Announced during the Sony conference at E3 2016, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard demo is now available on the PlayStation Network to subscribers of PS Plus. The new title manages to impress by its claustrophobic tone and return to the origins of fear and tension of the early franchise.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard | First impression
HP Lovecraft once said: “The oldest emotion of man is fear, and the oldest and strongest of all fears is the fear of the unknown”. Resident Evil 7 is set after the events of its predecessor and will feature a new graphics engine (RE Engine) that provide photo-realistic graphics and a level of immersion that will redefine the roots of the saga. The demo of Resident Evil 7 bet the unknown. At various times the player only hears a noise and see seemingly brief movements without apparent cause. The direction of the game art is accurate to let the monsters to appear when they are in direct confrontation with the protagonist.
If the full game following the aesthetic of this prior, Resident Evil 7 have a unique atmosphere, although mixing elements which we have already seen in the Teasers of Silent Hills and Outlast. The game also lends some visuals from the James Wan film The Blair Witch Project. The pastel shades and dim lighting contribute to the narrative devices that the game intends to employ. If it’s executed well in the full game, this amalgam of visual references should work just fine.
The demo can be completed in a few minutes and does not show much. Leaving the wild action and the seaside of monsters, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard should bet on a more intimate, reflective and minimalist atmosphere in order to return to franchise category of survival horror. The new direction, however, is not much pleasing, but the most nostalgic and purists will probably scream in the four corners of the internet.
During the press conference Sony has also announced that the game will be fully compatible with PlayStation VR. The Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is available to subscribers of PS Plus. The full game comes on January 24, 2017.