Resident Evil 2 “1-Shot Demo” is Now Available [Updated!]

Resident Evil 2 is coming back, and the demo seems pretty good.

Taking tips from Konami and the Silent Hill (P.T.) playable teaser from 2014. Capcom have just released a demo for their upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake of their classic PlayStation game. The only problem is that you can only play the demo for 30 minutes before it becomes a glorified trailer and store front.

The “1-Shot” demo is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One until 31st January. In the demo you can go through some early Leon S. Kennedy gameplay as he explores the Raccoon Police Station.

Originally released in 1998, Resident Evil 2, one of the most iconic games of all time, returns completely reimagined for next-gen consoles.
– Play individual campaigns for both Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield using an all new 3rd person view.
– Explore the zombie infested areas of Raccoon City, now stunningly re-built using Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine.
– New puzzles, storylines and areas.

The Resident Evil 2 Demo is out now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC:

My Resident Evil 2 Demo Playthrough:

Above is a video of me plaything through the demo for the first time. I managed to see quite a lot of the police station. I didn’t use a guide, and I haven’t played the original in the while so had to remember the layout.

Resident Evil 2 comes out on 25th January, which means the demo could be useful for people to test their systems before they pay for the game, or to see if they like it. Like a demo should be used for. I remember when demos had time limits but you could restart the demo over again to see if you get further.

I enjoyed my time with the demo, but it sort of made me feel split on the upcoming game. The guns sound puny, and the movement feels floaty. Also I don’t like how there is button prompts everywhere on objects. Maybe these can be removed in the actual game. However I like how they have implement mechanics and gameplay choices form the first Resident Evil remake.

Update! 12/01/19:

There is a way of playing the demo more than once. It however requires you to create a new account for your chosen platform, so technically doesn’t count as playing it more than once. You can do this method on PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam.

Apparently you can also Alt+Tab out of the game on PC and terminate the program with Windows Task Manager, and when you play the game again you will have 30 minutes. I haven’t tried this but some are reporting it works.

The demo is good but isn’t worth the hassle of creating multiple accounts to experience, or using exploits to see the whole demo. Don’t be one of those people, it’s a waste of time. The 30 minute demo gives a good taste of the upcoming game so no need to play more than once.