Resident Evil 2

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  • Summary: Ready or not, the terror of Resident Evil 2 is here. In chapter one, the case of the disastrous T-virus outbreak--a mutagenic toxin designed for biological weapons--was eventually closed but the experiments were far from over. Control the destiny of Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield as theirReady or not, the terror of Resident Evil 2 is here. In chapter one, the case of the disastrous T-virus outbreak--a mutagenic toxin designed for biological weapons--was eventually closed but the experiments were far from over. Control the destiny of Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield as their nightmare begins when a biotech terror runs rampant in Raccoon City. Relentless zombies and hideous monsters are all out for a taste of your blood. If the suspense doesn't kill you, something else will. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    100
    Better graphics, imroved story, and the same basic look-out-for-the-zombies gameplay. [Nov 2001, p.51]
  2. The sequel elevates what was so great about the first one to a complete new level of terror.
  3. One of the most clever, crowd-pleasing, tense, dramatic, beautiful and playable games ever conceived.
  4. Now, I hear what you're saying: "This Zombie is chewing on my foot, it deserves to be shot." But that's just the response that society has conditioned you to have. So even though this is a great game with good graphics, terrific sound, riveting action, and puzzles that will keep you entertained for hours... As a favor to our Zombie friends, do not buy this game.
  5. GMR Magazine
    90
    Zombies running amok in Raccoon City; more B-movie voice acting running amok on your speakers. Enough to fill two disks this time! [Feb 2003, p.97]
  6. 90
    For newcomers to the series, there's never been a better time to get scared.
  7. More an interactive movie than a game, RE2 looks pretty but lacks challenge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 125
  1. ChrisM
    Jan 9, 2010
    10
    Jay D.... You gave this game a zero. Seriously. A zero. People like you who should've been born with no hands so they can't get Jay D.... You gave this game a zero. Seriously. A zero. People like you who should've been born with no hands so they can't get access to a computer. The least you could do is give information as to WHY you feel this game deserves a 0. But no. You just say "the original is still the best" and slap a 0 on it. While I really think this game deserves a solid 9, I'm giving it a 10 because every little bit helps to make up for your stupidity. Expand
  2. Oct 5, 2012
    10
    i love this game PERIOD it oozes blood & challenge (no pun intended) lol anyways it is one of the best survival horror games let alone thei love this game PERIOD it oozes blood & challenge (no pun intended) lol anyways it is one of the best survival horror games let alone the series. yes i kid u not it is one of the best it is up there with silent hill 1 & 2, doom 3, and of course fatal frame Expand
  3. Sep 25, 2019
    10
    El primer Resident Evil que me he pasado y no podría haberme dejado mejor sabor de boca. Me ha encantado la manera en la que nos tenemos queEl primer Resident Evil que me he pasado y no podría haberme dejado mejor sabor de boca. Me ha encantado la manera en la que nos tenemos que administrar los recursos, como hay que usar los distintos objetos, los puzzles y sobretodo la exploración me ha maravillado recordándome a un metroidvania. Expand
  4. Oct 9, 2016
    10
    Not many franchises get sequels that improve on the first game in every aspect.
    This is what makes Resident Evil 2 so special. Improved
    Not many franchises get sequels that improve on the first game in every aspect.
    This is what makes Resident Evil 2 so special. Improved visuals, sounds, voices, FMV's.
    2 entirely different characters to choose from, yeah that is what is available to you at the start of Resident Evil 1, but Resident Evil 2 links the two players together into Scenario A and Scenario B.
    If played the conventional way (LEON A, then onto CLAIRE B) you will get the best experience from Resident Evil 2, however you are not limited to that way, you can Claire A and LEON B.

    For the more experienced gamer you are able to achieve an A rank (European & USA release only, JAPAN is far easier and gives an S rank)
    The rank is awarded to the player with the best play through of the scenario's, complete both play through's under 3 hours and you unlock goodies! you also get a 3rd scenario known as 4th survivor in which you control Hunk (the guy in the William Birkin FMV sequence who asks for the G-Virus sample where he injects himself)

    If you finish the game 6 times going from scenario to scenario you unlock TOFU which is a joke scenario where you play as a piece of Tofu.

    This sequel brought so much for us RE fans that it deserves number 1 spot in my mind.

    This game has excellent versions other than the original release too, and my personal fave being the Dreamcast release which is the PC port with the most features (if you exclude N64's EX files & gore changer)
    The Playstation got the Dual Shock edition which makes the Dual Shock controller compatible with RE2 and gives the rumble function, it also includes Extreme Battle mode.

    The DC release has an arrange mode like the Dual Shock edition except has Expert and Nightmare modes which are the hardest version of RE2 on any release bar the PC version (PC port to DC).

    For the best FMV quality you want either the Gamecube or PC SourceNext editions, however SN version is Japan only and the Gamecube version lacks game play features from the DC / PC releases.

    I hope you enjoyed this read, thinking of playing it? it's an experience you won't forget!
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  5. Apr 29, 2020
    9
    Capcom made a great remake. It is the perfect game in this new generation for survival horror lovers. Maybe not really deep from a narrativeCapcom made a great remake. It is the perfect game in this new generation for survival horror lovers. Maybe not really deep from a narrative point of view, but it is soo fun and beautiful. Expand
  6. Jun 25, 2012
    9
    Here are my six standard game-judging questions:
    1. Did I enjoy the game overall? Yes.
    2. Was the game good enough to play through to
    Here are my six standard game-judging questions:
    1. Did I enjoy the game overall? Yes.
    2. Was the game good enough to play through to completion? Yes.
    3. Did I get a little bored and put the game down for a while to play another game in the mean time? No.
    4. After completing the game, was it good enough to play again, even for a little while? Yes.
    5. Was it good enough to warrant a purchase of a re-release or sequel? Yes.
    6. Is it timeless/a classic? Meaning: Is it good enough to still play to this day? No.
    What's my total? 9/10!
    Note: I am 31 years old, and a mature, respectful, unbiased gamer.
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  7. Mar 6, 2021
    0
    Cette suite à la première daubasse à zombis remonte à 1998 ! très étonnamment, elle fonctionne sur Windows XP mais en toute petite fenêtre,Cette suite à la première daubasse à zombis remonte à 1998 ! très étonnamment, elle fonctionne sur Windows XP mais en toute petite fenêtre, une fenêtre de 640×480 sur un bureau d’origine en 1080 : ça fait vraiment petit ! bon, j’avoue ne pas avoir cherché à finasser, peut-être qu’on peut éventuellement jouer en plein écran, je ne sais pas trop… et pour parler franchement, je m’en bats les couilles en force.

    C’est en effet aussi daubé -de toute façon- que le premier Resident Debil, ce qui n’est pas étonnant de la part du producteur d’étrons vidéo-pas-ludiques, le célèbre éditeur-développeur Capcon ! Des caméras fixes, des décors pré-calculés, impossible de jouer à la souris (il ne sait même pas ce que c’est) pas de manette non plus… mais on peut néanmoins réattribuer les touches même si c’est ici « pensé » en dépit du bon sens le plus élémentaire…

    Pas de mini-carte mais une carte qui prend tout l’écran, ce qui nécessite des allers et retours fatigants… des ressources trop limitées, des énigmes à la mords-moi-le-noeud, une interface généralement à chier, une « jouabilité » lourde et entièrement nulle à chier… et bien entendu, la sauvegarde sur une machine à écrire (quoi ?!) et uniquement si t’as trouvé un ruban encreur (mais que… quoi ?!?).

    Bref, une grosse merde comme seul Capcon sait les démouler et les produire : un non-jeu et un sous-produit inqualifiable : il ne reste donc plus qu’à tirer la chasse !
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