Resident Evil 2 is considered by many to be the best in the entire franchise, and rightfully so. Not only did the sequel improve from the original game’s flaws, but maintained a strong narrative and likeable characters. The game is an absolute classic, so like every other video game franchise, it was recently announced that Resident Evil 2 would be getting a remake. The last few years have been all about HD remakes and reboots. In fact, developers aren’t shy about getting their hand on old franchises to create this process. But while HD remakes or reboots have been over saturated, Resident Evil 2 is a different story, and one that should be remade for sure.
Fans of the game have wanted a remake for a while now. So much so, that they themselves have taken development into their own hands. The fan-made Resident Evil 2: Reborn turned heads when the gameplay trailer was released a few months back. While Reborn isn’t on par visually with other modern titles, the game still looks impressive. From the art design of the city to the over-the-shoulder camera angle, Reborn only had us wondering what an actual remake would be like.
Not too long ago, Capcom asked fans for their thoughts on a remake for the game. And to no surprise, the reaction could not have been more positive. When the news of the remake was official, Capcom said “You’ve been telling us for years that you want Resident Evil 2 to be remade, and we haven’t been able to make it happen… until now! We at R&D Division 1 will do our best to take on your feedback and deliver the gameplay experience you’ve been waiting for.” Fans were absolutely ecstatic upon hearing the news and the speculations have only just begun.
Amidst the unnecessary HD remakes and reboots, Resident Evil is one of the only games that deserves a remake. It’s been 17 years since the game launched on the original PlayStation and just think what could be done. Whether it’s a newly designed police station or a more modern look to Leon and Claire, players will finally be able to explore an updated Raccoon City on current gen consoles. There are some aspects that should not be changed, however, as the game’s charm and essence could be lost. Resident Evil always had campy dialog and for the first few installments, that’s part of what made the series great. Sure, the conversations could be cheesy at times, but having reworked dialog to fit a more serious tone could hinder the experience. As far as gameplay is concerned, little should be changed. While the controls may be a bit jarring for newcomers, the overall feel of the game should remain intact.
We live in a world of remakes, remastered editions and reboots. It’s annoying for sure, but every once in a while a remake of an old game is announced that actually excites fans. Resident Evil 2 is that game. Haven’t they waited long enough?