Remaking a fan-favorite game is a dangerous endeavor. Millions of voices will clamor that they want it to happen, that they don’t want it to happen, that they want this or that. Some of these remakes are lost to the times, forgotten as an unfortunate business venture that didn’t pay off. When executed correctly however, a brand-new experience is crafted that holds the spirit of the original at its core but boasts a fancy new coat of paint. Luckily, Resident Evil 2 Remake falls into the second category.
A strange infection falls upon Raccoon City, changing the citizens into cannibalistic zombies. As with the original, you are given the option between choosing Leon Kennedy, a rookie police officer at his first day on the job, or Claire Redfield, a tough biker returning to Raccoon City to look for her lost brother. The pair’s paths converge as they explore Raccoon City and search for the cause of the mysterious zombie outbreak. The story is a dot-for-dot remake of the original, mirroring nearly every scene very loyally, and only lightly adding new scenes. Right off the bat, the most notable difference you’ll find is the absolutely beautiful graphics. My copy was played on the Xbox One X, and the detail put into the characters and environment is stunning.