Friday, June 22, 2018
Out of all the Resident Evil games RE2 is the one I've played the most. The first time I tried it I was using a rental PSX with no memory card. As such I couldn't save my game, and dying meant starting over from the very beginning. Despite this limitation, I almost made it all the way to the underground labs, but got eaten by the giant crocodile in the sewers. Eventually I bought a Playstation of my own (along with a memory card), which allowed me to make it to the finish...or so I thought while the credits ran. As it turns out Resident Evil 2 is meant to be played twice, once as Leon and once as Claire (or vice versa). The locations are the same, but item/enemy types and locations change between playthroughs. NPCs and plot progression also change a bit depending on whether the player is Leon or Claire. So, after doing complete playthroughs for both characters I got the real ending. Much to my surprise though there was a special challenge that can only be unlocked if both playthroughs are completed with "A" ranks. Basically this entails a mixture of finishing the game quickly, making few saves and using little to no first-aid sprays. After doing all that it's possible to play as the "Fourth Survivor." This bonus content is short and intense, requiring careful resource management. It's also possible to attempt the same challenge as a floating man-sized block of tofu armed with nothing more than a knife. No...I'm not making any of this up. So after about five playthroughs plus extras, you'd think I'd never want anything to do with the game again, right? Actually, if we're being totally honest here, yes, I've never had a strong desire to return to RE2, especially since there were fairly similar experiences to be had with spin-offs and sequels such as Resident Evil: Nemesis and Code Veronica.