Capcom’s new Resident Evil 2 — which comes out this week, 21 years after the PlayStation original — is a more radical remake than most. It’s an intense, terrifying experience that rebuilds the game from scratch and doesn’t at all feel out of place on high-end modern hardware. But it preserves enough of the source material to feel like a respectful tribute. The result is one of the best games in the Resident Evil series.
In this case, fans shouldn’t worry. This version of Resident Evil 2 doesn’t have everything from the original, but it’s a passionate, thrilling love letter to one of Capcom’s most fondly remembered titles, and it’s as good as the series has ever been.
This echoes what little experience I had with the Resident Evil 2 demo. I’m happy that this game has gotten the nostalgia down and kept the horror running on full blast.