I am a big fan of the 1st 3 games and played them to death, In particular, Resident Evil 2 is my favourite game of all time. I was interested in this new title 7 but was skeptical about having human enemies in the game, and even after playing the inital demo, I still wasn't sold. But after seeing some reviews and artciles, I had to try it out and was glad I did. I have completed it in 8 hours on Normal, then a speedrun in 2 hours and 55 minutes on Easy and am dying to play it through again on Madhouse
Resident Evil 7 is the 1st main game in the series to be in 1st person perspective, which means it forces you to see everything through Ethan's eyes. There are moments in this game that had me genuinely shocked and had me at a stand still with my jaw wide open ( Some of these moments are very early on in the game too)
The atmosphere in the game is great, and you always have a feeling of unease as you creep around the house, never knowing what to expect around the next turn. The lighting also really helps to play a part in this, and is really well done.
The inventory is back so you have to manage your resources (ammo and health can be created now through chemical packs). You will find yourself struggling to decide which items to take with you ( Although you can upgrade your slots via backpack upgrades ) Should you have taken the shotgun over the grenade launcher? These are the question the game asks of you.
Once you complete the game you are rewarded with some nice unlockable, which are handy on subsequent playthroughs. The story is nicely tied up with a small surprise at the end though I was left slightly disappointed, and I felt that the last half of the game was nowhere near the quality of the first half, but maybe that's just me.
The game itself feels like it harkens back to the first game, but in first person mode. You never feel safe, no matter how much ammo you have. Capcom have smashed the atmosphere in this game, and am happy that they have returned to their true survival horror roots again.