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So recently Capcom released a demo for the upcoming Resident Evil 2 game, which is due to be released in January this year.

I’ve been quite excited about this Resident Evil game, I’m not the biggest Resident Evil video game fan and while I have played a bunch of the titles over the years, they’ve not been ones that I have collected or even finished that often. Most of this is because the horror genre for me has always been a difficult one to play. Games in this genre are always slower paced than other genres, they give you limited resources to do what you need to do and you always have to walk slowly through areas for fear that something will kill you. As a person with not always that much time for gaming lately, slower paced games such as these can frustrate me quite a bit as I am limited on the time I have.

In the demo you will play as Leon, who is a police officer. He has just arrived at a local police station which has been overrun with zombies. There’s blood everywhere, there’s no electricity in certain sections, the building is damaged and basically it’s one dangerous place to be.

In this demo there is an actual limit for the amount of time you have to explore. Once you download the demo and then start to play it, you will find that actually you only have 30 minutes to experience the game. After that, you are done. You can’t exit out and restart it either. It’s a one time preview. This works quite well for Capcom because players will play through this and if they love their 30 minute experience, at the end they are prompted to pre-order the game and can buy it on the spot.

I did not choose to purchase it on the spot as I played it on the PS4 and a price of $99.95 on the PS Store seemed a little high for me. There will be better deals when the game is released, in fact I can already see that on Amazon AU the game is on sale to pre-order for $69 on Xbox One and PS4. So if you’re reading this, save money, check all the retailers and shop around.

The game itself for the time I played it was pretty good. My main draw to this game over the last year has been the look of things within the game. I really like the art-style and the way the levels have been animated and drawn. The trailers and the screenshots I’ve seen released in the past have made Resident Evil 2 look quite good. Playing the game this weekend gave me a good idea of what I could expect when it came to the graphics in the game. They are all quite nice overall. Textures are sharp, environments are dark and all that you need for a horror look is present.

The 30 minute time limit actually makes things very tough. The gamer in me wants to beat this demo within the 30 minutes I have available, but the style of game that this is, is a slow paced one and by the time my 30 minutes were up, I was nowhere near done. I wasted the first 10 minutes in the first room of the demo trying to figure out the code to the statue that was at the back, when really all I needed to do was go to the garage door on my right which was unlocked. After that I ran around trying not to die to the many zombies in the corridors and trying, but failing to rescue another police officer in time.

I did actually attempt a second playthrough of the game by downloading the demo again, but this time on PC instead through Steam. Where it’s currently free. This time I knew a little bit more of what I was in for and was determined to beat the demo and I did! As you can see below.

Just some comments about my PC vs my PS4 experience. I would say that on PC the game looks a little better than I thought it did when I first played through it yesterday on the PS4. I thought the lip syncing in particular when characters spoke was better handled on PC. Also on PC things were much smoother during the game as I played the demo in 144hz with the highest textures my PC could handle. If I was to choose between the two right now, I would probably lean more towards the PC version of the game. Sitting closer to the screen, with my headset on and being fully immersed in the horror environment is where I think I might prefer my Resident Evil 2 experience to be. But both versions of the game are decent and there’s nothing at all wrong with the PS4 version, it’s just as good.

These Resident Evil games are always a lot of fun and this game does feel a little scary at times. The mixture of having such limited resources to fend off enemies, but also the limitations of exploring a police station filled with narrow corridors makes quite a tense gameplay experience.

As it’s also a remake, much of this game plays like games I used to play when I was much younger. There’s no easy way to find where you need to go, there’s little hint of what to do at times and things are not made so easy for the player to just run through it all. Some doors need keys to open them and those keys can be hard to find. You can be running around for a long time before you find a single key and I’ve missed this type of frustrating gameplay in modern games.

You can try out the demo for yourself on PC, PS4 or Xbox One.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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NHL Reveals Toronto Maple Leafs Star Auston Matthews As Cover Athlete

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Electronic Arts today unveiled the first look at EA SPORTS NHL 20 to hockey fans during the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone in Las Vegas. Three-time All-Star and former first overall pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Auston Matthews, was revealed as the NHL 20 cover athlete while taking the stage at this evening’s NHL Awards.

“Growing up I always admired all the players who got to be on the cover of the game. This is a very cool honor and I am proud to represent my organisation,” said Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs. “I’m also really competitive, so now I can’t wait to fire up NHL 20 in the locker room and play against my teammates.”

The NHL 20 Australian release date is September 13 2019 for Xbox One and PS4.

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From today until 27th May, the “A Nocturne for Heroes” event will be live. During this period, FINAL FANTASY XV hero Noctis Lucis Caelum will enter the world of Hydaelyn with the Regalia, where he joins the Warrior of Light in battle against magitek infantry, magitek armor, and even the Messenger, Garuda, hailing from Eos.

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The Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD Remaster release date is April 18 2019. A new trailer for the game was released overnight for fans to see. The game will be releasing on the Nintendo Switch and can be found on Amazon AU for $69.

Game Synopsis: In FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster, players will discover two extraordinary tales of adventure and excitement in which Tidus and Yuna must work alongside their friends to overcome dangerous and powerful adversaries that threaten their world. With emotional stories, deep and tactical gameplay and dozens of hours of content, FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster is a perfect opportunity to experience one of the most popular titles in the FINAL FANTASY series.

Source: Square Enix

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