Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is Capcom’s latest survival horror game. The game launched in January 2107 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game also supports the PlayStation VR headset.
With the release of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Capcom has really set a course for the franchise and opened the door to a truly terrifying horror experience. The game is powered by Capcom’s new RE Engine, and they made a dramatic shift to first person view in a photorealistic style.
Capcom has also taken a different approach regarding the combat of the game. Unlike the Resident Evil 5 and 6, Biohazard tones down the action and takes a first-person perspective where the survival element is a priority.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard follows a civilian named Ethan Winters. Ethan’s story is all about searching for his wife Mia. The search begins with a message from his wife, Mia, who has been missing for three years. The message leads him to a plantation that is inhabited by the Baker family and the “Molded”, a humanoid form of bacteria. With the use of weapons, tools, and healing items, Ethan fights his way through the Baker family and the Molded.
Once Ethan reaches the plantation, he is quickly kidnapped and tortured by the murderous cannibals known as the Baker family. The first portion of the game is about exploring the Baker residence. While controlling Ethan, the player has to explore every corner of the house for resources. There are plenty of secret passageways along the way that comes quite handy for hiding faster to safety.
As the player starts the game, Ethan Winters is a civilian who has little to no combat skills. However, he is able to arm himself with a vast variety of different weapons such as handguns, flamethrowers, explosives, shotguns, chainsaws, and more. Ethan is also capable of blocking incoming attacks in order to reduce the damage taken. Once armed, Ethan is fighting every member of the Baker family as they attack him one by one. All fights are different and thrilling. For example, while hiding behind sofas and boxes, Jack stomps around and yells obscenities as he searches for Ethan. Combined with the horror sounds, the atmosphere is truly intense. On top of that, Jack has one of the greatest and most creative boss fights in the series.
All of the fights and the general horror atmosphere of the game are amplified with the game’s creepy audio. Capcom has gone the extra mile when it comes to scaring the player. All the creaking, the innocuous noises, the screams, keep the player on his toes as he opens the next door, or peeks around a nearby corner.
As most critics agree, the change to the first person works wonders for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. The horror and the intense action make Resident Evil one of the most enjoyable horror games on the market.