Now that I’ve had more time to gather my thoughts, here are my impressions:
DAM knocked this one out of the park.
I may be biased as the Resident Evil 2 Remake was my personal Game of the Year for 2019. But I feel this release does justice to the character and the franchise. The likeness is great, and the sheer amount of accessories included is much appreciated. Both types of knife, both types of grenade, ammo boxes, a first aid spray…
I’ll get one glaring downside out of the way: the boots appear to be molded. So long as they aren’t cut high enough to inhibit ankle movement, I am okay with this.
The weapon selection is ridiculous. Every weapon Leon can obtain in his campaigns is included, save the Desert Eagle (“Lightning Hawk” in the RE universe) and the jury-rigged custom flamethrower. The EF024 and 025 sets can now be retroactively considered to be accessory sets for Leon here. I wonder if Capcom is aware that DAM is releasing the Desert Eagle under their in-house Elite Firearms branding? The fictional long barrel and ammo box are clearly lifted from the game.
I think every firearm is a new mold. DAM could have gone the lazy route of reusing their existing 1911, 870, or MP5 molds, but these are new molds which accurately depict their in-game counterparts. As a weapon collector, I’m torn as this means the weapons have less applicability. The W-870 (W presumably standing for “Windham,” a weapon manufacturer in the RE universe) has a squared ejection port and three screws on its receiver, neither of which are features of a 1:1 Remington 870. The LE-5 retains the missing iron sights, slim forearm checkering on a wide forearm, and stubby stock as featured in the game. This weapon will go great with my RE2R custom HUNK, who is currently wielding an SS MP5.
I hope we see DAM release Claire Redfield as a companion piece to Leon. The fact that all four of the RPD keys are included with Leon here (he does not obtain the Heart Key, Claire does not obtain the Club Key) kind of leads me to worry that Leon will be the only character DAM releases. Or it may mean nothing, perhaps a hypotherical Claire figure will have some different collectable items from the game.
Should we see Claire, we can expect the following weapons:
-“SLS 60” (S&W Bodyguard w/ Tyler T-Grip, possible barrel extension as accessory)
-“JMB Hp3” (Browning Hi-Power Mk.III, possible extended mag as accessory)
-“Quickdraw Army” (Ruger Blackhawk)
-“GM 79” (M79, both sawed off and with a stock and ladder sight)
-“MQ 11” (Ingram M11A1, possible extended mag or suppressor as accessories)
-“Spark Shot” (fictional mag-fed tazer on steroids - possibly not as Leon’s Flamethrower was left out)
-“Minigun” (fictional minigun)
DAM has molds for the sawed-off and full-size M79 and MAC-11 (& suppressor), but they may just create new molds as the game does take a few liberties with the designs of both weapons. I hope we get a 32-round MAC-11 mag compatible with their existing MAC-11 as that is something I have wanted for a while now.
Well done DAM, well done. I’m looking forward to this one, let’s see if they can stick the projected Q1 2021 release date.