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Biohazard 2
バイオハザード2
29 Jan 1998

   
Following the massive worldwide success that was the original Biohazard (1996), it was a given that Capcom would deliver a sequel at some point. Expectations were high, but the sheer hysteria that surrounded the development and eventual release of Biohazard 2 set new standards in terms of media and fanboy euphoria. Capcom knew they were onto something, and built up the hype to fever pitch.
The most infamous part of the story was that Capcom allegedly had a near-finished version of the game ready to go, but cancelled it at the last minute. The real reason for this will probably never be explained; the most popular one so far (now 'confirmed' by Capcom) was that they 'not happy with the final product'. The game was 'too similar to the original', and what they wanted above all, bless their hearts, was to 'provide fans with a superior experience'.
This prototype game (pictured left) has since become known as Biohazard 1.5 - and amusingly it is not a long way off the eventual final product - which ended up being both very similar to the original and a superior experience at the same time.
   

 
 
 

 
 
Biohazard 2 introduces Leon Kennedy (a rookie police officer) and Claire Redfield (sister of Chris, hero of the previous installment). Arriving in Racoon City together, they discover in horror that hordes of the town's citizens have become zombies - and have taken to killing, trespassing, loitering, jaywalking, and generally making a nuisance of themselves.
This immediately causes Leon's cop-mind to go into an irreversible funk, and Claire to don a pink zip top / hot pants combo. Both decide that their best option is to split up and run amok with guns blazing.
As you may have guessed, the predictably goonish 'video game' approach to the storyline and overall feel of the game remain very similar the original. The core mechanics are mostly unchanged, balancing maze-like exploration on one hand, and a distinct lack of ammunition on the other. Both characters once again have their own sub-plots and sidekicks, all of which harbour different goals and motives.
The interesting part though is that now both adventures are featured on separate discs, set in and around the exact same locations. This creates the illusion of two parallel storylines, along which the two occasionally meet for a bit of bonding and gossip.
 

 
This adds even more stress onto the 'replay' appeal: there are not only two games (Leon's and Claire's) but two versions of each to explore. Capcom know that repeat play and mastery of the game are key to a game's durability and long-term appeal.
Just when you think it's all over, you find yourself coming back for more. A small selection of mini-games quickly open up, pitting you against the clock and a pre-set task. From the secret 'Hunk' game to the extraordinarily hard 'Tofu' knife-only game, there's something in here for even the most hardened players.
The 'Dual Shock' re-issue edition is worthy of note for adding an even more challenging 'Extreme Battle' mode (right), featuring a whole selection of different bonus games and high score challenges.
Make no mistake, this is great stuff. All the best trademark elements of the Biohazard series are on display here, and the best is yet to come.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
Biohazard 2
バイオハザード2
PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 29 Jan 1998
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPS-01222~3
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 2.4
Weight (kg) 0.20
PRICE
STATUS
And here it is: the original PlayStation release of the much-anticipated Biohazard sequel. Two discs choke full of action and challenge. Essential gaming right here.

Double-CD case, PS CD-ROM x 2, 28-page colour manual, two sets of memory card stickers, spine card.

Biohazard 2 Prologue of Terrors
バイオハザード2 プロローグ オブ テラーズ
JIYU GAME GRAPHICAL SERIES
DETAILS
Format Magazine
Released 27 Jan 1998
Publisher Media Factory
Product ID ISBN4-88991-510-9
Size (cm) 29.7 x 21 x 0.4 (A4)
Weight (kg) 0.24
PRICE
STATUS
Celebrational tie-in magazine released on the same day as the game.
Articles cover game development, design, content & artistic influences: mythology, novels, horror moves, games, and even a close-up on Capcom's Sweet Home (1989).
Excellent stuff.

64 pages, 48 in colour, Japanese.

Biohazard 2 Original Soundtrack
バイオハザード2 オリジナル・サウンドトラック
SOUNDTRACK CD
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 29 Jan 1998
Publisher Suleputer
Product ID CPCA-1001
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Official 'Original Soundtrack' release from Capcom and Suleputer.

CD case, 31-track audio CD, 8-page colour booklet, spine card.

Biohazard 2 Shigaichi Dasshutsu Manual
バイオハザード2 死街地脱出マニュアル

HAOH GAME SPECIAL 115
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 20 Mar 1998
Publisher Kodansha
Product ID ISBN4-06-343115-0
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.2 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.34
PRICE
STATUS
High-quality 'Dead Town Area Escape Manual' guide book from the Kodansha team.
Breaks down all 4 of the game's quests into easy, step-by-step instructions with overhead maps and numbered columns for each event.

146 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Biohazard 2 Kōshiki Guide Book
バイオハザード2 公式ガイドブック

GUIDE BOOK
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 27 Mar 1998
Publisher ASCII
Product ID ISBN4-7572-0012-9
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.3 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.40
PRICE
STATUS
Quality 'Official Guide Book' from Studio Bent Stuff, Capcom and Famitsu; a massive, serious, and very text-heavy affair presenting a 6-chapter compendium that covers all of the ins and outs of the game with customised 3D maps.

272 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Biohazard 2
バイオハザード2

V-JUMP BOOKS GAME SERIES
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 31 Mar 1998
Publisher Shueisha
Product ID ISBN4-08-108074-7
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.28
PRICE
STATUS
V-Jump's Biohazard 2 book is a far more colourful and practical affair, featuring an interesting recto/verso layout: one half is dedicated to Leon's game, the other to Claire's. Comes loaded with images and illustrations, and two fold-out maps.
Recommended.

194 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Biohazard 2 Dual Shock Ver.
バイオハザード2 デュアルショックバージョン

PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 6 Aug 1998
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPS-01510~1
Size (cm) 14 x 13 x 1.3
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
Full re-release of the PS Biohazard 2 featuring 'Dual Shock' compatibility, 'Rookie' and 'USA' game modes, an all-new (and excellent fun) 'Extreme Battle' time attack game, and ranking screens for the 'Hunk' and 'Tofu' games. Brilliant.

Twin-CD case, PS CD-ROM x 2, 32-page colour manual, spine card.

Biohazard 2 Complete Track
バイオハザード2 コンプリートトラック

SOUNDTRACK CD
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 21 Aug 1998
Publisher Suleputer
Product ID CPCA-1011
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.12
PRICE
STATUS
Second soundtrack release featuring bonus tracks from the 'Dual Shock' version and 'Extreme Battle Remix' tracks.
Also includes a bonus mini-CD with sound effects and character voices.

CD case, 42-track audio CD, 8-track mini CD, 8-page booklet, spine card.

Biohazard 2 Kenkyū Doku Hon
バイオハザード2 研究読本

RESEARCH ON BIOHAZARD 2 FINAL EDITION
DETAILS
Format Book
Released 1 Sep 1998
Publisher Micro Design
Product ID ISBN4-944000-77-4
Size (cm) 25.7 x 18.2 x 1.5 (B5)
Weight (kg) 0.64
PRICE
STATUS
Stunning 'Research Reader' tribute book from Micro Design.
Full of data, profiles, sketches, photos, monster, character and weapon features, art galleries, models, merchandise and a large B&W section with sketches, interviews, articles, and even an extensive look at the numerous horror movies that inspired the series.
This is essential stuff for all Biohazard aficionados.

210 pages, 147 in colour, Japanese.

Biohazard 2 Dual Shock Ver. Kōshiki Guide Book for Arrange Game
バイオハザード2 デュアルショック Ver. 公式ガイドブック for ARRANGE GAME
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 23 Oct 1998
Publisher ASCII
Product ID ISBN4-7572-0228-8
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.3 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.42
PRICE
STATUS
Top-class 'Official Guide Book' release from the Famitsu team.
This one focuses primarily on the Dual Shock version: specific chapters cover the 'USA', 'Rookie', 'Extreme Battle' and '4th Survivor' games, all illustrated with with 2D and customised 3D maps. Very nice indeed.

256 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Biohazard 2 Dual Shock Ver. Kyūkyoku Kōryaku Hon
バイオハザード2 デュアルショックバージョン 究極攻略本

V-JUMP BOOKS GAME SERIES
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 23 Oct 1998
Publisher Shueisha
Product ID ISBN4-08-779001-0
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.3 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.30
PRICE
STATUS
V-Jump indulge themselves with another Biohazard 2 book; an 'Ultimate Capture Book' for the Dual Shock Ver. that cuts to the chase by presenting a heavily illustrated, functional, and well-paged walkthrough with level layouts depicting every item location, and with 2 large pull-out maps.

202 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Biohazard 2 Value Plus
バイオハザード2 バリュープラス

DREAMCAST
DETAILS
Format Dreamcast
Released 22 Dec 1999
Publisher Capcom
Product ID T-1214M
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 2.4
Weight (kg) 0.22
PRICE
STATUS
Superb re-issue of Biohazard 2 for the Dreamcast.
Includes all of the extras from the PS 'Dual Shock Ver.' along with bonus ‘Data Gallery’, 'Rough Sketch' & 'Movie' options, along with a bonus CD featuring a playable demo of Biohazard Code: Veronica (2000).

Double-CD case, Dreamcast GD-ROM x 3, 32-page colour manual, 3x2 fold-out manual (for demo disc), spine card.

Biohazard 2
バイオハザード2

NINTENDO 64
DETAILS
Format Nintendo 64
Released 28 Jan 2000
Publisher Capcom
Product ID NUS-NB5J-JPN
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.22
PRICE
STATUS
Capcom managed quite a feat by squeezing the entirety of Biohazard 2 (and all of its cut scenes) onto a single N64 cartridge.
It has also become quite hard to find of late.

Standard N64 cardboard packaging, 512Mbit cartridge, 24-page colour manual.

Biohazard 2
バイオハザード2

GAMECUBE
DETAILS
Format GameCube
Released 23 Jan 2003
Publisher Capcom
Product ID DOL-GHAJ-JPN
Size (cm) 14.7 x 10.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Biohazard 2 gets itself the full re-release treatment, part of Capcom's mass endorsement of the GC as 'official Biohazard platform'.
Almost identical to the DC version - i.e. just as good as ever!

Standard GC packaging, GameCube game disc, 32-page colour manual.

Biohazard 2 Kanzen Kōryaku Guide
バイオハザード2 完全攻略ガイド

CAPCOM KANPEKI KŌRYAKU SERIES 25
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 5 Feb 2003
Publisher Futabasha
Product ID ISBN4-575-16367-8
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 2.1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.52
PRICE
STATUS
Superb 'Complete Capture Guide' for the GameCube re-release.
Features extensive and in-depth walkthrough guides for both the 'Leon-Claire' and 'Claire-Leon' games; followed by 'Basic', 'B.O.W.', 'Map' and 'Item' sections.
The works, 2K3 stylee.

272 pages, full colour, Japanese.

 



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