Resident Evil 2 Remake

Resident Evil 2 is one of the most iconic titles in the franchise and the survival horror genre. Originally released on 21 January 1998, Resident Evil 2 changed the landscape of survival horror. It was critically praised and garnered many 10/10’s and was a colossal financial success. Within North America, Resident Evil 2 sold 380,000 copies and made Capcom a sweet US$19 million, which is more than both Final Fantasy VII and Super Mario 64.

You can imagine that a remake of a game so successful would have high expectations and hopes from fans. In August 2015, Capcom officially announced that they were working on a Resident Evil 2 Remake and the internet blew up. Though we wouldn’t receive much-confirmed information for three years, E3 2018 was the place where fans were finally shown what the game was going to be. Now we have had some time to digest everything, let us break down everything you need to know about Resident Evil 2 Remake. 

First off, it is a remake of Resident Evil 2. I know, what a surprise!

Change (In The House Of Perspectives)

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Leon looks good from behind. Source: Upload VR

The developers are treating this game like a completely new entry in the series and not just a shot-for-shot remake of the original game. This suggests that new characters, locations, events, and plot-points may appear within the title. The gameplay trailer shown at E3 already shows how different this game will be, but the developers also caution that fundamentally, this new title is Resident Evil 2 at its core.

Upon the announcement of the Resident Evil 2 Remake, fans immediately began speculating whether it would follow in the footsteps of the remake of the original Resident Evil. That title took a game released in the 90’s and modernised it, added some more content, but kept a lot of the things that made the original so iconic and memorable.

Resident Evil 2 Remake has decided to take a different route. Instead of featuring fixed camera angles and tank controls, the remake has gone for an over-the-shoulder perspective and the controls are similar to those found in many current-gen games with that perspective. Fans who long for the days of old-school survival horror may disagree with the change of perspective, but the gameplay footage revealed at E3 2018 shows how this shift provides a more tight and personal experience. No longer are you witnessing Leon being mauled by a zombie from a distance. Now, you need to face that horror up close and personal.

But wait, there’s more!

These aren’t the only changes that will be included in Resident Evil 2 Remake. In an interview with the developers at E3 2018, further gameplay changes were also shown and discussed. Though the camera and gameplay are similar to that found in Resident Evil 4, which was the first step the franchise took towards a more action-focused title, the developers stated that the Resident Evil 2 Remake would be more like a Metroidvania style game with an emphasis on survival horror. That means players will acquire new items as they go, which will open up locked areas in previously explored locations and that resources will be limited, which means players will need to think about every bullet they fire and every herb they use.

Zombies seem to have been revamped as well. In the original game, they were menacning, but once you figured out you could just run around them, they became a bit of a joke. In Resident Evil 2 Remake, the developers want to make zombies scary again. In each zombie enoucnter Leon has in the gameplay trailers, they seem to be quite difficult to take down. This is made worse when you think you’ve dispatched a zombie, only for it to grab your leg as you walk past. This change in how dangerous zombies are greatly alters how the players perspective of them. No longer are they something you can smirk at. These zombies are extremely dangerous and hostile. If the player wants to survive the outbreak in Racoon City, they will need to understand that every zombie could be the one that kills them.

The remake will also be borrowing some gameplay mechanics from the latest entry in the franchise, Resident Evil 7. Players will be able to collect gunpowder and combine it with other items to create ammunition. This could range from creating some much-needed handgun bullets to creating some high-damage grenade rounds to take down the bosses of the game.

Though her gameplay hasn’t been shown in any trailers, Claire Redfield will be a playable character in Resident Evil 2 Remake. In the original game, Claire and Leon had separate campaigns that played very similarly to each other. But, what made subsequent playthroughs interesting was the Zapping System. This system changed some narrative and gameplay moments depending on whose campaign you played second. Also, the Zapping System affected item availability. If a player took a specific item during their first playthrough with a specific character, it would not be available for the other character on the second playthrough. It seems that the Zapping System will not be making a return in the remake, but Claire and Leon will have separate campaigns that will be unique to their characters. Though this may seem disappointing for longtime fans of the game, this change provides each character with a unique campaign that could make switching between them refreshing.

Designs They Are A’Changing

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Claire looks like she’s ready to take on some BOW’s. Source: Bleeding Cool News

Both Claire and Leon have had some interesting design changes for the Resident Evil 2 Remake. Since this game takes place in the 90’s, both of these characters are much younger. Leon doesn’t look drastically different from the original game. He is still sporting his R.P.D. outfit, but his hair is similar to that of Resident Evil 4. Claire’s design has changed a little bit more compared to Leon. Instead of sporting her iconic jacket from the original, her new jack is more toned down and she looks more like her character design in Resident Evil: Code Veronica. One character that has had a pretty significant change is Mr X, who was one of the toughest enemies in the B scenario of Resident Evil 2. Though he is donning his iconic black outfit, the big guy has decided to cover up his bald head by wearing a black fedora. I expect a moment when he runs into Claire, tips his hat and says “M’lady.”

Release Date And Available Platforms

If you are like me, as soon as you saw the gameplay trailer at E3, you wanted someone from Sony to arrive at your door with a sealed copy of Resident Evil 2 Remake. Unfortunately, no matter how many times I checked, this hypothetical Sony representative never arrived. Instead, we will have to wait until January 25th, 2019 to get our hands on the game. If you own a PlayStation 4, an Xbox One, or a PC, you will be able to explore the run-down streets of Racoon City once the game is released. Sorry Dreamcast owners. Maybe next time.

For The Nerds

Trying to figure out whether a game will run on your PC can be a confusing task. Well, for me it is. So, here are the minimum and recommended systems settings for Resident Evil Remake on PC. If your PC meets these system requirements, but it still doesn’t run smoothly, don’t @ me.

Minimum Recommended System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX-6300 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTZ 760 or AMD Radeon R7 260x with 2GB Video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11

Recommended System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 or AMD FX-9590 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480 with 3GB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 11

Pre-Order Information

I haven’t pre-ordered a game since the release of Alien: Colonial Marines, so you can understand why I refuse to drop money on a game that hasn’t been reviewed. But, Resident Evil 2 Remake may change my mind. Luckily, both Microsoft and Sony are here for all of your pre-ordering desires. Here is what you’ll get if you pre-order Resident Evil 2 Remake Deluxe Edition digitally.

Digital pre-order bonus:

  • Deluxe Weapon: ‘Samurai Edge – Chris Model’
  • Deluxe Weapon: ‘Samurai Edge – Jill Model’

The Deluxe Edition:

  • Leon Costume: ‘Arklay Sheriff’
  • Leon Costume: ‘Noir’
  • Claire Costume: ‘Military’
  • Claire Costume: ‘Noir’
  • Claire Costume: ‘Eliza Walker’
  • Deluxe Weapon: ‘Samurai Edge – Albert Model’
  • ‘Original Ver.’ Soundtrack Swap

The only difference between the Xbox One and PlayStation versions is that the PlayStation 4 version also includes a Resident Evil 2 Special Theme.

Sexy Collector’s Edition

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Look at cute, little Leon! Source: Games Radar

GameStop officially revealed the Resident Evil 2 Collector’s Edition last week and it makes me wish I lived in America. Retailing at US$199, the collector’s edition comes with all of the goodies mentioned in the Pre-Order section, but also adds a few more items that make it worth the purchase. The Resident Evil 2 Collector’s Edition includes a 12-inch Leon S. Kenedy figure, a “Ben’s File” Art Book, a digital soundtrack and an “R.P.D.” Renovation Design Poster that is supposed to explain away why the police station is full of locked doors hidden behind block puzzles. There hasn’t been an announcement about whether us Australians will be able to grab the same version or a variation, but nonetheless, this collector’s edition is pretty cool.

At the moment, that is all of the information we have about Resident Evil 2 Remake. As more information is released, we will update this article. Resident Evil 2 Remake is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated games of this generation. It seems that everything is falling into place and all of the changes don’t take away from the core experience of the original. I can’t wait to explore Racoon City. I heard it is lovely this time of year.