E3 2016: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Impressions

Sony has released to PlayStation Plus members at least, a demo of the upcoming Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. While the game will take full advantage of the VR headset coming out later this year, the demo is just playable as a standard first person game without it.

You wake in a house with no real idea of why you are there. You’ll find a piece of paper with some writing on it, but it doesn’t make any sense. As you make your way through the spooky house with a really bad flashlight, you are in for a treat.

The game borrows heavily from titles like P.T. and Outlast and doesn’t feel like a Resident Evil game in the slightest, and that is a good or bad thing depending on your point of view.

You’ll work your way through the house, get spooked by mannequins, and finally find a pair of bolt cutters in the body of a dead cow. The cutters will open a cabinet which contains a video tape that will then tell you the story of why you are there, and what has happened to your friends.

The point of the demo is to escape the house, and I will say yes, you do open the door to get outside, but I’ll leave it at that.

Visually, the game is ok, it’s not amazing but I think the immersion will be enhanced by the VR headset. The tone and feel of the title is fantastic and made me really terrified to turn a corner in the house, or head back downstairs after a mannequin scared the crap out of me.

Keep in mind that this, like P.T. is a demo made to sell the game and the content within it is not expected to be in the final game as it has been announced that the game will feature a different protagonist, and this demo is treated as a prequel to the events of the final game.

The demo is fantastic and I’m not sure how long it will be up, so if you enjoy horror games at all, you owe it to yourself to try this game out.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is released January 24th, 2017 on PS4, PS4 VR, Xbox One and PC.

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