This one is a little bit of a cheat because I played Resident Evil 2 before I played Resident Evil and that was before the Resident Evil remake on the GameCube. I had borrowed it from one of my classmates (and by borrow I mean take it for a day and copy it) and played the game, not knowing what to expect, let alone having this game being the first survival horror game I’ve ever played.
I’ve played Resident Evil 2 on both PSOne (I so wanted to use the PSX abbreviation as that was used to describe the PlayStation back in the day) and PC and it was better on PC despite using the keyboard 100% of the time. But this will only cover the PSOne version as I feel like using the PC version would be totally unfair, especially since I’ve only played the original Resident Evil on PSOne. Now let’s talk about Resident Evil!
I don’t remember the first time I had played Resident Evil, but I do remember the last time I had played Resident Evil. It was the Director’s Cut version which had vibration support and I couldn’t even finish 5% of the game. It wasn’t because the game was so damn difficult as it wasn’t that difficult at all. Then again, it was difficult in a different way: it was difficult to take the game seriously. The acting from the live action cutscenes and the voiceover work were laughably bad; so bad that I was cracking up to the point where my stomach was hurting. Thankfully the remake isn’t laughably bad in terms of voice acting, so that was the only way for me to handle that game.
Playing Resident Evil 2, it was pretty intense. Of course, being a male, I started the game as Leon first. Somehow, I didn’t die at the very beginning as I did waste some bullets on the zombies. Going through the game for the first time as both Leon and Claire was intense, but at the same time, so exciting. The voiceover work was well done, the story caught my attention and thankfully, they did away with live action cutscenes; they saved that for the movies starring Milla Jovovich.
I had replayed that game over and over again, but I never did the B-side stories until I had gotten the PC version and that was because the PC version had an unlimited ammo code that made going against Tyrant easy. Even though I don’t play any horror games anymore (thank developers and publishers for that), Resident Evil 2 was THE game that got me into the survival horror genre and it was the game that got me to be a Resident Evil fan.
For the next game, let’s move on to the next generation and go to a game that celebrated the 10 year anniversary of this franchise while at the same time come out on the final year of the Dreamcast here in America…