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You’ve got just 30 minutes in the Raccoon City Police Department; better make them count.

Demos are a powerful thing. A good demo can make or break a game, while others – like the playable teaser for the cancelled Silent Hills – can elevate a game to mythical status.

If there were ever a game that doesn’t need a demo to get people excited, it’s the Resident Evil 2 Remake.

That doesn’t mean a demo isn’t a great way to get people excited, of course, but if you want to get their attention in the first place? Doing something a bit different can have the desired effect.

In this case, the Resident Evil 2 One-Shot demo is definitely a bit different.

The hook? You only get 30 minutes with the game, then the demo ends, and you can no longer play it. It’s not quite a permadeath run – you can die and reload as many times as you like – or one of those self-destructing one-shot games that come around every few years, but it is time-limited. Finite.

You can beat the Resident Evil 2 One-Shot demo within the time limit. It does have a definite end, and if you’re still within your 30-minute time limit? You can start all over again, try to explore areas of the police station you might have missed.

But once you hit the 30-minute limit, win or lose, the Resident Evil 2 One-Shot demo becomes unplayable.

Unplayable… ish. The Resident Evil 2 One-Shot demo is available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, so you can at least play it three times if you have all three platforms. We’ve not tried it, but you could probably play it multiple times on the same console by switching PSN or Xbox Live accounts.

Hopefully that’ll hold you until the Resident Evil 2 Remake launches on January 25th, 2019.

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