The Total Recall

Month it won: June 2003
(Capcom, 2003)
Special note: RE2 and RE3 were released for GC at the same time!

I don't give out low ratings all too often but here is one game, I feel, deserves to be outlawed from the stores. OK, I know a lot people out there love the series and all but I can’t believe that we keep on getting this game again and again! I think I'm the only one who dare give this game a dreaded below 20 out of 100 score but something has to be said.

The Resident Evil series was on a pretty good roll lately. With the recent success of the award winning Resident Evil 4 plus the Gamecube only Resident Evil 1 remake and Resident Evil 0, survival horror fans have had a lot to cheer about. Capcom makes good on their word to release a new Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 for the exclusively Gamecube like they did with Resident Evil 1. So here we have Resident Evil 2 for the Gamecube which was surprisingly released the same day as the Resident Evil 3 game. So is it any good? Resident Evil 2 would have been an excellent game on the Gamecube.............. 5 YEARS AGO!

Let me get this straight, Capcom wants me to pay 50 bucks, half of a hundred, 1/20 of a grand for a game that basically the same game from the original Playstation one!? That's right folks, unlike the first Resident Evil for the Gamecube, this game is a carbon copy of the original PSX from 1998. Other then some cleaner looks thanks to the better resolution, there are no new graphical enhancements, no new zombies or enemies, no new cinemas, and the game even has less new features then the older N64 version of RE 2 and that game usually sells for about 10 bucks now. This is the same game where you play as one of two characters (a women and a police officer) and anyone expecting a radically new and improved game here are going to be in for a major disappointment, lets just get that right off the bat.

Heck, this old game even has that awful control system in place but that should come as no surprise because it's a Resident Evil trademark, too bad it's not a very good trademark. Here's a breakdown of what you have to do if you want to move one of your characters around. To move down you would have to use the Right or Left arrows of the cross pad or analog stick to first turn and then when your character is fully turned around then you can press Up to move your character downward. Confused? If you never played a older Resident Evil game before then these clumsy controls will drive you nuts.

I have no real problems with the game's graphics here. The game still looks great with the static but detailed backgrounds and it really feels like you are really in a ruined city invested with killer zombies and fearsome mutants. The characters however, still look a little blocky in spots and some of the blood is fairly blocky too, so don't expect to get anything that's quite good as the first two GC RE games. "No limits are being pushed here!

The game's sound effects still remand the same as well (again no big surprise there). You get the usual realistic gun shots, zombie moans, and occasional heart pounding music. Nothing added, nothing taking away, I don't care.

Bottomline: There's a virus all right! Resident Evil 2 was a good game back its day but thanks to the awkward controls, I could never really get into it and the same goes for the Gamecube edition here many years later. Words can't express how disappointed I am at Capcom right now! Capcom did nothing new here and this is just your Dad's Resident Evil 2 from have a half decade ago yet the game is still introduced at a whopping 50 dollars! If they only updated the game like they did with the first Resident Evil then this could have been another killer title. Sadly, the Capcom company heads are focusing too much on the past and it's really starting to hurt them here. Have they gone completely insane or did the T-virus get to them too!? Oh the horror.



overall rating: 18/100

Find Resident Evil 2 on eBay here!

For 1 player only
Rated (M) for Mature

graphics: 3/10
sound: 3/10
gameplay: 5/10
replay: 6/10

(Ryan Genno) 2003

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