Time played : 3h (5h30 total) - "You Died" screens : 3 (3 total)
I have to apologize if the journal entry is a big mess, but it happened a LOT of things during these three hours. Once you exit the RPD Building, the rest of the game moves really fast. You meet William Birkin, who is now the Tyrant, a huge Bio-Organic Weapon that wants to get his hands on his daughter in order to inoculate her with the virus. (considering how annoying she is, I'd give her to the beast with a lot of pleasure if the game allowed me)
|And good luck with the zombies, you little prick!|
|Irons is about to make his best "John Hurt in Alien" impersonation.|
Next, the inventory is still a major problem, especially when the game drops a bomb like "you need the valve or the lighter you forgot in the safe in order to progress". You then have to backtrack through three corridors which are still crawling with monsters because you chose the "avoid" strategy instead of the "kill everything" one in order to keep some ammo.
Except from these boring backtracking moments, the flow of the game is really good during those hours. You now have quite an arsenal to kill zombies, with classic, acid and flame grenades for your launcher, a few more arrows for your Bow Gun, and some kind of huge electric gun which is cool to use (even if it's pretty useless).
|Because "Cattle prod" was not cool enough.|
The tale of the Birkin family is quite sad and nicely told. Annette is completely crazy and tries to protect her husband's work, totally oblivious that he has now turned into a blood-thirsty monster (and he eventually kills her in order to thank her properly). The writing is still not the best thing ever, still a bit "over the top", but it's definitely a nice try in the tragedy direction, which I think has not been attained by the series since. The log entries you find scattered around tell you how everything went bad into the Umbrella Laboratory, then lead to the Virus outbreak. The whole mess is quite clear and makes for a nice distraction to the monster-killing.
I've finished the whole thing in 5h30, which is significantly shorter than the duration of the first game, but it doesn't feel short. I think much of the 10h I spent on the first game were backtracking and doing the same things two or three times because I died without being able to save. I think the two games have about the same length, but RE2 is a bit easier, or just better organized, I don't know, and backtracking and deaths were kept to a strict minimum, compared to the first game.
|The video of Birkin's death and mutation is better paced and directed than the majority of the RE movies.|
|William Birkin : Who's your daddy?|
|Wow, I've not seen this one coming...|
Okay, let's go for the Leon side of the story! We'll see if the side of the game where you don't have to babysit the little girl is good enough to ask for a second playthrough!
|Kill her! Kill her! She's infected!|