There have been many games throughout the ages that look primitive by today’s standards. Their story and gameplay may be amazing, but their blocky graphics pale in comparison to today’s HD hits.
That’s why HD remakes have become so popular in the gaming community. With Resident Evil getting a remake on the Nintendo GameCube, PC, and other platforms, many wondered if sequels would receive the same treatment.
Now fans have their answer – at E3 2018, Capcom revealed a trailer for a Resident Evil 2 HD remake. It’s one of the best games of its series and genre, with the new version offering terrifyingly accurate graphics while also promising a new experience even for hardcore fans.
During the beginning of the 3D era in video games, the PlayStation was one of the most prominent consoles on the market. Resident Evil became one of their biggest hit series, with the second entry taking things to a whole new level.
Resident Evil 2 came out in 1998 and was big for the series, the survival horror genre, and of course the console itself. It continued the zombie survival storyline of the original game, bringing back familiar elements of puzzle-solving, ammo conservation, and tons of jump scares.
It also introduced fans to characters like Leon Kennedy, Claire Redfield, Ada Wong, Sherry Birkin, and Hunk, all of whom would return to future games in the series. But there are some major questions about the remake – namely how true it will stay to the original.
In addition to the primitive graphics of the time, the original also suffered from a now-outdated camera system. Fixed angles made combat tough, and while they added to the scare factor, it was an artificial increase in difficulty more than anything else. The remake’s demo showed an over-the-shoulder perspective, which was popularized in Resident Evil 4 and refined to perfection in successive series entries.
It also uses the same engine from Resident Evil 7, leading many to wonder whether it will be an action game. But the trailer and snippets of gameplay shown so far give off serious survival horror vibes, making many excited about the prospect of a true nod to the original with all the conveniences modern gamers have gotten used to.
There are some key changes from the original. It saw the main characters, Leon and Claire, essentially play different sides of the same campaign. The remake will see each character with their own unique scenario. It will also be possible to use boards to block off windows for keeping the dead at bay, and players will even be able to retrieve knives from zombie bodies.
Affectionately referred to by some gaming outlets as a familiar classic but with a good camera, the game is one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2019. Coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, it will be a cross-platform event that will offer something to longtime Resident Evil fans as well as newcomers to the series.