Resident Evil 2

January 22, 1998

Capcom continues its horror series with a deeper, more horrific plot and over-the-top violence.

Zombies aplenty in the sequel to the massive horror game.
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform: PlayStation
Genre: Adventure

Once again Capcom returns players into the world of survival horror, and like they say about horror sequels, body counts are higher, gore is more atrocious, and the acting is worse. Capcom has taken this formula and met all demands. What's in-store for players is five plus hours of intense gameplay (if you only play through one quest) that will leave you hungry for more.

The burning question most may ask is "is this game scary?" And the answer is a terrified "yes." Resident Evil 2 features some of the most intense moments in videogame history and in our opinion surpasses the original in every way. Obviously the graphic gore can be attributed to this, but its also the clever sound design and music that truly make the player shudder in fear. If you have a heart condition, you may want to steer clear of this one.

Resident Evil 2, like its predecessor, is thrilling to the bone with suspense, action, and an alluring storyline that won't let go. This time around a huge array of weaponry available at the player's disposal and while the different types of creatures encountered are about the same. However, the creature AI has been drastically improved. No longer do zombies linger around and wait; they are more aggressive and will often pursue you relentlessly even after being shot in half. Control remains unchanged for the most part, with characters taking slow swivels to get a lock on their target. The addition of new, controllable supporting characters is a welcome feature, but ultimately adds little to gameplay.

Of all the improvements made to graphics, music, and game mechanics, Capcom seems to have neglected the excellent puzzle element that made the first game so enjoyable. Resident Evil 2's puzzles are boring and uninspiring. Whether this was done to keep the game paced at a constant rate is questionable, but the fact remains that the puzzles are much too easy. Other than this, the game remains excellent and truly proves that patience is rewarded.

Bottom Line: A worthy addition to any software library, Resident Evil 2 shows just how far the PlayStation has come.

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