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Resident Evil 2
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Production
Developer:
Publisher:
Director:Hideki Kamiya
Writer:Noboru Sugimura
Producer:Shinji Mikami
Gameplay
Modes:Single-player
Platforms:PlayStation

Game.com
Windows 9x
Nintendo 64
Dreamcast
Nintendo GameCube
Windows XP
PlayStation Network

Media:Optical disc

cartridge
download

Release
Release date(s):
Ratings:BBFC: 15
CERO: C
ELSPA: 15+
ESRB: M
Last edit: 47 days ago. (Purge)

Resident Evil 2, known as Biohazard 2 (バイオハザード2 Baiohazādo Tsū?) in Japan, is a survival horror video game originally released for the PlayStation in 1998. Developed by Capcom as the second installment in the Resident Evil series, its story takes place two months after the events of the first game, Resident Evil. It is set in Raccoon City, a Midwestern American mountain community whose residents have been transformed into zombies by the t-Virus, a biological weapon developed by the pharmaceutical company Umbrella. In their escape from the city, the two protagonists, Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, encounter other survivors, and are confronted by William Birkin, the mutated creator of the even more powerful G-virus, a variation of the t-Virus.

The gameplay of Resident Evil 2 focuses on exploration, puzzle solving and combat, and features typical survival horror elements such as limited saves and ammunition. The game's main difference from its predecessor is the "Zapping System", which provides each playable character with unique storylines and obstacles. Developed by a team of 40 to 50 people over the course of one year and nine months, Resident Evil 2 was directed by Hideki Kamiya and produced by Shinji Mikami. The initial version of the game, commonly referred to as Resident Evil 1.5, differed drastically from the released product and was scrapped at a development stage of 60–80 percent, after being deemed "dull and boring" by the producer. The resulting redesign introduced different settings and a more cinematic story presentation, supported by a soundtrack that employs "desperation" as an underlying theme.

Resident Evil 2 was well received by critics, who praised its atmosphere, setting, graphics and audio. Its controls, voice acting and inventory system were criticized, however, and certain reviewers disliked its puzzles. The game has become a million-seller, and is the franchise's most successful title on a single platform. Years after its first release, Resident Evil 2 was included in several lists of the 100 best games. Following its initial success on the PlayStation, it was ported to Microsoft Windows, the Nintendo 64, Dreamcast and Nintendo GameCube, and was released as a modified 2.5D version for the Game.com handheld. The story of Resident Evil 2 was retold and built upon in several later games, and has been adapted into a variety of licensed works.

CastEdit

Character Voice actor
Leon Scott Kennedy Paul Haddad
Claire Redfield Alyson Court
Ada Wong Sally Cahill
Sherry Birkin Lisa Yamanaka
William Birkin Diego Matamoros
Annette Birkin Jennifer Dale
Brian Irons Gary Krawford
Marvin Branagh ---
HUNK ---
Ben Bertolucci Rod Wilson
Robert Kendo Gary Krawford

Version historyEdit

The release-history log includes all releases relating to Resident Evil 2, including various version releases; guide books and albums.

Release date Image Title Console Publisher Release location Features
01998-01-29January 29, 1998 Biohazard 2 PlayStation Capcom Co., Ltd. Japan
01998-08-06August 6, 1998 75px Biohazard 2 Dual Shock Ver. PlayStation Capcom Co., Ltd. Japan DualShock-enabled, Extreme Battle, Ranking system for Minigames, Easy Mode
November 1998 Resident Evil 2 Game.Com
February 1999 Resident Evil 2: Platinum Windows 98 Capcom Co., Ltd. DualShock additions, Gallery Mode, Hard mode
01999-12-22December 22, 1999 Bio2 DC Biohazard 2 Value Plus Dreamcast Capcom Co., Ltd. Japan Windows additions, "VMU" monitor, Demo of Code: Veronica
02000-01-28January 28, 2000 Bio2 N64 Biohazard 2 Nintendo 64 Capcom Co., Ltd. Japan "EX-files", Item randomiser, violence controller, FP controls, Different costume, no Extreme Battle mode, Hunter cameo, surround sound
02003-01-23January 23, 2003 Bio2 GCN Biohazard 2 GameCube Capcom Co., Ltd. Japan DualShock features, skipable cutscenes, higher quality scenes
02007-12-26December 26, 2007 Biohazard 2 PlayStation Network Capcom Co., Ltd. Japan
02009-11-19November 19, 2009 Resident Evil 2 PlayStation Network Capcom Co., Ltd. North America
02012-02-29February 29, 2012 Resident Evil 2 PlayStation Network Capcom Co., Ltd. Europe
01998-11-11November 11, 1998 Resident Evil 2 - Game.com front cover Resident Evil 2 Game.Com Capcom Co., Ltd. North America Limited Graphics, Gameplay and Scenario
2006 Resident Evil 2 Windows XP Capcom Co., Ltd. uncompressed FMVs

SourcesEdit

  1. "三並達也インタビュー" (in Japanese). Dorimaga (SoftBank Creative Corp) 10 (5). April 2002. 

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