Resident Evil 7 begins under a bright, baking sun, but it’s not long before you’re inside, trapped with a murderous clan of seemingly undead maniacs. It’s Resident Evil meets Texas Chainsaw, and it’s freaking awesome.
I’ll have a full review up later, but for now I wanted to share my thoughts on the first two hours or so of the game. I won’t spoil anything here, and suprisingly there’s plenty to spoil in the games first forty minutes or so. After a quick trek outside that serves as a very basic control tutorial, you find yourself inside, and you immediately begin your quest to find your wife.
That’s the storyline boiled down to its most basic: You’re a man named Ethan, brought to a swampy stretch of land in Louisiana to search of your wife, who has been missing for three years. As simple as the storyline is, it hooks you immediately, giving you a better reason to stay in a horrifying situation than any of the classic games in the series. (Oh, it’s too dangerous to go back outside Jill? Have you noticed all the monsters in that freaking mansion?)
Speaking of the classic games, it seems as though Capcom has finally returned the series to its roots. To put it mildly, the game is scary. I found I was holding my breath in real life as I crouched against the wall, right around the corner from a man looking to bash my head in with a shovel. RE7 gets your heart pumping, the same way dogs crashing through mansion windows did all those years ago.
the new first person viewpoint has been a source of contention for some, but let me assure you, it works. Never before have you felt such a connection to an RE game. Where the classic titles somewhat cheaply earned some scares by forcing perspectives that kept threats just off screen, RE7 puts you in the thick of things. In an early battle you face off with a chainsaw wielding maniac. (A well adjusted person is never wielding a chainsaw it seems.) it’s a claustrophobic and intense battle, where the fiend lunges for you one moment and tries to flank you the next. To put it simply, it’s somehow both classic Resident Evil and brand new to the long running franchise.
I can’t wait to jump into more of the game, and I hope you’re looking forward to my full review.