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Resident Evil 2 Remake is, as I probably don't need to tell you, a damn scary game. While it's a pretty hair-raising experience for most of its runtime, however, I'd argue that Capcom's survival horror is at its freakiest during the end of the Raccoon City Police Department section.
This all comes down to Mr X, the hulking, trench coat-wearing monster that relentlessly stalks you through the buildings many dark, zombie-infested corridors. He cuts an imposing figure, to be sure, but that hasn't stopped modders from replacing the mutant with a number of other, arguably far more terrifying, creatures of the night.
We've now had everyone from Pennywise the Dancing Clown to Shaggy of Scooby Doo fame inserted in the place of Mr X, thanks to the imagination and skills of modders - but this latest effort might just be the most terrifying yet.
Wave goodbye to Mr X and see if you can survive the night with... The Goose, of Untitled Goose Game fame. Drink in those cold, dead eyes. Be wary of those powerful wings, capable of waving a helicopter to one side with ease. Do not disregard the malice beneath the feathers.
This avian nightmare is the work of Resident Evil 2 modder Alister/ZombiAli - who previously gave us all our fair share of sleepless nights with a Thomas the Tank Engine mod. Somebody should have told him to stop there, because this is too far. Too far by far.
The mod is currently a work in progress, so you can't download it for yourself just yet, but Alister has said that "the final version will include extra HONKS," and that The Goose will even keep Mr X's fedora, because he's "fancy like that."
If you've played Untitled Goose Game, you'll be all-too-aware that The Goose is not here to play. It's one goal in life is to cause chaos, but in Resident Evil 2 it's less likely to steal your keys and waddle away, and far more likely to peck your heart out before force-feeding it to you.
There really is something truly awful about the idea of being chased through an old building by a relentless, bloodthirsty goose. I'd take 100 Mr Xs over this one bird, frankly.
In my own review of Untitled Goose Game, I argued that it was one of the most entertaining and imagintive games I'd played in years. Looking back, if I'd known it would inspire a new wave of goose-related horror, I'm not sure my praise would have been so readily available.
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