Blood, guts and rotting corpses will be the least of your worries in the upcoming Resident Evil 7 game as, today, a few explicit details from the game have been inadvertently revealed by the ESRB.
With graphic warnings that include “a character impaled through the face with a shovel”, “a character's arm dismembered by a chainsaw” and the repetitive warning of “Intense Violence”, this latest edition is sure to be brutal, and I couldn’t be happier.
Thanks to the lovely people at the ESRB we now, pretty much, have all the details surrounding the upcoming horror smash that is, Resident Evil 7. Obviously, gameplay spoilers lie ahead, so those of you that want to go in blind, click out now.
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The rating summary, that was published earlier today, has since been removed by the ESRB, but not before we were able to secure a few juicy screen grabs. The summary sheds light on numerous facets of the gameplay, but the one aspect that stands out the most, to me, is the violence. I mean, there is a lot of violence listed. Take a read.
Rating Summary: This is a survival-horror game in which players assume the role of Ethan, a man searching for his missing wife in a derelict mansion. From a first-person perspective, players explore the environment and use pistols, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives and chainsaws to kill mutant creatures. Combat is accompanied by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and exaggerated blood-splatter effects. As players progress through the story, cutscenes can depict instances of gore and intense acts of violence: a character's arm dismembered by a chainsaw; a man's leg taken off at the knee with a shovel; a character impaled through the face with a shovel. Some areas also depict mutilated corpses with exposed organs/viscera. The words “f*k” and “sh*t” are heard in the dialogue.
What does this tell us?
In terms of narrative, we now know that our lead protagonist will be a character called Ethan. This ties perfectly into what we have already seen from the Resident Evil 7 demo. My educated guess is that Ethan is the person, Mia (the girl in the playable demo) is making the tape for. This logic then also dictates that Ethan will be the husband of Mia, the missing wife.
As far as combat goes, it seems that there will be more shooting than originally thought. The introduction of seven new weapons, excluding melee items suggests that Resident Evil 7 will still cater somewhat to the fans of the earlier games.
My prediction here will be that although the weapons themselves will be both varied and abundant, the ammunition will be extremely scarce. Hence why the ESRB have made specific reference to melee based deaths. I would say that hand-held weapons will be used the most in Resident Evil 7, meaning you are going to have to get up close and personal in this claustrophobic environment.
Limited resources in a game like Resident Evil, if done properly, is one of the biggest tension builders ever. Not quite knowing what evils lie ahead and whether or not you will have the ability to defend yourself appropriately is just the most unnerving feeling.
And the level of gore in this latest edition is looking incredibly varied and deliciously bountiful. This is looking like a real, no holds barred production that drops players directly into hell with nothing but their shredded nerves for protection. We can expect to see multiple variations in enemies, from zombies to mutants, this horror seems to have it all.
The ESRB make specific reference to many different violent act in the latest summary, if they are not referring to decapitation or mutilation they are making reference to disembowelment or blood splatter effects.
I think that this will be one of the most inclusive survival horror games to hit the market. Resident Evil 7 will cater to fans from many different sectors from the P.T. nostalgic to the Resi 4 addict, and all the classic series fans in between. This latest installment promises to be a bloody brilliant experience.
Capcom really are, shooting for the S.T.A.R.S