28 Aug 2018
#GamingBytes: Everything to know about Resident Evil 2 remake
Written byShuvrajit Das Biswas
Capcom is remaking the 1998 favorite, Resident Evil 2. The new game will be available on multiple platforms from January 25, 2019.
The company released the trailer at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, 2018.
While fans will be getting back their old favorite protagonists, Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield, the remake brings some changes.
Read to know all about it.
Remake not remaster
Resident Evil 2 is a remake and not a remaster. The game is still based in Raccoon City and players have to play with Leon Kennedy, a rookie cop and Claire Redfield, a college student. However, the gameplay is definitely different from the original.
Shooting zombies, solving puzzles, the good old days
The new shooting style requires players to pause and aim. The cross-hairs close in, allowing greater shot accuracy.
This timed shooting feels like a modern version of the classic, where players can choose where shots will land.
The progression is similar to the original where players still solve puzzles, gather keys and resources.
However, the pacing has been slowed down to allow greater exploration.
Third person view
A shift in perspective, a better experience
Many fans have been worried about the third person, over the shoulder camera movement.
Nonetheless, the makers have justified the shift in perspective saying that it makes the game more immersive.
It makes sense because an over-the-shoulder angle would make exploration in narrow spaces more claustrophobic and the jump scares would be better.
It remains to be seen how it will actually impact gameplay.
The classic formula with just a few changes
The remake sticks to the original layout of the Raccoon City police station with only a few minor changes.
However, one big change is the absence of loading screen doors. They were used to keep zombies out. Instead, players can now use wooden boards as barricades for temporary safety.
Notably, the new gunpowder crafting tool allows players to make ammo from scratch.
Leon and Claire
A change in campaign styles
The original Resident Evil 2 had a unique campaign style where a player could play as either Leon or Claire.
Depending on one mission, the other's story would be impacted.
However, the new game has changed things up and offer two completely separate campaigns.
However, it is unknown if Leon and Claire's campaigns will have any impact on each other.
A few facts about the game
The third-person perspective rules out the possibility of VR gaming. A collector's edition of the game has been announced and will contain a DLC pack, a statue of Leon, an art book and other goodies. However, it is exclusively for GameStop and will cost $200.