Resident Evil 2 (2019)
Capcom has just released their remake of Resident Evil 2 and my nerdy little heart could not be more excited. Being a fan of the Resident Evil franchise, I have watched all the movies multiple times through and played as many of the games as I can get my hands on. Unfortunately, I was born in 1997 which left me with only the 2010 games within my grasp and unable to enjoy the magic of the original games without putting forth some serious effort and money.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Resident Evil and its many installments, basically a pharmaceutical company (a.k.a Umbrella) creates various species of viruses to sell as bioweapons to the American military. These viruses eventually get leaked and essentially turn the inhabitants (and only Doberman Pinscher dogs apparently) of Raccoon City into flesh-eating zombies. It’s up to several kick-butt military, police, and civilians to survive and take Umbrella down. Along the way, they encounter mutated bosses and various Umbrella personnel leaving the enemy pool forever changing to try to kill you.
From what I’ve read and seen, this remake does the original game a courtesy and doesn’t overly modernize the original plot. It takes the story from 1998 and adds the mechanics of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard to make a wholesome playable experience that older gamers would find nostalgia in. One drawback avid RE fans might notice is that there are some recycled environment props and settings from Biohazard that are subtle but still noticeable to those of us who have played both games. Because it is a remake, it isn’t as detrimental to the authenticity of the game than if it had been a newly released stand-alone title. This game is meant to hold us over until the next release.
Specifically, RE2’ s story gives you the option to play as Raccoon City police officer Leon S. Kennedy or college student Claire Redfield. Both characters take totally different paths through the city and occasionally run into each other when sprinting away from zombies. Leon’s goal is to find and destroy the last G-virus sample in Umbrella’s underground secret lab, fighting off several bosses along the way. Claire’s goal is to find and save a little girl named Sherry that has wandered into Umbrella’s underground secret lab. Oh, and did I mention that Umbrella’s underground secret lab had been built right underneath the heart of Raccoon City? Umbrella is kind of a sneaky jerk.
At the end of the day, Resident Evil fans will appreciate this new and improved sequel. If strategic, shoot-em-up, zombie stories tickle your fancy, go ahead and give this one ago. And if you tend to avoid a title like this, this one may surprise you.
It’s up to us to take out Umbrella.
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