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Resident Evil 7 Review
Resident Evil 7 Review

Resident Evil 7 Review | Game Review

Resident Evil 7 Review :- The tag of the best game in Resident Evil series is highly contested even if we have the same few games in the list. Though every discussion about Capcom’s best starts from Gamecube remake 2 and 4, Resident Evil 7, in my opinion, is now the part of this discussion.

The series is revived with the return to survival horror which was the original theme of the game. The game has moved on to first person which may be a difficult for some fans but, Resident Evil 7 still gives you all the feels of a surprisingly good Resident Evil game.

Earlier the series relied on inducing fear among the players using the tank controls which always gave them the sense of helplessness, but this time playing the game from Ethan’s perspective while he tries to save his girlfriend Mia by battling the Bakers gives us a sense of fear which is more personalized. You have all the power, you have the sharpest controls the game has ever seen yet you will fear what lies around the next corner.

Resident Evil 7 Review
Resident Evil 7 Review

Capcom has clearly understood the psychology of a player and very cleverly implemented it to create the sense of dread in the mind of the player. The game sports the greatest sound design I have experienced in any game. The most common and the mundane sounds become extremely terrifying as you go deep into the game. The game doesn’t go for cheap thrills and petty scares, it makes you get comfortable as you go on repeating some tasks. I just kept on crossing the same corridors, solving puzzles and expecting to encounter something but it doesn’t come.

The music rises whenever you pass through a narrow passageway as if something is going to kill just the very next moment or when you open a door as if Jack is going to through you around like a rag doll. But nothing happens. Now you get confused for what to expect, now you can’t build up fear but are now exposed to a constant feeling of dread, the feeling that can even stop you from taking a single step.

The setup is just like what you will encounter in a real life haunted environment. Every nook and corner, every bottle hitting the floor, sound of a door closing or that of a rusty pipe will make you move Ethan to get a better look on what’s going on and in the end making your stomach churn. Capcom has done a cruel job in making a player go mad in expectation of a threat which never comes, and when you get comfortable enough, it comes and terrifies you to the core.

Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7

The first half of the game will make you feel like you are watching teen slasher horror but in a lot better way. It’s like a faceoff between you and the Baker family member who is really pissed off. It makes the sense of thrill tingle in every part of your body. You have to hide behind boxes and sofas and what not while Jack stomps around hurling obscenities. The way Jack goes around searching for Ethan is intense to the level of madness. You will also encounter some of the most creative boss fights till date.

Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7

With this game, Resident Evil will finally let you have the ability to block the attacks which reduces the damage taken from strikes. This ability is quite vital for this game as you cannot run away to a safe haven to shoot the enemy as you could do in the previous games of the franchise. You have to combine running and blocking, and believe it’s quite difficult in the beginning. You will become more vulnerable to attacks if you try to turn and run. I found myself dying too often just because I was habitual to flight instead of block.

The game has been built with true affection and clear understanding of the franchise’s history. You can see the use of simple herbs and even the sounds like that of pressing a keypad are taken from the very first of the Resident Evil games.

There are proficiently stunning visuals to complement the sounds and the gameplay, resulting in a game which can help you take advantage of the technology currently available. Resident Evil 7 also gives support for PS4 Pro with full 4K and HDR. So, a candle flickering in the dark will make your head throb if you look at it too long and the light of flamethrower will blind you initially. The crispness of the graphics is stunning and surreal.

Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7

But the game is not just looks and sounds, the incredible voice acting and a way more compelling story together create a perfect mix for an incredible game. The more the story unfolds and the new infection makes its victims suffer more and more, the player is intrigued to go on and discover more in the game. Unlike the T-virus which now decades old, this virus is new and different, so you have the opportunity to find out answers for a plenty of questions.

Resident Evil, like always, shows the expertise in telling a story which is beyond the cut scenes, so the addition of diary entries, newspaper clipping and several other things adds on to the already compelling story of the Bakers.

But all of this takes you to a central narrative plot point which completely changes the narrative of the game. But this moment which was given a major build along the game did not manage to make my jaw drop. It just made me frown in confusion as the plot point lacked the punch significantly.

Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7

 

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