So Resident Evil 7: Biohazard came out today. It’s been an anticipated game for me ever since that insane Beginning Hour demo first launched. I’ve been playing it almost all day now and have some quick thoughts about the game. And yes, I am enjoying it.
- This is a Resident Evil game through and through. The mansion design, the trick with getting the shotgun, the puzzles and back-tracking: this isn’t a first person horror game with the Resi brand slapped onto it: It’s Resident Evil through and through.
- The atmosphere is phenomenal. You can practically smell the mold as you trawl through this Louisiana mansion with a creaking ceiling above your head, rotting carpet beneath your feet and trash everywhere. It’s great.
- Same goes for the sound design: it’s some of the best I’ve seen in any video game to date. The mansion seems to sigh and groan every few minutes, and it feels like it’s either coming from right behind you or in the next room. Same goes for enemy encounters. Using the sound to track them and hide is both nerve wrecking and seamless.
- It has one of the best, most intense intros to a horror game I’ve ever seen.Stomach churning stuff.
- It goes without saying: it’s a very gory, very graphic and very dark game. If you don’t have an iron stomach, don’t even bother.
- The discarded notes, clues, markings and rooms provide a whole backstory all on their own – almost more than the actual narrative provides.
- I’ve only done one boss fight so far, but it’s proven to be more almost and cumbersome than intense.
- The game feels a tad easier than I’d like it to.
- The Bakers are absolutely insane and terrifying and hilarious. Every word that comes of Jack Baker’s mouth needs to be a meme.
- It’s scary, but not as scary as it could be. That’s starting to change as I continue through the game, however.
- Don’t be fooled by the exterior: the mansion is *massive* and you’ll need to explore every inch of it to progress.
- The story is slow going, but the information is doled out well enough that it compels you to keep working your way through the levels.
That’s all for now! Try it for yourself and see what you think.