|Resident Evil 2 puts you in the role of either Leon S. Kennedy, an idealistic rookie cop, or Claire Redfield, a modern (i.e. wild, self-confident and intelligent) woman of adventure, who is in search of her brother, Chris. Both characters are unleashed into the heart of Raccoon City, a formerly peaceful mid-western town that is now surrounded on all sides by evil mutants and zombies.
Resident Evil 2 is divided into several segments. You’ll begin your exploratory zombie-killing adventure on the city streets. From there you’ll enter a massive police station, maneuver through a vast network of dark and dangerous (not to mention smelly) sewers, finally ending up at zombie central, the Umbrella Laboratory on the outskirts of town. You will find grenade launchers, shotguns, pistols, high-powered Uzis, crossbows and other weapons for use in battling the various zombies and bosses. Corpses, drawers, lockers and other areas are searchable for ammo and other useful items.
In addition to all the mutant mayhem, Resident Evil 2 is replete with puzzles you must solve. You’ll push items, inspect objects, talk to characters, unlock doorways, decipher notes and messages and perform various other feats of mental daring do. A mapping system is provided so you can keep track of where you have been and where you need to go.
After you complete your mission with one character, you can play the game again as the other character, this time with different gamepaths and alternate endings. Situations that you encountered the first time through have a bearing on what will happen the next time you play. There are special hidden modes as well, in which you can play the 4th survivor or as the hidden character, Tofu.
Prior to starting the game, you’ll need to decide what color of blood you prefer: green, blue or red. Also, you are given two difficulty levels to choose from (easy or normal) and three levels of graphic violence: low, middle or high.
|Game||Resident Evil 2|
|ESRB Rating||M – Mature|
|ESRB Descriptor||Animated Blood & Gore, Animated Violence, Blood and Gore, Violence|
|Number of Players||1|
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