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  • Summary: While Resident Evil 7 draws from the series’ roots of atmospheric survival horror, it also delivers a new level of terror. In the Resident Evil games of yesteryear, players braced for fear in the first-person via the creepy door-opening scenes, and Resident Evil 7 ramps up that tension withWhile Resident Evil 7 draws from the series’ roots of atmospheric survival horror, it also delivers a new level of terror. In the Resident Evil games of yesteryear, players braced for fear in the first-person via the creepy door-opening scenes, and Resident Evil 7 ramps up that tension with an immersive first-person view and a photorealistic graphical style. Capcom is able to achieve a higher degree of visual fidelity thanks to the new proprietary in-house RE Engine that includes VR oriented tools. With the RE Engine plus industry leading audio and visual technologies, you experience every abhorrent detail up close and personal in Resident Evil 7. Playing the game in the PlayStation VR Mode escalates the unsettling feeling of presence to a level that horror fans have never experienced. The full gameplay experience is available in the included PlayStation VR Mode from beginning to end. No Resident Evil you’ve ever survived could prepare you for this. [Capcom] Expand
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  1. Positive: 96 out of 100
  2. Negative: 0 out of 100
  1. Feb 6, 2017
    100
    I really don’t have any gripes with Resident Evil 7. The story hooked me, it’s beautiful to look at, and the gameplay is new and refreshing with sprinkles of homage to franchise signatures… whats not to like?
  2. Jan 23, 2017
    93
    Resident Evil 7 changes direction from previous games. It goes back to its survival horror foundations: puzzle solving, exploration and avoiding enemies instead of confronting them. It feels great even for newcomers. And it is also the best game anyone can try on PSVR.
  3. Jan 31, 2017
    90
    Capcom has finally done it. It put Resident Evil back on the map as a survival horror force to be reckoned with. At times unbelievably scary, Resident Evil VII is a relentless first person roller coaster ride that brings the goosebumps and washes the bad taste left by previous entries in the series out of your mouth.
  4. Jan 24, 2017
    88
    Resident Evil 7 stands at the forefront of immersive first person horror, proving itself to be far more than the P.T knock-off that the demo initially suggested.
  5. Jan 25, 2017
    85
    In its current form, Resident Evil 7 is a damn fine game. Damn, damn fine. Although it initially looks like a desperate chase for Outlast‘s credibility, it slowly reveals itself to be more of a traditional Resident Evil adventure than one might believe, while taking successful elements from contemporary horror games and utilizing them effectively...After Resident Evil 6, this is exactly what the series needed. Both a change of pace and a return to long-neglected roots, it thrills me to say that, for the first time in a long time, Capcom is on the right track.
  6. Jan 28, 2017
    80
    It's hard to imagine a more effective revolution of a storied franchise. Resident Evil 7 makes us want to be scared while we discover the secrets of an old mansion. The visit in the Baker's house is sufficiently short to leave you terrified and patiently await the next Resident Evil.
  7. Jan 23, 2017
    50
    Casual players aren’t touching something with a “7” in the title (nor is it clear will newcomers). Fans of action-angled survival horror like Dead Space or Dying Light may balk at the game’s deliberately poky controls and too easily grasped opponents. Old-school fans seem like the obvious target. But survival horror is a crowded space in 2017, and too much of what Resident Evil 7 is up to we’ve seen elsewhere — and done better.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 93 out of 489
  1. Feb 8, 2017
    10
    A phenomenal game! This is Resident Evil at its finest. It feels new but somehow familiar. Game of the year! It is particularly good with PSA phenomenal game! This is Resident Evil at its finest. It feels new but somehow familiar. Game of the year! It is particularly good with PS VR. You will be afraid, and excited. Expand
  2. Jan 24, 2017
    10
    Resident Evil 7 is just what the series needed. I've been playing this series since I was nine years old and first played Resident EvilResident Evil 7 is just what the series needed. I've been playing this series since I was nine years old and first played Resident Evil Directors Cut for the PSone. I remember I couldn't play that game without someone in the room with me due to it being so intense. So it's safe to say if your a fan of the older resident evil titles such as 0,1,2, and 3 then you might really enjoy this one. It's horror at it's finest.

    Graphics: I'm playing on the PS4 Pro and I have to say they are really good, in fact scary good.

    Music and soundtrack: It's just creepy enough to set the mood. Though it would have been nice to have the classic save room music in at least one location as an easter egg.

    Gameplay: It's just right here and the weapons don't feel over powered. Also, I didn't have a ton of ammo to ever take on hordes of enemies but instead had to use my ammo carefully but I felt more powerful than other games like outlast meaning I could actually fight back!

    Environment: Wonderful and fits the game and story just right. I also really liked how the creators made some environments slightly similar to the original resident evil.

    Overall, I'm really enjoying this game right now and have to say that it is going in my collection.
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  3. Jan 24, 2017
    10
    best resident evil since 4, its actually scary and the setting and gameplay work perfectly together this is a must for any resident evil orbest resident evil since 4, its actually scary and the setting and gameplay work perfectly together this is a must for any resident evil or horror genre fan Expand
  4. Feb 3, 2017
    9
    As a long time fan of the Resident Evil franchise, I can say I feel as if a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. For so long it seems theAs a long time fan of the Resident Evil franchise, I can say I feel as if a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. For so long it seems the series was in a nose dive spinning further and further away from its horror roots, and turning into an almost sometimes off-putting action shooter. RE7 is a welcoming throwback to the golden age of gaming and a return to what many old fans would agree is what made Resident Evil so amazing, to begin with. Although the FPS is a new take on the series it's a surprisingly pleasing addition that emphasizes the overall terrifying environment around you. I thoroughly enjoyed the Baker family mystery. When I was not on the edge of my seat in terror, I found myself wrapped up in trying to figure out what happened to make this disturbing family become what the have. On a mechanical level, the games runs very smooth and offers a wide range of weapons more satisfying than the last. The overall graphics are stunning and utilize the full power of the PS4 which (is in my opinion) one of the best-looking games on the console to date. My only complaints derive from nitpicking put I will state them anyhow, personally, I would have liked to seen more intricate or at least more unique boss fights, and the DLC left something to be desired. It wasn't bad by any means, just not worth the $9.99 I paid to play. The first DLC batch comes off as mini games they could have thrown into the main game or at least should have offered after beating the main storyline, much like in other RE installments that gave us The Mercenaries, and Assignment Ada mini games upon completion. With all of that being said, the good far outweighs the bad elements and RE7 puts itself near the top of the best in the series. Now, all we can hope for is that Capcom continues making Resident Evil the way it was always meant to be played, a true survival horror experience. ~ieatplants Expand
  5. Jan 26, 2017
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I had my doubts about re7 from the very start. A shift from third person to first person seemed like it would change the entire dynamic of the game. which it did,but that dynamic had gone down hill after its first incarnation with re4. Two of my largest fears were that it was going to be a "run away" simulator such as Outlast,but the game says "naw son you can fight" very early on. *Heavy spoiler alert* for this next bit,but the 2nd fear was the addition of paranormal stuff with Eveline,the spooky child. But as the game makes crystal clear its not paranormal its completely physiological that the virus is spreading to peoples brains and causes a sort of hivemind influence since shes the Source. It also ends like every Resident Evil game should,someone throwing the main character a deus ex machina, named after a certain shade wearing man that can bamf. Expand
  6. Feb 21, 2017
    7
    Let me start by telling the reader a little about my past with the RE franchise. I am 30 years old with 2 older brothers, the oldest of whichLet me start by telling the reader a little about my past with the RE franchise. I am 30 years old with 2 older brothers, the oldest of which is 10 years older. It was him that came back from the store with a Playstation, a new T.V and of coarse Resident Evil after getting his student loans and financial aide on march 25 or 26, 1996 :-). I I know the date only because it was a few days after RE's initial release in the U.S. We spent almost 13 hours straight playing it. That started my infatuation with the RE series. For some context, and I know most might disagree but as far as my favorite (I'm not saying its the BEST one, just my favorite) Resident Evil 2 has to be my favorite out of all of them. I was amazed it came with two discs to play as different characters, whose stories intertwine all throughout the game. I know, I know you aren't here to read about some punk's past with RE. I just want to give the reader some context. RE7 is definitely a return to RE's roots as a survival horror game. I must say I was super weary about RE7 being in first person but it really does a fantastic job of making the setting and enemies even more unsettling. Almost in the same way as the original. Like in the first few RE games, that third person perspective coupled with the tank controls made every corridor, and really long hallway super suspenseful, all because you simply couldn't see anything that was more than 5 or so feet from your character. The first person perspective works somewhat in the same way. That cone of vision is super limited, giving you a very uneasy feeling. I am not ashamed to admit that it is f@#king scary as all hell. Not just cheap jump scares either. I am talking 100% bonafide terrifying. One gripe I have, and I don't want to spoil anything for you here so I will be super vague, but it is really difficult at times knowing when you are supposed to fight or run. This lead to being very wasteful in terms of ammunition, and getting myself in really bad situations. You could say that it just lead to an even more cautious play style, but an annoyance none the less. I am not real sure about anyone else but for me using VR is the BEST way to play, and honestly could not see myself playing any other way. I'm shocked I haven't seen many people that was all that impressed with the VR gameplay. Anyway, if you are a long time RE fan I think you will like this one. Still not perfect, RE7 gets ever so closer to it's roots while being a much more modern take on the genre. Expand
  7. Aug 26, 2018
    0
    I've never been a big fan of survival horror games. There are enough limitations in real life; when I play a video game I want to be releasedI've never been a big fan of survival horror games. There are enough limitations in real life; when I play a video game I want to be released and have unlimited strength, powers, etc.

    Despite my preference I always admired the Resident Evil franchise, particularly in terms of the look and feel of the older games. The character and environment art in the original is truly unique.

    I played RE 7 for a total of 30 minutes. At the start of the game you are wandering through a boring and drab wasteland. Don't judge the surroundings too harshly because it is probably the most interesting location you will see in the entire game. I know it because I watched videos about the rest of the game once I sensed what a play-through would be like.

    The graphics are very realistic. But there's a point when an A-rated video game becomes a B-rated movie. For anyone who enjoyed this game I respect your opinion. However, if this was a movie would you be interested in watching it? The story is cliched and the characters are underdeveloped. It's a B horror movie!

    I think the developers have traded the original look and feel of the Resident Evil franchise for passing trends in the horror movie world. Previous Resident Evils have been criticized for becoming too mainstream and "actiony." Too many bad guys, and not enough time alone in the game to wonder what's around the corner.

    But this is worse. A game with no soul and no originality is no RE sequel at all. I'm disappointed and I hope the developers make a different choice next time.
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