A new short parody hints at some of the absurd gameplay animations in the original version Resident Evil 2. The survival horror classic received an upgrade in the form of a remake in 2019 that updated many of the mechanics to modern gaming standards.
Before remake in 2019 Resident Evil 2 was already a very well received title in 1998. The sequel helped solidify the series as the staple of the genre and even inspired other entries across the franchise, including its impact on Resident Evil Village‘s design. That is, the original version of Resident Evil 2 has some elements that will not stand the test of time and a spotlight in particular was recently shown on it.
TikTok users see_skywalker posted a short clip showing Leon Scott Kennedy approaching a flight of stairs when seriously injured in the classic version of the game. Even if it takes a lot of effort for him to climb down the hallways, stairs are no problem for Leon, as the protagonist casually strolls down them before suddenly remembering his pain at the bottom. The short parody features a full Leon cosplay on display and is complete with the ever-changing camera angles that were present throughout the game, but it has its own unique voice-over to get the point clear.
It seems strange that in the original version of, there weren’t any unique animations for dealing with stairs while injured Resident Evil 2. This could be a major factor in why there are so many Resident Evil Remakes. Technology at the time may not have allowed developers to create something so apparently simple without sacrificing other vital gameplay elements.
There is much Resident Evil 2 Remaking doing to improve the original beyond and repairing animations like this was undoubtedly a priority for the developers. However, its existence has earned a place of nostalgia among fans of the original game, and while it’s a bit confusing by today’s development standards, it also has an undeniable charm about it. Lake_skywalker did an excellent job reminding fans that this exists in Resident Evil 2 and they should be commended for their impressive attention to detail, not just in recreating the actions, but also in the cosplay effort and the ever-changing camera angles.
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