You Can Try Resident Evil 2 Remake For Free Right Now; Here’s How

Ever since Capcom showed off its Resident Evil 2 remake at E3 2018, fans of the iconic survival horror franchise have been itching to get their hands on the game. Unlike 2015’s Resident Evil Remastered, this rendition isn’t a mere visual overhaul but a complete reimagining of the 1998 PlayStation title. The game has been remade from the ground up in the new RE engine, which was used to power the critically acclaimed Resident Evil 7. It melds the puzzle-oriented gameplay of the original trilogy with the modern, over-the-shoulder navigation and combat of Resident Evil 4 and later titles while offering visual quality that parallels that of Resident Evil 7.

There is no doubt that the hype surrounding the game is well and truly deserved, which brings us back to our itching hands. Though the game is available for pre-order right now, it is still a couple weeks away from release. Good news is, you can try it out right now, and that too for free, with a “1-Shot” demo of the game available to download on PC (Steam), PS4, and Xbox One.

If you simply can’t wait till release day or are uncertain whether or not you should shell out for the game, this demo is for you. Those with both a mid-tier gaming PC and a console, in particular, may want to test the game out on each to see which offers the better experience.

How to Download the Resident Evil 2 1-Shot Demo

PC owners can download the demo via Steam. You will, of course, need a working Steam account as well as the Steam client downloaded and installed on your computer. Those looking to play on a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One can search for (“Resident Evil 2 1-Shot Demo”) and download the demo from their respective web store.

Note that the “1-Shot” in the title is a reference to the 30-minute time limit imposed on the demo. Dying won’t end the demo but it will waste precious minutes that you could use to explore more of the game. The demo can (and has) been finished in the time given, but you will have to rush through areas and skip cutscenes to do so.

If you’d rather not go through the trouble of downloading the 7GB demo for 30 minutes of playtime, you can watch highlights from my playthrough below.

The full game comes out on January 25, 2019.

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Sameed Khan

I write, game, design at times, and revel in sarcasm. You can find me on Twitter.