Everything You Need To Know About The Resident Evil 2 Remake

Everything You Need To Know About The Resident Evil 2 Remake

With the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake only a little over two weeks away from being released it’s time to get prepared for a return to Racoon City. What’s that you say? You didn’t know there was a remake coming? Don’t worry, my friend, we’ve got you covered!

What is it?

Some younger gamers may not have had the pleasure of experiencing Resident Evil 2. In a time of Battle Royale and FPS games taking hold of the gaming market, it’s not surprising to see players drift away from single-player experiences. Even with the success of the release of Resident Evil 7, many people avoid older games because the visuals and gameplay just don’t hold up to modern standards. Therefore, allow me to introduce those that are uninformed to Resident Evil 2, one of the franchise’s most beloved entries. While I won’t be spoiling any of RE2, please note that there are some potential RE1 spoilers. You have been warned!

The Story

In the first game, an elite group of law enforcement agents known as the Special Tactics And Rescue Service (a.k.a STARS) goes into the mountains near the made-up American town of Racoon City where a string of disappearances and cannibalistic murders had occurred. After the Alpha squad went in and never responded, Beta squad went in after them only to be attacked by monstrous dog-like creatures.

They took refuge in a nearby abandoned mansion where they uncovered a giant scandal involving the pharmaceutical company known as Umbrella. They had been conducting experiments in viral weaponry in order to create bio-weaponry to sell to the highest bidder. However, something went wrong and caused the creatures to run amok, killing the residents of the mansion as well as the secret lab beneath it. This turned them into zombies which in turn caused the murders. The only S.T.A.R.S. members to make it out were Jill Valentine, Chris Redfield, Rebecca Chambers, Barry Burton, and Brad Vickers after they defeated the powerful Tyrant bio-weapon and blew up the mansion along with the lab. 

Resident Evil 2 takes place months after the first one, and this time it takes place in Racoon City where the T and G virus have been released and have infected the entire town. This time around, you take control of Leon S. Kennedy, rookie cop on his way to his first day on the job in Racoon City at the RPD. You also control Claire Redfield, sister of S.T.A.R.S. former member Chris Redfield who is searching for her brother in Racoon City.  Unknown to them, the city has been overtaken by monstrous creatures and the two of them must find a way to escape.

What’s new?

The game will be more than a mere rehash of the original. Capcom developers have promised a familiar yet new experience built from the ground up. Instead of the overhead classic camera views, we’ll get to control Leon and Clair from an over-the-shoulder perspective that will put us right into the action. They’ve also added newer features to the game like the ability to use defensive items in order to get away from enemies who have caught you in their grasps. Some things, like the basic premise of the story and Mr. X stalking Claire, have been kept from the original. However, the developers have stated that there are many things that have been changed so for fans not to expect a 1 to 1 comparison with the original. However, we can still expect to see the main characters from the original included.

Oh, yay, Sherry escort missions

Experience the horror in demo form

From January 11 until January 31, players will get the chance to experience the remake in what Capcom is calling a “1-shot” demo. In the trailer below, it’s stated that players will only get 30 minutes to play the demo, and the “1-shot” aspect leads me to believe it will be a timed mission that you only get to experience once.

Secret Modes

Back in the good ole days, video game developers loved adding extra modes that were hidden in their games and could only be unlocked under certain conditions. RE2 was no different as there were two hidden modes: The 4th survivor and Tofu.  These were classified as mini-games with the first one allowing you to control a character known as Hunk who had something to do with the main story (but I won’t spoil it for you). The second, Tofu, was a joke character where you played as a literal giant piece of tofu that was armed with only a knife. It has been confirmed by producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi that both modes would be included in the remake. In a report from TrustedReviews he stated:

 Of course! Yes! Both the Fourth Survivor and Tofu modes will be included in the game.

With the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake just around the corner, fans are excited to jump back into the RPD and Racoon City to see both the new features and old story they fell in love with. Resident Evil 2 will be released on January 25, 2019, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Check out the system requirements below as well as the story trailer.

System Requirements


OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit required)
Processor: Intel Core i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX -6300 or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R7 260x with 2GB Video RAM
DirectX: Version 11


OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit required)
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 or AMD FX -9590 or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480 with 3GB VRAM
DirectX: Version 11


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