Happy 15th Birthday Resident Evil 2
Capcom are known for a variety of different games, but none probably stand out quite so well as the Resident Evil series. The original took the idea of zombies and with it added a different and clever backstory; set in a mansion, it would be the perfect surrounding for this new breed of survival horror. After having loved the first game, when Capcom announced that a sequel would be set in the city with two new characters, and different scenarios for both, being a bit excited would have been a massive understatement.
The moment you enter Racoon City and escape the flaming car wreck, to when you first saw a licker crawl across a window… from that ‘what the f*ck was that?’ moment right up until the final fight with the constantly mutating William Birkin, it had me hooked. Hell, even when you’re getting chased by the Tyrant throughout the 2nd scenario – Resident Evil 2 far surpassed the greatness of its predecessor. Of course it is a very sentimental game to me. Playing it as a kid – who was probably far too young to be faced with such violent moments – I remember the chilling and harrowing music as you enter the Police Station for the first time. Avoiding the urge to pick up any items, especially the trusty shotgun, on my way to the RPD just to see a zombie Brad Vickers – the STARS helicopter pilot whose demise would later be revealed in the 3rd entry to the series – as a secret entry.
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, still being set in Racoon City breathed new life into it by introducing a new enemy – essentially a disgusting and more powerful version of the Tyrant – was still a good game that although gave you more show of the city only allowed you one character in return. Resident Evil 2 is to be considered the best in the ‘Racoon City Trilogy’. I would have to say, as controversial as it may sound, that Code: Veronica was in fact my favourite Resident Evil. Despite this it does not change the fact that Resident Evil 2 shall be remembered as one of the horror greats in the history of video gaming. In fact scratch that – one of the horror classics!