For­mat PC, PS4, XO Pub­lisher Capcom De­vel­oper Capcom Re­leased 2017

Games Master - - The Scream Of The Crop -

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.

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