With the passing of the old year and the dawning of the new comes renewed hopes and expectations for the year ahead. Lord Alfred Tennyson, Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate, once wrote: Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.’ Ah, but who cares about all that, a new year means new games!
2018 was a little disappointing for Xbox fans, so we’re hoping that 2019 proves to be a lot better. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be highlighting a different game each day, giving you all the relevant details and salient talking points for big games of the year. With so many upcoming titles we’ve decided to do this in order of release date. Today, we’re talking about one of January’s highly anticipated games, Resident Evil 2.
Title: Resident Evil 2
Release Date: January 25th, 2019
What is it?
Resident Evil 2 is the “newest” installment in the popular survival horror franchise. While Resident Evil 2 is technically a new game, it’s actually a remake of the fantastic sequel that released for PlayStation in 1998. Not since 2002, has there been a remake in the franchise. Resident Evil 2 takes players through the Raccoon City police station while controlling fan-favorite protagonists, Leon Kennedy, and Ada Wong. Resident Evil 2 brings players back to familiar locations with modernized, more refined gameplay, and some new elements that will please fans of the franchise, both old and new.
What could go right?
A lot of things are going in Resident Evil 2‘s favor. First, the fixed camera angles from the original games don’t exist anymore. While there is a lot of survival horror front and center, Capcom infused the action from later entries to compliment the scares. The over-the-shoulder camera that debuted in Resident Evil 4 makes a return, providing tense movement through the claustrophobic hallways of the police station. Trailers for the game show iconic creatures like “lickers” and “Mr. X,” who will mercilessly hunt down your character while trying to do even the simplest tasks. Each of the characters also has unique gameplay mechanics to make Resident Evil 2 feel fresh.
What could go wrong?
Capcom is a fantastic developer, but the studio doesn’t always churn out hits. As much as I love the franchise, Resident Evil 5 and 6 were huge letdowns. The franchise was rejuvenated with the first-person, Resident Evil 7, but the remake is ditching the newly adopted style. Despite all of the great things we’ve seen so far, I’m concerned that the final product will feel like a product of 1998 instead of 2019. Only time will tell, but there is a chance that Resident Evil 2 can fail to live up to expectations.
That’s what we think about Resident Evil 2. Are you a fan of the franchise? Which is your favorite installment? Are you looking forward to visiting Raccoon City later this month? Be sure to leave a comment below and look out for more coverage throughout the month regarding the games that will launch on Xbox One during 2019.
Andrew Gonzalez is the Co-Editor-In-Chief of Xbox Enthusiast. When not writing about Xbox, he’s usually reading comics, talking about Taylor Swift, and dreaming of the perfect Jet Force Gemini Reboot. You can follow him on Twitter. @AJGVulture89