Resident Evil 2 Pre-Order, Release Date, And Buying Guide For US (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

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Now Playing: Resident Evil 2 Is Now Available For Digital Preorder, Comes With Bonus Weapons - GS News Update

The remake of Capcom's survival-horror classic, Resident Evil 2, is nearing its release. After the original version launched for PS1 back in 1998, the Resident Evil 2 remake releases on January 25, 2019 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. While still maintaining the same core as the original, it makes a variety of refinements to both its visuals and gameplay but still brings back welcome features like Tofu mode.

The most notable and obvious change, graphical improvements aside, is the new camera perspective. Rather than the classic, fixed-view camera of the old games, the remake uses a third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective not unlike that of Resident Evil 4. You can try this out for yourself as part of the 1-Shot Demo that gives you 30 minutes with the game, although it will only be available for download until later in January.

Some of the changes are a noted shake-up for the game, but you needn't worry--as you can read about in our Resident Evil 2 review, this remake has turned out quite nicely. Critic Alessandro Fillari writes, "Resident Evil 2 is not only a stellar remake of the original, but it's also simply a strong horror game that delivers anxiety-inducing and grotesque situations, topping some of the series' finest entries. But above all, the remake is an impressive game for the fact that it goes all-in on the pure survival horror experience, confidently embracing its horrifying tone and rarely letting up until the story's conclusion. Though Resident Evil 2 has its roots firmly in the past, it reworks the familiar horrors into something that feels brand new and all its own."

Even more is on the way for Resident Evil 2 post-launch, as it will receive a free DLC game mode. If you're eager to get your hands on the game for release day, you can read on for a complete rundown on pre-order bonuses, special editions, and pricing. Or if you want to catch up on the story to be ready for RE2, we have a Resident Evil story recap you'll find handy.

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Pre-Order Bonuses

Pre-order Resident Evil 2, and you'll receive two bonus weapons: Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine’s signature Samurai Edge handguns.

If you pre-order from the PlayStation Store, you'll get a free Resident Evil 2 PS4 theme.

Resident Evil 2 Standard Edition

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The standard edition just comes with the game. Your best deal on a console version is to buy a physical copy from Newegg.

Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition

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The Deluxe Edition comes with the core game, plus a download voucher for two Leon costumes, three Claire costumes, Samurai Edge - Albert Model, and a classic Resident Evil 2 soundtrack swap. Here's where you can buy Resident Evil 2: Deluxe Edition.

Resident Evil 2 Collector's Edition

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The GameStop-exclusive Collector's Edition comes with everything you get in the Deluxe Edition, plus a 12-inch Leon statue, a collector's art book, and R.P.D. renovation blueprints, all in R.P.D. item box packaging.

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What is the purpose, other than more ad revenue, for articles like this? There are at least a dozen of these filler articles a week...

The game isn't even due until another 3 months from now and is pretty limited in terms of what you can get, but I guess GS must think we're too stupid to know we can get the game at both Target and Walmart for the same $60 price...

It's gotten so bad, that they've started doing movies too! I've only ever clicked on these articles a couple of times, but I just thought I'd chime in this time.

I guess it's better than the hard-on GS has for Fortnite journalism at the moment...

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@PenguinHero7: I found it helpful. I don’t always have questions about preorders, but it was nice to look up what I get with the deluxe version when I didn’t know.

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@PenguinHero7: Are you really asking what's the purpose of a major release date announcement and pre-order breakdown, on a gaming news site?

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In the original game you'd unlock this (get this)... by playing the game and finding it.

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I don't like Claire's new jacket. It should be a vest over a black shirt with torn jean shorts over leggings. She rides a motorcycle.

The original is the iconic look. They shouldn't change it.

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This is a major video game website - does no one proofread this nonsense?

The game is a REMAKE of RE2, not a remaster.

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January can’t come soon enough!

I don’t usually pre-order games (something I know is looked down upon quite a bit on forums like these and justifiably so in many cases.) but as a fan of the Resident Evil franchise, let alone one who holds the original Resident Evil 2 in a position as quite possibly the best survival horror game made, I think the fact that this game has been in videogame “limbo” for the better part of a decade if not more is justification enough.

-Sure, sure, Ninja. Say whatever you want to make yourself feel better.-

For long-time Resident evil fans this game is comparable in status to something like the new Final Fantasy 7 remake or the long-awaited release of Kingdom Hearts 3.

As I briefly touched on before, I know that Pre-ordering is somewhat frowned upon by many out there but a part of me feels that when a developer “gets it right” it’s up to us as gamers to show our support whether that be pre-ordering a game, buying it day 1, or showing support for the decisions being made in some other way.

Fans of the Resident evil (let alone survival-horror genre.) have been pleading with Capcom for a remake of what is arguably one of the shining examples of survival-horror and a title that has influenced many games since its inception.

Even if gamers out there have only a modicum of interest in seeing this new Remake make it their way (as well as this new direction as of late by Capcom; RE7, Monster Hunter: World, etc…) I think letting Capcom know that they are back on the right track is something worth doing.


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@videogameninja: Do you always repeat yourself 3-4 times in the same post?

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Of course, I do. After all, I’m the Videogame Ninja!

It’s my job to be repetitive. My job. My job.

Repetitiveness is my job.

I’m the Videogame Ninja after all.


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One remake I'm genuinely excited for, and good to see hunk and tofu made the cut.

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I really want the soundtrack swap. I don't know what they were thinking. RE2 without the iconic R.P.D. main hall theme?! That said, $70 is a lot of money for me. I hope they offer the soundtrack as standalone DLC.

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@WarGreymon77: What we've heard so far of the new soundtrack seems painfully generic. They know the original soundtrack is superior, and have decided to wall it off from the majority of customers behind an expensive special edition. It's a shame, to say the least.