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Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil 2

They say that some things are best left in the past. Capcom's remade horror classic isn't one of them.

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There are so many jumps and scares, such as bodies falling out of cupboards and zombies bursting out of nowhere. It was one worry that was addressed by Capcom, as the originals used fixed cameras to hide jump scares, but they've adapted the camera well for the shocks this time around. Similarly, the quality of the audio help a lot with this, and the moans of zombies seem to come from all around and panic you. The snarls of dogs or the growl of the lickers have you flicking the screen around in pure panic.

Once the main campaign is over, it opens up the second run for the other character. It means that effectively you have four versions of the same story to play through. The puzzle items are in different locations and they've switched up the starting point to make it different. The tyrant, Mr X, also appears much sooner along with beasts found in different locations. That doesn't include the fact that Capcom has already confirmed Hunk (an Umbrella soldier) and Tofu (some food with a knife) are back for their runs as bonus characters.

If we're totally honest, we probably enjoyed Claire's campaign a little more than Leon's, and this was mainly down to the locations visited, the story that was told, and the end boss fight. Leon's was still a lot of fun. However, in the original, it was generally accepted that Claire's main story followed by Leon's second run was canon, and it could be the same here.

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The only real issues we saw with the game were minor ones. The fact you couldn't shoot zombies through glass, or that they couldn't wander into certain areas (for example, they couldn't enter the main hall). It didn't really detract from the experience, but it was maybe a minor tweak that could have been made. The only other thing was that we thought that the end was a little abrupt and could have lasted a bit longer with a bit more dialogue when you finally escape Raccoon City.

The last thing we want to mention is Easter eggs. Resident Evil games are usually full of them, and this remake is no different. One of our favourites (spoiler) was that in the original version, Welcome Leon was spelt wrongly with two Ls, and this time the banner is correct, but if you look on one of the desks there's an extra L and a space in the banner where it had been removed. The Elza Walker costume and hat on the tyrant are both nods to the unreleased code known as Resident Evil 1.5.

When it's all said and done, what we have here is a great game that will win over new fans as well as satisfy veterans looking for some nostalgia. It's satisfying to control and the story is amazing, and the whole thing is wrapped up with great sound and excellent visuals. It's a timeless classic which has been brilliantly resurrected from the dead and brought back for a whole new generation of gamers, and it's a must play for anyone who loves survival horror regardless of whether they're familiar with the original or not.

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09 Gamereactor UK
9 / 10
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The game looks stunning, great zombie designs, cracking story, a few new surprises to spice things up for returning players, lots of atmosphere.
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A bit too much information came out before, the ending was a bit abrupt.
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