We are now in the home stretch for Resident Evil 2's release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Last week's 'one shot' demo gave us a slight glimpse at the game but now Capcom's embargo has lifted and the major gaming outlets have released their reviews. Here is the review round up:
Now THIS is how you remake a classic. Resident Evil 2 expertly reanimates the horrifying atmosphere and moments of extreme tension that made the original so revered.
GAMESPOT 9.0/10: Resident Evil 2 is not only a stellar remake of the original, but it's also simply a strong horror game that delivers anxiety-inducing and grotesque situations, topping some of the series' finest entries. Though Resident Evil 2 has its roots firmly in the past, it reworks the familiar horrors into something that feels brand new and all its own.
Capcom, on a far less dangerous scale, has not always known how to handle its own creation. After mutating from quaint horror to buffoonish action to back again, the Resident Evil series has been wildly inconsistent. But back-to-back Resident Evil games that showcase the very best of survival horror is evidence that Capcom may have its monster under control.
My complaints about the Resident Evil 2 remaster are minimal. An argument could be made that Capcom could have done more, but the spirit of the original has been preserved and in many cases, enhanced. I hope every legacy game in the series gets this loving treatment, as I'll probably be playing them for the rest of my life.
Over the years, Capcom has experimented with several different approaches to Resident Evil, but this is one approach I hope gets revisited. Resident Evil 2 not only looks great, it plays well, and it forces you into a series of dark encounters that are a total rush. Resident Evil is finally running on all cylinders.
Resident Evil 2 will be released this Friday January 25th for all major consoles with the Nintendo Switch being the only one to miss out. For more gaming news check out the breakdown of the new Mortal Kombat or for more review roundups see what critics thought of the new Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie.