Until Resident Evil 4 and Grand Theft Auto V came along, Resident Evil 2 was my favorite game. There were others like Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, The Walking Dead Season 1 and The Last of Us that were amazing experiences, but Resident Evil 2 holds a special place in my gaming heart.
After the outstanding job Capcom did on the Resident Evil remake, I’ve been not at all patiently waiting for the sequel to get a similar treatment. Now the wait is almost over.
At the Sony Interactive Entertainment E3 press conference, Capcom debuted the Resident Evil 2 remake. Like its predecessor, Resident Evil 2 was completely rebuilt. The new game will arrive on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Jan. 25, 2019. That’s good news for football fans whose team won’t be competing in the Super Bowl.
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It’s hard to believe the game first arrived on the PlayStation in 1998. I’ve held onto the game so now I can finally retire it.
Resident Evil 2 introduced characters who would go on to become some of the most iconic and beloved heroes in Capcom’s history: rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield, who are thrust together by a disastrous outbreak in Raccoon City that transformed its population into deadly zombies. They must work together to survive and get to the bottom of what is behind the terrifying attack. Both Leon and Claire have their own separately playable campaigns, allowing players to see the story from both characters’ perspective.
Twenty years later, the new Resident Evil 2 sees the nightmare return, now with unprecedented levels of immersion as seen in last year’s acclaimed Resident Evil® 7 biohazard. With Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine powering a new photorealistic style, the characters themselves appear sharper than ever and the grotesque hordes of zombies are brought to life with a horrifyingly realistic wet gore effect.
Zombies now react in real time as they take instant visible damage, making every bullet from the player count. Stunning lighting brings the familiar rooms and corridors of Raccoon City Police Department to new life. Players will feel they’re in the shoes of heroes Leon and Claire, terrified to step out of the light for fear of what flesh-eating nightmares might await them in the darkness.
For now check out all these incredible screenshots.
Gamers in attendance at E3 will be able to play the demo featuring Leon’s first day at the Raccoon City Police Department. It’s gonna be a long wait until January, but at least I’ve got a timeframe to start counting down toward.