ESGS 2016: Capcom – Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

One of the booths that people were most excited about to check out at ESGS this year was the Capcom booth as they let attendees try out a demo of the highly anticipated next major installment of the long-running Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.

In the demo, you find yourself inside the Baker house, the game’s main setting, in the middle of the day without any knowledge of how you got there. You then have to find a way out of the house by using items you find to not just unlock more areas of the house but also discover why you ended up at the house in the first place.

If the demo is anything to go by, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard plays very different from previous titles in the series. First off, the game is now played in the first-person instead of the usual third-person over-the-shoulder view. This makes your vision and perspective, especially in darker areas, significantly more limited, adding to the game’s sense of suspense and horror.

Secondly, instead of the action and shooter-oriented gameplay of previous titles, Resident Evil 7 plays more like a survival horror game. While there may still be some action sequences in the game, they will definitely be much less in number as the game takes on a more survival than an action theme. Some of the elements from previous Resident Evil games are still present though including a similar inventory system.

Graphics-wise, Resident Evil 7 features a humongous jump in graphics fidelity for the franchise, bringing it up to par with the rest of the games in this current generation. It looks like Capcom is finally making an effort into making the Resident Evil experience more than just excellent gameplay but also excellent visuals as well.

Resident Evil 7 is set to come out on January 24, 2017 on the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC.