Imagine that you narrowly survived a living nightmare that was orchestrated to kill not only you but your entire specialised military unit. Then imagine that almost all of your friends that escaped that ordeal have already skipped town to take the fight to the bastards responsible. But, you elected to stay because the city has a particular donut shop you’re a fan or, or whatever equally stupid reason. Oh, and you’re a dumbass.
If you imagined that all correctly, you should now find yourself squarely in a pair of fashionable boots, with a skirt, vest and cute little jumper tied at the waist. Lucky you. This far less functionally-dressed Jill Valentine is the heroine of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis for Playstation, released in 1999, and a game that has seen a recent remake in the style of last year’s popular “The undead chomp on Claire and Leon” simulator – Resident Evil 2.
Before I start here, just a quick warning of potential spoilers for a game that is more than 20 years old. Some of the plot threads might not have been altered with the remake so go and play that nonsense then come back. Okay? Okay.
Being a huge fan of the Resident Evil series, I’ve feverishly consumed every morsel of flesh the franchise has had to offer, with the exception of a few outliers like the abysmal-looking Umbrella Corps, of course. However, one has always escaped me, the black sheep, Resident Evil Gaiden. Now is the time to right that wrong, for better or worse.
It’s a struggle reviewing a remake, as nostalgia can ruin even the most hardened reviewer’s perspective. With this Resident Evil 2 review, the game in question is something that I have been personally waiting for since Resident Evil REmake in 2002.
As such this will heavily reference the original title and the differences between this version and it’s predecessor. Also, unlike many of the reviews I tend to write, there will be plot and mechanical spoilers. Nothing too extreme, but just something to consider before reading. Right, it’s time to enter the world of Survival Horror (again) …
This was originally posted on Rice Digital on 5th December 2018.
In an announcement today that has me salivating more than that first zombie in the Spencer Mansion, Capcom and the amazingly inventive merch company Numskull Designs revealed the official Resident Evil 2™ merchandise range, that they are releasing to coincide with the upcoming launch of Resident Evil 2 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC next year.