THE MODERN CLASSIC RESIDENT EVIL 7
Format PC, PS4, XO Publisher Capcom Developer Capcom Released 2017
After 22 Biohazardous years you’d think Resident Evil would have done it all. Surely there are only so many ways you can dress up monsters and herbs? Well, no, actually. Putting the rule book in a blender last year, Resident Evil 7 is a modern masterpiece with a very clear slew of horror movie inspirations. The despicable Baker family and their dilapidated mansion are straight from The Texas Chainsaw
Massacre, while the found footage elements take their lead from the nasties of Rec and The Blair Witch Project. The new first-person camera adds a whole new level of fear as you enter a house that it’s clear that no-one ever leaves. (You can even play it in PSVR, if you’re feeling brave.) The game might fall apart somewhat in its final act as it returns to more traditional elements of Resi (another monster to grenade in the face? You really shouldn’t have) but the first few hours of Resident Evil 7 are sheer intravenous horror. Playing hide and seek with the hideous Marguerite, solving shadowy puzzles, and just waiting for insane patriarch Jack Baker to rear his hideous bearded head, this is a franchise that shows you can teach an old dog new tricks. Even the ones that try to rip your throat out.