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Resident Evil 2 Out Today, Capcom Offers Insight into the Terrifying Tyrant

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Resident Evil 2 Out Today, Capcom Offers Insight into the Terrifying Tyrant

Celebrate the launch of the long-awaited horror remake and learn more about the persistent, trenchcoated bio-weapon.

A city under siege from the undead. Two heroes looking for a way out. Twenty years later, the survival horror masterpiece is reborn in , out now for PlayStation 4!

Resident Evil 2 Out Today, Capcom Offers Insight into the Terrifying Tyrant

For PlayStation fans the world over, it goes without saying that without PlayStation, there would be no Resident Evil. Following-up on the survival horror precedents set by the original game, Resident Evil 2 upped the ante – and the horror – by bringing the terrifying monsters and shambling undead down from the Arklay Mountains to the streets of Raccoon City, helping to bring the sense of fear and survival a bit closer to home thanks to the power of the PlayStation. The original Resident Evil 2 is synonymous with PlayStation for a ton of fans, and even the reveal of the game at E3 2018 featured a PlayStation controller as a nod to where the series began!

Technology has certainly changed over the years since the original game made its debut on PlayStation back in 1998. Chunky CRT televisions have been replaced by smooth flat screens, while the pre-rendered backgrounds and polygonal character models of yesteryear have been upgraded to detailed environments and scans of real people to create the in-game characters – and even some zombies! With all this in mind, the team behind Resident Evil 2 aimed to create an experience that would not replace those memories of playing with the lights off by the glow of an old TV, but rather enhance the experience and give everyone, from newcomers to veterans, a way to experience the events of RE2 in a brand new light while retaining what made the original so special.

From the desolate streets of Raccoon City to the iconic R.P.D. station, heroes Claire and Leon will have their work cut out for them if they want to survive the city of the dead. Joining them are fan-favorite characters who were introduced in the original Resident Evil 2, including the mysterious Ada Wong, a woman shrouded in mystery looking for the truth behind the outbreak, and Sherry Birkin, a young girl separated from her parents and being chased by a mutated monster. Who you choose will impact how you play and experience the events of Resident Evil 2 as well!

No matter who you play, you’ll have to contend with some tough creatures… but the terrifying Tyrant, a monster specifically designed to crush you into paste, will put your survival skills to the test. Sometimes referred to as “Mr. X,” this nightmare in a trench coat will stop at nothing to chase you down, following you from room to room and leaving you with a constant sense of unease. Fans will remember him crashing through walls and showing up at the worst times in the original game, but the Tyrant has a number of new tricks up his (giant) sleeves. Yasuhiro Anpo, Director for RE2, was kind enough to answer a few questions about this iconic enemy:

Some fans know him by “Mr. X,” some know him by “Tyrant.” Can you explain what the official name is for this enemy, and offer any insight into why he’s been referred to as “Mr. X”?

His official name is “Tyrant,” and is one of Umbrella’s mass-production models. The reason he was also referred to as “Mr. X” was because there weren’t many details disclosed about him, even in the original title. This was done on purpose, since we felt that it would be far more terrifying to be chased around by a large man with no rhyme or reason or explanation why. Providing the player with too much information would only lessen the mystery and fear of the unknown, so we kept things shrouded in darkness.

What are the main differences between the Tyrant as he appears in Resident Evil 2 compared to the original?

In an attempt to blend in better into everyday society, the new Tyrant fits himself with a hat and coat for some level of camouflage. In addition to that, the coat is equipped with a higher level of durability to further deflect incoming attacks.

Tyrant appears to stalk players for longer periods, and his attacks and movement speed have been updated. How do Tyrant’s behaviors vary from the original RE2?

The main thing is that the Tyrant’s objective has changed. In the original title, the Tyrant only appeared in Scenario B, since its main goal was to capture Sherry’s pendant. However, in order to up the ante and instill an extra level of fear into its existence, we changed the Tyrant’s objective to be the obliteration of any evidence leading to Umbrella, including the eradication of any and all lifeforms still remaining within the vicinity. To make matters even more intense, once it finds a target, it follows after them in an endless pursuit until that target is dead. Even if you’re in the room next door, if you make a sound, the Tyrant will track you and hunt you down.

If Tyrant’s function is to be able to blend into society to complete missions for Umbrella, do you think this would be effective in the real world?

It might be effective from far away … maybe. You can’t hide the fact that the Tyrant is still a large, hulking figure. There’s probably no chance that its camouflage would work up close. If any children were in the vicinity, I’m sure they would be horribly intimidated and immediately burst into tears.

What are your recommendations for players who are encountering Tyrant for the first time and want to try to fight back?

If you hear its footsteps, then I’d say run like hell! I recommend also knowing your surroundings and constantly knowing what your escape routes are. Nothing spells out imminent doom like being trapped in a corner with no place to hide.

Again, thanks to Resident Evil 2 Director Yasuhiro Anpo for answering those questions!

There’s plenty more to do in Raccoon City outside of the main campaigns, too. Alongside a special “2nd Run” Mode that showcases an alternate series of events that unlocks when you complete a character’s story, there are a couple unlockable bonus modes awaiting those who are up to the challenge! The 4th Survivor places players in the boots of Umbrella agent HUNK as he battles his way out of the sewers beneath Raccoon City, while The Tofu Survivor offers an even more extreme challenge – fight your way out as a block of Tofu armed only with a knife!

Ready to make the trip to Raccoon City? Survive in style with the Deluxe Edition of the game, which comes with additional costumes for Claire and Leon, a bonus weapon skin, and a soundtrack swap which replaces the game’s music with tracks and sounds from the original game! No matter how you play, you, too, can once again enter the world of survival horror with Resident Evil 2, out now for PlayStation 4.

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  • Q1CHECKRIDE

    sounds like they made the Tyrant into THE TERMINATOR.

  • Just finished leon story, honestly speaking this tyrant is annoying.

  • In the original RE2 you watched as a helicopter carrying six capsules dropped one in the RPD building, out of which Mr. X appeared.

    The other 5 capsules contained another Mr. X (T-103 Tyrant) each, and would be released at the Dead Factory, the place where you fight Nemesis for the last time in RE3, where they would have fought government Spec Ops sent to retrieve Birkin, who had decided to leave Umbrella.We never saw that battle, but can see the aftermatth, with the corpses of the five Tyrants and the US soldiers scattered around the area, including one T-103 that did transform into Super Tyrant before dying.

    In Resident Evil Survivor you head into the Tyrant Factory at Sheena Island, where T-103 Tyrants like Mr. X are mass produced, and most likely the place where Mr. X and his 5 siblings sent to Raccoon City came from. More importantly, in the same facility Umbrella succeeded in producing a human-sized Tyrant, T-Hypnos, that could definitely pass for a normal person. Thanks to the Hypnos gene, which gave it its name, it can mutate drastically, allowing it to quickly becoming the size of a T-103 upon its first mutation and even larger afterwards.

  • ExternalDomain

    Not fond of this game at all. I wanted a remaster this is pretty much another stupid spin-off. They removed content that we have in a 20 year old game. On top of that the game is around 90 euros plus DLCs?! Complete it’s around 200 euros and even then you don’t get everything the 20 year old game have. How is anything justified on this?! Do we seriously live a world where some ignorant idiots say this ok to pay much more for barely any content?! Also don’t even come up with “but it looks pretty” I don’t care, actually it doesn’t look pretty because you barely can see even with lights on what is around you. I can’t see your imaginary pretty graphics and it tells me they actually are hiding mistakes with that move. They also went for this realism pitch yet there is nothing realistic about this game. You seriously need to be off your mind or payed off to praise this overpriced garbage.

  • It’s funny how many people think RE2 is terrible because of Mr. X.

    Meanwhile I’m here laughing at all the DMX X GONNA GIVE IT TO YA videos on Twitter.

  • the_synyster1

    Honestly I’ve liked the game so far. I’m reading a lot of hate on here but it’s been pretty fun as a throw back. My 1 complaint would be there’s not much direction in the game. You either gotta go around and figure *bleep* out which is hard with Mr X around or watch a quick walkthrough for specific hints. I do agree it should have been $40 instead of $60 plus DLC…but I liked it.

  • Has anyone played this with the platinum wireless headset?
    Also the PSVR even though it is not VR compatible?

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