evil are each enjoyably foolish and genuinely scary, and that undoubtedly goes for this remake.
The plot for Resident Evil 2 may be very easy: the T-virus has been let lose in Racoon City and the complete metropolis has been overrun by flesh-eating zombies and organic weapons (aka monsters). The unique Game allowed you to play as both rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy or Claire Redfield, sister of one in every of the protagonists from the first Game. Depending on which you selected vital components of the Game performed out very otherwise, though the demo for the remake featured solely Leon.
Although the remake makes use of the identical graphics engine as Resident Evil 7, the third individual perspective works vey equally to Resident Evil 5 and 6. And as rightly maligned as these had been the controls had been by no means the drawback, though the remake takes nice pains to ensure Leon can’t transfer too rapidly and that the pacing is that of a survival horror and never an motion Game.
We haven’t performed the unique in years, in all probability many years, and but we instantly recognised the major corridor of the police station and even the placement of a lot of the objects. It’s a tremendous nostalgia journey, and whereas new gamers will nonetheless be impressed by the graphics and environment the consideration to element in the fan service is off the scale.
We didn’t realise at the time however the demo was time-limited, so we had been free to do and go wherever we needed. But realizing the unique we slipped underneath a safety door and started to discover a pitch black set of corridors, illuminated solely by the torch Leon was smart sufficient to convey.
We’re fairly positive this space had seen some embellishment from the unique (like we mentioned, it’s been some time) however it all appeared completely in line with the established model and even appears to nonetheless be set in the late 90s – judging by all the fax machines and different interval know-how. Slowly creeping ahead we hear shouts coming from behind a special safety gate and regardless of making an attempt to assist a fellow officer crawl underneath it he finally ends up getting ripped in half by some unseen monster.
The gore is surprisingly and impressively gory – inspecting one half-eaten corpse is especially grotesque – and but as a result of it’s Resi you’re at all times grimacing with an enormous grin in your face. Opening the safety door triggers a bunch of different zombies who begin smashing by the home windows and we make a run for it, realizing that you just by no means have sufficient ammo to go round in an old style Resident Evil Game.
Escaping back out the first safety gate we meet a fatally injured fellow officer, who presents you his knife – which lets you back when out of ammo and lower open gaffer tape on management bins. We discover that the description of the knife signifies it may well break with use, which is new, and likewise that the home windows may be interacted with, maybe to attempt to border them up. That’s solely a guess however it appears as if the remake could have some new gameplay parts so as to add further depth.
As we push on although we start to see proof of the Licker, the first non-zombie monster in the Game, with large claw marks in the wall and one thing transferring at velocity in the distance. Although all we discover as our time runs out is an enormous fats zombie who’s so preoccupied making an attempt to get right into a merchandising machine we’re in a position to stab him to undeath and never waste a bullet.
It’s onerous to get scared taking part in a Video game at E3, with dozens of individuals sitting proper by you and tons of shouting and screaming exterior, however Resident Evil 2 nonetheless has the outdated magic. The unique Resident Evil received one in every of the finest remakes ever and despite the fact that it’s a really completely different Game the sequel is clearly getting equally star therapy. Or ought to that be S.T.A.R.S.? (Sorry.)
Formats: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC
Release Date: 25th January 2019