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I'll start with this, Resident Evil was good when it had zombies, this is something it lacks nowadays, with the most recent spree of Resident Evil games, 4, 5 and 6 where massive let downs in my eyes and the live action movies make me sick, but, this isn't any of those, this is Resident Evil 2, game of my childhood and my life.
Resident Evil 2 is the first Resident Evil game to take place within Raccoon City, set 2 months after the events of the original Resident Evil this game is nothing short of a masterpiece. Now with voice acting that isn't quite as scary as the zombies (cough cough Resident Evil 1 cough cough) the game presents you with two playable characters, Leon Scott Kennedy, on his first day on the job as a member of the Raccoon Police Department (RPD) and fan favourite amongst gamers and Claire Redfield, sister of Chris Redfield from the first Resident Evil, after meeting under less-than-desirable circumstances, the characters are separated where the both undergo slightly different stories, both follow the same back story though (obviously) basically, there has been a T-Virus outbreak in Raccoon City, this virus as you may of guessed turns people into zombies, a new strain of the virus 'G-Virus' has been developed by William Burkin (the games antagonist) which turns people into insanely strong hard to defeat bosses.
The graphics aren't monumental for it's time but there is one cutscene which is an absolute doozer and I would imagine blew any 1998 audience off their feet, they have been slightly improved by importing the game onto Dreamcast but nothing too noticeable, but where this game really shines is its gameplay.
The gameplay in Resident Evil 2 is absolutely stunning, Resident Evil set standards for survival horror with there early games and this is no exception, supplies are limited, you aren't given much direction and you're going to have to rely a lot on patience, or a walkthrough to complete it, but it's totally worth it, as long as you can keep your interest, this game will keep you hooked from beginning to end, the fact that you need a very wide span of interest isn't a downfall as such either, as this is the same with any survival horror really, plus before you come off, you may want to think twice, you have a limited amount of saves.
All in all Resident Evil 2 always has been, and still is one of my favourite video game titles, and definitely my favourite in the survival horror genre, it's a must buy for any classic gamer or fans of the series, it also has a killer ending ;)
The Resident Evil series has seen better days - the movies have gone downhill since the first half decent entry, Resident Evil 5 was a huge let-down for everyone and the general lack of zombies is sorely noticeable. Therefore I tend to take solace in the earlier titles for this zombie franchise which were absolutely 100% survival horror. The newer titles are simply action games with zombies and while fun to play, will never be Resident Evil games.
Resident Evil 2 was released back in 1998 for the Playstation and was quickly ported to the Sega Dreamcast by the turn of the century. The first thing you'll notice is that the Dreamcast version's graphics are slightly improved. This is due to the system's 128 bit of processing power that game oomph to the new titles it was releasing at the time. Remember this was before the PS2 got released in the UK! Although the game looks slightly more polished, surely it could have been possible for Capcom to do a total remake for the console? It does seem a bit lazy in my eyes but they weren't the only company to do this by any means. A lot of PS1 titles like Fighting Force 2 got released on the Dreamcast with marginal improvements.
The gameplay is your standard Resident Evil game, with gothic locations inside a destroyed city. A tight script keeps the game from going overboard with the tale for escape being a simple yet emotive one. What I liked about this game was that it came with 2 discs; each allowed you to play as a different character. When you completed the game as one person e.g. Claire, you popped in the other disc to play as Leon and you got a whole different storyline that's interwoven with the first one. It's an incredibly smart and original idea and it's a pity that Capcom (or indeed anyone else) hasn't tried to do this since.
The controls are actually less clunky than the Playstation's version which is an up. It's relatively easy to control your character and make sure you don't turn into a zombie's dinner! This is one of the few areas where the Dreamcast version trumps the PS1 conversion.
In conclusion I have to say that this version of Resident Evil 2 isn't drastically different from the PS1's version. The main bonus of this conversion is that the controls are a lot better than the Playstation's. Really it depends which you find cheaper. If you have a Dreamcast and you see a cheap copy, it's worth a purchase if you haven't already got it. Just avoid the Gamecube version at all costs!
This game came out not long after the successful release of the first game around the year 2000. This game came out for a few consoles such as the Playstation and Dreamcast. You have a choice of playing either a rookie cop called Leon, or a reporter called Claire. Each character has a different ending. The G-virus in the Umbrella Corporation has broke loose. Transforming almost all the people in the city into living dead flesh eaters. So its up to you to save Racoon city and the world. You start off on the streets and have to run to a safe place. The only place at this point is a gun shop, where someone is still alive and opens the door for you. However it isnt long before the zombies smash the windows and break in killing the owner. You then run out the back and go towards the police station. On the way are numerous zombies to be killed. Either blow their heads of or keep cutting their faces with your knife!! Once inside the station this is when the game begins. You have to explore loads of rooms for weapons and humans etc. Be careful if you find a half dead person, as they will turn into a zombie once dead. Always be ready to fire when you enter a room. Explore every part of the room to find any hidden items. Sometimes even just looking at books give clues and storylines. Remember to pick up ink ribbons as these are needed to save your progress. To do this simply go to a type writer and use some ink. It takes sometime to go all over the station and kill the zombies. Also accomplish all the little puzzles in the game. Once all this is done you face the boss. Hes a big guy and you might find it hard to kill him the first few attemps. Once you have though you get your ending. But since theres two characters theres two endings. Graphics are excellent looking realistic and also blood, not so many tunes but plenty sound effects and excellent gameplay as you`ll be playing this for a while.
Resident evil 2 took its time coming to Dreamcast, was it worth the wait? The game's graphics have been improved slightly, but being a PSX port, they're not up to the high standards of Code Veronica, developed for DC. There are a total of 4 ways to play through the game - although they're very similar in a lot of places. I've basically finished the game in all 4 scenarios (that took a little while) but considering I paid only £9.99 for it, I can't complain. That's right. At the time of writing it's available for only £9.99 at www.simplygames.com ! At this price it's definitely worth it, especially if you're a fan of the series. With RE3 just out, and the superior (I think) CV already out though, you might find them all a bit similar. Still, at £10 I'm not complaining. I still haven't found an RE game that beats the original on the Saturn, despite improvements in graphics. And what happened to the real video footage? The game is more linear than the original, I think, and the atmosphere, as with most recent RE games is more action orientated than "survival horror." If you're a fan, or want to try the RE games, go ahead. It's not risking much at £10. If you're trying to decide between it and Code Veronica though, CV wins hands down.