Resident Evil 2

aka: Biohazard 2, RE 2
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Even though Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine were able to destroy the Umbrella corporation's undead monsters in the original Resident Evil, Umbrella's experiments with the T-virus continued unhindered. Claire Redfield, the younger sister of Chris, and Leon Kennedy, a rookie cop on his first day of the job, arrive in the sleepy midwestern town of Raccoon City only to find the city in flaming ruins due to the inhabitants having been transformed into mindless flesh-eating freaks. Although Claire and Leon team up, they are soon separated and trapped inside the city by a car crash. Seeking refuge within the Raccoon City police station, each character must find a way to escape from the nightmare while solving the mystery of what happened to Raccoon City.

Besides the zombie population (which is much more diverse than the original, including teenage girl zombies, maniac cop zombies, and even melting naked zombies), Claire and Leon will also have to deal with a variety of freakish mutants including giant poisonous spiders, walking venus-fly-traps, and speedy wall-crawling Lickers. Each character will also be pursued by one seemingly unstoppable foe: a horrific and constantly evolving man-monster known as the "G-Type" (Leon's Scenario), or a taciturn but inhumanly powerful Umbrella agent who is nonetheless saddled with the rather quaint name of Mr. X (Claire's Scenario).

Like the previous game in the series, Resident Evil 2 is a 3D action-adventure using three-dimensional polygon characters over two-dimensional pre-rendered backgrounds, with the action viewed through a variety of cinematic fixed camera angles in each room. Just like the original Resident Evil, players can choose to play as one of two possible characters. Each character goes through the same initial scenario, but with differences in the type of weaponry they find and the people they meet along the way. Leon will team up with a mysterious woman calling herself Ada Wong, while Claire will find herself charged with protecting a little girl named Sherry Birkin.

Unlike the original Resident Evil, beating the game for the first time unlocks a second scenario to be played with the character you didn't choose, with new locations, maps, enemies, a longer and more climactic ending. Your actions in the first scenario can also affect the outcome of certain events in the second scenario. Additionally, ammo and healing items are more plentiful than in the original game, although you still aren't given enough bullets to kill every enemy you meet.

Spellings

  • バイオハザード 2 - Japanese spelling
  • 惡靈古堡2 - Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • 生化危机2 - Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Critics

Average score: 93% (based on 31 ratings)

Players

Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 139 ratings with 8 reviews)

Improves the formula set in RE1 without losing the flavour.

The Good
Part 2 of the Resident Evil saga is a vast improvement visually over the original. The static pre-rendered backdrops with 3d characters over the top have returned but now the backdrops are packed to the gills with details, from knocked down chairs and tables to flaming car wrecks, it all looks very nice. The characters are far more solid in appearance and the animation is beautifully fluid making the zombies look a lot more creepy. The music and sound are suitably eerie and the cutscenes are fantastic, at the time of release they were the best around. Once again you can choose from 2 characters but this time the two have some fairly big changes to their games. Each one has their own unique sidekick character who you also get to control as well as some areas that the other character never gets to see etc. Also once you get through the game with one character, a special 2nd scenario mode opens up which allows you to play the game again but from the other characters perspective. This mode is different than if you just start again with the other character as it tells the story from their point of view and contains new areas, a vicious new monster called Mr X and an extended ending sequence. In fact you could say that you don't actually finish the game proper until you beat both the 1st and 2nd scenarios. There are even more secrets on top of these which are also a fun diversion. Perhaps most important in a game of this nature is that it's scary and I'm pleased to say that it is. The atmosphere is less intimidating this time round but the shocks are much better and keep you on your toes most of the time.

The Bad
Although the voice acting is a VAST improvement over the disasterous garbage featured in RE1, it's still a little dire. Not dreadful but still not up to a decent standard. Puzzles in this game are a joke. It seems that the simple puzzles in RE1 have been dropped in favour of utter no brainers. The hope that the puzzles would be harder in RE2 was dashed a few moments into the game.

The Bottom Line
RE2 is a great horror game that takes the brilliant formula of the original and in most ways adds to it tremendously. A great title.

PlayStation · by Sycada (177) · 2001

The Scariest game in existence...

The Good
The game is scary- one of my favourite things about it. Try playing this game late at night in total darkness. It'll have you jumping out of your socks! Surprises like zombies breaking through windows as you run past and giant mutated monsters pounding falling through the ceiling in front of you are indeed pulse pounding moments! The graphics are pretty nice, especially the pre-rendered backgrounds. The game is fun to play and there are two different scenarios- A and B. When you beat scenario A, you play Scenario B as the other character and things you did in Scenario A affect scenario B, which gives some replay value. The FMV's are also pretty cool.

The Bad
That annoying "Vvvvt! Vvvvt!" between speech in the scripted conversations as your PS reads the disc. But it's also kind of funny.

The Bottom Line
If you haven't played this game yet there must be something wrong with you. Go out and rent/buy it today- you won't be dissapointed. (If you are, though, it's not my fault! :) )

PlayStation · by Ben Fahy (92) · 2001

A good classic horror game.

The Good
Since the incident of the mansion has passed,involving Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine,Raccoon City has been a mess. Chris Redfield has gone missing and the game does not mention Valentine. After a while Raccoon City turns into a city of blood-thirsty zombies. Claire Redfield,the sister of Chris,comes to Raccoon City to find her brother.Leon Kennedy is a new cop on Raccoon City Police Department. He is the only cop left alive in the city. Leon and Claire meet each other and the game begins. In Resident Evil 2 you choose either Leon or Claire. Each with their own storyline. The games difficulty is arrangeable,well at least it is on the dual shock version. The story lines are great as the game makes sure that you know the story lines. Resident Evil 2 has great environment graphics! The game has great weapons and surprisingly easy puzzles! The voice acting is way better in this one unlike the crappy acting in part 1.

The Bad
The character and creature graphics are poor and I'm sure they could have made them better. The gameplay gets boring after a while and only at certain spots do you get suspicious and wonder what's going to happen next. Some enemies in this game will really start to get on your nerves! Players will find themselves dying a million times by a dog or Mr.x. The cut scenes are too long in my opinion. The game starts out kinda slow but it'll eventually get better.

The Bottom Line
Resident Evil 2 is a game that will definitely give you the creeps. Besides it's bad stuff it's still a good game overall. I highly recommend this game to any horror game fan or a Resident Evil fan.

Grade:B+

PlayStation · by TwoDividedByZero (114) · 2010

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are the controls as bad as people are saying game lover Dec 30, 2008

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Resident Evil 2 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Book

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.

Contest

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.

Development

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.

German index

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.

German version

In the German version, the blood was coloured grey or green. The death sequence was removed.

Nemesis

References * '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 (2002).

Sales

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).

Awards

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • March 1997 (Issue 92) - PlayStation Game of the Year runner-up* 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)

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Game added March 4, 2000. Last modified February 22, 2024.