Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
My first attempt at playing Resident Evil 7 saw me in combat with an axe wielding maniac in the attic, this was after a bloody and horrific attempt at saving my girlfriend. I had suffered quite some trauma up to this point but was able to keep up the fight, but when my shot went wide and I got sent flying to the floor, my gun scattering to the far reaches, things didn’t look too good. But in my brief moment of hesitation, before I could get up again the maniac was on me and with one swing of his axe I know only had one leg.
Fuck, this hurt. Hurt real bad. Now what the fuck was I supposed to do. Couldn’t seem to get up and the crazy dude was sitting on his haunches laughing at me. Fuck, this is bad, I’m gonna start crawling toward him. Teach the bastard some manners. You can’t just cut someone’s leg off for fucks sake, how the hell am I supposed to keep exploring when I’m gonna have to hobble around. Why is it so freaken slow to crawl? What the fuck, everything is getting slowly darker. Oh fuck no.. Ah shit, I’m dead. Fuck.
I guess I just didn’t realise the rules surrounding Resident Evil. No health pack was gonna save me, no gradual healing process. I made a mistake and paid for it big time. This game is freaken fantastic.
It wasn’t my first foray into the demented horror series either, though my earlier attempt was when it was still in third person view was too frustrating to be enjoyable and I gave up on it. The fully realised horror of first person view is what got me interested in the current release, and I’m glad the game finally grew up and joined the most obvious format for an immersive horror game.
Now I’m not going to tell you much about the game, I don’t want to spoil it for you. It is a first person adventure that will have you exploring, solving puzzles, fighting yelling out FUCK far more often than you are probably comfortable with. From jump scares to just plain freaky atmosphere and characters that give you the chills, Resident Evil 7 is pretty much the perfect horror experience.
Visually stunning, the first person mechanics make immersion almost natural and filling the shoes of the main character got me so emotionally involved that I was quite literally distraught when I died the first time. It’s a game best experienced at night, with the lights of and a decent pair of headphones on your head. Of course, this is also the worst way to play the game with you want to keep from soiling yourself.
This is the kind of game where I’m a little jealous I don’t have PSVR, because if the VR version is handled right, it would be epic. Though it could also kill you with a massive heart attack. Just saying.
Rating: R18 Horror, graphic violence & offensive language.