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“Resident Evil 7” is a “Resident Evil” Experience at its Core

It’s no secret that my most anticipated game since this year’s E3 is “Resident Evil VII: Biohazard“. I’ve scoured every corner of the Beginning Hour demo with every subsequent update, and I loved the VR preview I was lucky enough to play at PlayStation Experience. I finally got to play a chapter of the nearly-finished game, though and I have no idea how I’m going to pass the time until the final product launches on January 24, 2017.

Annoyingly, I can’t get too specific with the demo I got to sit down and dig into, but if you’ve seen the Lantern trailer, the Tape-2 trailer, or the recent TV spot, you have a pretty decent glimpse already at what I saw. The biggest takeaway from actually playing the game is that it’s a more grounded experience that pulls from gorefest classics like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and House of 1000 Corpses all while never losing that hokey “Resident Evil” charm.

The chunk I played which was about an hour into the game provided me with a knife, a pistol and a shotgun, but what made me let out a sigh of relief was how much ammo I was able to find and craft throughout my experience. I even started to feel like I had too much ammo at one point, but then the game presented it’s sadistic counter to that sentiment: Jack Baker.

Jack’s slowly and methodically stalked me while I was exploring the mansion the Baker family is holed up in, and every time I saw him it made me jump. Even if he was just standing in a hallway when I turned a corner. No doubt you’ve thought of “Outlast” when watching gameplay of “Resident Evil 7”, and these were the parts that made me think about it too. But even with the design of an enemy much stronger than me hunting me through tight spaces, the added element of puzzle solving and combat makes it a different and more engaging experience.

I can’t really speak to the story since I played such a small chunk of the game, but the small bits I did see made me want to know more about what was going on. In addition to having it delivered from other characters like the Bakers or a smalltown police officer, Ethan can learn more by playing through VHS tape flashbacks that are littered around the world. The flashback I encountered was the portion from the Lantern trailer, and since I had already seen that I decided to move on.

Something I really enjoyed in my demo was the crafting. There’s the classic herb-combining of course, but a new substance called Chem Fluids that when paired with different objects like gun powder creates things like better healing potions, ammo and more. It’s rare though, so deciding when to use it to make ammo and when to give yourself a health boost drives the tension home.

I only encountered one of the Molded enemies that I wrote about in my last preview, but this time I just shut the door and ran away since I was told he wasn’t hiding anything important and my time with the demo was limited. The puzzle solving itself finds a great middle ground between the so hard you want to throw your controller puzzles of “Resident Evil” and “Resident Evil: 0” and the “Wow, this is a lot of padding.” fetch-quest style puzzles in “Resident Evil 4.” I was able to solve the critical puzzles to advance the plot, but there were others that I started and didn’t get a chance to finish.

I didn’t know it was possible, but I’m even more excited to play “Resident Evil 7” when it launches on January 24, 2017.



  • dopepope

    So, what’s this games called in Japan? Biohazard 7: Resident Evil?

  • Rick-Taylor

    I have read that Alyssa from the Outbreak games is either writing diaries or voicing the VHS tapes. Exciting news for me.

    • Logan

      i would love to see tie-ins like that from other re games…it’s not resident evil without appearances by legendary characters

    • gantarat

      she write news article about baker family.

  • Logan

    huge resident evil fan, i was skeptical as many were when i first learned of re7 but the demo gave me hope; resident evil is alive & well…much like the viruses, the games themselves have somehow managed to evolve through several different genres all the while retaining that classic resident evil charm

    • Grimphantom

      Just like the new Metal Gear! Yay!

    • This demo was MUCH more fun than the Beginning Hour demo. Lots more to do obviously.

  • Dipper

    Can you run in the final game?

  • Schwifty

    Still not clear why they haven’t attempted to capitalize on their success with “Resident Evil 4”. RE5 and 6 were horrible. I’d love to see something more along the lines of 4, except with maybe more of an open world, even more weapons and upgrades and the ability to explore a bit more. As it stands, nothing captures the perfect vibe, scares and action like that game. I’ve sold both RE 5 and 6 soon after finishing them one time, but I’ve re-purchased RE 4 on PS3 and have played through on both systems dozens of times.

    This game seems like their solution is to simply throw the whole franchise out and start over as something else (and maybe make it more VR-friendly in the process). If this one does as badly as the last one, are they going to give up on it altogether?

  • Härra Pärnits

    This isn’t RE. Only hope now lies with the RE2 remake.

    • You should probably play it before saying it’s not RE.

  • Harley Mitchel Dirk

    I’m still very skeptical but interested in this game. I’m unsure if it will be nearly as good as Resident Evil 4, or the better games in this post-Amnesia Survival Horror trend. Though I hope the game can prove me wrong.

    • I think comparisons are going to be to the original games when it’s out. It’s a different breed than 4/5/6.

  • Taboo

    I guess it’s cool to see people keeping their expectations in check, I know I am. I hope this game turns out to be good and a worthy return to the survival horror genre.

  • I was so looking forward to this, but I absolutely hate first person games.

    • horrormaker

      i’m with ya. I won’t even buy the game even if it gets a perfect score. First person games make me sick for the motions movement. Same with found footage films, even though, Hardcore Harry was cool.

      • I just don’t like it. For me it gives me a complete ‘disconnect’ with the action, I find it completely distracting, as opposed to immersive.

        • jonah

          Those other 2 I get you just sound like a crybaby

          • Matt

            You’re a cry baby if you don’t like first person games? You just sound like a douchebag.

          • jonah

            Yeah pretty much you are bitching about a game because of its viewpoint get over yourself pussy

          • Matt


          • jonah

            Oh my god I’m just out of words at that breathtaking response

          • Matt

            Good. Then I’ve heard the last from you.

          • Yeah, coz anyone who doesn’t agree with you just has to be wrong and a ‘cry baby’. Everyone has their own opinions and preferences, and there is nothing ‘cry baby’ abut not happening to like a particular thing. It sound to me like you’re just plain old fashioned stupid…

          • jonah

            No but hating a game because its first person makes you sound like a pussy and a spoiled cunt

          • Nah. But this thread make you seem like a complete tool. Poor little snowflake can’t handle someone else’s opinion so cries all over the internet. Let me know if you need a safe space.

      • Same here. I’ve always wanted to get into first person games but I get so sick after a while. It’s even worse with VR headsets.

        • I don’t think I could get used to a VR headset either. I don’t think I’d be able to forget I was wearing it, so I think I’d find it a distraction!

  • SVSLee

    Looks promising this. I’ve been meaning to go back and replay the older games in the New Year.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Still not excited for this, I once was before I saw what their turning it into. I’m gonna play it regardless because RE is one of my favorite game franchises. However the excitement and anticipation is gone, and the fucking first person gameplay really grinds my guts.

  • GinsuVictim

    Fuck yes, those videos got me even more excited for this!

  • I honestly can’t get my head around what the hell RE7 is about, but whatever it is I want part of it. It looks like it could be the best thing they’ve released since 4 imo.

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