Capcom has done it again. By continuing the Resident Evil saga, it has developed and published Resident Evil 7 Biohazard on 24th January 2017. The game presents a unique horrifying experience for the horror lovers out there. Truly chilling and full of tension, RE7 breaks the record set by RE4. Read our Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Review to find out if the game is for you.
RE7 supports multiple platforms namely Windows, PlayStation 4, XBox One. Capcom also released it for Nintendo Switch in May 2018. The question however is, why are we reviewing a game released a year ago? Because RE7 has been that successful.
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard – The Yays
- Interesting story
- Voice acting is engaging
- Challenging and excellent variety of gameplay
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard – The Nays
- Some battles are dragging
- Many jump-scares
- Average graphics considering its era of release
- Slow movements
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Review
The best thing about playing a horror game is the control that comes with it. How many times have we cursed through our screen watching actors make dumb choices in a horror movie? A mathematician might answer that question better using the series formula. The remarkable breakthrough in this genre we remember so far is Outlast by Red Barrels and Amnesia: The Dark Descent. RE7 cannot be compared to those two as it provides a totally different experience by building nerve wrecking tension.
Biohazard has no connection to its predecessors, the plot revolves around a new-comer character named Ethan Winters trapped inside a living nightmare. RE7 excellently meets the high bar set by Resident Evil 4; the game that leads to the beginning of an ending.
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Review
The cutscene is great. It begins with Ethan Winters, your average guy, receiving a tape of his wife who has been missing for three years. RE7 is not playing around, we get chills from the very tape we see of Mia, Ethan’s wife. The game focuses on little details that are absolutely necessary for setting the right horror environment. Some of these details are gruesome while some totally some violent that could be exciting for gore fans.
The first person setting makes it absolutely more terrifying. The game starts with daylight which adds to the tension in the setting, one of the biggest requirement of a horror game as the saying goes, “Thy shall build the tension when thy develops a survival-horror game”.
An average guy Ethan Winters receives a cryptic video from his wife Mia, who has been missing for three years. Ethan starts the quest to search for his wife only to end up in a deserted and decaying manor in Louisiana where he is trapped by the cannibal Baker family. The game leaves Mia a little behind, leaving only one thing on the player’s mind; get your character out of this horror.
The characters, however, few, are petrifying. Each member of the family has a different effect. The players find their early combats with Jack; the father of the family. We were reminded of The Shining, every time Jack would come. Not only because of the mere name but the resemblance. The mother Marguerite has some of the best frightening and tensed scenes while the son, Lucas, sets traps, reminding us of the Saw series. It wouldn’t be unfair to say that RE7 picked the overlapped area of horror, panic, and gore and built each character atop of that. One package to deliver an immersive and wholesome gameplay.
The story excellently delivers; it’s not one of those games with a boring plot.
RE7 is a single player game with the main character Ethan who has decided to enter a visually obvious haunted house without any weapons. This seemed like a plothole to us; if you’re going to search for your long lost wife in woods; maybe take a knife with you? We, however, chose to ignore this (not really, it made into the review). You get different kinds of weapons once you start exploring the manor.
The main character does not have a lot of control as most of the times you’ll see yourself running through the manor bare-handed. The game presents weapons when a combat is near so the players can collect items right when necessary. Once collected, an item can be stored in the dashboard. The dashboard is arranged in a grid layout and is easy to use.
The game also features multiple playable VHS tapes to give a little extra variety and break from the main character Ethan. The different characters of the deranged family also provide variety in the gameplay; the experience is a natural mix of panic, terror, and gore.
We found the gameplay challenging, but a little dragging at the end, especially during boss fights. It can be difficult to beat the characters if they’ve cornered you, but they are slow and can be easily fooled by running the other direction.
The game is developed in first person perspective. Some players might be turned off by the number of jump-scares in this; but we tell you, they are not cheap like most horror movies. The puzzles presented are very easy; they could’ve been more challenging and intriguing if the developers wanted so.
The VR experience is probably the best. You can aim by spinning your head and the horror experience feels real when it’s in your entire field of view. Playing the entire game wearing headset for 12 hours might be an unimaginable option for some players. It won SXSW Gaming Awards’ VR Game of the Year in 2018.
Graphics on different platforms
The graphics are not that great for a game that was released in 2017. Some objects lack detail and clarity although the haunted house seems creepy enough with its peculiar details. Among the different platforms, PC offers the highest quality visual experience. The graphics are not so great on PS4 and the objects looked blurred on XBox with dim colors.
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Worth the money or not?
RE7 is a huge success for a number of reasons. Its detailed graphics, cinematic environment, excellent voice acting, and a blend of gameplay set it apart from the other horror survival games. This game is just for you if you’re looking for a horrifying gameplay that makes you question the story and keeps you engaged. The game emphasizes exploration and horror over action.
Gamers who might not be into jump-scares and find the slowly moving characters annoying might not enjoy the experience a lot. The game presents no hierarchically constructed challenges; the mission is simple: get out of the nightmare.