Resident Evil has often been credited as one of the original pioneers of the Survival Horror genre, apart from Silent Hill. Those familiar with earlier Resident Evil games remember the dog jumping through the window giving them one of many memorable jump scares. The series, however, has gone through some rough patches over the years, especially with how Resident Evil 6 turned out. Resident Evil 7, releasing in 2017, seems to be taking the series back to its Survival Horror roots while also trying to bring a fresh, new experience to the series. Video game demos are quite a rarity in this day and age so it was quite refreshing to find that Capcom released a demo of the game before it released. To give you the short answer to this post: this game is SCARY AS HELL!
In the demo you play as Clancy Javis, a cameraman for a paranormal television show. You wake up inside an old, haunted house after being knocked out. Your goal in the demo is to escape the house, however way you can. The demo, apparently, is separate from the actual game and is just used to give the player a taste of what to expect in the final game. The demo is very short, as you would expect, but it actually has quite a bit of replayability. There are 3 different endings you can get when you complete the game: the bad, infected and true ending. The ending you get depends on how you escape the house.
Resident Evil 7 is the first game in the series played from a first-person perspective. This makes the game feel a lot like PT and Outlast and I wouldn’t be surprised if the developers were inspired by those games while making this. The game is also very atmospheric, which is a good thing. Apart from 1 or 2 jump scares, I just got scared being in the house and hearing weird and strange noises. I didn’t know what to expect behind those closed doors. I had to take a few deep breathes and some motivational speaking to convince myself to continue playing. There were also a few puzzle-solving sequences in the game, which involved finding different items around the house. After my first playthrough I got the bad ending and right now I’m trying to get the true ending.
After a very long time this is the scariest Resident Evil has been in years. I was honestly terrified playing this game so it’s definitely doing something right. This game is not for the faint of heart so if you’re the squeamish type, avoid this game like the T-virus. If you thought this game couldn’t make you crap your pants even more, it even has VR support on PS4. Overall, I was truly impressed by what I experienced in this demo and I’m looking forward to the final release of this game.
*The Resident Evil 7 demo is available on PS4 and Steam