Beating the Backlog is the feature we've dedicated to highlighting the games we've had lingering in our libraries for ages, and never got around to reviewing timeously or discussing at launch. It's a great opportunity to highlight an IP that's about to get sequel, discuss the origins of an upcoming remake/remaster, or simply praise a game we regret ignoring for so long
Having recently reviewed the Resident Evil 2 remake – a fantastic survival-horror game in its own right – I found myself returning to the 1998 original that I had fired up again for comparison purposes. I ended up spending two evenings tackling the Claire A and Leon B campaigns back-to-back, and figured it deserved a review of its own, especially in light of some unexpected changes in the remake.
Without repeating too much, Leon Kennedy, a rookie cop reporting for his first day on the force, and Claire Redfield, sister of Chris from the first game, meet up in the zombie-infested Raccoon City and flee to the police station. What follows is a lengthy romp through the overrun department, a brief excursion through the sewers and an abandoned factory, before descending into Umbrella’s secret laboratory for the finale. As could be expected from a classic Resident Evil game, your path is anything but straightforward, blocked by a multitude of illogical puzzles and key-hunts, along with a horde of mutated T- and G-virus creatures, ready to snack on your neck or remove your head with lance-like tongues.
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21 January 1998
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