Resident Evil 2 Official Soundtrack Details Emerge
Get the details here on what to expect for the music of this highly-anticipated title.
By Jay Gervais
With Resident Evil 2 officially releasing digitally later this evening, we’ve got the details about the game’s soundtrack right here. If you don’t already know, Shusaku Uchiyama, Zhenlan Kang, Kentaro Nakashima, and Tadayoshi Makino composed the game’s soundtrack, with Uchiyama the only one returning from the original game. While Masami Ueda is credited as composer as well, his tracks from the original game's sountrack were arranged by Uchiyama. Have a look at the track listing and cover for the remake’s soundtrack below.
01 - The Beginning
02 - Raccoon City
03 - R.P.D. Hall
04 - The Beginning of Fear
05 - Fear Again
06 - The Book of Truth
07 - Save Room
08 - Strange Realm
09 - Black Impact
10 - Third Demise
11 - Collapse
12 - Last Judgment
13 - Looming Dread
14 - Consequence
15 - Secret Hope
16 - Absurd Advent
17 - As One Desires
18 - Cerberus
19 - The Straight and Winding
20 - Conflagration
21 - Reliving the Present
22 - Center of Desire
23 - Expansion
24 - Mournful Pursuit
25 – Credits
Among some of the complaints about the new soundtrack was how it felt too distant from that of the original game, but this may be for a couple different reasons. Let us explain.
The original game from 1998 was composed by a total of four people, which were Masami Ueda, Shun Nishigaki, Naoshi Mizuta, and of course, Shusaku Uchiyama (credited as Syusaku Uchiyama for this game). With that said, the team may have been restricted to covering certain tracks, or distancing the compositions enough in order to be largely considered an original piece of work.
Another possibility could be that this was simply a creative decision, either by the game’s director or the musicians themselves, and wanting a soundtrack that felt largely new while delivering some fan service for those who loved the original game’s soundtrack. We’re tending to lean on this explanation a bit more than the other.
A lot of the new material is actually very good and fans should give this new soundtrack the benefit of the doubt and wait to see how it fully fits into the game, We’re certain most of you will come to appreciate the music even more once you’ve gone through the game and its various scenarios.
One particular track we enjoyed was the theme for the relentless Mr. X, titled “Black Impact,” on the soundtrack. This new theme gives off a sense of claustrophobia and that unsettling bassline drop lets you know that danger is just around the corner. We can’t even remember if Mr. X had a theme in the original game, which means it probably wasn’t memorable enough, while this “Black Impact” should come to be a familiar piece in your encounters with him throughout the game.
If you were one of the lucky ones who ordered the expensive collector’s edition, you’ll have access to download the digital soundtrack as part of that package. For all others, the soundtrack should be available to purchase once Resident Evil 2 releases.
Weekly Horror News Round-Up September 19: Resident Evil, Stranger Things, Demon's Souls
Plus, check out the full trailer for Scare Me, Blumhouse and Amazon pull back the curtain on 4 movies, Scream 5 gets another star, and more.
Review: Boss Fight Books' Resident Evil Explores the Storied Origins of Survival Horror
Philip J Reed's deep dive into the video game that started a legendary horror franchise is more than just a trip down memory lane.
Resident Evil 7: A Late-Bloomed Love Story
A new review from our Awesomely-late-to-the-game contributor.
Resident Evil 8 Showcased at PlayStation 5 Reveal Event
The next entry in the long-running survival horror video game series is coming your way in 2021.