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Most pointless port ever?
Resident Evil 2 (GC)
Member Name: shaneo632
Resident Evil 2 (GC)
Advantages: Still a great game
Disadvantages: Totally pointless and crass
I love the Resident Evil series, and RE2 is in fact my favourite, so you might be wondering - why the low score? Well, after Capcom remade the original Resident Evil in gorgeous high-res graphics and even made a new title altogether in the same stead (Resident Evil 0), I expected that their GameCube release of the brilliant Resident Evil 2 would similarly be reinvented with stunning graphics. Oh how disappointed I was to learn that this was not the case, although at least I realised this before buying it!
Essentially, what we're getting here is a very lazy port of a game that was at this time ALREADY about five years old. Back in the late 90s, this was a visually stunning game and is still a technical standout on the PS1, but this GameCube port has had virtually no graphical enhancement, and as a result looks incredibly crass and crude for a GC game. Aurally, nothing has been updated either, making it sound quite barbaric given the update in surround sound technology since the game's release.
The gameplay is admittedly still as fun as ever; you play Leon S. Kennedy, a rookie cop who is caught in a zombie invasion, while attempting to survive with Claire Redfield, a drifter who is after her brother, Chris (who was a protagonist in the first game). You can play as either character through two scenarios, traipsing through the zombie-infested streets of Raccoon City, as well as travelling through a dangerous police station and attempting to stop William Birkin aka G-Type, a man who injected the G-virus directly into himself, transforming him into a grotesque monster.
On sheer principle, I have to give this a negative review, though, because Nintendo and Capcom can't be given credit for what was a very cheap and bare bones port of a game that really didn't require it. They did a similar thing to the third game in the series, Nemesis, and it reeks of a company trying to wring out a few extra dollars without much effort at all.
Summary: A soulless cash-in