Capcom has released the demo for the much-anticipated remake of Resident Evil 2. The aptly titled 1-Shot Demo gives players one chance to make it out of the now zombie-infested Raccoon City Police Department. That is, you have 30 minutes to complete the demo. If you die during that time, you can continue to play, but once time is up, you cannot access the demo again.
We already saw the reimagining of the infamous RPD building, perhaps the most icon building in the series aside from the mansion, during last year’s E3. But, having now had the chance to take the reigns of Leon Kennedy myself, the rush of nostalgia mixed with improved graphics, controls, and an updated building layout left me even more excited for the full release. Capcom has carefully blended the playability of Resident Evil 7 with the abiding tension of the older games.
Once you complete the demo you are awarded with a special trailer. I won’t give anything away, and I would encourage you to not spoil it for yourselves before playing the demo, but long-time fans will be especially appreciative.
As far as tips for completing the demo, I will say the best advice is to keep going as quickly as you can. Yes. I know that seems obvious with a time limit. But, as a long-time survival horror fan it is tempting to spend time looking into every nook and cranny for something you might have missed. In the full game, I am sure that will be useful, but in this case you won’t find much lying around aside from the occasional ammo and healing item. The game does a very good job of signaling you that an item is near, so a quick run through a room should suffice. The same goes for engaging enemies. If you can run past, do it.
Resident Evil 2 is arguably one of the best in the series and it is exciting to see, at least from this short impression, that Capcom is handling the remake with great care. So far, it appears old fans will experience the game as they remember it, while leaving behind the cumbersome controls and limitations of yesteryear. And, as Capcom said, it looks like they’ve changed things up just enough that anyone who has played the original RE2 recently will be in for some surprises. I, for one, cannot wait to guide Leon once again through the worst first day on the job imaginable.
The Resident Evil 2 remake launches January 25. For more, keep it locked to Mammoth Gamers.