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Resident Evil 2 (PC)
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Resident Evil 2 (PC)
Date: 05/04/10, updated on 05/04/10 (15 review reads)
Advantages: cheap, good gameplay, an important title, a classic.
Disadvantages: not much new stuff, not much replayability value, weaker atmosphere and not as good as RE1.
A sequel to the incredibly popular Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2 is a third person puzzle survival horror by Capcom. It's enjoyed critical acclaim globally, especially in Japan, and is to all intents and purposes, a damn good game.
The player controls either Leon or Claire, two miraculous survivors of the Raccoon City 'Incident' mentioned in game one. They are trying to escape Raccoon City by any means necessary, following a biohazard zombie outbreak which has left 85% of the town's population mindless killing machines.
The graphics are obviously very dated at this point, and the gameplay's been done before. Unlike it's predecessor, its atmosphere, score and premise are (despite being very good) a little bit lacking in innovation. About the only improvement that has been made since the original is an ever so slight jujing up of the inventory screen to make it somewhat less irksome, a few new guns, and some marginally improved character models.
There appears to be a great emphasis on bosses in Resident Evil 2, than in the first game, and it's always fun to stockpile ammunition and health, in a cerebral, micromanagementy kind of way, but the voluminous weaponry detract, in my opinion, from the feel and atmosphere even further. Ammo isn't quite scarce enough, and although attacks look cool, they just don't matter or count as much as they used to. Specifically the thing that really bothers me about this is that the combat knife, which in Resident Evil 1 was the 'Old Faithful' that, weak as it was, would rarely let you down, and now, it's next to useless.
All in all its a decent title, still very much playable today despite its dated graphics and lack of update qualities. Nonetheless I really don't think it's as good as the first game, but is worth owning and playing through if you ever hope to call yourself a fan of the survival horror genre. It's an important game, despite its shortcomings that will definitely keep you entertained. Important to the Resident Evil canon and Recommended.
Summary: Good but not great. :)