The second game in Capcom's Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil 2 was originally released for the PlayStation in 1998. After the unexpected success of the first Resident Evil, Capcom immediately set up a team to work on a sequel in hopes of turning it into a yearly franchise. Initially scheduled for a Spring 1997 release, the original version of Resident Evil 2 (now dubbed Resident Evil 1.5) was not living up to the developers' expectations and rather than risk releasing a game they were unsatisfied with, they restarted game's development from scratch, delaying the game's release by a whole year. This ultimately proved to be the best course of action, as Resident Evil 2 would go on to become one of the best-selling and most critically-acclaimed Capcom games of all time. The game was re-released for the PS1 with DualShock support months after its original release and was later ported to other platforms such as the PC, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast and Nintendo GameCube.On the evening of September 29, 1998 — two months following the Mansion Incident — Leon Scott Kennedy (a rookie cop late for his first assignment as a member of Raccoon City's police department) and Claire Redfield (the younger sister of missing S.T.A.R.S. team member Chris Redfield) arrive in Raccoon City, only to discover it has a big problem: a T-Virus outbreak has spread throughout Raccoon City, leaving what few survivors remain in a living nightmare. Leon and Claire band together to fight their way through hordes of undead and bio-engineered creatures before eventually finding Umbrella Corporation's secret underground lab — and learning exactly how Raccoon City's Zombie Apocalypse happened.In contrast to the first game, where the two main characters' adventures were self-contained, Resident Evil 2 allows players to play through the game as one character and then replay his or her storyline from the other character's perspective, resulting in up to four possible playthroughs. Actions that are performed by the first character will affect the environment of the second character's scenario. There's also an additional minigame after finishing both characters' scenarios called The 4th Survivor, as well as a harder version of the same called The Tofu Survivor. Later releases of the game added the Extreme Battle mode.
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