Resident Evil 7 is distinctly different but at the same time a homecoming of sorts for Capcom’s series in horrific survival. You will progress through a sequence of stages that play out as one experience, without specifically named levels.
Capcom’s newest version has milestones that seem game levels, but they are geographical changes moving you to different floors of a creepy house. You never know when you actually reach a new level, so the uneasiness of not knowing what lies ahead intensifies the ultimate horror experience of this edition.
Reviews believe the latest edition in the PlayStation game series to be the best of all. It blends many elements from older versions but is uniquely altered to offer a whole new venture into gaming horror.
A major goal of Capcom was to expand this feeling of horror by building on the element of surprise. You will embrace fear immediately in the opening sequence, and dreadful struggles for survival will evolve with each new situation. Resident Evil 7 does give you a break from the utterly disgusting.
The play opens with a fireplace chain to pull and a torn note on the table that reads:
“I will dash them against the stones.”
From there you must acquire a videotape that will be your gateway to a VHS world that uses a camera operator to plot your way through this derelict house of horrors.
The shock starts to build for both seasoned players and newcomers, with the mysterious dummy finger found in a table drawer. After dealing with a severed finger, you try to maneuver your way down the first hallway.
Progressing Up the Stairs
Resident Evil 7 is a puzzling journey through different floors in a creepy old abandoned house. While surviving experiences don’t accomplish actual game levels, the change in stages on these floors gives out a levels-like feeling, terror intensifying on each one. All sense of composure will be challenged on the second floor, as you must discover a fuse to drop down a stairway so you can gain access to the third floor.
The only problem here is, while trying to get this fuse, the mysterious ringing of a phone hidden behind a locked door torments your mind. If dealing with each new threat doesn’t sap your ability to concentrate, the annoying phone will. You will have to make the fateful decision whether to answer the call or not.
Things Really Get Cooking in the Kitchen
When you maneuver your way into the kitchen, a whole new echelon of disgust awaits. You’ll immediately notice the largest item in the room, the refrigerator. If you dare open the door, an utterly revolting bloody mass of guts will spill out all over the floor.
In the middle of the room is a cooking pot surrounded by rotting food and filthy utensils. Opening the pot will spew cockroaches racing all over the counter, some crawling up your arm. If all the putrid food lying around doesn’t turn your stomach to mush, the idea of bugs crawling all over you should.
Inside the microwave oven is the revolting carcass of a rotting crow. If you’re paying attention, you will notice a sticker on the side of the microwave, “Simplygon.” Simplygon is a real 3D optimization company that Capcom uses to help enhance the graphic realism of their games.
Welcome to Horror – PlayStation VR
Resident Evil 7 pivots enough from the original blueprint, presenting a journey into terrifying new experiences, plus it’s arranged perfectly for newcomers. If you thought Capcom was running out of creatively revolting ideas to horrify players, think again.
Resident Evil 7 presents elusive coins, hidden tools, and an extreme sense of desperation, especially when you cannot extract yourself from a particular stage of terror. Guts, gore and the overall disgusting creepiness of the house, paint Resident Evil 7 as the ultimate horror experience.
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