Article By: XGN Jessi 7
Picture this, it’s January 1998 and you just got home from school and you sit down in front of the living room TV. What is that you’re playing? Your parents had gotten you Resident Evil 2, escaping from Raccoon City and running from Zombies.
Fast forward 21 years to January 2019, and RE2 has gone through a super face lift! Not just by graphics standards, but by console as well. Released January 25th 2019, Resident Evil 2 was remastered and released for our next gen consoles, Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
For those who may not have played Resident Evil before, here’s a little bit about the game for you. Two months after the events of the first Resident Evil title, citizens of Raccoon City have been turned to zombies by T-Virus, a biological weapon developed by the company Umbrella.
Staying true to the original game play, gamers have the option to play through the campaign with one of the two main characters; rookie cop Leon Kennedy or college student Claire Redfield. Like any other game, depending on which character you choose, you experience the story with multiple variations. Keeping with originality, when you beat the campaign for the first time, you will unlock “2nd Run” to be able to complete the campaign with the 2nd character. Through 2nd Run, you will discover variations that make the story coincide with the main run through with the 1st character. It is after completing 2nd run, that you will be able to experience the true ending to the story.
With any remake or remaster, gamers generally like to see the title stay true to it’s original, aside from obvious improvements to graphics. From time to time we do see in a remaster some “improvements” or “additions” to the title. One example of this in Resident Evil 2 is that during play through, rooms contain typewriters to be used by the player to save the game. In the 1998 title players were required to collect ink ribbons, to use with the typewriter to save game progress. In our remaster, while playing in standard difficulty, gamers can save as often as they’d like. However, if you want to have the same save experience as the original title, you can play in hardcore difficulty.
After showcasing at E3 2018,winning the “Best of Show”, during its first week of release the game shipped 3 million copies world wide! Within a month of release that number jumped to 4 million.
February 15th saw the free DLC release of “The Ghost Survivors”. In this DLC you will have the chance to play through 3 stories similar to “The 4th Survivor”. You’ll have the chance to play as 3 different characters that never survived the events of RE2, Ghost a U.S.S Agent, Katherine the mayor’s daughter, and Robert a gun shop owner, almost as a “what if” situation.
Take a peek at some of the screenshots below, you’ll see some of the major graphic differences between the 1998 original of Resident Evil 2, and the remastered 2019 version.
What do you guys think of the remaster? Does it meet all of your expectations? What do you think missed the mark? Sound off in the comments and let us know!