Resident Evil 2's storyline takes place in 1998 in Raccoon City. Two months after the events of Resident Evil, the story features rookie cop, Leon Kennedy, on his first day on the job. It also features Claire Redfield searching for her brother, Chris. The two meet in Raccoon City while being attacked by zombies. Shortly after being separated, the two embark on their own, isolated adventure through the Raccoon Police Department. Searching for clues on how to escape, they come across a conspiracy which trails back to the pharmaceutical giant, Umbrella Corporation.
You can equip various weapons - mainly firearms - as you progress and explore your surroundings. You can opt for headshots against zombies or even leg-shots to sever their limbs and weaken them greatly. This option allows you to explore while preserving ammo. However, not all monster types will go down so easily. You'll need to procure supplies and use them wisely.
Along the way, you'll solve clever puzzles. Much of this includes traveling back-and-forth between the RPD (Raccoon Police Department) or the other surrounding locales. You'll collect puzzle pieces or keys, move objects to their needed locations, or even create chemicals. Note that once you clear a goal, you'll likely get ambushed by monsters. Always be prepared.
Once you clear the game, you'll unlock new modes. These include side-stories involving other characters, such as the mercenary known as Hunk. These gauntlet modes feature hordes of enemies attacking you while you try to escape to safety. They're also more difficult than the main game. Clearing these objectives rewards you with Trophies as well as unlockable art in your Gallery!
I cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed the new ways to take down enemies, the new script, the dialogue, and all the elements coming together perfectly. The visuals and sound create the perfect atmosphere while the game ebbs and flows between its peaceful moments and its dire ones.
Each story features over 8 hours of exploration and combat, both of which are paced incredibly well and also feature some new areas. For any fan of the original game or those playing for the first time, Resident Evil 2 stands as one of the best titles released this generation.
*All screenshots and art courtesy of Capcom