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Published October 17, 2019

Back in 1998, Resident Evil 2 came out on PS1 and it was not one of their stellar hits if I may so. I didn’t have the game back then because I had no interest in Resident Evil games, I felt they were a little too extreme for my taste. That was until I got my first Resident Evil game 14 years later which was 4 and I was so enthralled with the game, it played awesome and you got access to a wide selection of weapons not to mention the zombies wouldn’t stop coming which was also good.

Incidentally, Claire and Leon are the stars of the Resident Evil 2 Remake. I’ve done my full research on this game and I really feel like that it lacks in so many areas. For one, unlike in 4, there isn’t enough zombie cattle quote unquote to kill to really keep the action going and I’m a gamer that like to be challenged by the minute.

Resident Evil 4 knew how to keep the action going, it was game worthy of a Game of the Year award, several actually. Resident Evil 2 Remake has a lot to answer for which I’ll talk about in this post and then some.

Resident Evil 2 Remake vs. Resident Evil 4

Claire and Leon are the leaders investigating the current mutant attacks but Leon was alone in Resident Evil 4 and later Ada Wong showed up to help him a few times, it was a great game to be sure. Resident Evil 2 Remake and Resident Evil 4 does not stack up side by side because there is too great a gap between this current game and Resident Evil 4. When it comes to action, Resident Evil 2 Remake doesn’t compare. There is so much open exploration which isn’t bad by any means but walking around trying to find seemingly trivial items can be boring.


This game knew how to challenge you, I love you Resident Evil 4!

Also, having weapons on hand for zombie attacks isn’t bad either but it also can be useless if you’re running around and haven’t shot anything in hours, that would bore me. Plus, I didn’t see any weapon upgrades like after getting to a certain chapter and being able to upgrade your weapons and gear.

Ultimately, I’ve seen both sides of Claire and Leon battling and it didn’t really seem that interesting. I noticed that they both have a specific axis on which the game is played in which you can select either Claire or Leon, the selection has made the game lose credibility.

The game lacks

With Claire and Leon, the game lacks action. You need that in-your-face action in order to really feel like you’re a part of the game. Resident Evil 4 did this so well, you were never at a loss for things or creatures to shoot or shoot at; a true Resident Evil masterpiece if there ever was one. However, the remake did a horrible job with the action part of the game, it’s like you encounter zombies but it might be at least 20 minutes before you run into anymore. Yeah, you’ll have the Tyrant that you’ll have to beat but in Resident Evil 4, you had cultists, you had zombie martyrs, los plagas, el gigante etc.


No challenge at all, where’s the mutant horde entourage?!

You never had to guess where the next enemy was going to get your bullet in their head. I mean really, the game tells a riveting story but that’s it. A police officer investigating several murders because of Umbrella’s experiments and a college student who is somehow related to the incident because of family she was coming to see and or visit.

I feel like the plot line of the game is very weak and if I may so, rescuing the president’s daughter from spreading certain death is way better than running around a practically empty, lifeless town trying to find and solve mysteries regarding some boring ass outbreak to put it bluntly.

Leon, a personal favorite

So with Claire and Leon on the job, the game does a decent job telling their respective stories. However, Leon Scott Kennedy has always been a favorite, he’s smart, he’s clever and he knows his way around weaponry of every kind. This Claire Redfield, I mean who the hell is she; she comes off to me as some upstart trying to get her feet in an investigation she has no business. If I’m being honest here, Leon was better off doing this alone. Leon was police officer in the remake and later promoted to the president’s protective private detail i.e. protecting and rescuing the president’s daughter.


The true Leon Scott Kennedy experience!

Leon has graduated leaps and bounds and has earned his right to go a mission, especially one of this caliber, alone without any kind of help. In Resident Evil 4, Leon was taking on zombie commandos, Regenerators (the real A-game) and zombie lunatics with gatling guns and took them all down. Resident Evil 2 Remake doesn’t reflect even a quarter of that action.

I get that every game plays differently and that’s fine, fine but when you play video games or a play a specific kind of video game, you expect to get a lot of bang for your buck. Resident Evil 2 Remake fell short on that dime and then some.

My final verdict

Ultimately, Resident Evil 2 Remake is no doubt the sort of feel good game for blowing zombies and undead away but it lacks in so many areas as I have mentioned. Claire and Leon make a good team but this remake was NOT the perfection that Resident Evil 4 was. Granted, its like comparing a baby to a grown person which is no comparison by no means but my point remains valid.

You see Leon running around with weapons but how many of those weapons are actually getting used to tame the zombie horde, I was shooting Los Ganados off of chair lifts in midair at almost 300 feet straight up in Resident Evil 4, the remake lacks imagination. Personally, I have been debating about getting this game to try it out but after that disappointment or what I’ve seen, I’m not going to be trying the game out at all. I have a very STRICT and HIGH STANDARD when it comes to my games so that should give you some idea as to why I painted the remake in such an ugly light.

I’m not going to rain on anyone’s parade about the game and if they like it, that’s fine but if you’re really looking for a Resident Evil game that isn’t going to disappoint you and really give you the best gaming experience that you’re craving then by all means steer clear of this pile of crap and go straight for Resident Evil 4; trust me, you’ll thank me as I did the two clerks in Gamestop when they advised me to pick it up back in ’12. I happily blew that 8.00 and I never looked back!

Conclusion

Resident Evil 2 Remake was a game seen with such promise to be like its predecessor/successor Resident Evil 4 with some very noticeable differences such as lack of action, lack of evident enemies and just overall lack of imagination when it comes to the game in general. Claire and Leon are a great team in the game no question, but Leon was better off doing this alone.

My final verdict, leave this pile of crap alone and just concentrate on Resident Evil 4 which is actually better in every respect. So what are your thoughts about Resident Evil 2 Remake, what do you think about my post and my opinion of it, what are your thoughts about the game in general? Leave me a message and I’ll respond to it immediately. Thank you and Happy gaming.


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8 Comments

  1. RodarrickRodarrick

    Great post you have got here and I must say that you have done a good juxtaposition between resident evil 4 and 2remake. Well, I was actually hoping to buy the resident evil 2remake when I heard about it coming out soon but then, seeing your review on it makes me feel like it would be a waste of time and money. So, I’d just stick to playing my resident evil 4. Thanks

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      Glad I could help Rodarrick, Resident Evil 4 is superior in every way, shape and form. Want to join my email list?

  2. HendersonHenderson

    Well, this is a total contrast to what I was told about the game. A  friend told me about it but said it was the best thing for me to go into. I guess it is very good to read reviews online before doing anything. Having read this, i can see all the loopholes in the game and can tell that is is better not to go for the resident eveil2 remake.

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      Steer Clear Henderson, if you want a Resident Evil 4 game that is not going to disappoint you, get Resident Evil 4, it’s way better. Also, want to join my email list?

  3. JohnJohn

    I have always depended on your reviews to tell me which game is the best and which that i shouldn’t look to play ay all. Having read your review here on the resident evil two, i can see why you do not recommend it al all. I think that the first one is better though. Do you have a review on resident evil4? I will like to see what your thought is on that one.

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      I made several points about how Resident Evil 4 is better in my ‘review’ and it is better in every way, shape, and form. This remake was a complete disappointment, steer clear.

  4. bellabella

    Resident Evil 2 Remake is actually a big thumbs down from me. I just cannot seem to grasp my head around the way the game was made. Having played the Resident evil 4 and I knew the standard of what I played on it, seeing this Resident Evil 2 Remake delivering less is very discouraging. I have been a big fan of the Resident Evil series but then, I will not be wasting my money on this. Thanks 

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      Thank you Bella, finally someone that finally gets it. I’ve been debating whether I was going to get it or not but after I saw it and watched a few videos, I was like “nope, this game is garbage”. Your right, Resident Evil 4 held you to a standard. When you were running around any corner, you better have your gun loaded and shooting at whatever you think is moving. The Resident Evil 2 Remake is a joke and a not very good one at that. Epic Fail. Hey Bella, if you’re interested in all of the latest video game news, want to join my email list?

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