9 Ways Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Will Freak You The F*ck Out
Are you brave enough to face the new creepy AF game?
Capcom’s 20-year-old survival horror franchise returns in a big way next week, as Resident Evil 7: Biohazard hits shelves with the intention of scaring the shit out of us. With recent entries in the franchise swapping suspense for action shooting, Biohazard is taking us all the way back to 1996 by having us wander around a creepy mansion without the FAINTEST CLUE as to what’s going on. It’s a familiar story, sure. But what’s different twenty years on from the first Resident Evil game is how the game’s developers will scare the life out of us this time around.
Here are 9 ways Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is guaranteed to freak you the f*ck out…
1. The Story
After receiving an email from his missing wife that contains an address in Louisiana along with a message that reads: “Come and get me,” Ethan Winters travels to a decrepit mansion in the bayou in search of her.
It’s only when Ethan begins his search in the *seemingly* abandoned house that this new nightmare unfolds after being attacked by a stranger and knocked unconscious. When he wakes up, Ethan discovers he is now in the clutches of the Baker family.
2. The Bakers
Like any other self-respecting Resident Evil game, it’s safe to assume that this creepy ass mansion will house many a mutated nasty. After all, and in the words of Rihanna; “This is what you came for”. But it’s the Baker family who will make you regret stepping into this sick little homage to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre the most. There’s Jack (who likes to bludgeon people to death), his wife Marguerite (who has a short temper and can control insects with her mind), and Lucas, their son (who is described as a “bad seed”). Whilst finding your wife may have been your first priority, surviving the vicious attacks the Baker family will now inflict upon you as you try to escape the mansion will consume your thoughts from here on in.
Described as slimy jet-black creatures that attack with long, sharp claws, the “Molded” that you will find lurking around the corridors of the mansion are giving us serious Stranger Things Demogorgon vibes, and not in a good way! Blasting their limbs won’t do much to stop them from getting all up in your face, so make sure and aim for their head to ensure maximum destruction of their central nervous system.
For all us scaredy cats, it’s a given that this will be the absolute WORST entry to play in the franchise as first-person mode is the only mode you will be experiencing this game in - thus dramatically increasing the chances of you peeing yourself in front of your friends.
5. RE Engine
The RE Engine was specifically designed with Resident Evil 7 in mind, and has allowed the game’s developers to produce photorealistic results and display objects of various textures, right down to the smaller of details. Add to that your first-person point of view and the game being fully playable in a 360-degree environment with PlayStation VR, and your totally f*cked dream of starring in your own horror movie has finally come true.
What’s worse is that Capcom promises that the RE Engine is only the first step in creating more photorealistic games and immersive worlds. Bloody hell.
6. The Silent Hills / P.T. Similarities…
For anyone still bummed over the now-cancelled game after playing the playable teaser for 30 nerve-shredding minutes, all teasers for Biohazard point to it embracing the claustrophobic terror of Silent Hills whilst keeping the combative encounters we have come to expect from a Resident Evil game. You won’t be sleeping with the lights off for quite a while tbqh.
First comes the JUMP, then comes the combat. And the new Isolated View perspective makes you feel closer to the action than ever before.
8. The Found Footage Tapes
Because when has watching found footage tapes in a horror setting ever ended well? Um, never. But from time to time in the game you’re going to find a video tape containing footage that seems to have been recorded from within the grounds - and you’re going to need to watch it. Unfortunately, as the player, watching a tape means stepping into its reality and experiencing the horrors of the past first-hand.
9. Ghost Girl
Players have already spotted a ghost girl at seven different locations whilst playing the Resident Evil 7 demo. But who is she? And can she please promise to not jump out on us when we get our hands on the game on January 24th?!
- By Portis Wasp @portiswasp
- 'Resident Evil 7: Biohazard' is out on PC, Xbox One and PS4 on 24 Jan 2017.