Resident Evil 2 – The Ballad of Mr. X
Resident Evil 2 was pretty much the zenith of Capcom’s horror series as far as this editor is concerned. Leon and Claire’s blood-soaked stint in the ruined Racoon City and its zombie-riddled police department was a perfectly paced survival horror adventure. It refined the frightening formula that made the first game so unforgettable, while turning the terror dial to 11 by introducing a wealth of new monsters to torment the player. And when it comes to these nightmarish newcomers, none was more imposing than the T-00 Tyrant.
His friends like to call him Mr. X.
Clad in an olive green trench coat (what’s with these Tyrant-class monsters and trench coats?), Mr. X is introduced in the opening moments of your second playthrough of Resident Evil 2. Shortly after the player enters the police station through the helipad access door, an Umbrella chopper hovers overhead, jettisoning this Buick-sized capsule containing this tenacious adversary. He’s essentially a prototypical Nemesis, and he’ll frequently make the player’s life a living hell throughout the course of the game by crashing through walls and pummeling you with his fists, which happen to be the size of canned hams. He makes one especially tense appearance when you’re in the rail yard just before you ride the secret tram into the Raccoon Umbrella facility, showing up on the security camera jut steps behind you. I’m pretty sure that scene alone caused a sudden uptick in young heart attack deaths in 1998. Though I’d have to look over my notes to be sure.
If you finally managed to make it through the labs and initiate the self destruct sequence, you got to witness Mr. X take a nasty nosedive into a slag vat. This tumble did a number on the big lug, but he wasn’t down for the count. The caustic stew did however melt his power inhibitor, causing him to reveals his true power. If you thought the Tyrant from the original Resident Evil was imposing with his razor sharp, rake-like fist, surprise! This guy has two of them! Watching him stand before you like a flaming monolith of claws, flesh, and fury as an operatic choir sounds off this encounter was psyche-shredding spectacle no self respecting survival horror fan can ever forget.
Well, those were seven of our favorite moments in the Resident Evil franchise’s history. Here’s hoping that Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is able to deliver the kind of scares we crave to climb to the top of our list when it releases on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on January 24.
Did we include any of your favorite memories from the series? Or do you think any of the ones we listed don’t deserve that recognition? Be sure to sound off in the comments section and let us know.