I’m playing the RE2: Remake and I’m finding it really… dull? I think the level design is quite good in how it demands that you backtrack through levels with new geegaws and doodads that open up more of the space, but I just don’t find any of the rewards or the puzzles themselves interesting in the slightest. I think the horror itself is good ‘n’ gory but the combat is super rote to me because I don’t find the zombies threatening at all. I like that they are old school Romero zombies and that they take a lot of shots to put down, in the abstract. Actually lining up headshot after headshot on these stiff, boring fucks as they get in my way is another matter. I get nothing out of actually shooting in this game and a significant portion of the game’s power curve so far is making the shooting more effective and efficient. It’s like I’m going on an exchange trip to study something I don’t care about.
It seems very… safe. For a game that’s being hailed as yet another return to the series’ roots (we’ve had like 3 now) it just doesn’t have that electrifying quality that RE7 had. RE7 scared the living fuck out of me while also being super weird, funny, and gross AND it got back to the old Resi format of keys and puzzles and whatnot. I never thought: “ah shit, guess I have to go back to that bit of the game again” in the same way I’m already feeling 5 hours into this game. I’m going to stick with it because I do like the look of it and my god is it gruesome (a good thing) but as a latecomer to the series (played 4 for the first time in 2016 and then all the subsequent games in the series), this is the least impressive to me on sheer doing things with my hands and having a good ass time kinda way. I dunno, RE6 was a clusterfuck but boy did I want to see what was around the next corner! I’m bored y’all. What gives?
Also the fact that the voice acting was all scab work really grinds my gears. Leon’s voice sucks. His weird pinched child face also sucks.