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Resident Evil 2 remake gets extended gameplay video at Gamescom

Published: 15:58, 23 August 2018
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Promo poster for the 2019 remake of Capcom's classic Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 2

Choosing Resident Evil 2 remake as one of the games to demonstrate the brute force of Nvidia's new RTX series of graphics cards was no accident - Capcom's game looks absolutely glorious and runs like a charm at 4K and 60 frames per second.

Now that I've watched Resident Evil 2's Gamescom 2018 gameplay a millionth time in a row, I owe you a fair warning - I won't be discussing hardware here. As impressive as the RTX series may be, Capcom's revival of one of the most influential and personally dearest games I've played, is even more impressive.

Such was the impact of the game that my mind is still playing tricks on me. Logic tells me that there's no way in hell that a lowly PlayStation 1 would've managed to render a screenshot at this quality, let alone gameplay, but my heart would swear the original Resident Evil 2 looked pretty darn close.

While you could discard this opinion as musings of a mentally unstable person, do so at your own peril because it hides two extremely important facts. Firstly, Resident Evil 2 was a masterpiece and anyone who doesn't think so is either too young, too senile or too Konami.

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, all signs point to the fact that Capcom have done a magnificent job thus far. The company managed to pull off one of the most difficult things in remastering older titles - ensuring that it's still the same game, with the same flow and feel, while delivering a product that would stand up to modern scrutiny.

The original Resident Evil 2 launched back in 1998, back when Capcom was still using so called tank controls and fixed cameras. The company in the meantime switched to third person perspective, ultimately settling on first person for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, so deciding on how to tackle Leon and Claire's return was no small task.

Capcom Claire, one of two protagonists from Capcom's Resident Evil 2 remake Resident Evil 2

From what I've seen in the trailer, Capcom have really nailed it and while it's still too early to say the entire RE2 remake rocks as hard this incredibly creepy sequence from the original, they sure turned me into a believer. Resident Evil 2 remake launches on 25 January 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

You can check out more screenshots in our gallery below.

Resident Evil 2 remake, Capcom's return to an absolute classic

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