The familiar has nothing uncanny. Whether hit by the shuffling zombies, attacked by mutated alligators, or pursued by skinless lickers, in each subsequent game of Resident Evil 2, their horrors are a little less effective. This makes the challenge faced by Capcom all the more difficult to redesign the game.
Resident Evil 2 is a popular survival horror title, and if you're like us, you've got the halls of the Racoon City Police Department plenty of times to call home – albeit overrun with cruel creatures and a wealth of colorful herbs. Capcom is well aware of this and has transformed the game for a modern audience, and has made numerous smart changes that will keep veterans busy.
As a basic principle, familiarity with the wider layout of the environment will awaken the nostalgia of fans. However, Capcom has also reshuffled items of items, enemy placement, and above all, the feeling of being in RPD. We recently looked at the game and found that there is a pervasive sense of tension everywhere. Zombies felt they needed more ammunition to kill them. So resource management, which is so important to Resident Evil, was even more important. Lickers seemed to be waiting in the shadows for good moments to make sure we were never really comfortable, and the close-up camera seemed to suffocate us, leading to claustrophobia we could not shake.
Undoubtedly the most troubling part of Resident Evil 2's remake was the tyrant's presence, a seemingly unstoppable force of nature. This violent threat was always felt and followed us throughout the police station to corner Claire Redfield. Even as we tried to create some distance between ourselves and the tyrant, the distant stepping of his steps reminded us that we were never really safe. To be honest, it was pretty overwhelming and that's exactly what fans of Resident Evil and Survival Horror want as the genre of this remake.
In the video above, GameSpot's Resident Evil super fans, Adam Mason and Tamoor Hussain, talk about their experiences with The Remake discussed the similarities with the original title and what Capcom did to reinvent it. Our demo included sections where we could play alongside Leonard and Kennedy in addition to Claire Redfield, and we discuss some of the gameplay differences in their sections.
Resident Evil 2 Remake will be released in January 25 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.