Resident Evil 7 is something special, a horror game that attempts to introduce something interesting and unique in its own aspect to break from the mold. The series up to this point has given us a character to play with an assortment of combat skills making it easy to adapt to whatever situation arises. However, this time we play as Ethan who only has a few select options of skills that he can use to protect himself with. At the same time, we still get things that are familiar and usually found horror movies/games, such as the creepy old house in the middle of nowhere. Even with these traditional choices, the game still succeeds in being an experience worth checking out.
Pros and Cons
-A great story that's maybe cliché, but still interesting
-Very limited running space, makes you feel that there is nowhere to hide from enemies
-Fun gunplay with useful weapons to unlock and use
-Fantastic graphics that look impressive and creepy
-Ethan is a bland protagonist
-The game’s horror dies down too early before reaching the end
The story is set in the middle of 2017 somewhere in the Southern United States. Ethan Winters has been looking for his missing wife Mia for three years who is thought to be dead. One day he receives a sudden call from Mia begging him to come and find her. Ethan, not taking the time to question the validity of the call, travels to Louisiana eventually finding himself in the middle of a forest coming across a farmhouse in his search for Mia. Upon investigating, he runs into Jack Baker, the patriarch of The Baker Family, and finds out that they are more than just eccentric people and realizes that he has to find a way to escape.
Resident Evil 7 gives us the classic horror movie/game tropes that we all know and love. Examples can include, a creepy house in the middle of a forest, a crazy family that eats some really messed up stuff, a creepy little girl that is silent most of the time, a cop that does not listen to a single word of the main character, and guns and ammo being in random locations for no reason, it has it all.
This may look a little cliché with everything it throws at us, but it manages to do its job by making the story interesting and worthwhile. I found quite a lot of enjoyment out of how they gave us enough familiar content to to know that we are playing a horror game, but still throwing in a few new twists here and there to remind us that we are playing a new title in the series.
I really loved how the Baker Family was handled and loved their personalities. Each one of them has something unique and creepy about them fitting the theme of horror perfectly.
The only issue I had with the story was with Ethan himself. He is mainly a bland character that lacks an interesting personality and unfortunately shows no character development throughout the story.
What we have here is a fun game to play and I really enjoyed the survival horror elements that it has. This time, instead of getting a collection of weapons that you can carry around to defend yourself with, you have a limited amount of items that you can carry throughout the game forcing you to make tough choices on what to pick up, and what to leave behind.