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Resident Evil 7: Not for the Faint Hearted
The first four Resident Evil titles stole the hearts of hardcore gamers all over the world because of the game’s amazing take on the survival horror genre. Somewhere along the way, however, the formula for the succeeding Resident Evil games after the fourth instalment changed, which disappointed many of its fans. This resulted in Resident Evil 5 and 6 looking like Die Hard-inspired games rather than horror titles.
After a slew of negative reviews for the last two Resident Evil games, it seems that game developer Capcom finally listened to its fans. The upcoming Resident Evil 7 will be returning to its horror roots and it looks absolutely frightening.
Check out the trailer below.
The new Resident Evil game won’t be using any of the back-stories presented on the previous titles. Instead, it will have an entirely new background, strain of virus, and set of characters.
The gist of the story is that a stranger wakes up inside the Baker Family mansion, which is a dysfunctional household full of cannibals. As the stranger desperately tries to find his way out, he discovers horrifying secrets that seem to make his escape impossible. Just like the first four Resident Evil titles, players must solve challenging puzzles and survive relentless attacks from the Baker Family members, which are the main antagonists in the game.
The main difference between the previous Resident Evil protagonists and the upcoming one is that the latter doesn’t have a survival background. Compared to the previous main character Chris Redfield, who for all intents and purposes could be mistaken for a trained assassin, or Leon Kennedy who has the uncanny ability to utilize his surrounding environment to his advantage, the new protagonist lacks the basic fighting skills to survive. In this Resident Evil instalment, the character has to rely entirely on household weapons and firearms to fend off enemy attacks. What makes Resident Evil 7 horrifying is that players will feel helpless due to the fact bullets are scarce, and the enemy is far better equipped.
There are several videos circulating the internet of gamers who have played the demo. You can either check out a couple of the videos below or download the demo yourself on Steam if your PC can run the game.
Due to the popularity of franchises such as Resident Evil, horror games will always have a place in pop culture given the fact that people love to be scared. Recently, developers, scriptwriters and designers have started using mobile platforms to showcase their work. Nowadays, there seems to be an endless amount of titles centring on the horror genre coming out on mobile, with titles like the Murder Room fronting the genre on both Android and Apple. Even titles for casual gamers have adapted classic horror tales, with games such as Frankenstein being launched by UK-based digital portal Slingo because of the sheer demand for horror games. These releases have aligned themselves with the surge in scary movies coming out, as The Purge, The Conjuring and 10 Cloverfield Lane have all seen mainstream success.
And this year, is set to be Resident Evil’s year.
Game review sites, as well as die-hard fans of the genre, seem positive that Resident Evil 7 will be a massive success.
Resident Evil 7 is slated for released on January 27 for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.