I picked up Resident Evil 2 Remake for PS4 on Saturday. I hadn’t played the previous Resident Evil games, so I was looking forward to jumping in with a fresh perspective.
You have the choice at the start of the game to play through with Leon S Kennedy or Claire Redfield. The game is set in Raccoon City and the setting is dark, wet from rain with zombies lurking in every corner. There’s clearly some trouble brewing and you’re going to have to dig deep to survive.
There’s 3 difficulty settings: Assisted, Standard and Hardcore. Having not played before I picked standard mode and ventured into the city with Leon.
Graphics & Sound
Graphics are great, especially the lighting effects, as you roam around the police station with a torch. The torch doesn’t give you too much light and the textures come into their own when the scenes turn gory. There’s blood-splattered walls and debris everywhere really giving you a sense of the recent chaos. The sound is also excellent as you hear zombies banging against windows and crawling around the hallways.
Gameplay is a mixture of survival, action, puzzles and exploration. You have to keep an eye on your ammo reserves as every bullet counts. I’ve panicked on occasion and emptied my magazine into an oncoming zombie, only to have another one come around the corner to try and eat me. There’s limited space in your inventory so you’ll be traveling back and forth to your item box to store items. As you progress through the rooms you can pick up pouches to boost your item space allowing you to carry more.
The puzzles are relatively straight forward (but ultimately satisfying) so far, although I’m sure as I progress in the game things are going to get more difficult. Story points emerge as you work your way through the game in the way of notes left behind, computer terminals and other items.
I’m not normally one for horror games or movies and to me the game is genuinely scary. Make sure you board up those windows otherwise zombies will be crashing through and going after your brains.
I’m about 4 hours into the game and I’m enjoying my time so far. I’m looking forward to making some meaningful progress this coming week.
Resident Evil 2 Remake is available now for PS4, XBOX One and PC.
Are you playing Resident Evil 2? What’s your initial thoughts? Which character did you pick and how are you getting on? Send in your comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.