The seventh mainline installment of the genre-defining Capcom horror series, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, is turning out to be the great next-gen reboot many fans have been hoping for. RE7 is a horror game that features all the beloved trappings of Resident Evil Games: shooting, puzzles, crafting, and inventory management (ok this last one may not be “beloved”). You play as Ethan, the ex-boyfriend of a girl who has been missing for the past 3 years. After receiving a video message from your supposedly dead ex-girlfriend Mia, Ethan goes looking for her in the swampy bogs of Louisiana. Your car breaks down, and you (as Ethan) stumble your way to the Baker Estate, which will turn out to be your nightmare prison for the rest of the game.
This game is the first Resident Evil game to be played entirely in the first-person view. Many were skeptical about this departure from the usual third-person that RE games have been known for, but once gamers got their hands on the game that doubt was obliterated as the amazingly grotesque and errie atmosphere Capcom had created was only enhanced by the first-person perspective. Capcom even took advantage of the first person view to create beautifully awful scenes where members of the deranged Baker family get all up in your grill in scripted sequences with rotting food, weapons, and occasionally their own pale and decrepit faces.
As many attentive fans of the Resident Evil video games know, Capcom likes to take things in new directions every 3 installments of the series. So it’s no surprise that Resident Evil 7: Biohazard would be a departure from the tone set in RE 4,5, and 6. What is a surprise though, is the seemingly brand new world and storyline that has nothing to do with Umbrella Corp and their viruses. As a matter of fact, RE7 doesn’t even feature zombies as the main threats.
Despite all of these changes, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is already regarded as one of the best RE games ever. The ending, that may or may not tie this world to the world of the rest of the Resident Evil games, along with the stellar story and gameplay of RE7 should have RE fans very excited for the next two installments of the franchise.