In just a few short hours we’ll all be able to get our hands on what’s probably the most important Resident Evil release in several years. Yes, yes, there was Resident Evil VII and it was big and anticipated and really good, but it was a bit rough rough in places and very experimental overall. This, on the other hand, is about updating one of the most successful games in the entire franchise and showing that the ideas the series was built on are still valid and interesting to the current generation. Based on the reception so far, they’ve done an incredible job of it too!
Some scores for the sake of reference (and because I don’t have a pre-release copy to talk about, I’m in the same boat waiting with all of you):
GamesRadar+ – 4/5
Gamespot – 9
USgamer – 4.5/5
PC Gamer – 89/100
IGN – 9/10
Guardian – 5/5
CGMagazine – 8.5
EGM – 9.5
Push Square – 8
VideoGamer – 9
Telegraph – 5/5
So yeah the reviewers are definitely enthusiastic about it, and the early gameplay footage that’s going up right now has got me pretty hyped for it too! For me that’s really reassuring since, while I had played and finished the “1-Shot Demo” (Capcom’s quote marks, not mine) one PS4 and Xbox One, and it’s tough to get a good feel for how a whole game is gonna be with just 30 minutes of hands-on time. Yes there’ve been the promotional videos and trailers, but honestly we’ve all been burned by those before and I’m not inclined to put too much faith in them when their provided by the publisher. Since there’s so much positivity though, I’m feeling a lot better about it and am greatly looking forward to getting my hands on it tomorrow afternoon when I’m done with the business of the day.
And now, a confession: I’ve never finished the original Resident Evil 2. Yes, I know, it’s shocking. I, who claim to be a hardcore gamer who adores survival horror, have never finished what is certainly one of the finest entries into the genre. I don’t really have an excuse. I’ve started it multiple times. I own it on PSN and it’s even downloaded to my console right now, but I just never finished it. Not completely anyway. I did go through the Claire A and started a Leon B, but I never finished that run so I never fully experienced the story.
So this is actually really important to me. It’s a good opportunity to experience something I managed to miss out on the first time, and the second time, and the third time, and the fourth time… ANYWAY, I have more time than I’ve ever had before so this is when I’m finally going to do the whole thing and see it through all the way to the end.
So now, I wait for tomorrow. Given the strength of the scores and the excitement of the dedicated fans, all that’s really left now is to see if the sales bear out across the mainstream. After all, that’s what really counts for the future of the series. If it sells like RE2 did the first time (scaled up to the current size of the games market), I think Capcom will get the message that this is the right direction for Resident Evil going forward.
I prefer to end my posts on a question, so here’s the one for today:
Which style of Resident Evil game do you prefer?
Is it the classic tank-control of the original few games, the more action-oriented gameplay of RE4 and RE5, the over-the-top craziness found in RE6, or something else entirely like the fusion found in the Revelations series or other spin-offs? Let me know in the comments and let’s chat about the finer points of the survival horror genre!