When Resident Evil 7: Biohazard was first unveiled a couple weeks ago at E3 2016, I was immediately ecstatic for the series again. I have always been a huge fan of the Resident Evil series. I would even go as far as saying that it probably is my favorite series in gaming. Die-hard series fans of the series have been clamoring for a return to form ever since the series started taking a more action-adventure approach after Resident Evil 4, particularly Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 being the punchline of just about every RE joke you can throw a stick at. Resident Evil 4 is regarded as one of the best games of all time and I completely agree with that. I DID like RE 5 and RE 6 as well, but I will admit that RE 6 probably is my most disliked entry in the series. Well, fret no further RE fans! After spending some time with the RE 7 demo and completing all the different endings, I can safely assume that RE 7 is FINALLY going back to its horror roots. If it will be full blown SURVIVAL-horror remains to be seen but I have an inkling it will be. Capcom has recently confirmed that this demo is a prologue and will NOT be in the final game proper but rather that this teaser was meant to convey the tone and atmosphere that the final game will have, as well as give a taste of the gameplay mechanics. And this teaser is dripping in atmospheric horror. The first thing you are obviously going to notice is that it is now in a first-person viewpoint. Capcom has also confirmed that the entirety of the final game WILL BE in first person view, which is understandable as RE 7 is slated to also be a PlayStation VR game as well. Capcom also recently confirmed that the game is around 65% complete and “progressing nicely.” Which, after playing this teaser, I would agree with. The graphics and high level of detail in the environment is already looking quite impressive. There was several definite gross-out moments that I won’t spoil here because, if you are a RE fan, you just have to experience it for yourself. But I WILL say that it starts out with the player character waking up in an old dilapidated hell hole of a house and the main objective of the demo is to get out of the house. In true Capcom fashion, there is some minor puzzles that must be completed to make it out of the house as well as a few hidden items that you’re able to get. One of the items you can find is an ax and a producer on the game recently confirmed that the ax was put in the teaser to show that there WILL be combat in the final game.
After RE 7 was unveiled at the E3 press conference, there was a few different things that immediately ran through my mind. One of the first things was that, at the time, it almost seemed like it might be a reboot. It was just the way that the logo was revealed, how the roman numeral 7 popped up and then blended in to the Resident Evil letters, it looked as though Capcom was saying that RE 7 is called just Resident Evil. And now i know, that is NOT the case. Capcom has stated that the character you will play in the final game is different from the one in this demo, so we still don’t know who the main protagonist will be just yet, but Capcom has also confirmed that RE 7 DOES take place AFTER the events of Resident Evil 6. After seeing an item that you can find in the upstairs part of the house in the teaser, it is also pretty safe to assume that Umbrella is involved somehow, but it remains to be seen if the enemies are zombies or of they are anything that we have seen in the series before or if it is some kind of new virus or something like that. I kind of have an impression that it will be a new kind of virus therefore a new kind of threat in RE 7, but this is just my own personal opinion. I don’t know for sure at the time of this writing. Needless to say, RE 7 has created quite a bit of buzz following the unveiling at E3 and this subsequent teaser demo. Capcom recently stated in a magazine interview that the teaser has been downloaded over 2 million times! And at the time of this writing, it is only available for download by PlayStation Plus members. So it is safe to say that I am not alone in being a lifelong RE fan and having my excitement in the series reignited after what has transpired in the world of Resident Evil in the last few weeks. I will admit that when it was first revealed that Resident Evil 7 will ship on January 24, 2017-I immediately thought that it was to soon and that the game might be this small VR experience, but, after playing this teaser and hearing what Capcom has said about the game, I am no longer worried about it and have high hopes that RE 7 will return not only the Resident Evil series back to its former glory, but that it will breathe new life into the Survivor/Horror genre as a whole. Stay tuned to SportsNerdWeb for more details on RE 7 as they become available, because this is definitely a title I am going to be keeping a close eye on….CHEERS!