1001 Video Games
Resident Evil 2
appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die
by General Editor Tony Mott.
A book adaptation of this game was published in 1999, the third in Pocket Books' Resident Evil
series, written by S.D. Perry and entitled City of the Dead.
The PlayStation release of this orginally advertised "Win a role in the movie!". That was in 1998, the movie was released in 2002 after a complete re-write. It is unknown if the winner of the contest could or did claim the price.
Resident Evil 2
was almost a very different game. The original version of the game had a similar premise but almost the entire game looked totally different. The police station was very modern looking, other weapons were included and Claire was absent from the game, instead there was a motorcycle riding girl named Elza. This early version, which has become known as Resident Evil 1.5
, was apparently about 70% complete but was completely scrapped because it was apparently too similar to the original and wasn't a significant enhancement over it.
Game Boy Advance version
A port of Resident Evil 2
for the Game Boy Advance was in development by Raylight Studios
, but never got past the tech demo stage. See the related links section for a link to footage of this demo.
On April 30, 1998, Resident Evil 2
was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games
In the German version, the blood was coloured grey or green. The death sequence was removed.
- 'Redrum' is painted on a wall in blood in the police station.
- As Claire Redfield drives the motorcycle on the highway, the sign saying "Welcome to Raccoon City" has the words "Raccoon City" typed in a Gamefan font, the title font used by the cancelled magazine company Gamefan.
- Leon crashes the police car next to the Arukas Tailor. "Arukas" spelled backwards is "Sakura", a character in another Capcom game, Street Fighter Alpha 2.
Resident Evil 0
In a B game, a report can be found in Rebecca's desk that details the events of Resident Evil Zero
The US release of Resident Evil 2
in 1998 broke industry records by selling more than 380,000 units in its debut weekend and grossing more than $19 million dollars. According to publisher Capcom
, Resident Evil 2
has sold 4.96 million copies worldwide since its initial release (as of June 30, 2016).
Information also contributed by
- Game Informer
- August 2001 (Issue #100) - #34 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
- Retro Gamer
- September 2004 (Issue #8) – #97 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)