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How to play the Resident Evil 2 One-Shot demo more than once

By Cal Jeffrey · 8 replies
Jan 15, 2019
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  1. Capcom’s “One-Shot” demo for the Resident Evil 2 remake arrived last Friday. The publisher attempted to sell its idea of a 30-minute timer as an exciting way to experience the game.

    “Survive the exhilarating Resident Evil 2 '1-Shot' Demo,” the official announcement read last week. "You can play as much as you like for thirty minutes of in-game time, but once the clock runs out, so does the demo."

    The execution ultimately didn’t come off as "exhilarating" though. Frustrating would be a more accurate word. Where other timed demos give players at least an hour to enjoy the beginning of the game, Capcom’s idea was more gimmicky (and stingy) in its function.

    More than a few people were frustrated with the 30-minute timer and rightly so. Thirty minutes is not a lot of time for a game which has exploration as one of its key elements. A lot of players felt rushed and resented that they didn’t have time to really enjoy what they were playing.

    Fortunately for PC players, someone has figured out a way to reset the demo’s timer. CursedToast posted a tutorial (above) on his YouTube channel showing how to do it. As long as you don’t mind digging into and fiddling with your Steam account files, you should be able to reset the timer as many times as you want.

    You will need to download and install the Steam Account Manager for this to work because you have to deactivate any achievements you may have gotten in your run through the demo. CursedToast says that if you are worried about messing with your Steam files, you can just as easily use a throwaway account.

    Unfortunately, this workaround will do no good for console players. Only the Master Race can take advantage of this slick trick.

    Is fiddling with the demo like this ethical? Some might debate that it is not, but only giving players 30 minutes to play was a dumb idea to begin with and just begged for someone to circumvent it. Besides, it is up to the devs to make sure their demo is airtight before releasing it. They should have known someone would try to disable the timer.

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  2. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,461   +630

    Lol Master race only love it
    indiferenc, Reehahs, m4a4 and 2 others like this.
  3. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 408   +413

    "Is fiddling with the demo like this ethical?"

    What are you talking about?
    What's ethics got to do with playing a demo more than once?
    Nobody is affected negatively by someone doing this.
    What a ridiculous question.
  4. Nazarenus

    Nazarenus TS Rookie

    What are YOU talking about?

    Have you ever thought about why Capcom decided to limit their demo
    in the first place? To entice you to buy their game!

    If people were to play the demo over and over again, they'd get bored
    and may possibly not end up buying the full product. It would hurt their sales.
    (Of course, gamers will still buy it regardless of how many times they played
    the demo.)

    Plus, we don't know if fiddling with the timer may unknowingly
    "unlock" the full game. (But it's a DEMO, why would they lock the full game with
    a timer??) The same reason why Capcom makes you buy DLC that's possibly locked
    on the disc already.

    What a ridiculous assumption.
  5. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,456   +1,033

    Hahaha, you pretty much just answered why it's not a ridiculous assumption in that last line of yours.
    If someone is willing to play it over and over again, then they're either already planning on buying it, or they aren't. Simple as that.

    Ps. of course the demo doesn't have any more content than what's scripted.
    ForgottenLegion and Reehahs like this.
  6. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,192   +1,617

    I wonder if you can tweak the clock using Cheat Engine. I plan on buying it anyways but it's fun to mess with stuff.
  7. ShObiT

    ShObiT TS Maniac Posts: 180   +166

    And people ask why we get delayed Launch, Denuvo and very few Demos. Why the Frog they have to put it in YT, just put it on Reddit and let the word of mouth do the job. Capcom will take notice and maybe pull a RockStar with one year delayed launch for PC "Master Race".
  8. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 893   +497

    So that's what 1-shot means. I thought it meant you got 1 bullet and could play as far into the game as that 1 bullet would take you. Combine that with no saves and that would be a scary game :)
    flasholt likes this.
  9. flasholt

    flasholt TS Rookie

    Oh man thanks. Your comment just made my day. Shot, in this case, means something like “try” or “attempt”. So you only have one chance to play the demo. But your idea of bringing only one bullet/round is brilliant too, makes me wonder how I will use that one round.

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