WHAT A CROC!
Relive the reptile-ruining setpiece
It’s never quite clear if Resi 2’s 40-foot sewer-dweller is a crocodile or an alligator. Regardless of what species the G-virus reptile is, Leon’s scrap against the beast is one of the game’s coolest setpieces. What inspired Leon to blow off the ’gator’s upper jaw with a nearby canister of compressed air, you ask? You can thank a certain fishy Spielberg classic. In an interview with JP Games Magazine from 1998, series producer Shinji Mikami revealed what a huge fan he is of Jaws. “I saw it at the theatre when I was in middle school,” recalled Mikami. “For good horror entertainment, you can’t just have chase scenes – you’ve got to keep building and building stress… I was contemplating that when I suddenly remembered the final scene in Jaws, where at the very last moment he shoves an oxygen tank into the shark’s mouth and shoots it with a rifle, and bam!, the shark explodes in a million pieces.” At least Resi 2’s ’gator didn’t chow down on any black labradors before Leon sent it packing… we hope.