Resident Evil. A name that is known throughout the gaming and movie industry has undergone some pretty radical changes over time. Forget about the number at the end, Resident Evil 7 is turning over a new leaf.
The first three Resident Evil games are considered by many to be the best that were ever made, especially Resident Evil 2. Then came Resident Evil 4. Gone were the dark, dank alleyways of Raccoon City and the fixed camera angles that we were all accustomed to and the series introduced a third person, behind the character perspective, QTE’s (Quick Time Events) and much more action oriented content whilst keeping the dark themes of the game.
This new style of gameplay continued through Resident Evil 5 and 6 and Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2, but now we’ve finally seen Resident Evil 7 and once again, the series has undergone an overhaul. The game is now played in a first person perspective and has clearly been influenced by the now infamous P.T demo and Capcom claim that the game has returned to its roots of survival horror.
Capcom have also stated that if you want an action packed Resident Evil game, you’re better off looking at the up and coming Umbrella Corps competitive shooter rather than Resident Evil 7 as it’s going to be purely focused on survival horror.
Having played the demo that is currently available via the PlayStation 4 store, I can vouch for its tension, suspense and outright terror. Never before have I played a game that made me genuinely fear what’s around the next corner, and the ambient music and horrific sound effects just add to the terror. The new engine that the game is running on, aptly called “RE Engine”, shows off some impressively detailed environments even if the demo is based purely inside a hut.
Resident Evil 7 launches on January 24th for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.