“Resident Evil 2” was met with a lot of doubt and skepticism when it was first announced. With a preview video and some gameplay footage surfacing online, fans and critics seem to now be sold on the idea.

“Resident Evil 2” is proving to be more than just a remake as it is being seen as an overhaul and a game in its own right. A review by IGN suggested that the visuals, sound and the general gameplay make this feel like a “completely new game.”

The dark and gritty world of the game is enough to let the player be immersed right from the start. There are two playable characters. Leon and Claire Redfield get their own individual campaigns, and the players can choose between the two. The worlds that Leon and Claire will explore are essentially the same, and the only difference is the characters they meet.

While the game is getting good reviews, there are also some drawbacks. According to a report by Trusted Reviews, the sequence of Claire going up against William Birkin is quite frustrating. The player doesn’t have ammo here, and that means the only choice available is to try and survive, which robs the gamers’ the chance to explore the rich environment.

The other problem that the players are reportedly going to face in the game is the storage space. There isn’t a lot of room to carry too many items, which adds to the tension in the game, but can be frustrating at times.

The dark setting of the game makes a good atmosphere for a horror genre game like “Resident Evil 2,” but there are times when the darkness becomes a hindrance. Players may be forced to increase the brightness to make it a little easier to get through certain parts.

Despite the minor shortcomings of the game, it is being seen as a “benchmark” for how to remake an old game. The familiar characters of the game have been reimagined in a way that it offers something for veteran gamers who love the franchise as well as the newcomers.

On the improvements in the game, Cnet reported that the “tank” controls that were a problem in other “Resident Evil” titles are gone, and the voice acting in the remake is much better. The graphics are also said to be worthy of a PS4. Capcom has evidently learned from the feedback for its previous titles.

The “Resident Evil 2” remake is set to be released on Jan. 25, 2019. It remains to be seen what new mysteries will be uncovered in Raccoon City.

Resident Evil 2 The "Resident Evil 2" remake will be released on Jan. 25, 2019. Photo: Facebook/Resident Evil