Resident Evil 2 1-Shot Demo Review, 30 Minutes of Hell

In 1998 the original Resident Evil 2 was released, now over 20 years later we are closing in on the release of the remake scheduled to release on January 25, 2019, on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows that you can preorder now for $59.99. The Resident Evil 2 1-Shot Demo released on January 11, 2019, that gives you a 30-minute time limit and doesn’t allow repeat attempts. Resident Evil 2 was developed by Capcom R&D Division 1 and published by Capcom, taking the remake to new heights and capturing the spirit of the original by the demo it seems and then some.

Resident EvilThe plot is based 2 months after the events of the first Resident Evil. As a rookie police officer, Leon Kennedy arrives for the first day of his job,  and a college student Claire Redfield, who is looking for her brother Chris Redfield, a member of the “S.T.A.R.S.” team from the first Resident Evil game.  As they arrive at the Raccoon Police Department as the T-Virus has taken over the city and turned most into zombies. They find most of the police force has been killed and are trying to find an escape route out of the city. The demo though skips the opening scene from the original and places you right in the police department though some cut scenes still do exist.

In the Resident Evil 2 1-Shot Demo,  I noticed that the old style of fixed camera angles to startle you had been removed and moved to a 3rd person style of gameplay, similar to that of Resident Evil Biohazard,  but the horror still exists and in my opinion from what I saw of the demo even better than the original. The dark narrow hallways and rooms had me constantly feeling claustrophobic, and the 30 minute time limit pushing my pace with zombies popping out everywhere.  You can barely even see the zombies, and it had me constantly on edge and even screaming at some points. I met a gruesome cut scene where I was trying to save someone just to watch his body be ripped in half by the zombies, giving me a mental image I will never forget.

In conclusion, the Resident Evil 2 1-Shot Demo has me beyond excited for the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake. It seems they have once again caught the true spirit of survival horror, and can’t wait to play the full game. By the end of the demo, I had lost my knife,  was down to 1 bullet with zombies surrounding me and as I was about to die, time expired. I was literally saved by the clock. I would say this is going to be a game that’s not for the weak stomached and not something you want to play at night. If survival horror games are something you are a fan of though, I believe this game will be a must-have experience and prepare for the nightmares!

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