About a year ago we were given the chance to download and play a teaser demo for a game called P.T. It was one of the scariest game demos ever made and everyone was excited for it to release sometime in the future. Unfortunately, this never happened and the game was halted. Since then, gamers have been waiting for that game that captures the same spirit of P.T even with a different narrative. Finally, I feel we have that same lightning in a bottle with Resident Evil 7.
SPOILERS starting NOW:
The demo is currently available to download on PlayStation 4 exclusively for PlayStation Plus members, get it now we before I spoil the trailer for you, Warning there are a few spoilers. If it wasn’t for the Resident Evil logo I would have had no idea it was a Resident Evil game. Not only does it have a different look and feel (from the brand new RE Engine from Capcom) but it is completely made in the first person view. This is a new direction for the main Resident Evil game and from what I have played, I quite like the change. Many people will still prefer the 3rd person view, but I like first person games much more as they feel much more immersive from a gamers standpoint.
When the game first starts, it gives you no story or direction. Simply, “get out”. Our character got up and I was free to walk about the house. The new RE engine is supposed to have photorealistic graphics, and to an extent, I’m inclined to believe this is so. Everything looks great but just one thing. The spider webs have a decidedly blocky look and while moving they seem to be unfinished. Remember, though, this is a work in progress and this is by no means the final form of the game, so I imagine this will be fixed in time. Walking around the room and the house provides so much eye candy that it can be hard not to cringe when you see a cockroach climb a wall, or flies flying about rotten food. The game mainly involves you finding a few things to be able to leave the house, you need to find a key., a secret passage, and a few other things that are foreshadowed so well that the game basically tells you where all of these parts are, but ONLY if you pay attention to the only cutscene in the demo.
This cutscene seems to be a documentary about haunted buildings which starts on the outside of the farmhouse hours before the events of where you are now. You are the cameraman following two other people talking about the house and its history. Admittedly, I waited a few seconds when the cutscene came on because I thought no way can a game look this good, it musty is a cutscene. That is until I moved my camera and realized I am the camera man and the game is playable during this cutscene. Pay attention to this recording, it’s the easiest way to know what things you need to grab and where they are.
After you watch this cutscene you will find the way to the exit. Once the key is in the door and you are free to walk out and beat the game. That is until someone grabs you from behind and pulls you back into the house. This is where I think this game differs from past Resident Evil games. I think this one (nothing has been said about story line yet) is going to play out a bit like the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre, where you are forced to get away from a crazy family. This could also be a bit of a Wrong Turn situation where you are forced to either fight or die. Either way, I feel this Resident Evil is going to have a bit more intimate of a story, where you are just a regular guy, and not a cop or rescuing the President’s daughter.
One of the biggest draws to the game is obviously its VR capabilities. While I have yet to play PSVR in any form I can easily say this is one heck of a scary game and I can only imagine how scary it will be with a VR headset on. If graphics don’t immerse you, then sound definitely will. the sound imagery and intimacy is one of the best I have ever heard and every single thing makes one sound or another. It makes the house come alive and makes te game just that much scarier.
Overall, this demo by Capcom is almost as good a P.T’s and I feel when this game hits store shelves along with PTVR it is going to be an absolute hit with gamers. With its graphics, acting, and sound already bringing the story to life it’s going to be hard to keep the PS Vr headset on as we are going to feel watched at all times. Now, who will we scare by making them play this game on our VR headset? Now, that is something we will have to figure out on our own.
Resident Evil 7 is slated to be released sometime in 2017.
Below is a small gallery of photos if you would like to see a few highlights from the demo: