You're put in the shoes of Ethan Winters who is searching for his missing wife. After receiving a clue to her whereabouts, Ethan ends up at an old Farm House in Louisiana. While searching around the old house for a while, Ethan finds himself being kidnapped by a family only known as the Bakers. After finally getting loose, you spend most of the game exploring the Baker residence picking up whatever you can find to defend yourself as well as resources to keep you alive while you continue to look for your wife and a way out.
Something you’ll notice right away is that this is the first Resident Evil game in the franchise to shift to a first person perspective from the more popular over-the-shoulder view of previous titles. This makes exploring the Baker home legitimately scary. A lot of the time I didn’t want to open a door, afraid as to what was on the other side.
The game does a great job at easing you into things but just as you think your getting use to it, BAM... shit starts to hit the fan, and boy is it frightening. The whole time you're wandering around you’ll have Jack Baker or his equally dangerous wife Marguerite creeping around the house trying to hunt you down while you’re desperately trying to finish puzzles to just get the hell out of this house of horrors you’ve found yourself trapped in.
As for combat, while you do have weapons at your disposal, if you find them, ammo is limited so i suggest holding on to that for when you really need it. What you can do now is Block incoming attacks. Blocking significantly reduces the damage taken from enemies and you’ll quickly learn just how vital this mechanic is but it can take some getting use to. What worked for me most of the time, was to just run away, so I highly recommend memorizing the layout of the house and surrounding areas which also comes in handy for when you need to get from A to B faster, as you’ll find yourself back tracking quite a bit when solving puzzles.
As for boss fights, well they can be a bit of a challenge. This is where all your hard work saving weapon ammunition will help you out. You go through pistol clips, exhaust flamethrower fuel, and run down your shotgun ammo pretty fast as you slowly chip away at the enemies health. It can be a choir and trial and error, but just be patient, and keep moving around to avoid hits. You can also use stuff from the environment to help you out which you’ll have no choice to do if you run out of ammunition.
The sounds in Resident Evil 7 are absolutely amazing. I played the whole time with a headset and you could hear everything while moving up and down hallways. You can hear the smallest noises like doors closing in another room, rusty pipes or glass cracking as if someone was walking behind you on broken glass, I found myself forever turning and looking around afraid something or someone was sneaking up on me.
The sounds & incredible voice acting are complemented by some stunning visuals. While the PS4 version does includes PS4 Pro support with full 4K and HDR the Xbox One version does support HDR, and what a difference it makes. The house along with all the dark winding hallways, creepy tunnels and secret passageways do a great job at raising those fear levels more and more as your play.
As you play, you’ll find newspaper clippings, diary entries and notes littered around the map giving you clues to help understand the Baker family's already compelling story. As you play, you’ll also come across VHS tapes and VCR’s to play them. If you find a VHS tape, all you need to do it insert it into VCR and you’ll get to relive events from the past. These tapes give you even more insight as to what’s happened and even give clues to Ethan to help him out later.
So should you pick up Resident Evil 7? Hell yes you should. Resident Evil 7 took me back to the days of the very first Resident Evil game. Narrow creepy corridors that had me on the edge of my seat at every turn. This is easily the best horror game I've played in a very long time.
Resident Evil 7 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.