Resident evil 2 review

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Resident Evil 2 is a perfect example of how to vì chưng a video game remake, taking an outdated yet beloved ‘90s game và rebuilding it into a modern horror masterpiece.

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Every inch of the Resident Evil 2 remake is engrossing. It’s a masterclass in environmental design and atmosphere. It blends action, puzzles, và story into a well-balanced & fun concoction. All of that together makes RE2 an early trò chơi of the year contender for 2019.

There’s just one thing I can’t get out of my head.

The Resident Evil 2 remake almost broke me.

Reimagining Resident Evil 2

Following the story of Racoon thành phố Police Department’s newest recruit, Leon S. Kennedy, Resident Evil 2 details the demise of a đô thị torn asunder by an evil corporation và the zombifying vi khuẩn it created. After a run-in with some zombie and meeting the secondary protagonist Claire Redfield at a gas station, Leon heads lớn the thành phố police department where he finds things to lớn be in dire straits.

It’s classic Resident Evil

The police department is a beautiful gothic building that used to be a museum, which accounts for its dramatic main hall and grandiose statues. It oozes with personality, from the "Welcome Leon" banner hanging in the office to the various notes left scattered about.

But the whole zombie situation flips the building"s beauty on its head with bodies strewn about pools of blood, oppressively dark và sinister hallways where terrible things could lurch from any direction at any moment, and an overwhelming sense of dread.

It’s classic Resident Evil with its multitude of puzzles, dozens of momentary off-limits areas to entice the imagination, and, of course, healthy dose of horrifying enemies, rooms, and set pieces to lớn keep the adrenaline pumping.


Each new room is a terrible mystery, only mitigated by the fact that once you clear it you can put it out of your mind, allowing you to build out certain safe spaces in the police department, including the massive and well-lit main hall.

That is, until Resident Evil 2 takes those safe spaces a introduces an unkillable stalker with heavy footsteps và a penchant for slamming open doors. That’s where the game really got to me.

Anxiety-inducing horror

I don’t generally bởi vì horror except when it’s a đoạn phim game — especially Resident Evil. Something about being in control of the situation và being able to lớn take my time lets me enjoy the genre better, và the Resident Evil series’ expression of horror is one of my favorites.

I became too invested in the game

Unfortunately, this unkillable monster, known as the Tyrant, wormed its way into my brain và caused an unhealthy amount of anxiety khổng lồ completely grip me.

It didn’t ease up when I turned the game off.

Once it catches Leon’s trail, the Tyrant follows him relentlessly, able khổng lồ enter almost all rooms in the police department. I was at an impasse, unfortunately, because I wasn’t exactly sure where to lớn go next, và I knew I missed something somewhere.


I became too invested in the game & was having a hard time separating myself from Leon (which is a huge compliment to game’s immersive qualities).

I spent probably a half hour looking at my bản đồ and trying khổng lồ figure out where khổng lồ go & which route khổng lồ take. I knew I needed to just run for it, but I couldn’t bring myself to vì it. I was too scared.

It was close khổng lồ the end of the work day so I turned the game off, went home, & ignored it for the evening. I was able to get it out of my mind. But then I went khổng lồ bed.

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I took almost 48 off from playing Resident Evil 2

I closed my eyes and all I could picture was the police department map and the horrifying rooms I had to lớn run through. My half-asleep brain couldn’t let go fo the feeling of being followed. I tossed and turned and tried to lớn get these images and feelings out of my head but I couldn’t.

I barely slept.

At work I was anxious, & I couldn’t bring myself to start the trò chơi up. At the same time, I was getting sick, which may have made the anxiety & stress around Resident Evil 2 worse. One of those illnesses where your whole toàn thân aches và absolutely everything is miserable.

For a while I didn’t think I’d be able to lớn finish the game at all based on my anxiety. I’m no stranger to debilitating anxiety, & I figured it would be best for my mental health to lớn just walk away. But after enough time I felt decent enough lớn push through.


I took almost 48 off from playing Resident Evil 2 before jumping back in and trying to lớn push through. It took about five minutes to lớn get through the rest of the anxiety-inducing Tyrant section, a section that probably totaled đôi mươi minutes. For a game that took me almost nine hours to lớn finish, that was really just a drop in the bucket.

After leaving the police station (and the Tyrant) I felt so much relief. I was elated and no problem pressing on. Which is good, because Resident Evil 2 is a fantastic game.

Worth the struggle

Resident Evil 2 progresses with a stellar pace, changing up environments and introducing new challenges (and solutions) at perfect intervals.

One of my favorite moments was when Leon followed the FBI agent Ada into the sewers & I caught a glimpse of a massive quái nhân moving in the depths of Racoon City. It’s a giant alligator, và I was so excited lớn see it.

Part of what makes Resident Evil 2 so fun is its love of dramatic moments. There’s the mysterious FBI agent who shows up to lớn save the day, the giant alligator chase, the huge statue that opens up to a secret underground passageway, the unreasonably grandiose underground lab where the Umbrella Corporation developed its zombifying virus.

The main areas of the trò chơi — the police station, sewers, & laboratory — are varied enough to keep things interesting but never let go of that morose Resident Evil feeling. Meaning, there’s lots of zombies, bodies, gross stuff, và blood all over the place.


Resident Evil 2 manages khổng lồ set the mood perfectly for every moment of the game, from its foreboding opening at the gas station to the tense, explosive ending.

Due to lớn taking a large break from the game, I didn’t have much time to dig into the second story mode where you play as Claire, but I am excited lớn see where her story goes (which apparently includes an orphanage and that doesn’t sound pleasant).

Resident Evil 2 the kind of game that, when I finished it, I wanted to lớn dive back in for more.

Resident Evil 2 comes out on PlayStation 4, PC, và Xbox One on Jan. 25. You can try a 30-minute chạy thử of the trò chơi for không tính phí until Jan. 31.

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