Resident Evil 2 - The Only Zombie Game You'll Ever Need

Resident Evil 2 - The Only Zombie Game You'll Ever Need

No question and hands down. Resident Evil 2 is the greatest thing to ever come out of Capcom's famous zombie franchise. Scary on multiple levels, it combines a chilling atmosphere with solid a story and tense action to create an unforgettable horror experience.

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Resident Evil 2 - The Only Zombie Game You'll Ever Need

The problems come when you try to turn around or shift your aim on the fly. Simply put, you can't. It just takes too long and the situations where you'll actually need to do it (i.e. zombies coming at you from multiple directions) are generally the sort where time isn't in abundant supply.

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Did you know that you can turn on auto-aim in the controls? R1 now aims at the nearest target and L1 switches targets (RE3 has this on by default). Although, turning around is still a problem since it's missing RE3's reverse 180.

A bit dismissive of the flaws this game has, aren't we? And Resident Evil 2 was one of my all time favourite games.

But the story really isn't solid at all. It makes zero sense that Ada and Annette are just casually wandering around gathering information, while Leon and Claire are barely getting by traversing from room to room. The continuity between the A and B scenario is all screwed up. And the dialoge is just... oy.

And while Resident Evil 4 gave you more camera control, it still restricted you to Leon's peripheral vision -- You couldn't just spin the camera around him to get a full view of the area, like every other third-person shooter. This solution was the best of both worlds, it gave you free aim, but still kept that tension of not being sure if something was sneaking up on you.

And sorry, but Mr. X is like a little old lady compared to Nemesis.

Though yes, obviously it's better to play this than The Evil Within. And that police station music is still the best damn thing to ever come out of a speaker.

My memories of this game are heavily intermixed with Resident Evil 3. A shame because (I did like 3 a lot), I seem to remember 2 being fun in it's own right. I just wish I could remember it by itself.

The complaints about the controls, are accurate... if you played the initial release. Yes, the initial version of RE2 didn't have "auto aim", but ever sincee the Dual Shock version, every subsequent version and iteration of the franchise has had an "auto aim" option, even the N64 version had that option. But other than that, YES, this game is awesome :D

Personally, I cab't decide wich one is my favorite of old school RE goodness, if RE2, RE3 or the REmake.

Edit: Sooo many typos... Maybe I'll fix them when I get to use an actual keyboard.

Personally, my biggest complaint is how hard it is to get hold of.

I wish that the PS Store would just release them all (and the Silent Hills... And Crash Bandicoot. And Medieval) so I could buy them all.

While I played the hell out of RE2, and it was the last game post-Half-life to actively give me the willies and downright scare the shit out of me at one point: I missed the Licker in the window the first time around so when it came through on the way back, being alone in a house in the middle of the woods playing this on a brand new surround system, well... that fucker scared the shit out of me so bad I tossed the controller in "NOPE" fashion and hid in the bathroom for a few. That being said, I find this game does not hold up at all. Having driven a tank before, I decry the "tank-like" controls because tanks are way more responsive than this game. Put it this way, the M1A2 Abrams I drove could at full speed drive up the incline of a hill and at the top sight and fire and hit a target before the tracks hit the ground... pretty accurate compared to the sluggish unresponsive controls RE2 suffers from. Dialogue is pure crap, and even back then I wasn't impressed with the CGI cinematics or the game's visual style.
This all from someone who dearly loves the game and would loved to have seen a RE1 Gamecube style remake.
Its just a game that benefitted from being FIRST!!! in the survival horror genre and spawning a long standing tradition of Zombie attack games (OK I really blame Zombies Ate My Neighbors for that but most people might disagree with me).
Seriously though, without Resident Evil would we have as many zombie games? It really was the first game to actively emulate the tone of the Romero zombie flicks, especially the horde.
RE2 suffered though in the end from a very very disjointed story that to this day I'm still wholly unaware of what went on. But hell I still love it for all its Akira-like story confusion (seriously I watched Akira like 1000 times back before there was anything significant on the internet and I never understood the plot without having someone else explain it to me... even then it was a tenuous explanation at best). Maybe it was poor localization and translation that made the dialogue so shitty...

Leon Declis:
Personally, my biggest complaint is how hard it is to get hold of.

I wish that the PS Store would just release them all (and the Silent Hills... And Crash Bandicoot. And Medieval) so I could buy them all.

The PS Store has got them. I've got Resi 1-3, Silent Hill 1 and Crash Bandicoot 3 sitting on PS3 right now.

Agreed. Had way more replay value than any other RE games thanks to the A and B options.

And absolutely agree, Mr. X was the best monster RE has ever had. Every scene with him was memorable.

Mr. X never struck me as being terribly scary. I always found the idea of a big bald dude chasing you around more hilarious than anything. This of course, being before he turns into nightmare fuel.

But honestly, I'd rate Nemesis, Verdugo or even U-3 as being scarier.

Leon Declis:
Personally, my biggest complaint is how hard it is to get hold of.

I wish that the PS Store would just release them all (and the Silent Hills... And Crash Bandicoot. And Medieval) so I could buy them all.

Strange. The Resident Evil series, 1 to 3 and the HD Code Veronica and Resi 4 are all on PSN. They used to be easy to find but the store layout changed which forced some classic games into the background.

I purchased each one individually (except the HD Code Veronica and 4, which I got in a pack), but I know for a fact there is 1-3 collection that you can pay for.

Check it out:

https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/#!/en-ie/games/resident-evil-1-2-and-3-bundle/cid=EP0102-NPEJ00136_00-B000000000000377?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term={keyword}&utm_campaign=PX+-+PlayStation+-+Brand+-+Ireland&EMCID=GM300000_store

StewShearer:

Stumbling into this mess are rookie police officers Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield both of whom arrive in town on the same night and briefly meet before being separated.

I don't remember Claire Redfield being a Police Officer at all. I remember she was there looking for her brother Chris Redfield.

Despite that one confusion I have with the article I'd say that RE2 is probably my most replayed game I had. Claire A&B and Leon A&B were pretty short gameplay wise so I never felt like I had to put in extra effort to enjoy the entire game. Plenty of other games though feel too long winded even if I enjoy them & don't get the same replay excitement I had when playing RE2.

RE4 on the other hand.... Maybe I could forgive it for a lot of things.... But the moment I shot a zombie like creature in the face.... And it covered it's eye.... Well that's the moment I found RE4 stupid.

The biggest flaws the game had, the camera and the controls, are absolutely things to be mentioned but, at the same time, they also had upsides. If you had solid camera control and great controls you'd end up with an action game, which is largely what the series became starting with RE4. For me, that's a tough trade off to weigh out. Within the framework of the genre and the game's place in history (notably in comparison to it's contemporaries), I'm not sure there would have been a better way to do things.

Either way, the best part of RE2? Easily the A/B scenarios. I absolutely loved this aspect of the game and was surprised to find out that others I talked to about the game at the time didn't even know it was an option. Has this sort of thing ever been done since? I can't think of any other use of this system off hand.

RatGouf:

StewShearer:

Stumbling into this mess are rookie police officers Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield both of whom arrive in town on the same night and briefly meet before being separated.

I don't remember Claire Redfield being a Police Officer at all. I remember she was there looking for her brother Chris Redfield.

Despite that one confusion I have with the article I'd say that RE2 is probably my most replayed game I had. Claire A&B and Leon A&B were pretty short gameplay wise so I never felt like I had to put in extra effort to enjoy the entire game. Plenty of other games though feel too long winded even if I enjoy them & don't get the same replay excitement I had when playing RE2.

RE4 on the other hand.... Maybe I could forgive it for a lot of things.... But the moment I shot a zombie like creature in the face.... And it covered it's eye.... Well that's the moment I found RE4 stupid.

Bah! A typo!

Major_Tom:

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Resident Evil 2 - The Only Zombie Game You'll Ever Need

The problems come when you try to turn around or shift your aim on the fly. Simply put, you can't. It just takes too long and the situations where you'll actually need to do it (i.e. zombies coming at you from multiple directions) are generally the sort where time isn't in abundant supply.

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Did you know that you can turn on auto-aim in the controls? R1 now aims at the nearest target and L1 switches targets (RE3 has this on by default). Although, turning around is still a problem since it's missing RE3's reverse 180.

This is true, though I never liked the auto aiming. My complaint was meant to be directed more at the slow turning. Getting stuck between two zombie dogs and tryin to turn around and deal with one after shooting the other sucks so hard, lol.

I do love me some Resident Evil 2 but I have to stuck it in third place on my favorite REsi games list.
Its a great game for sure but I found the REmake and 3 to be scarier. The REmake had better atmosphere, dialogue, and story and 3's Nemesis was a much stronger main monster than G or MR. X.

Any word of a possible Remake of 2/3?

 

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