Metacritic reveals Resident Evil 2 remake is the best-rated game of 2019

Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 2 is the best game of 2019, according to review aggregation site, Metacritic.

As spotted by VGC, Metacritic has revealed the top 15 games of 2019 with the highly aggregated score from approved critics across the world (not including ports). Securing the top spot, Resident Evil 2 has a Metascore of 93, whilst runner-up, FromSoftware’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, has 91. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers takes the bronze with an overall Metascore of 91, too.

The top 5 is rounded out by Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne and Disco Elysium, which take fourth and fifth place respectively, both with an aggregated score of 90.

If the rankings did include ports, however, Divinity: Original Sin II – Definitive Edition Switch port would’ve taken the top spot, and Rockstar’s PC port of Red Dead Redemption 2 would’ve taken second place with a Metascore of 92.

Here’s the full rundown:

  1. Resident Evil 2 (Metascore: 93)
  2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Metascore: 91)
  3. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers (Metascore: 91)
  4. Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne (Metascore: 90)
  5. Disco Elysium (Metascore: 90)
  6. F1 2019 (Metascore: 89)
  7. Devil May Cry 5 (Metascore: 89)
  8. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Metascore: 89)
  9. Slay the Spire (Metascore: 89)
  10. Apex Legends (Metascore: 89)
  11. Asgard’s Wrath (Metascore: 88)
  12. Super Mario Maker 2 (Metascore: 88)
  13. Baba is You (Metascore: 87)
  14. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Metascore: 87)
  15. Astral Chain (Metascore: 87)

Resident Evil 2 shipped 3 million copies in 4 days, suggesting it was well on its way to match – or even smash – sales of the original 1998 Resident Evil 2, which sold a little under 5 million in its lifetime. This takes the series’ cumulative sales to more than 88 million units sold since it debuted in 1996.

Capcom used “its cutting-edge R&D facilities” to rebuild the game from the ground up for current-generation platforms, combining what it self-describes as “photo-realistic graphics made possible with RE Engine” with “audio featuring Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 and real-time sound image rendering that utilises binaural technology”.

Consequently, Capcom says it remains “firmly committed to satisfying the expectations of all stakeholders” and “continuous support from the passionate fan base across the globe makes [Resident Evil] Capcom’s flagship game series”.

Capcom’s free “1-Shot” Resident Evil 2 demo has been downloaded over two million times, too. According to Capcom’s own statistics, the demo – which gives players a single opportunity to get through a tense, half-hour segment of its the Resident Evil 2 remake – has been downloaded just shy of three million times at the time of writing, with 25 per cent of players making it all the way through until the end.

About Vikki Blake

It took 15 years of civil service monotony for Vikki to crack and switch to writing about games. She has since become an experienced reporter and critic working with a number of specialist and mainstream outlets in both the UK and beyond, including Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, IGN, MTV, and Variety.

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