Resident Evil 7 First Impressions


March 2, 2017 | 341 Views

CrispySinger

I was very sceptical of Resident Evil 7 from the moment it was revealed… the shift in the gameplay and the new style it was taking had me worried and excited at the same time. From the get go I could tell that it wasn’t going to be the “normal” Resident Evil experience, was that necessarily a bad thing? well in one sense the step away from the norm could have been a grave mistake and further damaged the reputation of the franchise that had already taken a beating with titles like “Resident Evil Operation Racoon Shitty City” and in some players eyes, Resident Evil 5 and 6. But at the same time, could this new step be a step in the right direction and one that the series had been needing to take to allow a new life to be brought into the franchise.

Well, I’ll let you know my thoughts exactly thus far.

Resident Evil 7 didn’t take long to throw me into the action and horrors that awaited me. After a brief introduction to the game, I found myself being relentlessly pursued by “Daddy” (AKA Jack), with unpredictable movements I often found myself walking right into danger, fighting for my life and just making it out alive… barely at that. To divert for a moment, I’m a bit further into the game now, but at the moment I still think the start of the game was the most intense section thus far. This may be due to me adapting to the game and its mechanics by now, or because I have a more of an extensive and powerful arsenal on my side now but nothing else yet has quite matched the suspense that Jacks character gave off. Don’t get me wrong, the game is still packed full of neat jump scares and moments where I’m being pursued by an enemy without my knowledge and albeit scary its still not on par with Daddy dearest’s banter.

Resident Evil 7 Trailer

The introduction to the game does an excellent job of setting the atmosphere of the game and quickly shows you there will be little hand holding throughout your journey into madness. Although some of the puzzles are quite simple, the means to solving them aren’t always crystal clear, so you need to make sure you’re on the top of your game and pay close attention to the minor details that are passed by you through files and other means of communication and interaction.

At the start of the game, I was barely paying attention to what I was picking up and looking at and due to this, I found myself wandering around aimlessly for a while and struggling to fend off the larger groups of enemies due to limited resources and firepower. To be fair the same applies for collecting the shotgun, but soon as I figured things out it alone helped me power through some of the enemies that are quite troublesome in bulk near the start of the game.

To reiterate on what I said earlier, the new step the series has taken is quite a fresh one in my eyes. The franchise has ventured into the First Person perspective before, but it’s never been done so elegantly and this well executed before. It has definitely given the franchise a new lease on life and although it is not the normal experience some of the hardcore fans are used to, it’s definitely one that’s worth experiencing as it brings a lot of new and exciting things to the table. Not only that, but I find this far more exciting, intense and engaging the past few main numbered titles. Don’t get me wrong I still love the normal experience that was offered in the likes of Resident Evil 4, Revelations 1 and the likes, but I wouldn’t mind seeing future Resident Evil titles being given this treatment.

Although I’m not quite finished yet, I’m still quite excited to finish my first play-through of Resident Evil 7 and I will have my full thoughts in a review upon completion, so be sure to check back soon.

 

To conclude, my thoughts so far are that Resident Evil 7 is not one to be missed, new to the series or a hardcore fan I’m sure you will enjoy the experience. It offers an immersive and satisfying experience that is quite different to the recent Resident Evil titles, the enemies don’t feel quite as silly and over the top such as the “J’avo” and the likes did in some of the other games (Shout out to the final boss of Leon’s story in Resident Evil 6). That and you yourself don’t feel overpowered and each enemy feels like a threat rather than just fodder that you can dispose of with little to no hassle. Like I previously stated, I’m still quite excited to continue through the game and I have high hopes for the rest of the game.

Have you played Resident Evil 7? Are you going to if not? and if you already have what are your thoughts? I’d love to know, so drop me a comment below or somewhere on the internet!

UPDATE:

Forgot to mention, I’ve been streaming segments of my playthrough on Facebook so be sure to come check it out and drop a like if you enjoy it! Be streaming more of my playthrough this weekend!

About CrispySinger

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