Resident Evil 2
Release date: January 21, 1998
Last time we explored an old mansion only to find out it was a trap and now we’re heading to a city so what does RE2 has in store for us? Well, RE2 follows a more classic zombie movie setup, you’re playing either as rookie cop Leon Kennedy or as Claire Redfield looking for her brother in Raccoon city, now infested by a good old zombie army. If anything RE2 is one of the best entries in the series and some would even say it is the best. The first game did a great job of launching the series but RE2 is the one that made it great. The graphics were improved, the voice actor sucked a lot less and the story was pretty good. I enjoyed my time with RE 2 a lot despite the age of the game which only proves that great gaming remains great.
P, T and G… also, Umbrella is evil
While RE2 on the surface might not look like it brings much to the series since the story revolves mainly around surviving and escaping, it does bring a few core elements to the series namely by introducing to us the Birkin family, mainly mad scientist Birkins and his daugther, Sherry. While Sherry for now is relegated to the role of little girl in distress, daddy on the other hand is there to show us again what happen when you try dangerous viruses on yourself… it doesn’t end well.
So now with the introduction of the G virus we have all the main viruses in play. P was the early version that Marcus, Birkins mentor discovered and that mutates everything it touches, T is our favorite zombie apocalypse virus and G is the previous two mixed together and made a thousand times more potent. G is the one you want to create the rocket wielding Nemesis or just a plain old unkillable monster.
We also learn a bit more about Umbrella inner workings thanks to corporate spy Ada Wong and Birkins wife, Annette. Seems like Umbrella is mainly interested in the virus as a tool to create bioweapons and our dear Wesker and Birkins are more interested in creating monster and conquering the world. Like in RE0, we are reminded that in the end it’s pretty much the rogue Umbrella employees fault if everything goes to hell.
So while RE2 might not be big on revelations, it remains a great game and did introduce a few more important characters to the series so it’s all good for me.
Up next we have Resident Evil 3: Nemesis with its giant rocket wielding mutant out to hunt us. I’m pretty pumped for this one since it’s one of the older game I didn’t get the chance to do before so I”ll be discovering a new game this time around.