In the lead-up to our Best of 2019 ceremony on March 7, OnlySP will be running through each of our Best Game nominees to discuss why each title deserves to win the highly coveted award. With only four days until OnlySP’s Best of 2019 ceremony, Daniel Pereira discusses how a remake is somehow in the running for the top award of the year—and how it has the potential to win.
What came as almost a surprise to most people, the Resident Evil 2 remake solidified itself as one of the best titles of 2019 right out the gate. With its short window from announcement to release, to the critical praise and reception it received from fans and critics alike, Resident Evil 2 continued Capcom’s upwards trend and renaissance. The title remained as true to form as it could be while modernizing certain elements of the original story and gameplay. Fans were able to once again hop into the shoes of Leon Kennedy during what most would consider to be the worst first day ever. Alternatively, Claire Redfield finds herself in a similar situation while searching for her brother, Chris, who she hasn’t heard from in some time.
What sets the Resident Evil 2 remake apart from other remakes/remasters of the generation is the sheer amount of quality that Capcom provided. Not only did the remake showcase the power of Capcom’s RE engine with stunning visuals and life-like graphics, it also reminded players how tighter experiences that were limited in scope can often provide more replayability than live-service experiences. Each protagonist had their own version of events surrounding the story of Resident Evil 2, and once their playthrough had concluded, an alternative ‘B’ scenario opened up to see the other character’s perspective during the main storyline. Although these ‘B’ scenarios aren’t as varied as the original game, Capcom created enough of an incentive to try out different paths for all kinds of completionists.
The Resident Evil 2 remake is a return to form for classic adventure and horror games. The title also continues the franchise staple of providing varied unlockables once certain qualifications have been met. Do you desire infinite ammo to make each successive run more enjoyable? Just beat the campaign with an S+ ranking. Would you like alternative modes that challenge even the most veteran players in making it out of the police station alive? All you need to do is complete every campaign scenario. With Resident Evil 2, there is a reward for almost every action made during one’s playthrough. Rewarding the player with fun and unique items is how Capcom struck gold with this game. By providing a short, but polished experience, Resident Evil 2 remains one of 2019’s best titles.
Check out the other nominees for Best Game here:
- Children of Morta
- Close to the Sun
- Death Stranding
- Disco Elysium
- Katana Zero
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
- The Outer Worlds
- Untitled Goose Game
And don’t forget to tune in to OnlySP’s Best of 2019 Awards ceremony at 3pm EST on March 7, 2020! Check out the full list of nominees here.
Which game are you hoping will win our award for Best Game? Let us know in the comments below, or make your case in our community Discord server with other fans of single-player games.