Resident Evil 2 Walkthrough - How to Beat Resident Evil 2 With Leon and Claire

Here's our complete Resident Evil 2 walkthrough, taking you through the campaign as either Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield.

Resident Evil 2 is a classic hailing from all the way back in 1998, and it's now been remade in an impressive venture from Capcom. In our Resident Evil 2 walkthrough, we'll be taking you through everything you need to know about the remake going in, such as how the campaigns differ from one another, and much more.

So far, we’ve spent our fair share of time with the ambitious Resident Evil 2 remake, and it’s certainly something special. If you want to read our complete thoughts on the game, you can head over to our Resident Evil 2 review.

Resident Evil 2 Walkthrough

In the detailed sections below, we’ll be dividing our guides on Resident Evil 2 into different sections. Firstly, we'll be highlighting all of the chronological walkthrough guides for the different levels in Capcom's remake.

What Does the Resident Evil 2 Remake Change?

If you, unlike me, have actually played the original Resident Evil 2, then you might be wondering just how Capcom has improved upon the classic, and how they’ve modified the gameplay for a modern audience. For a start, Resident Evil 2 blends past elements of the series together, bringing in a new third person camera that hovers just behind the shoulder of the character you’re playing as.

If you’re thinking that Resident Evil 2 might play like Resident Evil 4, you’re not entirely wrong when you look at the camera. But in this game, Leon and Claire can still move and strafe from side to side while aiming, and they’re not locked into one place while aiming a weapon. Likewise, there’s no laser target here for your guns, and you’ll be using a hovering reticle to aim your pistols, shotguns, machine guns, and other firearms.

There’s also no loading screens when moving through doors, like in the remake of the original Resident Evil. Capcom hasn’t stuck religiously to the formula of any one past game, and they’ve instead blended together elements of past games, as well as whole new ideas, to take this remake in a new direction. Check out our gameplay snippet above, for an idea of how Resident Evil 2 plays.

Resident Evil 2 Remake Story Primer

So, Resident Evil 2 stars the original characters of Claire Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy, reprising their roles from 1998. The original game marked the debut of both characters in the Resident Evil series, and they would both go on to bigger things (particularly Leon with Resident Evil 4).

Leon turns up to his first day on the job as a cop in Raccoon City late (tut tut). Whereas in the 1998 original he’d been on a bender after being dumped by his girlfriend, in the remake of Resident Evil 2 he’s, uh, just showing up to work late. He’s a bit of a sloppy timekeeper, and this is the only plot detail that Capcom has retconned going into the remake.

Hello Leon! | Capcom

As for Claire Redfield, she’s on a mission to track down her missing brother, none other than Chris Redfield, the protagonist of the original Resident Evil. Nothing about Claire’s story has been changed going into the remake of the classic, and she’ll once again very quickly find herself embroiled in a fight to protect Sherry Birkin, the child of the mutated William Birkin, near the beginning of the game.

Hey Claire! | Capcom

Resident Evil 2 Walkthrough Tips

So, you’re stepping into Resident Evil 2 for the first time. The first, and perhaps most obvious, advice is to make every bullet count. You’re going to start out with nothing but a pistol in the opening sections of the game as Leon and Claire, and it’s important to always aim for the head.

Secondly, you’re going to want to leave your shotgun, or any other weapons, as a last resort. Pistol ammo is the most common type of ammo to find in Resident Evil 2, so use the pistol first, and save the shotgun for when you’re either dealing with multiple zombies shuffling towards you at once, or a big boss battle.

The W-870 shotgun. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

This might be a new reimagining, but Resident Evil 2 still has hallmarks of the series’ past. There are going to be tons of doors in the game that only open with a specific key, that you’re going to need to find. In other words, if you truly want to explore every inch of the game, then there’s going to be a lot of backtracking once you discover keys for doors you’ve already gone past.

Finally, there’s the combat knives. You’re presented with a very limited amount of combat knives throughout the campaign of Resident Evil 2, and you can press the left bumper to use a knife to get out of a zombie biting into your shoulder. But, when you use the combat knife, it breaks, meaning you’re going to have to be pretty stingy with how you use up your combat knives.

The essential combat knife. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

As of right now, this is a complete compilation of everything you need to know going into the remake of Resident Evil 2. Be sure to check back on this main page in the future, as it’s here that we’ll be listing any additional guides on that we add over the coming days and weeks.

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