The Road So Far – The Major Series Events That Precede Resident Evil 4

Part 2 primarily contains the events as seen in the Resident Evil 2 (2019) and Resident Evil 3 (2020) remakes, which take place a couple of months after the Resident Evil HD REMASTER remake. The stories of both games happen simultaneously, with the Resident Evil 2 remake actually being nestled in the middle of the Resident Evil 3 remake. Much like the Resident Evil remake before them, these two recent remakes take precedence over their original counterparts, where the story is concerned.

Honestly, I’m not sure what officially caused the virus to run wild in Raccoon City, even though I’ve played so much Resident Evil over the years. However, it seems to have been a combination of things, including carriers continuing to come down from the Spencer Mansion in the mountains and an infected William Birkin running amok in the Umbrella facility, directly below the streets of Raccoon City. These combined catastrophes seemed to have been the downfall of Raccoon City, and helped the virus spread at an exponential rate.

Birkin actually infected himself with his new, super G Virus, which caused him to mutate into an almost invincible monster. After refusing to give up the G Virus to Umbrella, he — much like Marcus before him — was targeted for assassination, although Birkin was able to inject himself before succumbing to his injuries. His rampaging then caused a T Virus (the same zombie-causing virus seen in Resident Evil 0 and Resident Evil remake) outbreak throughout the laboratory, which was then carried to the surface by rats.

To begin with, I’ll run through the events of the Resident Evil 2 remake. Once again, this game provides multiple characters and multiple storylines to tackle. There are two characters, Leon Scott Kennedy and Claire Redfield, and a rather bonkers four play-throughs. Each character has two “Runs” each, an A scenario and a B scenario. Obviously, all four cannot exist simultaneously and are mainly there to allow the player to experience alternate realities and to give some replay ability. Because of this, most of the game will have to be blown over and only the most important aspects from each Run will be revealed — the aspects that are known facts amongst the fan base. Unfortunately, Capcom has never definitively decided exactly which narrative path is canon, so this is the only way I can approach it.