The #ResidentEvil series has been a bit of a mixed bag over the last decade. While Resident Evil 4 was lauded for shaking up the series by introducing more action elements and tense, challenging set pieces, its sequels were less warmly received.
Many felt that the series had strayed too far from its roots, abandoning any pretense of #Horror or even survival to focus on camp action and superhuman characters. Even the story suffered, plot lines became incoherent, delving into the intricacies of corporate espionage that frankly, no one really cared about. The series that had helped define fear for the console just wasn't that scary anymore.
So Is Resident Evil 7 Good?
When #ResidentEvil7 was announced, complete with a trailer and demo showing a bold new direction and storyline, reception was mixed. Would the game bring horror back to the series? Would the new first-person camera feel fresh and immersive or turn the game into another #Outlast clone?
Well, after five hours of full gameplay content has been made available to the press, the verdict is in: It rocks. By all accounts, Resident Evil 7 is bringing back both the Resident and the Evil to the series. Classic Resident Evil throwbacks are in there: A giant mansion to explore, bizarre and sometimes hilariously weird puzzles, limited inventory and themed keys.
The new game fuses these elements with both modern design sensibilities and classic horror aesthetics. Gone are the quicktime events and cringeworthy quips—although there's a bit of self-referential humor sprinkled in there, such as main character Ethan's exclamation of "Who builds this shit?" after solving a particularly absurd puzzle.
Instead Resident Evil 7 has taken some obvious inspiration from cult hits P.T. as well as a dash of Alien: Isolation, using hyperrealistic graphics, intelligent and unique enemies and subtle audio cues to make you feel more vulnerable and immersed in the danger of the mansion.
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The creators of Resident Evil 7 have obviously been catching up on their classic horror as well. The Baker family, as well as their creepy Louisiana mansion, feel straight out of hillbilly horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, including a creepy dinner scene that echoes the famous climax of the film. There's elements of other great horror classics in there as well, a dash of the deadites from Evil Dead, a bit of The House on Haunted Hill and even a touch of classic slashers such as Halloween and Friday the 13th in how implacable and unstoppable your enemies feel.
Is Resident Evil 7 Scary?
Yes, it's scary, first impressions are universally declaring it one of the freakiest games of the last few years, especially when played with VR. One of the keys to the game's return to effective horror is definitely the enemies.
The Baker family are a unique and effective threat as you explore their mansion, each member of the clan has their own character and method of hunting you down, making it really feel like you're being chased by an intelligent and terrifying enemy. The fact that they're almost unstoppable doesn't hurt either. Sure you can shoot them down, but after a while they'll get right back up again and you'll find yourself wishing you'd saved that ammo for the more killable enemies.
Speaking of, even the enemies that can be shot down permanently are more frightening than ever! Resident Evil 7's equivalent to the basic zombie is closer to the regenerators of Resident Evil 4 in terms of toughness and sheer freakiness, and when you find yourself trapped in a basement with a bunch of them, panicking and missing a few shots can quickly spell your doom.
All in all, things are looking up for Resident Evil fans and horror fans in general, everything so far looks awesome, and we'll hopefully have lots more news coming down the line soon. So keep your eyes peeled and your ears open, after all, you never know what might be hiding out there.
Are you looking forward to Resident Evil 7? What are your thoughts on the new gameplay footage? Let us know in the comments.