Conceived by Matt Hart, Richard Loxam, and Sherwin Matthews and published by Steam Forged Games. Resident Evil 2 The Board Game is a cooperative board game based on the popular video game of the same game. It was released in 2019. Let’s hope the dice are in our favor in this Resident Evil 2 The Board Game review.
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Resident Evil has been embedded in the brains of video gamers since 1997 and survival horror games have taken the world by storm. The franchise has seen many changes over the years and has even created its own little universe with tons of spinoffs. It wasn’t long before there was an abundance of goods.
From action figures to card deck building sets and even clothing. One of the most popular fan requests over the years was a board game based on video games. Well, in 2019 the fans got their wish and this is the game we are reviewing today. If you like Resident Evil, why not check out our Resident Evil Village review here.
As soon as you open the box, you get an all-too-familiar message. “This game contains explicit gore and violence scenes” I love that and it’s a really nice touch that already gets you in the mood. The contents of the rest of the box can be a little overwhelming at first, but it’s not as complicated as it first appears. It has over 20 tiles that make up the floor plans. More than 30 small pieces of cardboard make up the walls, the doors, the stairwell, the typewriter and the object boxes.
3D printed zombies, lickers, dogs and main boss William Birkin. Then you have our protagonists Claire Redfield, Leon Kennedy, Ada Wong, and Kendo. Yes, Kendo from Kendo’s Gun Shop is a playable character. Guess they couldn’t think of anyone else from Resident Evil 2 The Video Game. The setup is actually very easy to do and will take you around 10 minutes, with some scenarios taking more or less time to set up.
There are also various cards containing weapons, first aid sprays, green herbs, red herbs, ammo, and ink ribbons. The main cards will be Item A and Item B. Together with the Tension cards, they play an important role in the game and add an RNG factor to it. After setting up the first scenario which is the first of 8. Each player has 4 moves to do as they wish. Move 1 to 4 tiles, move a tile or 2 and use a weapon on an enemy.
Use an item or open and close doors. Once you have used your 4 moves to do what you want, after the last one is completed, you must choose a card from the tension deck. This tension game is a stack of cards that have been shuffled and add tension to the game. You can choose a green card where everything is fine or there are yellow ones which can be beneficial for you or for the enemy . There are the red ones. These cards should be avoided at all times. These cards can seriously mess you up and change your whole strategy.
Well, we haven’t mentioned dice yet, have we? What is a table game without dice. Well, the dice provided by the game come into play in later scenarios and add a bit more RNG to the whole game. What’s great about Resident Evil 2 The Board Game is that its 1 to 4 players. Yes, you can play this game solo if you want but of course it’s better with some friends.
Now, this is where the game goes down a few brilliant pegs. The color of the tiles you have for the different scenarios are so dark. You can barely make out what’s on it. They represent the appearance of famous settings in the game like the police station and Raccoon City itself. But they are just too dark.
The walls and doors are also a huge disappointment as they are literally just little pieces of cardboard that you put down. All of this takes away from all the gritty atmosphere that Resident Evil games are known for. I appreciate that the designers wanted to give it a dark tone like video games but it’s too dark for my taste.
Fortunately Resident Evil 2 The Board Game has a huge fanbase and community, so they took it upon themselves to make 3D printed doors, walls, stairs, item boxes and the rest that would just be a piece of cardboard.
The manual says a reading can take about 90 minutes. Personally, I think it’s a lot longer than that, especially with all the set-up you have to do between scenarios.
If you are new to tabletop games like me, after reading the manual and setting up the first scenario. It took me easily 2 hours, but honestly I didn’t mind. What I love is the fact that it doesn’t matter how many times you play the game. It will never be the same game twice. RNG plays a huge role in this, so every game will be different.
My final thought on Resident Evil 2 The Board Game it’s great to play with friends. Although you can play solo, it just doesn’t feel like it. Not like when playing the game. If it wasn’t for the overly dark design. I would have appreciated it much more. So with that in mind, I’ll give Resident Evil 2 The Board Game the Thumb Culture Gold Award.
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