Resident Evil 2 REmake: Best Versions To Play

Resident Evil 2 Best Versions and Editions for Purchase
The higher your resolution, the more Leon should be able to see enemies sneaking up on him!

What platform should I play Resident Evil 2 REmake on?

Regardless of what platform you choose, Resident Evil 2 is an amazing game. That doesn’t mean, however, that your experience can’t be optimized. The Playstation 4, the Xbox One, and PC all have their own benefits and disadvantages. This article is meant to help you determine which version of Resident Evil 2 is best for you to play. 

PS4

Visuals:

  • On the basic PS4, you will experience a 1920 x 1080 resolution. 
  • The PS4 Pro has a 2880 x 1620 resolution.
  • On the basic console, the frame rate is incredibly erratic. For the most part, the frame rate will stay in the 50s, but it will continually dip into the 40s and sometimes the 30s. 
  • On the PS4 Pro, the frame rate is pretty consistent at 60 FPS. It will occasionally dip, but not too much.
  • The game will look “sharper” than on the Xbox One, which does look a little bit blurrier. Despite this, the PS4 looks less “clean” due to frequent issues with aliasing. 
  • The quality of the motion blur effect is better on the PS4 Pro than the base console, as you might imagine. 
  • The PS4 Pro does show visible reconstruction artifacts whereas the Xbox One X does not. 
  • The base PS4 shows little reconstruction, but the base Xbox does quite a bit. 

Performance:

  • The PS4 Pro maintains a relatively consistent framerate, while the PS4 itself is incredibly inconsistent. 
  • The Xbox One X has a much more consistent framerate than the PS4 Pro, but the base PS4 suffers less frequent and less significant dips in FPS than the base Xbox One. 
  • No lagging or noticeable issues with performance on either the PS4 or PS4 Pro. 

Xbox One

Visuals:

  • On the basic Xbox One, you will experience a 1920 x 1080 resolution. 
  • The Xbox One X has a 2880 x 1620 resolution. 
  • The base console has incredibly severe and wildly erratic dips in framerate, the worst of all four console options. 
  • Ironically, the Xbox One X has the most stable framerate of all four consoles, consistently staying at 60 FPS with relatively infrequent and small drops. 
  • The Xbox One and Xbox One X, although not as “sharp as the PS4, have “cleaner” pictures due to effective aliasing. 
  • The motion blur effect is better on the Xbox One X than on the base console. 
  • The Xbox One X has virtually no visible reconstruction, unlike the PS4 Pro, which does have this issue. 
  • In a humorous turn of events, the base Xbox shows considerable reconstruction whereas the PS4 does not.

Performance:

  • The Xbox One X has the best frame rate and resolution of all four console options.
  • The base Xbox does not quite match the higher framerate if the base PS4. 
  • No lagging or considerable issues with the Xbox One X or Xbox One.

PC

Visuals: 

  • Resident Evil has an incredible array of options in order to customize one’s visual experience. Therefore, based on the power of your PC, Resident Evil 2 could look just as good or better than it’s console counterparts.
  • Since there is so much flexibility in what the game can look like on PC, here are a few recommendations to optimize the games lighting, framerate, resolution, aliasing and more, courtesy of Alex with Digital Foundry. 
  • Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MvYJLU5FsQ&t=1101s&has_verified=1
    • Shadow Quality: High
    • Volumetric Quality: High
    • Ambient Occlusion: SSAO
    • Shadow Cache: On
    • Contact Shadows: On
    • Mesh Quality: Max
    • Anti-Aliasing: FXAA + TAA
    • Bloom/SSR/Lens FX: On
    • Motion Blur/DOF: On
    • Interlacing: Off

Performance:

  • Since every PC is unique, these particular settings, which are optimized for the game to look its very best, could impact the performance of the game. So, if you notice any lag or other issues, tinker with the settings in order to resolve the problem. Performance is dependent on what your PC can handle. 

Resident Evil 2 Editions:

If you are thinking about getting the game (you should, it’s really good), then take a look at the different options you have for purchasing the title!

Resident Evil Standard Edition

There's nothing wrong with a standard edition - the game is a whole package as is. 

Edition Details:

  • This edition comes with the standard game and that’s all
  • $59.99 standard price. 

Buy This Edition if...

  • If you don’t care about cosmetics or bonus weapons.
  • You just want to play the game for the normal price of $59.99. 

Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition

Feel free to switch the cover to your favorite character, Claire or Leon. 

Edition Details:

  • Comes with the game. 
  • $69.99 Standard Price.
  • The case comes with a reversible cover, one side showing Leon and the other showing Claire.
  • Access to the original Resident Evil 2 soundtrack. 
  • A DLC pack that includes:
  • The Arklay Sheriff Costume for Leon
  • The Noir Costume for Leon
  • The Military Costume for Claire
  • The Noir Costume for Claire
  • The Elza Walker Costume for Claire
  • Samurai Edge (Albert Model)

Buy This Edition If:

  • You love cosmetic items and will thoroughly enjoy all the costumes. 
  • You are a huge Resident Evil fan and will get a kick out of Albert Wesker’s Samurai Edge or access to the original soundtrack. 
  • You love reversible covers.

Resident Evil 2 Collector’s Edition

Although pricey, the Collector's Edition is every Resident Evil fan's dream come true. 

Edition Details: 

  • Includes the standard game.
  • $199.99 Standard Price 
  • Comes with everything in the Deluxe Edition
  • Comes in special, luxurious packaging. 
  • Includes a figure of Leon Kennedy in his R.P.D. uniform.
  • Includes “Ben’s File” Art Book.
  • Comes with a digital soundtrack. 
  • Comes with a Raccoon Police Station Poster. 

Buy This Edition If:

  • You are the biggest Resident Evil fan ever. 
  • You enjoy figurines, art books, and posters based on your favorite video games. 
  • You love opening fancy packaging. 
  • If you are rich. Because why not?

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