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Resident Evil 2 Remake has earned plenty of accolades. And, to an extent, it has earned them - whilst I feel the game relies a touch too much on Fake Difficulty, that's a matter of personal taste. It's an extremely solid Survival Horror in its own merit... but, as a Resident Evil remake? I think it's nowhere near as good as it could be. Honestly, I think most of the hype for it comes from the extremely vocal fanbase who hated the more Actionized Sequel parts of the series (Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 especially), and in fact it's an inferior remake when compared to the original Resident Evil 1 remake.
I'm not complaining about the switch to over-the-shoulder perspective, or the loss of tank controls. But the RE2make simply isn't as good as it could be, and certainly does not live up to the original RE1make. Why? In short, the RE1make added lots of new content; new enemies, new bosses, new areas to explore, new mechanics and new lore. The RE2make, in comparison, mostly cuts content. It removed three enemies, changed a boss into a recurring enemy, and completely reworked the Ivy B.O.W. into the Ivy Zombie, which changed its appearance and tactics whilst also retconning the lore. But the biggest and most notable cut is how sharply it cut into the story of the original RE2.
Now, let's be honest, there were puzzles that repeated themselves between A and B scenarios in RE2-1998, but they still used distinctive cutscenes and missions in the two scenarios to make for a unique story that, puzzles aside, still meshed together well to make a chronologically viable course of events. And I would know, since I wrote the Recap page. Playing the different halves of the linked campaigns would give you distinctly different sides of what was going on.
The RE2make? It doesn't have that. The only unique segment in the game for each character is the brief one that you play through after first reaching the garage. Literally the only difference is that one little segment, and which unique final boss they fight. As for "2nd Run"? It's a pale imitation of B-Scenario - apart from starting at an alternate route and missing out the cutscenes with Marvin, it's identical to the 1st Run - literally pointless unless you're going for an achievement run or want to fight G-5. Add in that the frequent cutscenes of physical or radio interaction between Claire & Leon were reduced to two cutscenes and two 2nd Run-exclusive notes? I am not happy with the direction this remake took for its story at all.
All in all, this game did not live up to my hopes. It's definitely a solid game... but if I wanted a fun Survival Horror game? I'd play The Evil Within 2 over this. If I wanted a fun Resident Evil game? I'd sooner play Resident Evil 6 or Resident Evil: Revelations 2.
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