Facepalm: Some who played the Resident Evil One-Shot Demo that dropped last week were not satisfied with the limited amount of time the demo allowed. One modder figured out a way to reset the timer to replay the demo over and over.
“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.