By default, Resident Evil 2‘s Mr. X is supposed to be frightening, stressful and a sign that it’s time to run. But in the world of Resident Evil 2 mods, Mr X. is an opportunity.
Modders have been messing with the indestructible boss character, who originally only appeared in the B scenarios of Resident Evil 2. In Capcom’s remake earlier this year, Mr X. can appear randomly throughout the main game.
So, naturally, modders saw that as a chance to completely overhaul the tone, theme and Mr. X’s model, with varying degrees of hilarity.
Five Nights At Mr. X
It’s not a stuffed bear, but it’s fuccccccccccccking creepy. This mod takes the Tyrant model and replaces it with an oversized, freakish stuffed doll. The doll’s proportions are completely out of whack, which makes the whole thing worse. (Or better?)
Mr. X meets DMX
This one’s a simple swap: instead of just having the standard Mr. X theme, the invulnerable boss enters the frey to the tune of DMX’s X Gon’ Give It To Ya. Not as scary, but damn effective. More instructions here.
If the idea of getting roughed up by Johnny Bravo at the beach sounds like a good way to spice up Resident Evil 2, then Beachboy X is the mod for you. It replaces Mr. X’s coat with some very small, tight-fitting undies, sunnies that Johnny Cage would admire, and some thongs for the occasion. Unfortunately, the mod doesn’t allow Mr. X to bitchslap you with the thongs, which would be a remarkable addition.
The Price Is Right
No change to the model here, but adding The Price is Right music to horror games is definitely something I could get on board with.
Thomas The Tank Engine
Still my favourite thing of 2019.
No Mr. X at all
Of course, there are people who think Mr. X and his random encounters are total garbage. So there’s also a mod to banish him entirely. I think it’s more valuable to mix up the Mr. X experience rather than get rid of him altogether, but at least there’s the option.
The HDR Reshade mod vastly improves the clarity of the game, making it sharper and the blacks much, much better. There’s a mod to restore RE2’s classic UI, if you want the original experience, and a mod that turns all the zombies into … tofu. And for the masochists among us, you can even make all the enemies invisible.