Starting January 16, 2024, Resident Evil 2 Remake will become available for download for all Xbox Game Pass subscribers (if you missed it, here are the January 2024 games coming to Xbox Game Pass). The Capcom title is, without any doubt, one of the best titles of the last generation, a remake that successfully manages to modernize the gameplay of the original work released in 1998 thanks to the wonders of the RE Engine, Capcom’s graphics engine.
To celebrate the arrival of Resident Evil 2 Remake on Xbox Game Pass (here Best Horror Games available on Xbox Game Pass), so I thought I would write this little beginner’s guide with some must-know tips and tricks in order to make it out of Raccoon City alive and, more generally, out of the unforgettable adventure you will have as Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield.
1) Combine the collected herbs with each other
In Resident Evil 2 Remake you will find scattered throughout the many levels of the game, the classic Green, Blue and Red colored herbs with which you can, for example, restore lost health. Given the limited inventory (which can be expanded within certain limits by collecting purses), the advice is to try to combine up to three different seedlings with each other to maximize the recovery of life points while saving space in the item bag.
Below are the possible combinations among the herbs in Resident Evil 2 Remake and the effects of using them:
- Green Herb (G): restoration of a small amount of health
- Red Herb (R): not usable on its own
- Blue Herb (B): cure from poison
- G+G Herbs: restoring a moderate amount of health
- G+R Herbs: restoring full health
- G+B Herbs: restore a small amount of health and remove poison
- G+B+R Herbs: temporary reduction of damage suffered, complete restoration of health and removal of poisoned state
- G+G+G Herbs: complete restoration of health
- G+G+B Herbs: poisoning removal and moderate health restoration
- G+G+R Herbs: complete restoration of health and temporary reduction of damage suffered
2) Open the map frequently
The game map is one of your most important allies in Resident Evil 2 Remake: in addition to being the main guide for finding your way around Raccoon City Station (and beyond), the map also allows you to identify those areas of the map that still contain items to be collected and that perhaps you may have missed during your wanderings.
Whenever you open the map therefore, focus on the red areas: you may have forgotten a green map – to link back to the previous advice – or valuable ammunition for your shotgun. Whatever the item of value, it is always good to take a tour to try to retrieve what was left behind.
3) Save bullets
Resident Evil 2 Remake is pure survival horror, so don’t expect gameplay sessions where Leon becomes Rambo in Resident Evil 4 style (Resident Evil 4 Remake review is a click away). Rather, try to use your ammunition sparingly and shoot to kill only when strictly necessary.
By aiming at the head, standing still on your position waiting for the crosshairs to center the target, you can stun the zombie on duty and pass by it undisturbed, without wasting precious bullets. Also because, mind you, many enemies are real bullet sponges and take a long time to be knocked out.
4) Grenade or Knife always at hand
It will happen to be hunted by zombies. In these situations, having an explosive grenade, stun grenade, or knife (which in hand-to-hand combat is rather useless) in your inventory will enable you to quickly unbalance yourself from the enemy’s grasp, kill him or daze him in case the only bomb available to you is the one that causes stun.
5) Indulge in multiple saves
Do not be afraid to use all the save slots available to you: Resident Evil 2 Remake leaves considerable freedom to the player on how to approach each individual game session and the decisions you will make between a save point and another can determine, positively or negatively, the continuation of the adventure.
Therefore, if you have realized that to get through an area overflowing with enemies you have used too much ammunition, do not panic and start over from the previous save. By doing so, you will face the session again already aware of the dangers on the horizon.