It's been a painfully long time coming, but finally, after two decades, a return to Claire and Leon's tooth-and-nail struggle to survive the onslaught of undead in Raccoon City has crossed the line from fantasy to reality. As it did with the reconstruction of the Spencer Mansion in 2002, Capcom has, once again, set the gold standard of what to expect from a remake.
Pixel by pixel, Capcom has lavished care and attention on bringing back iconic characters, locations and story beats responsible for making the original Resident Evil 2 a survival-horror landmark, and while some elements have been switched, swapped or cut entirely for the sake of modern game design (no more giant spiders), the sheer volume of lip service paid to Resident Evils past and present instantly makes those misgivings melt away.
From self-referential in-jokes involving sandwich chains named after a certain beloved S.T.A.R.S. member, to tributes referencing vintage menu screens, Capcom could have easily have skimped on the minutiae embedded in every corner of Racoon City, but they chose not to.
The fact the developers went the extra mile to insert some of the cheekiest Easter eggs you'll ever see in a video game? That's a rare level of dedication we're lucky to see once in a blue moon.
Joe is a freelance games journalist who, while not spending every waking minute selling himself to websites around the world, spends his free time writing. Most of it makes no sense, but when it does, he treats each article as if it were his Magnum Opus - with varying results.