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Resident Evil 2 Remake's '1-Shot Demo' will give you 30 minutes to live or die

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Samuel recently played a demo for the upcoming Resident Evil 2 Remake, and it left him certain that he wants the full game. Capcom, he wrote, "seems to have worked it out: keep the strange bits and iconic enemies that people love, bring characters and places back to life in serious detail, but change enough that they can still be surprised."  

If you don't find that sufficiently convincing, you'll soon have the opportunity to try it for yourself. From January 11-31, a "1-Shot Demo" will give players 30 minutes to complete a mission in Raccoon City as rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy—or die beneath the jagged nails and rotting teeth of the zombie horde, as the case may be. Either way, you've got a half-hour to do your best, after which you'll be treated to a demo-exclusive cinematic trailer. The demo is one-and-done, but the trailer can be viewed as many times as you like.

Resident Evil 2, known as Biohazard 2 in Japan, was originally released in 1998 for the original PlayStation. I assume that's why we call it Resident Evil 2 Remake, even though it's just Resident Evil 2 on Steam, and I'll probably start calling it that on a regular basis because I never owned a PlayStation. The full game will be out on January 25. 

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.