We got the chance to play the demo for the Resident Evil 2 Remake at the 2018 Tokyo Game Show, and we came away mightily impressed. Here are some thoughts about the refresh to the 1998 PlayStation classic.
Gone are the classical survival horror “tank” controls where the left stick turns your character, and the right stick moves them forward. Instead the remake opts for the more modern over-the shoulder camerawork that’s been in use since Resident Evil 4 in 2005.
Although the gameplay is smoother and more fluid as a result, the clunky control scheme was part of the original game’s charm. The fact that a simple action such as turning in the right direction was so difficult made the game scarier and more immersive.
If there’s one thing every RE fan is sure to agree on, it’s that the updated visuals are absolutely beautiful. The environmental textures, lighting effects, and character models show off the game engine’s superior capabilities and every moment is a feast for the eyes. Additionally, though the Raccoon City Police Station’s basic layout hasn’t changed that much, the solutions to the puzzles have been tweaked so players will have to figure out how to escape the zombie-infested city all over again.
Really, really scary
We almost dropped the controller at the game show twice because the demo was so scary.
Enemies appear from the most unexpected locations, and zombies now have the ability to follow you into different rooms – which was missing from the original. The excellent sound effects add to the suspenseful atmosphere and the voice acting is also much improved.
Overall, it’s safe to say this horrifying remake will be terrifying gamers from January 25, 2019.