Resident Evil 2 Review - Raccoon City Revisited

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Resident Evil 2 Review - Raccoon City Revisited

Reliving familiar frights can often make for a less-than-exciting horror experience. But with the remake of Resident Evil 2, Capcom shows respect for the original while also going to great lengths to give the macabre atmosphere and tense gameplay a noticeable upgrade. In doing so, this revamp of the classic survival horror game shows that the series can still offer a terrifying experience like no other.

You once again play as either Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield. A viral outbreak has unleashed hordes of zombies and other grotesque monsters upon Raccoon City, leading to a series of dangerous and nightmare-inducing encounters for the two characters. While both protagonists' storylines have similar plots and take place in the same locations, there are different supporting characters and unique challenges in each that set the two playthroughs apart.

Life Is Strange 2: Episode 2 Review - With Great Power

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Life Is Strange 2: Episode 2 Review - With Great Power

The main thing I've learned from having a sibling is that you can be polar opposites who bicker endlessly, but when push comes to shove there is nothing you wouldn't do to keep them happy, safe, and protected. This sentiment is the heart and soul of Life is Strange 2 and continues to ground the strong narrative through the second chapter of the Diaz brothers' journey away from their home in Seattle and toward a new one in Puerto Lobos.

The second chapter of Life Is Strange 2 begins in the snow-laden Willamette National Forest in Oregon. It is several days after Daniel learned the tragic truth of why they had to flee Seattle, and the ensuing outburst that revealed his telekinetic powers. The brothers are now faced with the reality of managing not only their survival while on the run, but also the nuances of how to handle Daniel's abilities. Sean sets down ground rules for keeping the powers a secret while working with his younger brother to hone them. This supernatural element adds a new dimension to gameplay in that certain situations and objects can be manipulated by Daniel with your say-so.

Resident Evil 2 Review Roundup

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Resident Evil 2 is considered a classic, and one of the best games in Capcom's genre-defining survival horror series. Following the success of a remake for the original Resident Evil, the company has released another fresh take on the classic with the Resident Evil 2 remake. This version retells the story of Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield attempting to survive the infested Raccoon City.

The critical consensus has been largely positive, with most critics agreeing that Capcom has modernized the classic with enhancements that make it look and feel both fresh and respectful to the original. The gruesome horror game also includes some callbacks to secrets from the original, and Capcom is planning a free post-launch DLC mode to give it more longevity.

Check out our and story recap and pre-order guide for everything you need to know before you get started. Read below for a sampling of reviews, and check out GameSpot sister site Metacritic for more impressions from around the industry.

Fortnite Patch Notes For Today's 7.20 Content Update: Sneaky Snowman

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Fortnite Patch Notes For Today's 7.20 Content Update: Sneaky Snowman

The latest Fortnite patch has arrived just days after the start of the Ice Storm event. Today's patch comes in the form of a content update that expands on what we got with last week's 7.20 update. It makes adjustments to various items and also introduces a new one, the Sneaky Snowman, vaults several weapons, and adds a limited-time mode. Here are the patch notes detailing what's new and different.

The very brief video below sums it up fairly well, but in short, the Sneaky Snowman is a wearable disguise not unlike the bush. It's a Common rarity item and can be found as floor loot or in chests and supply llamas. They drop in stacks of five (you can hold up to 10), and the reason for that is you can opt to wear it (by pressing Secondary Fire) or you can throw it (with Primary Fire) to create a destructible snowman. This way, your opponents will never be sure if a snowman they come across is an actual player or just a decoy.

Of course, enemies can destroy these snowmen by shooting them, but they have 100 health, so dispatching them won't be as simple as shooting them once. When worn, they function as a shield but are destroyed if the wearer switches to another item or goes into building mode. You can, however, still move around as usual; just be prepared to shed the new look if you want to actually use a weapon.

Fortnite Patch Notes (Today's 7.20 Content Update): Sneaky Snowman, Vaulted Items

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Fortnite Patch Notes (Today's 7.20 Content Update): Sneaky Snowman, Vaulted Items

As it often does, Epic has followed up the recent big Fortnite patch with a content update. This one, content update 7.20, makes some adjustments to various items and also introduces a new one, the Sneaky Snowman, vaults several weapons, and adds a limited-time mode. Here are the patch notes detailing what's new and different.

The very brief video below sums it up fairly well, but in short, the Sneaky Snowman is a wearable disguise not unlike the bush. It's a Common rarity item and can be found as floor loot or in chests and supply llamas. They drop in stacks of five (you can hold up to 10), and the reason for that is you can opt to wear it (by pressing Secondary Fire) or you can throw it (with Primary Fire) to create a destructible snowman. This way, your opponents will never be sure if a snowman they come across is an actual player or just a decoy.

Of course, enemies can destroy these snowmen by shooting them, but they have 100 health, so dispatching them won't be as simple as shooting them once. When worn, they function as a shield but are destroyed if the wearer switches to another item or goes into building mode. You can, however, still move around as usual.

Fortnite Patch Notes (Today's Content Update 7.20.1): Sneaky Snowman And More

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Fortnite Patch Notes (Today's Content Update 7.20.1): Sneaky Snowman And More

As it often does, Epic has followed up the recent big Fortnite patch (and subsequent Ice Storm event) with a content update. This one, content update 7.20, makes some adjustments to various items and also introduces a new one, the Sneaky Snowman, vaults several weapons, and adds a limited-time mode. Here are the patch notes detailing what's new and different.

The very brief video below sums it up fairly well, but in short, the Sneaky Snowman is a wearable disguise not unlike the bush. It's a Common rarity item and can be found as floor loot or in chests and supply llamas. They drop in stacks of five (you can hold up to 10), and the reason for that is you can opt to wear it (by pressing Secondary Fire) or you can throw it (with Primary Fire) to create a destructible snowman. This way, your opponents will never be sure if a snowman they come across is an actual player or just a decoy.

Of course, enemies can destroy these snowmen by shooting them, but they have 100 health, so dispatching them won't be as simple as shooting them once. When worn, they function as a shield but are destroyed if the wearer switches to another item or goes into building mode. You can, however, still move around as usual.

A Celeste Piano Album Is Coming, And It Sounds (And Looks) Great

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A Celeste Piano Album Is Coming, And It Sounds (And Looks) Great

Celeste may be a super-challenging game, but the music is pleasing and serene. A new Celeste music album goes further still, transforming the tunes into lovely piano adaptations.

The Celeste Piano Collections is part of Materia Collective's Piano Collections series, which sees performers adapt popular video game albums in piano fashion. For the Celeste album, Trevor Alan Gomes arranged and performed the new takes on Celeste's music, which was originally written by Lena Raine. GameSpot is excited to be able to announce the album today and premiere a track, "Scattered And Lost," which you can listen to in the video embed above.

"Lena has a way of brilliantly hyper-saturating the music with rhythmic ideas, counterpoint, and even multiple lead lines, so taking those full-to-the-brim tracks and transforming them into equally complete piano solos was my greatest challenge to date," Gomes said in a statement.

Resident Evil 2 Getting Free Post-Launch DLC Mode

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Capcom has announced a new mode coming to Resident Evil 2 after launch, which aims to add some longevity with repeatable missions and random elements. The "Ghost Survivors" mode will be free for all players, and it will be released in multiple volumes.

A post on ResetEra details the announcement from Capcom's launch event stream. Ghost Survivors will release across three volumes. The first volume will include the mayor's daughter Katherine and a USS member named Robert Kendo as playable characters. The mode is also said to include at least one new enemy type that doesn't appear in the main campaign. To keep the mode fresh, it will introduce random elements and an in-game shop that lets you purchase upgrades based on good performance in the challenges.

The RE2 remake will also sport the bonus 4th Survivor and Tofu modes from the original, giving you a little more to do after you've completed the main campaign. 4th Survivor puts you into the shoes of special agent HUNK, while Tofu lets you explore the zombie-infested city as a big block of substitute soy meat.