Game Review: Resident Evil 7
The Resident Evil series has been around for 20 years and has gone through a few different drastic gameplay changes. It began with tank controls and very basic aiming and a focus on scares. Then Resident Evil 4 came along and changed the formula, a game that many still say is one of the best games to be released. This new formula had an over the shoulder camera and had much more action oriented moments with less scares. Many liked this game but as the series continued with the formula, people grew tired of it. 7 has gone back to it's horror roots and switched to the first person view.
Resident Evil 7 does a great job of going back to the horror. There are many things in the game that will remind horror fans of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Evil Dead. The jump scares are there but they aren't constant like I had feared they would be. The designers did a great job of building the tension and just when you think you are safe they hit you with something.
Another addition to this game is you can pick up VHS tapes and when you find a VCR you can watch those tapes and you'll "play" the role of the person recording. These are optional, but they can give you help with puzzles or unlock something that will help you outside the VHS.
The fear I had going in was that it wouldn't have much combat and that it wouldn't have the fun things to unlock after completing the game. Luckily, both of these were wrong. The enemies aren't as varied as in games of the past, but they're there. Same goes for the unlocks. You won't get a mercenaries mode, but you can unlock some weapons that give you some replay incentive.
The game also supports PSVR on PS4 and if you have one, I'd recommend you play it that way. It really puts you in there and it just kicks the action up a notch and actually improves the aiming.
The only real negative I have is there is a section of the late game that goes on a little bit longer than I'd have liked.
So now you're asking yourselves, "Is it good?" YES! I have been a fan of this series since the original launched before I owned a PS1. I would rent the system and back then I didn't have a memory card so I had to get as far as I could without dying because I couldn't save. Eventually I purchased a PS1 and that was the first game I owned. I spent a lot of hours trying to unlock the Rocket Launcher by beating the game in under 3 hours. This game offers similar reasons to replay it and to speed run it.
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Platform(s): PS4, PSVR (optional), Windows, Xbox One
Price: 59.99 (USD)
Game Completed: Yes
Reviewer: Bryan Peterson