I have played most of the games in the Resident Evil series on different consoles over the years and I have to admit that I do love them but to be honest with you with Resident Evil 2 is very similar to the first one so if you've got that one then it might not be worth buying this too, although is still enjoyable.
The first game featured S.T.A.R.S members Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, whereas the main characters in Resident Evil 2 are new recruit Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield. Leon has a shotgun and a real mission. His girlfriend is dead thanks to zombies and he wants revenge. He has no fear of death but just wants to kill as many as possible. Claire on the other hand uses her crossbow as an effective weapon.
Resident Evil 2 takes place around six weeks after the events of the original game and is set in Raccoon City. The place is now overrun with zombies everywhere. You can start the game with either Leon or Claire. If you begin with Leon or Claire you start off at opposite sides of town.
The gameplay as always is good and you move around finding objects and solving puzzles, all while killing zombies left, right and centre as they try to kill you. Being able to play as different characters adds to the replay value of the game as always.
I still found that this second game scared me at times and caught me off guard. It had the ability to shock and astound me like the first one which is a good feature to have. It kept me on the edge of my seat.
Overall, Resident Evil 2 is a fun and scary game to play and is a great game in the series. My only reservation is that it is similar to the first one. Try this one if you can find it cheaply but otherwise might be best to stick to the original game.
I love the Resident Evil series, and RE2 is in fact my favourite, so you might be wondering - why the low score? Well, after Capcom remade the original Resident Evil in gorgeous high-res graphics and even made a new title altogether in the same stead (Resident Evil 0), I expected that their GameCube release of the brilliant Resident Evil 2 would similarly be reinvented with stunning graphics. Oh how disappointed I was to learn that this was not the case, although at least I realised this before buying it!
Essentially, what we're getting here is a very lazy port of a game that was at this time ALREADY about five years old. Back in the late 90s, this was a visually stunning game and is still a technical standout on the PS1, but this GameCube port has had virtually no graphical enhancement, and as a result looks incredibly crass and crude for a GC game. Aurally, nothing has been updated either, making it sound quite barbaric given the update in surround sound technology since the game's release.
The gameplay is admittedly still as fun as ever; you play Leon S. Kennedy, a rookie cop who is caught in a zombie invasion, while attempting to survive with Claire Redfield, a drifter who is after her brother, Chris (who was a protagonist in the first game). You can play as either character through two scenarios, traipsing through the zombie-infested streets of Raccoon City, as well as travelling through a dangerous police station and attempting to stop William Birkin aka G-Type, a man who injected the G-virus directly into himself, transforming him into a grotesque monster.
On sheer principle, I have to give this a negative review, though, because Nintendo and Capcom can't be given credit for what was a very cheap and bare bones port of a game that really didn't require it. They did a similar thing to the third game in the series, Nemesis, and it reeks of a company trying to wring out a few extra dollars without much effort at all.
When it arrived, Resident Evil grabbed us all by the throats like the ravenous zombies it depicted, and shoved a brand new genre down our mouths. Survival Horror - where the player stands alone against a horde of evil, and has nothing but his wits and a minimal supply of weaponry to keep himself alive. It was a smash hit, nothing short of unique brilliance, and although Capcom bled the franchise dry with a horde of sequels (some of them as dead as their monsters they contained), they dusted it off and turned it three-sixty with Resident Evil 4, which dumped the awkward controls and angles of the original engine, thrust the camera behind the protagonist and sprinkled a liberal adult theme on top. With this one standing on top as the game to play, why would one want to slip back into the past to play Resident Evil 2? Because it's one of the best gameplay experiences available on the original PlayStation.
Considering the actual mechanics of the game, it plays like a tidied-up version of its predecessor - the graphics are smarter and in some places more hip (the streets are painted with graffiti and the characters look very dapper, but don't think this is Ghetto Fabulous Resident Evil, the police station you spend the majority of the game in is stylistically just a dressed-up version of the stuffy old mansion of the first game). There is more variety in the enemies you face off against, with zombies being joined by nasty lizard creatures. The plot is better - the characters seem to be in actual peril, and it seems very claustrophobic and dangerous.
However, where this game really comes into its own is its unique use of the two game discs. Each disc features a portrait of its character - one has rookie cop Leon Kennedy (who would later turn into Jack Bauer in Resident Evil 4) and the other lets you play as Claire Redfield (biker chick and sister to RE1's Chris Redfield, Claire will return in Code Veronica). You play through the game as your chosen character, and it plays differently depending on who you are - Leon has a love story subplot with the mysterious Ada and packs a heavy shotgun, while Claire finds a lost girl and a crossbow (these are just examples of the differences in plot and gameplay). The real beauty of the experience comes after you complete it for the first time. This unlocks a second scenario for the other character, which places them in a different area at the start and makes them fight through a drastically different game - it's the same locations, you just have to tackle them in a different way. You're also terrorised by the Tyrant, who follows you from start to finish and doesn't seem very interested in the idea of letting you stay alive. This not only adds massive replay value to the game, but helps you enjoy the experience completely - the events from the first scenario tie in with those of the second.
Play through the four available scenarios and you can unlock a variety of treats (if you're good enough!). Unlimited weapons and pointless new costumes are available (the weapons are massive fun, and you'll want to go through the game again just to rip into every annoying enemy with a cattle prod). You can also unlock the fifth and sixth scenario. In the fifth, you play as Hunk, a special agent who gets dumped in the middle of the game. He has to fight his way to freedom through an onslaught of practically every enemy in the game. The sixth is the same, except you now play as Tofu, a massive lump of tofu armed solely with a knife! Very hard games to play, and only for the true experts.
So there's a lot to this one. The enemies are glorious in their disgustingness, and there's actually a decent plot to keep you going. It'll take a while too - each scenario will take you about five hours first time round. Out of the first generation of Resi games, this one stands up as my favourite - interesting and involved, yet still satisfyingly bloodthirsty. Plus the unique approach to the two characters' game play makes it one of my all-time favourites.
I don't give out low ratings all too often but here is one game, I feel, deserves to be outlawed from the stores. OK, I know a lot people out there love the series and all but I can·t believe that we keep on getting this game again and again! I think I'm the only one who dare give this game a dreaded one star out of five score but something has to be said.
The Resident Evil series was on a pretty good roll lately. With the recent success of the award winning Resident Evil 4 plus the Gamecube only Resident Evil 1 remake and Resident Evil 0, survival horror fans have had a lot to cheer about. Capcom makes good on their word to release a new Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 for the exclusively Gamecube like they did with Resident Evil 1. So here we have Resident Evil 2 for the Gamecube which was surprisingly released the same day as the Resident Evil 3 game. So is it any good? Resident Evil 2 would have been an excellent game on the Gamecube.............. 5 YEARS AGO!
Let me get this straight, Capcom wants me to pay 50 bucks, half of a hundred, 1/20 of a grand for a game that basically the same game from the original Playstation one!? That's right folks, unlike the first Resident Evil for the Gamecube, this game is a carbon copy of the original PSX from 1998. Other then some cleaner looks thanks to the better resolution, there are no new graphical enhancements, no new zombies or enemies, no new cinemas, and the game even has less new features then the older N64 version of RE 2 and that game usually sells for about 10 bucks now. This is the same game where you play as one of two characters (a women and a police officer) and anyone expecting a radically new and improved game here are going to be in for a major disappointment, lets just get that right off the bat.
Heck, this old game even has that awful control system in place but that should come as no surprise because it's a Resident Evil trademark, too bad it's not a very good trademark. Here's a breakdown of what you have to do if you want to move one of your characters around. To move down you would have to use the Right or Left arrows of the cross pad or analog stick to first turn and then when your character is fully turned around then you can press Up to move your character downward. Confused? If you never played a older Resident Evil game before then these clumsy controls will drive you nuts.
I have no real problems with the game's graphics here. The game still looks great with the static but detailed backgrounds and it really feels like you are really in a ruined city invested with killer zombies and fearsome mutants. The characters however, still look a little blocky in spots and some of the blood is fairly blocky too, so don't expect to get anything that's quite good as the first two GC RE games. "No limits are being pushed here!
The game's sound effects still remand the same as well (again no big surprise there). You get the usual realistic gun shots, zombie moans, and occasional heart pounding music. Nothing added, nothing taking away, I don't care.
Bottomline: There's a virus all right! Resident Evil 2 was a good game back its day but thanks to the awkward controls, I could never really get into it and the same goes for the Gamecube edition here many years later. Words can't express how disappointed I am at Capcom right now! Capcom did nothing new here and this is just your Dad's Resident Evil 2 from have a half decade ago yet the game is still introduced at a whopping 50 dollars! If they only updated the game like they did with the first Resident Evil then this could have been another killer title. Sadly, the Capcom company heads are focusing too much on the past and it's really starting to hurt them here. Have they gone completely insane or did the T-virus get to them too!? Oh the horror.
Resident Evil 2 overall rating: 18/100
For 1 player only
Rated (M) for Mature
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(Ryan Genno) 2007
This is a review on the remake version of Resident Evil 2. Resident Evil 2 is on many consoles, like the PC, Sega Saturn, and also the Dreamcast. But now it has been transferred onto the Gamecube. The game has been remade in some ways, for it to be on the Gamecube, the only disappointment is the graphics, which they never touched. The game is the sequel to the original Resident Evil. You continue from the Mansion, now you are on the streets, willing to save your home town, but are you up for it? Are you ready to experience the thrill of Resident Evil 2? If you are, then you posses the will to play the game. Resident evil 2 has still got the usual scariness of the original, but could be even more. As you are now in a spooky town, that is riddled with loads of zombies. Yes, the T virus has struck again. In this game you can be 2 characters, with their own storyline. You can be Leon S. Kennedy of the Racoon City Police department, or you can be Claire Redfield whom is the sister of Chris Redfield (from Resident Evil). She is in search for her brother, but has no luck. Some of you maybe saying, so what does she have to do with this Leon fellow? Well they happen to bump into each other on the street, and their stories intertwine from there on. Both of the characters are skilled with weapons, and willing to survive the threat of the T virus. These two are an unlikely team, yet they do team up. Leon helps her find Chris, while he tries to solve out what is happening to his home town.
When Leon meets up with Claire, they decide to team up, but they get separated after the wreck, and they both decide to meet up at the Police Station where Leon works. Leon thought that would be a good place as it should be safe But he was wrong. When Leon gets to the Police Station, it is empty, no one insight, not even Claire, so he starts to think there is a problem, and you start searching around to see if anyone is here to help him. He has no luck in finding anyone accept seeing some blooded bodies on the floor with police outfits on. Some of you might know what is going to happen next, yep you guessed it, when Leon comes back to the Police hall later on; those are now roaming around as Zombies, which Leon will have to take out. I will not go on with the story anymore, as then I would be giving too much away, so now as you have heard part of the beginning, it might entice you to purchase it.
The horror aspect of this game, the game is scary as it still has the same classic door scariness, when you go through a door, they will make it seam so epic, and scary. The characters of the game are both very unique, like the first Resident Evil. There is no one from S.T.A.R.S in this game, as they all pretty much got wiped out in Resident Evil 0 and Resident Evil. S.T.A.R.S is a special organization that is mainly to stop the T virus from spreading, and as you can probably guess, they have failed. As they have been able to make more then just one Resident Evil game. Leon S Kennedy is a young police officer, who was out on an assignment when they attacked the Police Station, and that is how it was taken over by Zombies, which your character wont know until later when he comes back to the Police Station Hall to meet Claire.
This game is very playable, a very enjoyable game to play, well worth purchasing. It is very entertaining, especially if you are drunk or playing it during the day. You will be really scared if you played this game at night time on your own, you will be extremely freaked out. Resident Evil 2 is for specific tastes only, not for everyone to play, some people can only play the game of a few hours, then get too scared to play it again. Then there are some that will play it all the time as they seam not to be scared. The game is pretty original; it is the first horror game to make a really scary Zombie game on the streets. The game is very addictive, when you start it, you will want to get pretty far, as you might be afraid that you wont play the game again afterwards.
The games graphics are pretty poor, as they have not been restored which is pretty disappointing about the game. The games background music is not that good really, yet it does set the scene. If they did not have the music, then the game will not seam as scary, but as they have, then be afraid, be very afraid. There are no voices in this game, as it has not be really much of a remake, you will see a picture of the face of the person whose speaking, and then a typed out message, is what he/she is saying. The sound effects of the game is great, you hear all the screaming of the Zombies in the background, which make you even more scared. The game is fairly difficult if you are scared of the slightest thing, as you will be stalling for time, instead of going into rooms all guns blazing, but other then that, it is still a fairly difficult game, as you will need to get clues and other items to get further into the game. The game is quite good value for money, it is around £10 - £20, yet it is not a brilliant game, and can be very scary to some. The game is a 15, so I would not recommend people under the age of that to play it, it is a scary game, and can give nightmares. But for you people, who think scary games, are not scary, and then by all means, give this game a try. I give this game 2 star, as it is an ok game, but not very good graphics, and freaking scary.
THIS GAME IS:
THIS GAME IS NOT:
Good for people under 15
A decent graphical game
A 2 player game
Thanks For Reading
"One of the most terrifying survival horror games of all time, Resident Evil 2, comes to the GameCube. In chapter one, the case of the disastrous T-virus outbreak, a mutagenic toxin for use in biological weapons, was eventually closed--but the experiments were far from over. Now a new virus runs rampant. Control the destiny of Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield as their nightmare begins when a biotech terror unleashes itself in Raccoon City. If the suspense doesn't kill you, something else will. The game features two separate adventures--play as Leon or Claire in an all out struggle for survival--and is loaded with hidden items and vital information about the Resident Evil saga; you can adjust the intensity of the game according to your skill and experience."