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GAME REVIEW: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Resident Evil is back from the Dead!

Game: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Developer: Capcom
Score: 9/10
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is the newest Resident Evil game from Capcom. Capcom had a lot of pressure on them to make fans fall in love with the Resident Evil series again, after many were disappointed with Resident Evil 6. After becoming lost in this new game for several hours, I can happily reassure fans everywhere that Capcom did not disappoint with RE7.
With all that said, Resident Evil 7 brings the franchise back to its survival horror roots, but it is a bit different than the older games. That's not a bad thing, because sometime you need to make some changes to revive something that's dying.
You play as Ethan Winters who, after receiving a mysteriously creepy video, heads out to a rundown and frightful looking plantation, to find his missing wife Mia. It is in this plantation where you come across the Baker family, and as soon as you meet them, you will wish you never came across them.
Thanks to the Baker family, and several mutilated and horrifying creatures, Resident Evil 7 will have you on the edge of your seat as you never know who or what is waiting for you around the corner. The scenery is gruesome and adds to the "I've walked into my worst nightmare" feeling.
Along with great characters and scenery, RE7 has great game play (a mixture of guns a blazing action and "Oh no I ran out of ammo again" stealth), an intriguing story, and hard yet awesome boss battles. This is also one of the most bloody and gory Resident Evil games in the series, and that's not a bad thing at all!
Another thing I love about this game is that I see so many elements of horror movies brought into this game. The Baker family seems like they could be straight out of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or The Devil's Rejects. I see influences from Saw, as there are crazy tortuous puzzles involved in this game. You can also tell that Resident Evil 7 was took note of the success of the Silent Hill PT demo and brought elements of that into the game. This all helps make the game even more fun.
Now as much as I love this game, its not perfect. It was a bit on the short side, coming in at 8-10 hours of game play and the ending was a little lackluster. It had a lot of build up for an ending, but it didn't necessarily deliver. Overall though, Resident Evil 7 is a survival horror game that will scare you, excite you, and make you fall in love with Resident Evil all over again.

Posted by Mandi Marcus

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