By Cameron Patton
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a survival horror game developed and published by Capcom, released in January of 2017. You play as Ethan Winters, a seemingly ordinary citizen that receives a cryptic email from his missing wife, Mia. The email only detailed an address with the words “Find me”.
After following the address to a derelict plantation mansion in Dulvey, Louisiana, Ethan finds that there’s something terribly wrong about the house and its inhabitants.
I genuinely appreciate the route this installment took. It adds a more unique and immersive survival horror experience while still keeping the original charm of Resident Evil. I felt that Resident Evil was losing its touch with Resident Evil 6, so it’s a very nice change of pace from the run and gun zombie shooter that was the previous title.
The gameplay is a lot slower paced than previous titles, rewarding patience and exploration while recommending avoiding unnecessary combat. I welcome this change as the previous games started feeling more like a Call of Duty campaign with zombies. A problem I have with the weapons is that they are very easily replaced with arguably better weapons. For example, the starting pistol is more or less replaced once the shotgun is acquired because the shotgun has such a higher damage than the pistol and ammo is easily conserved through avoiding combat. Thus, decreasing the impact of the survival aspect of the game.
The story is original and unique to the series; however, my only real annoyance is the only story-altering choice is more than three quarters through the game. You have to choose whether to cure your wife of three years, or some random member of the Baker family that you just met. To me, it seems like a no-brainer that you would choose your wife over some random girl you just met.
The game runs smoothly and I encountered little to no bugs or glitches through my two playthroughs. However, the game does require a fast computer to run properly, so older computers will have some performance issues.
Overall, I really enjoyed this game and sincerely recommend it for those looking for a good survival horror game.