I may be alone in feeling this way, but I dig the lack of inventory space at the start of the game. It encourages you to venture beyond the beaten path, and fortunately, you’re always rewarded in doing so. Aside from increasing your inventory space, there’s a myriad of secrets to dig up and weapon attachments to uncover. Like an idiot, I failed to acquire the Magnum, better known as the ‘Lightning Hawk’ during my first playthrough. Finding and crafting a buttload of magnum rounds throughout the game made its absence particularly humiliating. Obviously, snagging it out of the S.T.A.R.S. office is a primary goal of mine going into playthrough number two, and there’s even plenty of story bits I’ve yet to unveil. I’m stoked to re-strategize my inventory management and finally get my hands on that damn hand cannon with a better understanding of the game’s progression.
There are some priceless character moments in Resident Evil 2. I can’t quite attest to the original performances, but the portrayals of the characters in the remake are fantastic. The ability of the writers to ride the line between dramatic and campy is praiseworthy. I’m astounded by how Leon is equally hilarious and badass. Whether or not it’s intentional, I think his reactions to the things he sees throughout the game are so funny. Major spoiler alert for the portion ahead, but I have to mention it. My favorite Leon moment is at the end of the game when he confronts Ada for playing him. In spite of the underground facility nearing self-destruction, surviving inconceivable horrors, and after the entire city has fallen, he still stands his ground and says, “I’m takin’ you in.” What a legend. I nearly leapt out of my seat. I’ll refrain from spoiling this one, but the interaction you have with the civilian and his daughter halfway through the game is a prime example of the dramatic excellence in the narrative. I’m beginning to ramble, but I’ll add that I much admire Claire’s spunky personality and Ada’s illusive intentions.
If you haven’t already realized it, I’m yearning to jump into my second run. There’s plenty left to discover, both scenario B campaigns to play, Hunk and Tofu’s modes, and some classic threads to sport while I’m at it. The combination of fun gameplay, terrific design, and alluring visuals makes for one hell of an addicting concoction. Capcom has excelled in not only remaking a beloved classic but delightfully evolving the franchise as a whole. Going into Resident Evil 2, I’d already had a growing interest in the franchise. Having experienced a mere 1/4 of it, I’m all in. I can’t wait to see what they do with the follow-up to Resident Evil 7.
What are some of the things you love about Resident Evil 2? Let me know in the comments below. For more on the game, you can check out our full review.