Resident Evil 2 is a pretty hard game. It can be brutal to newcomers and veterans. To unlock infinite ammo for your guns requires you to speed-run the game in a set time limit. It’s not so hard to do it on standard difficulty, but that’s not what I’m here to write about today. I’ve completed Resident Evil 2 about 11 times now and I’ve failed just as many times while trying to unlock the best infinite weapon in the game. The rocket launcher!
To get the rocket launcher you’ve got to complete Leon’s campaign (any of them) on hardcore in under 2 and half hours. In this mode zombies hit harder and can kill you in one or two bites. The same goes for lickers and Mr. X. It’s a dangerous mode, but it’s doable. The first thing you want to do when you start hardcore mode is learn the enemy placement. Knowing where the zombies, or lickers, are is the key to a successful speed-run. If you get bit or take too long to do something start over. You’ll probably fail your first few attempts and there’s nothing wrong with that. Here’s what I did to complete hardcore mode in the required time limit.
1. Don’t Bother trying to pick up everything.
What I meant by this is only take what you need. Stopping to grab everything in your path is the quickest way to run out of time. I only focused on collecting shotgun shells, herbs, and key items to progress the main story. I skipped on most of the handgun ammo, didn’t pick up any magnum ammo or go for the magnum on the second floor because that would’ve added at least 20 minutes to my play time. That leads me to my second point.
2. Don’t bother getting the magnum.
Yes, I’m telling you to not get the magnum. The shotgun more then makes up for the magnum and it doesn’t take you over 20 minutes to get to. You want to get through the RPD as fast as possible. That means you’ll need to skip out on some loot. This should be one of the things you skip out on. Keep in mind you won’t have much inventory space to carry all of your guns anyway so getting this gun would likely be a huge waste of time. I completed the game by using only my shotgun and flamethrower. You can add your trusty pistol in there too if you want to, but I need the extra inventory space so I stored it.
3. Don’t bother getting the pouch inside the armory in the RPG.
Skipping this pouch will put you in a bind, but wasting time to go back up to the second floor after getting your second key will be a huge waste of time. Don’t do it. You can still find two pouches in the game and one of them is in the very first safe you come across. You will have some space, but this is hardcore mode. You have to make some sacrifices if you want the good rewards that come with completing it.
4. Don’t Get The Second Key
I’m obviously talking about Leon here because you need to get the second key with Claire. Every door that the second key opens is not important and will only waste valuable time. Yes, that means you’ll obviously be skipping out on some items, but you’ll be happier when you see your completion time and have that fancy new rocket launcher and assault rifle staring at you. Put all of your focus on the club key and you’ll be fine.
5. Stockpile the gunpowder that you find until you absolutely need it.
Boss fights can be huge ammo dumps. I only started combining my gunpowder at the final two boss fights in the game. I had more then enough shotgun shells to down the final two bosses. The flamethrower is useful for dealing with those pesky plant zombies, but I recommend shooting their weak points and running away because the flamethrower is a huge help against both final bosses. You can easily beat them in 2 to 3 minutes with it.
6. Don’t be afraid to get up close and personal
Use your knife. Knives have limited durability for a reason. They’re incredibly strong and can kill everything in a few swipes. I don’t even bother wasting ammo on the first Birkin fight. I just run up and knife him to death. He’ll be stunlocked until the fight is over and you can just use your ammo for something else… like those pesky lickers.
Before you start hardcore mode get the infinite knife and memorize the layout of the maps.
I ran through the game a few times with Leon before I decided to attempt his hardcore mode. I memorized every item placement, puzzle solution, and other things that I thought was important before I even started doing hardcore mode. Do the same thing. Nothing sucks more then getting lost in the middle of a speedrun and having to start over because you took too long. You’ll also want to shoot every Mr. raccoon in the game before you start hardcore mode. The infinite knife does not penalize you in hardcore mode like other infinite weapons do and it’s super useful.
I completed Resident Evil 2 in 2 hours and a minute. That’s 29 minutes early. It took a lot of practice and a lot of cursing, but I did it and it felt really fucking good. Good luck and I hope this helped you out at least a little.
As many of you may already know I don’t have a PC right now. That’s why it’s been kind of barren around here lately, but that’s going to change really soon. My new rig was just shipped out last night and I’m super excited to get my hands on it. So it should only be a few more days before things get back to normal around here.