I just finished Resident Evil 7. A game where my hopes were extremely low based on where the series has gone. Between the movies and the games, Resident Evil had headed down a road most of us could not follow. That is, until Resident Evil 7 Biohazard. The creators of this game weren’t just trying to make another horror video game. They were trying to create an experience and they simply used the game to facilitate that experience. I really don’t remember the last time I physically and emotionally reacted to a game like this. In Hitchcock style, the real terrifying parts come from not the monsters or villains themselves, but the suspense leading up to them. Here’s why you should play Resident Evil Biohazard.
Resident Evil 7 Has Hithcockian Suspense
A combination of lighting, level design, and sound design creates a suspenseful experience around every corner and every look over your shoulder. It’s not in the act of fighting things or being chased by something but it’s the thought that someone is on its way but you never know when it might just pop out at you. Resident Evil 7 never lets you feel comfortable. The sound design gave me anxiety and will always make you think someone is right behind you, it literally sets the tone.
So Graphics. Much Realism.
The environmental graphics in this game are fantastic. There’s realism of the environment immerses you further into the horrific experience that is Resident Evil 7 Biohazard. My brother and I played it on Xbox but I couldn’t fathom running through it on VR. There were moments where we literally had to close our eyes and run through a part or hand off the controller because we became so uncomfortable. The graphics certainly pull you into the world of Resident Evil 7 Biohazard.
Survival Of The… Scaredest?
Alright, scaredest isn’t a word but I was very happy with the survival mechanics featured in Resident Evil 7. They had big baddies coming after you with chainsaws even before you get your first weapon. This allows the player to feel scrambled and adds to the anxiety that the game designers wanted to create. You really have to decide which enemy is worth a bullet and which enemy is worth avoiding. You’ll attempt to juggle weapons throughout the game and find yourself scavenging through the house for more materials to craft health and ammo. In some cases you felt helpless but in other case you feel productive in how you manage your inventory.
All in all Resident Evil 7 Biohazard was a great experience and it’s worth a play through. As a recap, keep in mind the suspense, the ambiance and realism that the sound and graphics provide, and the survival mechanics.
If you’re interested in playing a different type of horror, I wrote about why you should play Bendy and the ink machine.