Developed by Capcom
Released - 30th May 2003
Price : £29.99
the glorious remake of the original Resident Evil on the GameCube
and the excellent (if you ignore the fact that it wasn't subtitled)
Resident Evil Zero it was always going to be difficult to accept
a direct port for Resident Evil 2. There are two ways of looking
at it though and whilst it's easy to be critical about the fact
that the game hasn't received the star makeover that the first game
had, it is widely know that Capcom have been creating Resident Evil
4 and at least with Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 being released
together it give gamers who may not have owned a PlayStation, Nintendo
64 or Dreamcast, a chance to play the game.
you would expect this game follows on from the event in the mansion
in Resident Evil. The Umbrella Corporation, who were responsible
for the T-Virus, a toxin to be used in biological weapons responsible
for turning people into zombies, would not be defeated and after
a series of terrible accidents Raccoon City is under siege from
Zombies. You can play the game as either the rookie police officer
Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield as she searches for her brother
Chris who was one of the main characters in Resident Evil. Having
a choice of two characters to play as in the game gives you instant
replayability that is always appreciated.
can choose to play the game with it's original difficulty or you
could choose an easier difficulty with makes the enemies slightly
easier and more ammo available throughout the game. You can also
select arrange game which has a Rookie mode that gives you a sub-machine
gun with unlimited ammo and easier enemies. This is perfect for
newcomers to the game that want to focus more on the puzzle elements
within the game rather than enjoy difficult zombie battles.
you've played any of the Resident Evil games before then you'll
know exactly what to expect here as it contains all of the familiar
ingredients that made the series legendary. The puzzles are of the
same nature as in previous games where you had to find keys and
switches etc. it's not overly complex but it makes you search every
room you come across thoroughly. As before your characters only
have limited health and as they take more damage you'll see them
go from walking normally to hardly being able to walk at all. This
places great importance on finding health items such as herbs and
mentioned at the top of the review that the game is more or less
a straight port and as a result it doesn't look anywhere near as
good as the first two Resident Evil games on GameCube. The cutscenes
don't look too bad but the in-game graphics look dated. Seeing the
blocky blood that comes from the zombies when you fire at them,
makes you realise just how much the graphics have improved over
the years. The saving grace for the game though is that the backgrounds
were pre-rendered on the other consoles and therefore they don't
look hideous. More importantly once you get into the game, you'll
ignore the quality of the visuals and just enjoy the game.
Evil and Resident Evil Zero had one major flaw for deaf gamers in
that the cutscenes were not subtitled. The dramatic events of the
game were not given in detail to the deaf gamer, as a result of
this. Resident Evil 2 is exactly the same, I'm afraid to say and
the cutscenes are again not subtitled. It's not the end of the world
though as otherwise the game is fine but I'm just hoping that Resident
Evil 4 is subtitled then we can finally give a Resident Evil game
the mark it truly deserves.
you can look past the disappointment of the game not receiving a
graphical facelift there is much to enjoy with Resident Evil 2.
The game has plenty of replayability and there are even some mini-games
in there to boot. In fact there are many gamers out there that regard
Resident Evil 2 to be the best in the series and it's difficult
to argue with that opinion. Sadly the cutscenes not being subtitled
is a big blow for deaf gamers and this is reflected in our rating
of the game. Resident Evil fans cannot afford to miss it though,
particularly if you didn't experience it on any other console.
Game Rating: 6.0/10
you're a fan of the series then ignore the rating and pick this
up because despite not receiving a graphical facelift and the cutscenes
not being subtitled, it's still a great game.
Cutscenes are not subtitled and therefore following the plot is
a difficult task for a deaf gamer. Every other aspect of the game
is fine though.