Resident Evil 2's review embargo is up and it's safe to say that critics are more than pleased with Capcom's survival horror. At the moment, the average score for the PS4 version on Metacritic is 91 with only one mixed review below 80.
Resident Evil 2 Remake could be the best game in the series according to various reviews from gaming websites. The critical consensus has been overwhelmingly positive, with most of them agreeing that Capcom enhanced the original making it modern and fresh while staying true to the classic survival horror experience.
Gamespot called it "a stellar remake of the original" praising the game's visuals and survival horror gameplay. Apparently, it creates "an immense feeling of urgency" while its story brings the original material to "new and exciting places". They gave Resident Evil 2 a 9 out of 10 and the only complaints were regarding occasional pacing issues.
Eurogamer's filed the game in "Recommended" category as well, calling Resident Evil 2's setting as "one of the most atmospheric to ever grace a survival horror game". Their review also speaks of the perfect balance between the old and new, which makes Resident Evil 2 a "sterling remake".
The slow and groaning kind of zombies are exciting once again, says PC Gamer. They're "physical and clumsy and an absolute joy to kill" while the whole experience is "unnerving, tense, and sometimes overwhelmingly stressful".
They also mentioned how smoothly the game runs on PC. With a GTX 1080 and an overclocked i5-6600K, the game churned at maximum settings at 1440p/60FPS. PC Gamer gave it an 89 out of 100.
While the majority of critics agree that Capcom hit the nail in the head with the remake, Kotaku thinks the game feels "compromised". They claim that by moving the camera behind the character, Resident Evil 2 lost the "sense of space" and "mounting tension".
Also, the zombies aren't to their liking as they are too tough to kill, and are only "initially interesting" to fight. Heather concluded her review by saying that while the new game "certainly charges ahead" it's "lost something" in the process.