If you remember back to 1998, when the original Resident Evil 2 launched (or whenever the last time you played it was), then you may recall putting aside around seven hours, maybe a bit more if you sniffed out every extra, to complete the classic zombie game.
Of course, you could replay it. It was meant to be replayed. You could speed-run it, too. But the initial campaigns of Claire and Leon took around that long to finish, for the more casual gamers out there. Give or take, of course.
Though seven hours might seem short by today's AAA standards, this was the norm 20 years ago. And despite the new Resident Evil 2 being a remake of 1998's hit, Capcom has managed to lengthen its playtime considerably, to bring it in line with today's expectations.
On average, this year's Resident Evil 2 should take gamers a good 20 hours to beat, combining its Leon and Claire campaigns. This is thanks to its story being much deeper, and more developed, compared the one you may have experienced two decades ago.
Director Kazunori Kadoi and producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi revealed this during a recent launch event in Dubai, as Wccftech reported. They explained that each character's campaign will last roughly ten hours, and how the game's second playthrough will be notably shorter, as there's a number of shared sequences between the two characters.
But it's going to take a few extra hours to 100% the game. Resi 2 also features The Fourth Survivor and The Tofu Survivor, two mini-games/characters that could be unlocked in the 1998 original (which needed up to 15 hours to 100%) after completing the standard campaigns numerous times.
If you're somehow not excited for the new and improved - and evidently longer - Resident Evil 2 yet, why not give its One-Shot demo a go?
You have 30 minutes to complete a short segment of Leon's story, before the game kicks you out and you're left wondering what went wrong. But of course, there are ways to work around this limited time cap. And, thanks to certain unofficial methods and multiple retries, some gamers have managed to beat the demo in less than three minutes.
One-Shot leaves stores on 1 February, meaning there's plenty of time yet to grab it, before (or even after) the main game releases. Could you do better than the best speedrunners? Have a go, and let us know how you get on.
Resident Evil 2 releases on 25 January, 2019 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
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