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EDITORIAL: Why We Need Resident Evil 2 HD Remastered

By Nick Durham

A while ago I reviewed Capcom's Resident Evil HD Remastered, which wound up being a supremely enjoyable HD take on the classic first installment of the long running survival horror franchise. The game was a smash hit and made Capcom a shitload of money in the process, so immediately fans were hoping that maybe we'd finally get an HD remaster of Resident Evil 2.

Well, lo and behold, we're getting it.

Resident Evil 2 HD Remastered is coming. Who knows exactly when, but it's coming. It's about damn time too, considering we've had about umpteen remakes of the original Resident Evil as it is, but never a true new take on the classic first sequel (and no, the Dreamcast and Gamecube ports of Resident Evil 2 don't count either). Ever since the idea was planted in my head that this could become a reality, my mind has been running a mile a minute thinking about how amazing it could be given the new technology of today.

Just think back to the first time you played Resident Evil 2. Remember the first encounter with the Licker? Or finding the police station? Or trekking through the underground? Or the final showdown shortly before Raccoon City gets nuked off the face of the Earth? Imagine re-living all of that with a fresh coat of HD paint. Hell, imagine the game with a re-done control scheme that discards the dreaded tank controls of yesteryear. We could have something really special on our hands folks.

Now I know that having an HD take on Resident Evil 2 is going to sell really well. Probably so well that Capcom decides to do an HD remaster of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (which I can almost guarantee will happen some time in the future). As a gamer, I know first hand that no one knows how to beat a dead horse better than Capcom does (except for maybe EA, but I digress), so they could keep on remastering various installments in the franchise all they want, but what I'm hoping happens is that maybe we'll see the franchise as a whole return with new installments that go back to the true survival horror roots of the series.

Back in the day, Resident Evil defined survival horror. Conserving ammo, saves, and health packs/healing plants to make it through the game was the way it had to go to survive. Resident Evil 4 changed the franchise forever with a more action-oriented approach to mix with the scares, and it winded up being one of the best games of its era. Resident Evil 5 and the recent Resident Evil 6...well, they just weren't. They were such departures from what we've come to love about the series that we started to forget what made this franchise so fucking good in the first place. Resident Evil 2 HD Remastered can put us on the right track, and thanks to the first remaster game, it looks like we're already on our way there.

Get ready my people, we're going back to Raccoon City one more time. One more time of a refreshing take on the epic zombie survival horror series that changed everything back in the day. Strap yourselves in folks, shit's about to get awesome once again.

Well, hopefully anyway.

Posted by Alan Smithee

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