New gameplay footage from the Resident Evil 2 remake reveals the upgraded Licker monsters. The original Resident Evil games made the survival horror genre popular among gamers. These titles favored tension and suspense over action, with players having to carefully manage ammo and health to survive. The Resident Evil games became gradually more focused on action as the series developed, and by the time 2012’s Resident Evil 6 arrived with its blockbuster aping setpieces, it was clear the franchise had little in common with its survival horror roots.
It appears Capcom has heard these complaints loud and clear, with the publisher making an effort to cater towards horror in recent years. Resident Evil: Revelations 1 & 2 were spinoff titles with a focus on atmosphere over action, while Resident Evil VII: Biohazard dropped players in a stripped down, first-person survival horror experience, to the delight of many longtime fans. That direction looks set to continue for the foreseeable future, with Capcom’s high-profile Resident Evil 2 remake bringing players back to one of the long-running series’ most beloved entries.
While some fans were a little upset with Resident Evil 2’s remake ditching the original fixed camera perspective, reactions, on the whole, have been incredibly positive. The remake will revisit famous locations but will add new areas and surprises, in addition to featuring incredible graphics. Iconic monsters will make a return too, with a new gameplay video from IGN featuring Claire Redfield getting into a frantic battle with two Lickers.
The Lickers were introduced in the original Resident Evil 2, with the cutscene revealing the first creature being considered one of the most famous sequences in the franchise. These nasty monsters resemble skinned animals, and they stalk victims through their enhanced hearing. They move fast and lash out with their razor-sharp tongues. They were tough to take down without the right weapons in the original game, and the above gameplay footage shows they’ve lost none of their hunting abilities.
The response to Resident Evil 2 has been so positive Capcom are already exploring further remakes. The fanbase would love an upgraded take on Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and the publisher has stated they’re thinking of another remake of the original game – which already received an acclaimed makeover in 2002 for the GameCube. There’s also talk of a Resident Evil TV series being put into development.