Following the events of Resident Evil, the deadly T-virus has now spread to the nearby metropolis that is Raccoon City, infecting and killing many. Play as police officer Leon Kennedy or S.T.A.R.S. team member Claire Redfield as you struggle to survive and battle your way through zombies, strange mutations, and many more hideous creatures.
The visuals of Resident Evil 2 do give the impression that you are within an intimidating, deadly, and hostile environment. Characters and backgrounds are rich in detail, indicating an obvious leap in improvement over the graphics of the original Resident Evil game (which were pretty good for its time). The new setting offers a variety of environments to explore and drool over – from big city streets, alleyways, rooftops, laboratories, and more.
Resident Evil 2 keeps all that made its original counterpart a masterpiece – Solving puzzles, blasting through endless hordes of zombies, encountering unexpected enemies, fearing what could possibly lurking around the next corner for you if anything, the internal battle of making the right choice, to fight or to flee. The puzzle aspect might bog some people down but if it weren’t for that, Resident Evil 2 would be a hundred times easier. It’s a far more difficult game than the original one, partly due to the setting itself. This is a metropolis we’re talking about here, a wrecked one at that.
With all of the enemies and difficult tasks you will come face to face with in a game like Resident Evil 2, it’s very easy for newcomers to these games to get extremely frustrated with the style of these controls. For instance, turning around will actually require you to fully and completely turn around. Running is your best friend when it comes to escaping seemingly powerful enemies. Sometimes the background may prevent you from fully seeing your enemy due to the way it is designed, this can cause aiming difficulties. Thankfully, most of these issues have already been fixed in newer versions of the game. Either way, the game is interesting and entertaining enough to make you overlook such matters.
Playing Resident Evil 2 through until the very, very end is pretty worth it. There is a bit of replay value to be had with this game as there are different endings involved, requiring you to go at it a few more times, you’ll even encounter a variety of enemies which you hadn’t encountered during your first or second play-through. There’s two characters here and each of them have an A and B ending — Leon A and Claire B, then Claire A and Leon B. Overall, Resident Evil 2 is a true successor to the original classic that furthers the story appropriately.