Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Feb 27, 2019
    100
    Perfectly captures the essence of the original while offering something completely new.
  2. Feb 1, 2019
    100
    When old and new conventions meet this flawlessly, RE2 is a true celebration of sincere video gaming, an art that sometimes is lost among Western triple-A developers and their plodding and misshapen movie wannabes where the gameplay is secondary. If only all video games could be reverted back to this, a pureblood gaming pleasure but still look as amazing as Resident Evil 2. Capcom, how about the same gorgeous treatment for Resident Evil 3 next?
  3. Feb 1, 2019
    100
    Resident Evil 2 remake is a pure masterclass in game design. With ingenious puzzles, enjoyable gunplay and a captivating story to get stuck into, Resident Evil 2 shows just what has been missing from the survival horror genre in recent years and with the graphical prowess creating some truly frightening environments, this is one game that will live long in the memories of both newcomers and veteran horror enthusiasts.
  4. 100
    Quite simply, this is Resident Evil at its finest.
  5. Jan 22, 2019
    100
    Whether you’re returning to Raccoon City after a number of years, or, this is your first trip to the ill-fated locale, there’s no better way to experience Resident Evil 2 than this remake. While remaining true to the overall arc of the original game, everything here has been tweaked, updated, and twisted into a truly brilliant survival horror. One that proves that no one does it quite like Capcom. Make no mistake about it, this, is a must-have.
  6. Jan 22, 2019
    100
    I had high expectations for Resident Evil 2, and Capcom delivered. This is the best horror game on Xbox One today, and one of its best single-player experiences in general.
  7. Jan 22, 2019
    100
    This re-imagining of Resident Evil 2 is everything a Resident Evil fan could ask for, taking the series back to its roots without feeling old. It is single-player survival horror at its finest, and quite possibly the best Resident Evil game ever made.
  8. 100
    Resident Evil 2 takes a masterpiece and twists it until it resembles something completely new without betraying the spirit of the original. There’s some very, very minor cuts that’ll no doubt upset some fans; but these are ultimately unnoticeable as what Capcom has offered up is an absolute triumph. Resident Evil 2 provides a new way to experience a classic and a very welcome reminder that the old style of Resident Evil is not dead. If anything, it’s finally back.
  9. Jan 22, 2019
    100
    The traditions of survival horror have been modernised, resulting in something that’s all-too-familiar yet always manages to keep you on your toes. The Raccoon City that you’ve always envisaged by filling in the blanks and making up for the failings of 32-bit graphics is now real.
  10. 100
    From top to bottom, Resident Evil 2 is a stellar achievement from a team that obviously loved the source material and went to great lengths to update and enhance it without losing that original magic.
  11. Feb 11, 2019
    99
    Resident evil 2 returns the best way it could possibly be. Capcom is establishing the groundwork for the franchise with this remake.
  12. Jan 22, 2019
    97
    Capcom has done an incredible job with Resident Evil 2 remake. Gameplay is smooth and characters are realistic. Story changes feel like Resident Evil 2 is the same as always, but also something completely new. It's about time a survival horror game wins Game of The Year. And Resident Evil 2 deserves the title.
  13. Jan 25, 2019
    96
    A fan-faithful remake rebuilt from the ground up and jam-packed with quality content. A package both longtime Resident Evil fans and newbies will enjoy.
  14. 95
    The new Resident Evil 2 is everything the original was; tense, scary, brilliant and filled with secrets and additional content to find. But it's also a game perfectly suited to 2019, not just because of its cutting edge look and sound; but because we don't get games like this anymore, and that's a shame.
  15. Jan 22, 2019
    92
    A real horror masterwork, capable of great respect for its roots but at the same time offering us a fresh and modern take on Capcom's cult game. Great graphics, a tighter storytelling and an high replay value make Resident Evil 2 a game worth playing both by fans of the original game and everyone who never played it.
  16. Feb 1, 2019
    90
    Resident Evil 2 comes in 2019 in all the glory you'd expect from such a mammoth franchise, bringing players new and old the same magnificent story but with spine-chilling new graphics and mechanics that will make even those of you with nerves of steel to experience the occasional lift-off from your gaming couch. Nothing negative can be said regarding the game, except for the difficulty and sense of dread and helplessness you get sometimes, but then again, that is the recipe for a good survival-horror title!
  17. Jan 25, 2019
    90
    Even with some inconsistencies between the scenarios, this game had a lot of time put into it and you should definitely pick it up if you enjoyed the original game. Fans of RE7 will really enjoy the remake since it nearly has the same type of gameplay (only with a third person camera). The remake does not outdo the original on every single level, but it definitely is the version that I'd choose to play from now on. No matter what flaws I point out, this game consists of so much win that the flaws get drowned out in the end.
  18. Jan 22, 2019
    90
    A stellar remake, which is not afraid to change what it takes to update one of the most important video games of all time.
  19. Jan 22, 2019
    90
    After reinventing the series with Resident Evil VII, returning to Raccoon City to relive past glories proves more than welcome. Calling Resident Evil 2 a remake, however, almost seems reductive. It looks and plays like a brand-new game, prodding the nostalgia glands while delivering something that feels fresh. Resident Evil 2 is expertly executed and bloody sublime.
  20. Jan 22, 2019
    90
    Now THIS is how you remake a classic. Resident Evil 2 expertly reanimates the horrifying atmosphere and moments of extreme tension that made the original so revered.
  21. Jan 22, 2019
    90
    Though Resident Evil 2 has its roots firmly in the past, it reworks the familiar horrors into something that feels brand new and all its own.
  22. Jan 22, 2019
    90
    A classic of the survival horror genre re-built for the modern age. This is how a remake should always be done.
  23. Jan 22, 2019
    88
    Capcom has done an amazing job bringing RE2 back. It is a great game and a must-have for survival horror fans, although some of the design choices don’t work that well 20 years later and we wish they had worked harder on making the Claire and Leon scenarios more unique.
  24. Jan 22, 2019
    85
    In spite of its progression carrying the weight of the years and its strongly cliche scenario, Resident Evil 2 remains an exciting game in its mode of thought, its inventiveness and its execution.
  25. Jan 24, 2019
    80
    This is a solid game built off an old experience that brings videogame horror to the visual contemporary. It can be frustrating and grinding at times, but this is how games were designed and played back in the day. We just may have come too far for a presentation of this calibre to be tied to game-design so long lost. Plenty of value if you’re a survival-horror/horror fan, or just a Resident Evil fan, but for mine -- a brand new experience would have been more welcome.
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  1. Jan 22, 2019
    Outside of those interruptions, Resident Evil 2 is everything a video game remake should be. It’s faithful in tone and story to its source material, while updating a classic in meaningful ways. It’s exciting in the ways that Resident Evil used to be, when the games were driven not by explosive set pieces, but a constant sensation of high tension. [Polygon Recommends]
  2. Jan 22, 2019
    It was a bold move for Capcom to retain as much of the original game as it did (which was most of it), and it speaks to a level of Nintendo-esque confidence in the basic design that the studio hasn’t really displayed in years.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 646 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 94 out of 646
  1. Jan 25, 2019
    10
    Once a masterpiece, always a masterpiece!!

    Capcom has really done it with this amazing masterpiece and have gained themselves the title of
    Once a masterpiece, always a masterpiece!!

    Capcom has really done it with this amazing masterpiece and have gained themselves the title of King of Remakes!! This game is absolutely what I could've asked for. It has got RE4's view that actually fits perfectly! This game is a must play for everybody!!!
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  2. Jan 28, 2019
    10
    The presentation side of the game is simply stunning and the horrifying atmosphere that’s created by both the visuals and sound design is outThe presentation side of the game is simply stunning and the horrifying atmosphere that’s created by both the visuals and sound design is out of this world. I was thoroughly impressed with the level design because exploring each nook and cranny always felt rewarding and it definitely made the gameplay even more immersive.In terms of content there is a great deal for you to get to grips with and revisiting the game always feels fresh so multiple play throughs is a must. Combat feels fluid and responsive at all times and destroying zombies and other enemies always felt satisfying and in some ways unique. They’ve paid homage to the original game extremely well while also adding tweaks and changes which definitely make it feel like a new addition to the Resident Evil franchise. The story seems to have more depth this time around and this definitely made me become even more attached to the characters within it. Each enemy poses a different challenge this time around and they seem to be more clever which makes the gameplay more challenging and fulfilling. The original Resident Evil 2 is loved by so many and for me it’s definitely my favorite games in the series. The reimagination of Resident Evil 2 is something I’ve been following really closely over the past couple of years and everything I saw during that time just made me more and more excited because it looked incredible. The screenshots however didn’t do the game enough justice because in my opinion this game has some of the best visuals and sound design I’ve ever experienced and this is the process throughout. Everything about this reimagination then has been completed with a lot of love and effort and they’ve paid homage to the original extremely well whilst also making it fresh at the same time. The story feels fresh and the characters within it feel fresh and without a doubt the combat packs a punch in all areas. Of course it wouldn’t be Resident Evil if it didn’t have zombies and I’m not exaggerating when I say that the zombies actually frightened me, in fact each of the enemies frightened me. This however just made me want to carry on even more and this isn’t a problem either because in terms of content the game has more than enough to keep you satisfied. All in all then Resident Evil 2 is that good that I can say without a doubt that it will be in my top 5 games of the year already and you owe yourself to get this if you’re a fan of the Resident Evil series because I’m a massive fan of the franchise and this is definitely my favorite game the series has delivered so far. Can't wait to see what the reimagining of resident evil 0 which is next up on the list has to offer us. This game is a MUST HAVE for anyone playing in the past or new players alike. Amazingly done... Nice work Capcom! Full Review »
  3. Jan 25, 2019
    10
    True Masterpiece. I was getting serious goosebumps from the very beginning!
    The atmosphere is breathtaking, like all the time!
    If you are a
    True Masterpiece. I was getting serious goosebumps from the very beginning!
    The atmosphere is breathtaking, like all the time!
    If you are a fan, even a slightest, you for sure, can't miss this piece!
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