Parents need to know that “Resident Evil 2” is a violent and bloody action game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. This is the latest chapter in a long-running franchise that has spanned multiple games, toys, and movies. Using guns, explosives and knives, players kill zombies and other monsters, while the zombies and monsters use their teeth and claws to kill humans. All of this killing results in copious amounts of blood, gore, and dismemberment that are often shown in graphic detail. The dialogue includes the words “a--hole,” “s--t,” and “f--k.” There are also posters of women in bikinis hanging in an guy’s office.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
In “Resident Evil 2,” you’re a woman looking for her brother who finds herself in the middle of a zombie outbreak. Or, if you’d prefer, you can be a rookie cop who shows up for his first day to find that the city has been overrun by zombies. Either way, this updated remake has you using your trigger finger, your observational skills and your problem-solving abilities to try to survive the horror of a police station filled with monsters. Players will need to solve a variety of puzzles to gain access to new areas and acquire additional firepower, which will help as you face off against stronger and stronger monsters.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
A remake of a classic 1998 survival horror game, this version of “Resident Evil2” has more intuitive controls, updated sound and visuals and some major changes to what happens and where the puzzle solutions and keys are located. It’s also a lot bloodier than the original, mostly because graphics are more detailed than they were 20 years ago. Similarly, there are more zombies to contend with, courtesy of a new mechanic that has them crawling through open windows unless you use wooden planks to board up those openings.
But not everything has been modernized. Like in the original (but not more recent installments of this franchise), your ammo and healing items are in short supply, and you can’t carry a lot of stuff anyway. This not only means you have to think on your feet as to whether you want to fight or take flight, it also adds to the tense vibe. Which is why, even with the modern controls and presentation, this is a return to form, because you’re really trying to survive the horror. And while fans hoping for a more faithful remake won’t be happy about the changes, those who prefer modern controls will find this version of “Resident Evil 2” to be as compelling as the original was back in the day.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 18 and older
Quality: 5 out of 5
Positive messages: 3 out of 5
Positive role models: 3 out of 5
Ease of play: 3 out of 5
Violence: 5 out of 5
Sex: 1 out of 5
Language: 5 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 1 out of 5
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
Release date: January 21, 2019
ESRB rating: M for blood and gore, intense violence, strong language