The new Resident Evil 2 remake trades in the tension that came with the original’s fixed camera angles and wonky controls and replaces it with a more satisfying scare based on the game’s top-notch RE Engine lighting and some genuinely scary zombies.
But not everyone is so ready to let go of the past. Take, for example, YouTuber Enveloping Sounds, who’s modded the fixed camera back into Resident Evil 2 on PC, and the results are expectedly nostalgia-inducing and creepy as heck.
So far, the YouTuber has released two demo videos: one starring Leon in the opening convenience store, and the other showing Claire exploring the orphanage.
To bring this concept to life, Enveloping Sounds is using a fixed camera “cheat table” to compose each individual scene before testing them out one at a time, which sounds time-consuming as all get out. But, as you can see above, the results are worth it.
Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on if or when the mod will become available to the general public. But seeing it again in action, there’s definitely something equally unsettling about this kind of perspective compared to the standard over-the-shoulder camera. It feels a little more isolated and lonely, especially when the character’s move further away from the camera, and having those blind spots is especially terrifying in a game like Resident Evil 2, where the RE Engine’s graphical power brings zombies and lickers to life like never before.
If for some reason you still haven’t played Resident Evil 2, check out Mollie’s review and then get to your nearest game store (or just download it from your digital platform of choice). It’s available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and it’s already on track to outsell the original. Plus, if you play through both stories as both characters, plus Hunk’s mode and Tofu’s mode, you’ll still have more content to look forward to when Capcom starts rolling out Ghost Survivors mode.