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Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 100
  2. Negative: 0 out of 100
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  1. Feb 6, 2017
    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 30, 2017
    Resident Evil VII is a great pivot from the formula and also works as a fantastic re-imagining of the original game and a perfect jump in point for newcomers. There’s a warm feeling of familiarity but it never feels gratuitous or as a result of Capcom running out of ideas. Resident Evil VII successfully kickstarts an exciting new chapter in the long running franchise and is certainly worth your attention.
  3. Jan 30, 2017
    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a remarkable accomplishment and a truly triumphant return of a storied franchise. Masterfully executed on all fronts, this game will leave a lasting impression on you long after you’re done.
  4. Jan 27, 2017
    As brilliant as it is bloody, Resident Evil 7 doesn't just give the franchise a refreshing reboot, but also raises the bar for future survival horror games...If we had to nitpick, we'd say the campaign's a bit short and the enemy variety slightly lacking. Those are small gripes, however, for a game that consistently gave us goosebumps the size of golf balls.
  5. 100
    Resident Evil 7 is a classic reinvention of the revered franchise. Even an overblown story can't derail a triumphant return to form for the masters of horror.
  6. Jan 23, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 is that breed of survival horror that manages to instill a omnipresent sense of fear. I was constantly concerned about my immediate needs rather than planning for the long term. In turn, I broke with my survival horror play-style traditions, using all available weapons and resources when necessary instead of playing conservatively in anticipation of challenging boss fights and possible difficulty spikes. It turned out to be the right choice, which is a credit to Resident Evil 7's fair difficulty.
  7. Jan 23, 2017
    A masterclass: breezily new, yet quintessentially in character with its illustrious forbearers.
  8. Jan 23, 2017
    Despite being a reboot for the series, Resident Evil VII’s return to survival horror is both familiar and fresh, and it’s easily the best horror game in years.
  9. Jan 23, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 went beyond my expectations, and I feel we have an instant classic here. I want to jump back in right now, and I have a feeling I'll be doing so for years to come.
  10. Feb 2, 2017
    Just like when Resident Evil 4 reinvented the series, Resident Evil 7 has done just the same. Resident Evil 7 is an absolutely terrifying and thrilling survival horror game that starts off strong and never lets up until the final credits start rolling.
  11. Jan 27, 2017
    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a tour-de-force. It is scary, disturbing, thrilling, heartbreaking, and intensely satisfying. Played on a television, it’s an exceptionally high-quality first-person horror game. Played in VR, it’s a whole new world of survival horror. This is the best game I’ve played in ages, the strongest argument for purchasing a PSVR, and an exciting new direction for one of gaming’s premier franchises. Rating: Standard version, 9 out of 10. PSVR version, 10 out of 10.
  12. Jan 23, 2017
    This is easily the best Resident Evil game in years. It masterfully blends Eastern and Western horror sensibilities into a truly terrifying package that also harkens back to the series’ roots.
  13. Jan 23, 2017
    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.
  14. Jan 23, 2017
    Resident Evil VII is a panic-inducing game and one hell of a survival horror. It successfully goes back to the roots of the series and while it could last longer, is a thrill-ride you don't want to miss.
  15. Apr 23, 2017
    Honestly, I don’t know if the world is ready for a game like Resident Evil 7: Biohazard in VR and that’s exactly what makes it so exhilarating.
  16. Apr 21, 2017
    Whether played in VR or not, Resident Evil 7: biohazard is a thrilling game and it shouldn’t be missed. If you have the option to play the game with a PSVR, you should by all means do so. Regardless of how you play Resident Evil 7: biohazard, just be sure that you do because it is one of 2017’s finest releases and the constant stream of DLC keeps the nightmare alive.
  17. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 26, 2017
    A preposterously good year of PS4 gaming starts in the best possible way with this. [April 2016, p62]
  18. Mar 9, 2017
    Resident Evil VII is exhilarating and terrifying in equal measure. It’s a brave and bold move for Capcom, feeling quintessentially classic while still feeling fresh and adventurous in its ambitions. Ultimately, Resident Evil VII is a breathtaking return to form for a series we long thought had abandoned any hope of redemption. [Issue#184, p.73]
  19. 90
    It’s been some time since I’ve played a horror game that terrified me so, and even longer since a Resident Evil game was able to elicit such fear. For those of us who have, for years, yearned to return to old-school survival horror, Resident Evil 7 is essentially a pitch-perfect example of a title that’s unafraid to learn from the past, whilst also open to freely experiment with contemporary horror techniques. This makes RE7 not just one of the best horror games of recent times; it might be one of the best you’ll ever play. Period.
  20. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Mar 1, 2017
    The truly incredible opening half alone makes this an essential horror game. Mixed fortunes later on recall the series post-Resident Evil 4, but it nonetheless remains one of gaming's greatest ever comebacks. [March 2017, p.80]
  21. Edge Magazine
    Feb 27, 2017
    While it's unlikely to win as many hearts as Resident Evil 4 did, it's an equally important and remarkable entry in the series' tumultuous timeline. [March 2017, p.94]
  22. Feb 20, 2017
    Resident Evil is back to its roots and in combination with immersive VR experience, it truly brings the best out of horror survival genre.
  23. 90
    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is not only a return to form for the storied franchise but a whole new beast in itself. It not only ups the ante in regards to scares but also plays the smart card as well. The game not only shows that Capcom still have what it takes, it also exceeds the expectations that were set by the impressive marketing campaign. If you are a survival horror fan, VR fan or both, then Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is essential.
  24. Feb 4, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 Biohazard is the best thing to happen to this series in more than a decade, and shows that you don't always have to follow the same drummer as everyone else to make something special.
  25. Jan 31, 2017
    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.
  26. Jan 30, 2017
    Instead of the b-movie cheesiness we’ve come to know and love from previous games (sorry fans — no boulder-punching this time around), Resident Evil VII reaches levels of dread and fear we haven’t seen since the days of the original, and that (mostly) works to the game’s advantage when it comes to reinvigorating the franchise.
  27. Jan 28, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 has some minor flaws, but overall, Capcom has really done the impossible. In very much a parallel to the very story they’ve been telling for the past two decades, they’ve managed to bring the franchise back from the dead. It’s in the best state its been in years, and I can’t wait to see where it goes moving forward.
  28. Jan 28, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 is a glorious return to form for the celebrated franchise. Capcom has gone back to their survival horror roots while also remixing their original formula. PlayStation VR offers a unique way to play and the first-person perspective brings the horror to new heights along with an impactful cast of characters. After the concerning trend of action and explosions, subtle malevolent horror has finally come home.
  29. 90
    A true return to form for the long running series, Resident Evil 7 reinvents itself while still retaining that classic RE feel. Delivering a real horror experience, the game can definitely scare, but it also just works as a fun and engaging survival experience.
  30. Jan 26, 2017
    Capcom had to change and innovate with this new Resident Evil title. Fortunately, it has achieved an amazing and horrifying experience that makes every Resident fan feel proud and happy that series returns to its origins with a immersive view from first person.
  31. Jan 26, 2017
    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a smart smart and extremely well executed revival of a classic game series.
  32. Jan 25, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 is a much needed breath of (filthy and rotten) air for the series: it contains the basics of the survival horror genre, together with some of the gameplay pillars of the previous titles, and the result is one of the scariest experiences ever played. The campaign will keep you on the edge for more than 10 hours, and you'll have plenty of reasons for - at least - a second run. We can only hope that this is a new beginning for a glorious ser-- HOLY S**T A SPIDER!!!
  33. 90
    Altogether it’s a sharp crossroads between horror films like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes, and the classic slow paced survival horror of Resident Evil.
  34. Stevivor
    Jan 23, 2017
    Capcom has delivered a refreshing return to horror, saving face and the franchise by focusing on a tight single-player experience.
  35. Jan 23, 2017
    The switch to first person works wonders for the series and we have a game that feels completely fresh while at the same time has so many moments that will lead series fans to reminisce...Its constant changes of pace, intense action and genuine terror make Resident Evil the most enjoyable horror game I’ve ever played. Is it the best Resident Evil game? No, not quite, but it’s very close.
  36. Jan 23, 2017
    Short but oh-so-sweetly sick, Resident Evil 7 rewrites the series formula to nerve-shredding success, with PSVR integration only adding to the immersion.
  37. Jan 23, 2017
    Resident Evil VII is an amazingly done return of the famous series. The change of perspective is like a breath of fresh air, the story is engaging and interesting, the atmosphere is superb and everything runs smoothly. The 11 hours we spend on the Baker farm prove that Capcom is in great shape. A few months ago I wouldn't have chosen RE7 as a game of the year contender, but now I'm not so sure.
  38. Jan 23, 2017
    Despite some small niggles – such as stealth being so rudimentary it feels redundant, and the aforementioned uninspired late-game location – this is the best horror game since Creative Assembly's wonderful Alien Isolation. It's best if players slowly creak open the game's doors themselves, discovering the story and set-pieces on their own, as this is an experience that works best when it's free to surprise you, like a rotting doberman crashing through a window.
  39. Jan 23, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 goes back to the origins of the series: a game which preserves the legacy of the first trilogy. Resident Evil 7 is a masterpiece, an infernal trip full of terror and fear.
  40. Jan 23, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 Biohazard brings back the true Resident Evil experience into the franchise, by mixing old and new elements in a creepy way. Dealing with the Baker family will get you involved even when you are not in front of the TV screen (or with the PlayStation VR on your head).
  41. Jan 23, 2017
    Quotation forthcoming.
  42. Jan 23, 2017
    Capcom found a new, perfect alchemy by incorporating all the classic elements and placing them in a new context, with the player's prospective changing and fitting a new game world built to give horror the maximum effectiveness. Resident Evil 7 has returned to his roots, for real.
  43. Jan 23, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 successfully brought the series back to its Survival Horror roots. The development team made key decisions that contributed to this like going back indoors, introducing First Person View and presenting a new story which would restore original fans' interests and attract new ones alike.
  44. Jan 23, 2017
    Resident Evil was in dire need of fresh characters, ideas and mechanics to ensure we’d see additional numbered entries in the future, and this was one of the best ways to breathe new life into a franchise that’s been mistreated a bit in the past. From top to bottom it’s clear this was a project that was handled with great care, with excellent voice acting, gruesome surprises, and scenes you’ll be scratching your head about for days to come. To all Resident Evil fans out there, I say welcome home. You’re going to enjoy your stay with the Bakers.
  45. Jan 23, 2017
    It's hard to know if Resident Evil 7 will stand the test of time as much as classics like the original, or RE4. Taken on its own, however, it's an excellent game that pushes the series in worthy new directions.
  46. Jan 23, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 is a horror masterpiece. The graphics look amazing and you feel scared throughout the entire game. Last thing: only the most courageous will play the PlayStation VR version.
  47. Jan 23, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 is a true Survival-Horror and a true Resident Evil game. The series evolves a lot here, but it does it with a lot of respect for its DNA. This seventh episode is perhaps the true "Rebirth" of the series.
  48. Jan 23, 2017
    A brilliant reinvention for the series and great horror game in its own right.
  49. Jan 23, 2017
    Resident Evil returns to its horror roots, and is all the better for it in a game that was designed to be played in VR.
  50. Games Master UK
    Apr 2, 2017
    Gets under your skin by erasing past frills and putting you eyeball to eyeball with a new world of horror. [March 2017, p.60]
  51. Jan 24, 2017
    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.
  52. Jan 23, 2017
    Quotation forthcoming.
  53. Jan 23, 2017
    With Resident Evil 7, the series goes back to its roots. Tight corridors, a sublime audiovisual presentation and sinister enemies make the game a true survival-horror experience. It has some minor flaws, but overall the game truly delivers.
  54. Jan 27, 2017
    Capcom finally realized that the return to the roots must not only be promised, but implemented. This is the return to classical survival horror everybody was waiting for with the added ego perspective for heightened tension and convincing VR inclusion.
  55. Resident Evil 7 brings back the old horror and terror feel once again. It really turns the series back to its roots. Its for both die hard and new fans of the series.
  56. Jan 23, 2017
    Capcom returns to the series' gameplay origins while going a step forward on its gameplay. A welcomed addition to the Resident Evil franchise, and a proper new entry in it.
  57. Feb 1, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 is definitely worth your time, but unless you’re looking to go all in, it’s probably best as a rental. It’s a strong start for Capcom’s year, and it’s proof that there’s still a lot of life left in both this franchise and in the company. With a little more care shown towards its endgame and a few extra modes for longevity, another game like this one could be an all-time classic.
  58. Jan 27, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 honors the classic survival elements, and yet it feels modern thanks to the first person perspective. During confrontations you do not fight, you run, as fast as possible. A tense game that guarantees goose bumps all over your body.
  59. Jan 27, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 is quite possibly the most terrifying RE game since the start of the series. The dismissal of the action gameplay ushered in RE4 works wonders and the game, while not perfect, finally returns to its roots, as an honest survival horror game.
  60. Jan 27, 2017
    Thanks to the new first person perspective in Resident Evil, this feels like a truly new game. The survival elements are simple but sweet: Biohazard is a genius horror game, and the first big video game that is worth playing on PlayStation VR.
  61. Jan 26, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 Biohazard is a great new direction for the series that's genuinely scary and is only marginally held back by tedious combat.
  62. A horror game, through and through. And it’s twice as terrifying when played in virtual reality.
  63. Jan 25, 2017
    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.
  64. Jan 23, 2017
    An overwhelming return to the horror roots with a successful change of perspective. It is exactly what the series needed: a great horror adventure.
  65. Jan 23, 2017
    Capcom brings back the best of survival horror and mixes it up with the best of today's horror, with a well implemented first person view. In the end, it is a bittersweet experience, due to the linear gameplay in its last parts and the scarce reasons you'll have to play it again once you know the ending of Ethan's story. Playing it with VR is an imposing experience, although there is still room for improvement when it comes to fully controlling it. Those who can leave prejudice aside will enjoy it, while the rest will watch it on YouTube, a perfect match for the game.
  66. Jan 23, 2017
    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a true return to form, and one of the scariest games in years. It’s only let down by the fact it loses its fear factor by slightly outstaying its welcome.
  67. 85
    Representing a T-Virus level shot in the arm for Capcom’s venerable survival horror franchise, Resident Evil 7 combines old and new alike to create the most essential entry in the series since its fourth core instalment.
  68. Jan 23, 2017
    This new game is a fresh and captivating sequel for the Resident Evil series, and also its darkest and most disgusting iteration.
  69. Jan 23, 2017
    Capcom has successfully reinvented Resident Evil in the past, the most notable deviation being the brilliant Resident Evil 4. This new vision doesn’t reach the same heights of spectacle and gameplay innovation as that breakthrough release, but is a welcome addition to the series (both in terms of gameplay and lore), and a nice entry point for newcomers.
  70. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Mar 18, 2017
    The seventh installment returns the series to its roots and developers finally find the land on which the franchise can firmly stand. Fans of horrors and previous games will certainly be satisfied! [Issue#272]
  71. Feb 14, 2017
    If you want to return to the origins of Resident Evil and have a terrifying experience within tight corridors with disturbing and creepy enemies, Resident Evil 7 is here for you. It has the classic feel of the original RE games as well as a fresh and unique touch.
    Feb 14, 2017
    An excellent return of the series, what declined in recent years. It surprises not only with imaginary intimacy, but also the ability to scare and entertain. While it will lift your eyebrows with its unpractical inventory and slightly moderate visuals, the experience it offers will make up all the flaws.
  73. Feb 2, 2017
    In terms of tone, viciousness, subtext, and sheer oppressive fear, Resident Evil 7 is a beast unlike its predecessors.
  74. 80
    It’s a spectacular effort that succeeds by ditching all touches of action-adventure gaming and returning the franchise to its survival-horror roots.
  75. Jan 28, 2017
    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.
  76. Jan 27, 2017
    Despite its few flaws, though, Resident Evil 7 is a terrific, terrifying experience with sickening visuals and wonderful gunplay. It’s the best entry in the series in more than a decade and a must-play for anyone who’s ever loved the franchise. No matter how scared the game made me while playing alone at 2 a.m., I always wanted to keep moving forward, which is exactly what you want from a survival-horror game.
  77. Jan 26, 2017
    As drastically different as Resident Evil 7 might seem at first, it hasn’t forgotten the original core message of the series. The protagonist’s predicament often appears bleak and dire at the start, but they’ll soon gain the strength to face and defeat the horrors of the situation they’ve been placed in.
  78. Jan 26, 2017
    A solid and very enjoyable reinvention of the series. It returns the franchise to its roots and does a great job of updating and improving the archaic PS1 gameplay mechanics without losing the Resident Evil feel. Both the strengths and weaknesses of the franchise are present. The high-tension atmosphere, spooky monsters and cheesy cornball villains combine to create something that is undeniably Resident Evil. Fans of the series should love that it's spooky, silly, and requires you to solve puzzles in order to find a shotgun so you can fight biological horror. Isn't that what Resident Evil is all about?
  79. Jan 26, 2017
    Resident Evil is alive, and although it isn’t quite as we remember, its new perspective has brought with it a terrifying and intimate experience.
  80. Jan 25, 2017
    On paper, it’s easy to pick apart Resident Evil 7 for its inconsistencies; the game struggles to find a balance between being purely horror or a title more reminiscent of Resident Evil’s past, and the poor presentation and writing don’t help. And yet, in the moment, much of that can be easily forgiven or even straight-up forgotten because it immerses the player so well into a terrifying world of horrors thanks to the polish, initially intense combat sequences and numerous memorable sequences that range from simple exploration to grand, over-the-top boss fights.
  81. Jan 25, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 is in your face, behind your back, and under your skin horror, and it features the most suspenseful, terrifying setting I've seen since the Spencer Mansion. While I have plenty of complaints - unspectacular boss fights and forgettable puzzles - none of these things detracts from the overall atmospheric horror, enjoyable gameplay, and brilliant antagonists that you love to hate. It's everything the series should have been up to this point, and I honestly would have been satisfied with less.
  82. Jan 24, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 truly delivers an experience unlike anything I’ve even been exposed to in the gaming world. It’s fresh, unique, a little bit nostalgic, and downright stressful to play... in a good way. Capcom has taken some seriously impressive strides forward in the franchise and has potentially rescued it from fading into obscurity though this distinct and highly effective new point of view. Resident Evil is back and it will grip your from start to finish until you can’t possibly take anymore.
  83. Jan 23, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 features just the right amount of modern twists mixed into the traditional formula. It may not reach the same heights as an industry-changer like Resident Evil 4, but it certainly ranks among the best entries in the series.
  84. Jan 23, 2017
    It's a bit on the short side and the latter chunk of the game is rather linear, but Resident Evil 7 absolutely recaptures the feeling of survival horror established in the first game. The Baker family is terrifying and spending time trapped in their home is damned good horror. As a new direction for the franchise, returning to an old one seems like it was a great idea.
  85. Jan 23, 2017
    My word, this is very, very good horror. It is perhaps understandable that Capcom have held back as it ensures that, as Takeuchi ordered, Resident Evil is returned to its core. In that, 7 is a success, providing a rich, atmospheric and reverent chiller that is just silly enough to make sure we are all having fun.
  86. Jan 23, 2017
    At its very best, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a barnstorming survival horror with some truly brilliant boss fights. Granted, the game isn't always able to maintain its own high standards, but it eclipses its abysmal predecessor with ease. While it borrows ideas from a variety of different sources, it manages to feel both original and old-school all at the same time. And even though fans are likely to be divided by the release's direction, make no mistake: this is the change that the series has needed for quite some time.
  87. Jan 23, 2017
    Listen, gun and run. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard successfully manages to deliver a horrifying first-person survival experience by grasping series' roots in the murky swamps of rural Louisiana. Finally, Capcom is back on track again.
  88. Jan 23, 2017
    An inspired mix of old school Resi game design and modern presentation, and the best VR options so far in a major release.
  89. Jan 23, 2017
    For them to successfully steer one of their flagships back on track, Capcom has done what many thought was unthinkable. It was less than twelve months ago that the publisher released Umbrella Corps, at which point I – and no doubt many others – were ready to call time on the series. Resident Evil 7 definitely has a handful of weak points, but it’s by far the best AAA survival horror game we’ve seen in quite some time.
  90. Jan 23, 2017
    By the end of the campaign, I was ready for the game to be over, but that's okay. RE7 ends just as it starts to outstay its welcome, and after the fact, I felt like I'd survived a truly harrowing journey. The boss fights may be slightly inconsistent and certain sections might drag after a while, but RE7 is still a remarkable success. It has a clear vision and executes it with impressive patience and precision. By returning to horror, Resident Evil has once again become something special.
  91. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 1, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 is the scariest game in the series since RE1. The change to first-person perspective plays no small role in this: if a nightmarish granny chokes the life out of some figure on your screen, it’s one thing; but when she does the same to you, when you can almost feel her spittle flying in your face – that’s on the whole other level of scary. Not to mention that realistically limited field of vision that allows monsters to creep up from behind or jump from around the corner. [Issue #217, p.56]
  92. Feb 7, 2017
    Its aesthetics may be wanting at times, and its controls are a bit wonky, but the core of what Capcom has here is rock-solid. There are scares a-plenty, exciting shootouts, horrifying deaths and grisly killings. The game boasts plenty of tension and some really smart design choices. This may not feel quite like a traditional Resident Evil game, but when it is this good, who cares?
  93. Jan 26, 2017
    The game also plays very well in PlayStation VR. The early sequences are particularly terrifying when seen in virtual reality, especially when some rather horrible things happen to Ethan. There are some downsides, though, as certain transition animations are cut from the VR version (such as when the player falls). This makes the game feel less polished in VR, although the ability to better explore the environment, and just become more immersed, makes up for it.
  94. Jan 25, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 is a highly effective horror title fans of the genre will enjoy, as long as they can tolerate its short length. It's different than the past few Resident Evil titles, but it's different in the right ways.
  95. Jan 23, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 grounds itself in elements that made the original great while still indulging in a risky new shift in style that both helps and hurts the beloved formula in equal measure. But it’s also the closest a numbered sequel has come to recapturing Resident Evil’s slow, but thrilling and atmospheric adventure game roots in a while — a welcome return that I truly hope to see more of in the future.
  96. CD-Action
    Mar 6, 2017
    Six hours of a good survival game and three hours of a mediocre action game. In its better part it’s the most terrifying title in the series since 2002 (RE1 remake), it never makes you feel completely safe and proves that triple AAA survival horrors are still relevant today. [03/2017, p.40]
  97. 70
    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a game that really struggles to find the new voice that Resident Evil so needs as a franchise. It’s incredibly well designed and executed, and you’re not going to find a game that does VR better than this one. But it’s a confused game, sending out all kinds of mixed messages that suggest the development team - and especially the writers - have a better idea of what makes for horrific imagery than they do of horror as a storytelling genre. As a real fan of horror, and someone who has studied it for years, this is what doesn’t sit so well with me.
  98. VideoGamer
    Jan 23, 2017
    There are some fantastic environments and old school style puzzles in Resi 7. The final section stops being survival horror and becomes a bit of a clunky linear shooter, but the first few hours are scary enough to put you off Louisiana for life.
  99. Jan 30, 2017
    The way the game gradually doles out its environment is impressive, but I found many of the monster encounters towards the game’s second half fairly predictable. I came to expect each new enemy encounter to pile on a couple of extra monsters similar to the ones I’d already killed...As the credits rolled, I felt glad to be done with it.
  100. Jan 23, 2017
    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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  1. Jan 23, 2017
    This new game also shows up just as people start to ask, "how do we do horror in VR?" RE7 doesn't just answer that question. It slams its winning, bloody hand onto a table like a defiant poker champ. To be fair, the game still leaves some VR territory unexplored, particularly things like hand-tracked controllers and room-scale experiences, but its tasteful handling of comfort, presence, and jump-scare gimmicks has no peer. Flat-screen players will have plenty to enjoy as well, but strap into the VR mode if at all possible. Either way, Resident Evil is back.
  2. Jan 23, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 is an absolute triumph that honors the series' legacy in almost every way imaginable. But it also stands confidently on its own as an amazing piece of interactive horror.
  3. Mar 7, 2017
    Perhaps Resident Evil 7's most intriguing quality is how it plays around with the idea of retracing your steps.
  4. Jan 23, 2017
    After years of stagnation, the stage was ripe for a revamp and revitalization, and on that front, Resident Evil 7 succeeds wildly. It wisely swaps its continent-crossing conspiracies for a provincial tour through a solitary dilapidated homestead in Louisiana. It cleaves away its bloated, lore-laden mythology for a brand new cast of characters who don't require hours of poring through fan wikis to decipher their motivations. And most significantly, Resident Evil 7 tosses aside the series' once revolutionary third-person camera perspective for a dreadfully immediate first-person view.
  5. Jan 26, 2017
    Resident Evil 7 can occasionally frustrate with excessive boss fights and patronizing puzzles, but it’s still a scary and violent blast of survival horror that paints a bright future for the franchise. Bloody, tense, and exciting throughout, Resident Evil 7 is exactly what the series needed. Full of dread and brimming with anxiety, the series that started it all has finally found itself after decades of wandering.
  6. Jan 23, 2017
    It's a minor miracle that Capcom was able to bounce back from the atrocity that was Resident Evil 6 with a taut, uncompromising horror story that borrows the best bits of the series while pushing forward in welcome new directions. There might be a number in the title, but don't let that throw you...Whatever your relationship is to the series, Resident Evil 7 is sensational video game horror.
  7. Mar 7, 2017
    A bold and successful reinvention of the franchise. It confidently blends together the old and the new, combining the best of the series with more modern first-person exploration games. It’s a complex mystery that balances terror, action, and exploration almost seamlessly. And despite standing on its own quite well, it ultimately ties itself into the existing — and incredibly convoluted — Resident Evil mythos in a satisfying way.
  8. Feb 9, 2017
    From its opening unhinged riff on Texas Chainsaw Massacre to the more traditional bulk of its gameplay, it’s an eerie, consistently entertaining puzzle box drenched in Southern gothic dread. And the videotapes are the stroke of genius that turn that puzzle box into a tesseract.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 3747 Ratings

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  1. Jan 24, 2017
    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 Full Review »
  2. Jan 24, 2017
    This game isn't Resident Evil I give it a 4 over 10 because at least is a decent survival... I guess. But the relation with the roots of theThis game isn't Resident Evil I give it a 4 over 10 because at least is a decent survival... I guess. But the relation with the roots of the franchise is nonexistent, yeah the game has limited resources and saves, and puzzles and you have to manage an inventory... and that's all... in other words the only thing that resembles to the classic ones is that is a survival horror, but that's all, not all the survival horror games are Resident Evil (like Alone in the Dark IV, it has limited resources, saves, puzzles... and is not a Resident Evil), trust me, these game doesn't bring any other element of classic Resident Evils aside from the genre.

    The atmosphere doesn't fit with Resident Evil at all, I'm not saying is bad for a horror game, but in a Resident Evil game doesn't fit at all, in the older games you were on mansions, castles, police stations... all those places have kind of rich and decadent look, the location on this one however is just a redneck house full of rubbish.

    The mechanics are kinda mix of Alien Isolation meets Clock Tower, which is not bad, but again is not Resident Evil roots, and as I said before, all the other elements like, limited resources or puzzles are in almost every survival horror game, so it doesn't make it more Resident Evil.

    The Bakers are just lame, I remember when in RE2 you were chased by MrX or in RE3 you were chased by Nemesis, those two were intimidating, you knew you wouldn't survive a fight against them, on this game however you get a redneck family that wear shovels... they're pathetic.

    The camera is a point were everyone should agree, I don't like it but is not the first camera change on the franchise they already did in games like RE Survivor for the PS1 or in RE4 onwards (though it wasn't a first person point of view), anyway the camera change in this case is to make it more similar to modern/generic horror games and to sell more VR, in other words just a gimmick to get more people buy the game and the VR.

    Also... Were are the characters? The older Resident Evil games were full of characters aside from the antagonist, you had partners, maybe they weren't well writted at all (somebody wants a Jill sandwich?), but to be fair that was part of the essence, Resident Evil was like a B movie all along full of memorable characters. On this one you have your generic faceless protagonist (thank god at least he has a name), the rednecks (aka Leatherface family), your possesed girlfriend and the black guy (who like in all horror movies dies first) and that's all...

    The story is a mess, it isn't related to the franchise in any way, is a mix between Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Evil Death, the paranormal stuff is completely out of place, I don't care they try to give it an explanation, they just put that garbage that doesn't fit in a Resident Evil game and tried to get out with it with some lame excuse.

    I can't say everything about this game is wrong, but I can't put a grade higher than 4 because it isn't a Resident Evil, because Capcom lied to all Resident Evil fans (once again) and to be fair is just another generic horror game... By all the means disappointing. If they wanted to create a new IP they should have done it, instead of doing a DMC all over again.
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  3. Jan 24, 2017
    I never was a big Resident Evil fan until I decided to pick this game up for the PS VR. The VR is phenomenal. The immersion is great. I spentI never was a big Resident Evil fan until I decided to pick this game up for the PS VR. The VR is phenomenal. The immersion is great. I spent about an hour and a half on this game last night, and it leaves me to want to play more. It feels like this game was made for the PS VR and then to keep sales up, allowed to be played without it.

    I read the other reviews that complain about it not being like the others. For that I am SO GLAD. The others were kind of lame.
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