5 expert tips for getting the most out of your trial run with the reimagined horror classic
Thirty minutes. That’s how much time you’ll have with the Resident Evil 2 “1-Shot” demo when it comes to PlayStation Network on 11th January!
As the name might suggest, you can play as much as you like for 30 minutes of in-game time, but once the clock runs out, so does the demo. You’re going to want to maximise your time playing through this unique experience, so we have a handful of tips for players to keep in mind when they sink their teeth into the demo:
1. Scavenge and survive
The Raccoon City Police Department (a.k.a. R.P.D.) is littered with useful items, so take a moment in each room to look around and gather up First Aid Sprays, Green Herbs and ammunition, and make careful use of the storage box. You’re on the clock, but you might miss something useful or important if you try to rush through!
Your map is a great way to tell if a room still has something left to be discovered in it, so be sure to pay close attention to it. Red rooms still have something left to find in them, and any item you’ve discovered but not picked up will be highlighted, too.
2. Stay healthy – and alive
Death isn’t the end in the demo, as you can continue as many times as you like. You can’t turn back the clock, though, so be sure to keep Leon in top shape!
The iconic Green Herb from the Arklay Mountains allows you to recover some health, but it really shines when mixed with a Red Herb to boost its restorative properties. A single Green Herb will still do in a pinch if you’re desperate for a health boost.
If you happen to come across a First Aid Spray, be sure to keep one on you just in case — it’ll bring you to full health, no mixing required.
3. Fight or flight
Zombies are resilient, and just because you put them down doesn’t mean they’ll stay down. While a carefully aimed shot to the head is a good way to stun the shuffling undead and make a quick escape, you may want to try shooting other parts of their bodies for different results.
Your end goal is to survive, and sometimes the best course of action is to run away before the situation gets worse! Keep an eye out for wooden boards, too — you can avoid conflict entirely if you blockade certain windows before zombies come crashing in.
4. Seeing red
The R.P.D. is a big place, and it can be a little daunting to figure out where you’re going at first. There’s lots to explore in the full game, but to make the most out of the demo, stick to the first floor at the beginning and look for red lights, such as laptop screens, shutter controls, and exit signs to get around.
If you’re really lost, press the Options button to check your objectives and take a closer look at your map. Once you meet a certain police Lieutenant, you’ll have what you need to further explore the building.
5. Inspect everything
Resident Evil 2 has plenty of puzzles to solve and crucial items scattered all over, so be sure to take a moment to take a closer look at the stuff you’ve gathered. The clock will stop any time you’re in a menu, so you’re safe to investigate, rotate, and learn more about each object in your possession without worrying about the timer ticking down. You just might learn something about what you’re holding on to!
Keep these tips in mind, and you’re sure to survive the exhilarating Resident Evil 2 “1-Shot” demo coming to PS4 on 11th January. Regardless of if you complete the demo or if the clock runs out, you’ll be treated to an exclusive, cinematic trailer that sheds new light on what to expect in the full game.
If you can’t wait to get your hands on this amazing remake of the survival horror classic, you can pre-order the game now at PlayStation Store for a special pre-order theme. The Digital Deluxe Edition includes an extra DLC pack with additional costumes for Leon and Claire, a “Samurai Edge” handgun model, and “Original Ver.” Soundtrack swap, while both Deluxe and standard digital pre-orders will receive two additional “Samurai Edge” handgun models and an additional theme when the game launches on 25th January.
We’ll see you at the R.P.D.!