Capcom might have billed this Resident Evil 2 remake as a complete reimagining of a classic, but plenty of old features still make a return. In this Resident Evil 2 typewriters guide, we'll be walking you through how to save in Resident Evil 2, so you can always safely log your progress as either Leon or Claire.
But if you need help with any other areas of Capcom’s remake, then you can head over to our Resident Evil 2 walkthrough. Here you can find a complete beginner’s guide to the game, as well as a list of our individual guides covering areas like weapons, unlockables, and more.
How to Save in Resident Evil 2
If you’ve played Resident Evil at all, you’ll be aware of typewriters. Historically, this is the item that the franchise has used since the original game, by which the player can save. In the Resident Evil 2 remake, the typewriters return once again, and you can think of the typewriter as your way of manually saving in Resident Evil 2.
In the Assisted and Standard modes of difficulty in Resident Evil 2, there’s no limit on the amount of times you can use typewriters throughout the game. Simply put, you can save, and probably should save, whenever you encounter a typewriter, which are often found in ‘safe rooms’ like the main hall of the police station, or the chief’s office in the upper floors of the police station.
But, if you’re playing on Hardcore mode, you’ll be given a finite amount of Ink Ribbons. These are the items that you’ll use to save at typewriters, and since you’re given a finite amount of them in the game, you’ve got to use them strategically. We’re not yet sure whether you can obtain additional Ink Ribbons by playing Resident Evil 2, but we’ll make sure to update this guide when we know for sure.
Does Resident Evil 2 Have Auto Save or Save Anywhere?
Although the game does feature an autosave system, it’s actually pretty unreliable, and not once have we been spawned at an autosave point after dying. Therefore, the most recent typewriter that you’ve used is the one that you’ll respawn at after death.
And no, Resident Evil 2 does not have a ‘save anywhere’ feature. The only points in the game at which you can manually save are the typewriters, and if you quit out of Resident Evil 2 while playing, you’re going to be put back in at the last typewriter you saved at.
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