October 21, 2021

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Resident Evil 2’s remake reveals its biggest star

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Resident Evil’s best character? Maybe you believe it’s Leon Kennedy, the floppy-haired fop, or perhaps you think it could be enigmatic badass Ada Wong. Well, I’m afraid you’re entirely wrong. The best character from throughout Resident Evil’s history is, without a single doubt, the Raccoon City Police Station.

Well, that’s what I reckon anyway, and playing through a few hours of the remake of Resident Evil 2 only strengthens my belief. What a strange, strange place this is, a maddeningly illogical crash of styles and secrets, and what a pleasure it was to get lost in its many mysteries during Capcom’s latest round of previews. Actually, what a pleasure it is to get properly lost in a video game again, having to constantly refer to the in-game map and my own dreadful sense of direction as I try to navigate from one side of the station to the other. This is gaming of a certain vintage.

Which is one of the most important things to note about this remake of Resident Evil 2. It’s a dramatic overhaul in the way it adopts the over-the-shoulder style of later games in the series – which doesn’t necessarily tip the flavour of this remake towards action, more that it makes the action that was always there a bit more palatable – yet in other ways it’s extremely faithful. This is, beneath all the bells and whistles, still the Resident Evil 2 you remember, and quite likely the one that you still hold a place in your heart for.

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