Resident Evil 7 had me hooked from the moment it was revealed at E3 2016, it’s the first game in the series that had me excited the way Resident Evil 4 did back in the Gamecube days, then again on the Wii. The release date has come around so quickly and since last year, every bit of information and new trailer has just got me more hyped until I’m at this point where I feel like I would actually just chop off my left arm to play it; here’s why I’m excited for the next chapter of Resident Evil.
The first Resident Evil game came out in 1996, I can’t actually believe that was 21 years ago but I remember seeing it for the first time round a friends house. I would have only been about 8 or 9 and I also remember the amount of chatter that surrounded it for its extreme violence and gore, fast forward to 2017 with some very middle of the road spin off’s in between and we reach Resident Evil 7.
In this day and age, the genre of horror and survival with lots of gore is not ground breaking or special and especially when you bring zombies into the mix I think games struggle to stand out in the crowd. It’s such a done cliche and even the Resident Evil series has suffered at the hands of time; 5 and 6 I could happily live without. They brought too much action and they turned into a shoot-em-up which took away from the horror, the atmosphere and overall the essence of what made Resident Evil such a great series.
I was certainly way too young to play the first three games, however upon countless re-makes and with things like Steam and downloadable content on consoles of past games I got around to playing the first couple in my later years. Resident Evil 4 has been the series’ shining glory, it received a lot of critical acclaim and praise upon releasing in 2005 and it was also a big change for the series as far as the gameplay was concerned. It introduced a great ‘over the shoulder’ viewpoint as well which just ramped up the intensity.
Resident Evil Revelations debuted on the 3DS and then received a HD port over to the Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One. I loved that game and it had a great story to boot, it stuck to the survival horror aspect of what made me fall in love with Resident Evil 4 and the chapters and re-caps of previous episodes really gave it that “TV feel”. It spawned a sequel with released in episodic format, whilst a great game as well I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first.
I am a fan of horror in the movies and in video games, so why has Resident Evil 7 got me particularly excited? The answer is in the demo they released last year, it’s in the trailers we’ve seen and it’s in the family we know nothing about.
I love mystery, I love feeling scared and that anticipation you feel of not knowing what’s around the corner. As I said I could happily live without Resident Evil 5 because that were just awful in my opinion, I think it’s great that Capcom have introduced this (cannibalistic?) family who clearly have a lot to do with the story and they brought back fond memories from the days of Saddler and his insane cult.
The demo they released last year had lots of little hidden secrets and fans were scrutinising it to death, there’s still unanswered questions aplenty! It gave me just that taste I needed to know I needed this game in my life come release day. It really does look set to amp up the creepy and unknown and that’s what I love, the lighting and the atmosphere are so intense and the story looks great. I don’t even own a PS4 but fortunately my other half does, although I still won’t be playing it come release day tomorrow which kills me more than I can express into words.
However, it shan’t be a long wait I think a couple of weeks at the latest and I’m going to do my best to avoid any spoilers in that time so I can embrace the game to its fullest. I think the inclusion of VR as well will do the game a whole heap of favours, I know I’d love to try it but I doubt I’d survive very long at all because although I love to be scared; I jump out of my skin very easily!