Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, also known as Biohazard 7: Resident Evil (バイオハザード7 レジデント イービル Baiohazādo 7 Rejidento Ībiru) in Japan, is a survival horror video game developed and published by Capcom. The game was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in January 2017.
The story follows Ethan Winters in the search for his wife Mia, which leads him to a derelict plantation, home to the Baker family. Ethan makes use of various weapons and tools in the fight against the Baker family and creatures known as the "Molded".
Why It Rocks
- Unlike the last three main entries, this game retains the series' original survival horror roots, which was first restored in Resident Evil: Revelations.
- The game is played from a first-person perspective; which increases the sense of tension: enemies cannot be readily noticed as they would be in third person.
- Amazing and breath-taking graphics and effects.
- The game introduces a blocking mechanic.
- Lots of genuine jumpscares.
- The Baker Family, especially Jack Baker and his funny dialogue.
- Each family member also seem to harken back to many horror villains. Jack behaves like a Slasher villain, Marguerite is a monstrous villain, and Lucas behaves like that of Jigsaw from Saw.
- It introduces the Molded.
- Great voice acting.
- An interesting plot involving a murderous family.
- A wide variety of weapons including pistols, shotguns, axes, flamethrowers, explosives, and chainsaws.
- Interesting boss battles.
- Several puzzles must be solved to advance through the game, much like the first installments from the series.
- A Resident Evil game about evil residents! Also for the first time, the Japanese name of the game was in the title, and vice versa.
- The franchise's golden boy Chris Redfield appears at the end of the main story, as well as become the protagonist for the DLC entitled Not a Hero.
- Speaking of which, the DLC Not A Hero (as mentioned) has the player playing as Chris Redfield who is trying to save his teammates and hunt down Lucas.
- V.R. mode brings a much scarier experience to the game.
- The Madhouse difficulty goes back to old-school RE with removing auto-save using a cassette player as save state, decreasing the amount of ammo found, and making the bosses tougher to kill.
- The DLC End of Zoe allows the player to play as Joe Baker (Jack's brother), who punches Molded to death using his fists. He even gets a gauntlet at the end that can be charged to deal more damage.
- The Banned Footage DLCs adds lots of mini-games. There are 5 different modes.
- Nightmare: It is a round-based survival horde game where waves of Molded attack the player. The main objective is to "Survive Until Dawn" battling against the said enemies and ultimately Jack Baker. The player has Scrap which they earn and use to craft items and skills in order to survive.
- Bedroom: The player has to figure out how to escape a bedroom from Marguerite without getting caught. If you get caught you take damage; three hits and you die.
- Ethan Must Die: The player must get from the Yard by the entrance of the Old House to the Green House while getting through the Main House, which is modified with traps and different enemy placement. Dying respawns the player back to the beginning, the layout and spawn points of enemies and traps, as well as the type of enemies per spawn point is fixed, and enemies deal much more damage to the point where they can kill the player in a single hit. There are also randomized crate spawns with ranks assigned to them ranging from 1 to 3 and a much rarer chest for a rank 4 item. Items that drop from crates and chests are randomized within a possible list based on the rank of the crate. The crate layout on the map re-randomizes after each death and some crates are rigged to explode which can cause immediate death.
- 21: A turn-based card game where the player selects cards similar to Blackjack. The player and opponent named Hoffman take turns choosing to "hit" or "stay". The winner is whoever has the cards with a total value closest to 21 without going over.
- Daughters: This shows how the Baker Family came under Evie's control.
- This game is a great starting point for newcomers to get into the RE franchise.
- Good fanservice to past Resident Evil titles.
- Good soundtrack.
- "Welcome to the family, son."
- The game gives you a choice to cure Mia or Zoe, but it doesn't matter because the only thing different is Ethan's monologue at the end and that Zoe and Mia both die. That and it contradicts the End of Zoe DLC.
- Ethan is a pretty generic protagonist.
- Chris' look, in which case he looks like a completely different person, especially when compared to his look in Resident Evil 6 (although to some fans, Chris' look here is more in line with how he looked in both the first Resident Evil game and Resident Evil - Code: Veronica).
- The Switch version, while having all the DLC for the original game, can only be played by streaming it.
- Low enemy variety.
- The fight with Eveline at the end is pretty disappointing considering how easy it is.
- You can't skip most of the main game's cutscenes which somewhat hurts replay value.
- This game has no unlockable costumes unlike most of the main Resident Evil games.
- In "End of Zoe" it's revealed that the swamp monster is Jack, which doesn't make sense since Ethan cured him in the main game.
- While its a great introduction to new players, its a bit misleading since there are no references to the series until towards the end and feels like a brand new game not to mention; story-wise it's barely connected to canon RE lore.
- False Advertising: The physical copies of the Gold Edition of the game (which is basically a Complete/Game of the Year/Definitive Edition usually with all DLC included) say that a DLC story mode called Not A Hero is included in this version, but that's not the case, as it is still a separate download (while still free) from the Gold Edition.
Resident Evil 7 was released to generally favorable reviews, which praised the gameplay, atmosphere, graphics, design and storyline.
The game was also lauded by its return to a survival horror experience instead of an action-oriented one from previous installments. The game is also often compared to Konami's cancelled game Silent Hills.
Angry Joe gave the game an 8 out of 10.