The first blockbuster release of 2019 is Resident Evil 2. A remake of the timeless 1998 PlayStation classic, this survival horror adventure title sees players take on the roles of Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy as they attempt to escape from Raccoon City.
Like the original survival horror games in the series, Resident Evil 2 is as much about taking on zombies and other grotesque creatures as it is about solving puzzles, scouring environments for key items, and unlocking doors through a variety of contrived means. It's this mix of harrowing action and methodical puzzle-solving gameplay that makes Resident Evil such a timeless series.
In the remake of Resident Evil 2, there are several puzzles which are optional; tasks which need not be completed in order to finish the game. One of the most noteworthy optional tasks in the game is opening the Special Weapons Case. Found early in the underground facility, the part of the game explored after unlocking the secret passage underneath the goddess statue, this glass case contains vital goodies... But how do you open it?
In order to open the Special Weapons Case as either Leon or Claire, they need to find the S.T.A.R.S. Badge. This is acquired through a rather lengthy quest chain, and the various parts are found in different locations depending on whether you’re going through an initial playthrough of Resident Evil 2 or a “2nd Run,” which remixes item placements and otherwise cranks up the difficulty a bit. In a “2nd Run,” the player won’t get the S.T.A.R.S. Badge until a bit later compared to an initial playthrough. In any case, this is what you need to do:
- Find the Ornate Box, which requires a red jewel to open. In a first run, it’s in the RPD Observation Room (with the glass mirror and the terrifying Licker jump-scare), and in a “2nd Run,” it’s in the shower room.
- Find the Red Book, which is located in the library.
- Bring the Red Book to the Emperor Statue in the Art Room
- Use the Red Book with the statue’s arm to acquire the scepter
- Examine the scepter to acquire the Red Jewel
- Use the Red Jewel on the Ornate Box to acquire the S.T.A.R.S. Badge.
The S.T.A.R.S. Badge can be examined to reveal its true purpose as a USB key, which can be used on the computer in the S.T.A.R.S. office to unlock the armory, giving Claire and Leon access to the machine gun and the magnum, respectively.
At this point, it may seem as if the S.T.A.R.S. Badge is no longer of use, but that is not the case; in Resident Evil 2, whenever a key item has been fully utilized, it will be marked by a red check, at which point it can be discarded. The S.T.A.R.S. Badge will not have a red check mark until the player uses it on the Special Weapons Case.
Players must to bring the S.T.A.R.S. Badge to the Special Weapons Case, retract the USB key by examining it in the inventory, and slot the badge into the case, at which point it will finally open. If playing as Claire, the box contains a suppressor for her MQ-11, which stabilizes recoil, resulting in a much tighter spread when firing her weapon. Leon, meanwhile, gets a long barrel for his Lightning Hawk magnum, which reduces recoil and increases the hand cannon's already impressive damage output.
At this point, the S.T.A.R.S. Badge will finally earn its red check mark and can be promptly discarded, its purpose fulfilled.