I recently had a chance to play Resident Evil 7’s demo on Steam and it only reinforced my opinion that this game will be one of the worst games to release in 2017.
Resident Evil is going through a serious identity crisis right now. Is it a action game? A horror game? Or a bit of both? Well… it’s neither of those things right now. It’s a first person shooter/Outlast clone. It’s pretty much Outlast with guns and some survival horror elements. Capcom thinks that just because they bring back the old inventory system, and make ammo sparse that it’s the good ole Resident Evil again.
Lets just ignore the goofy, over the top characters, story, and gameplay that every Resident Evil game is known for and go with Outlast as our inspiration and all the little kids will love it right? Wrong! I don’t want this shit. A first person Resident Evil game that tries it’s best to scare me isn’t something I wanted. Resident Evil Revelations 2 was a good example of Resident Evil going back to it’s roots. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a step in the right direction.
The Evil Within is the best Resident Evil game we’ve had in a long time because it’s made by the guy that started the series and I think it was a great game that I hope gets a sequel some day.
Resident Evil 7 didn’t offer me a single moment that made think it would be a good game. It was boring, tried too hard to be Outlast, and tried way too hard to be scary. If I want to play a first person horror game I’ve got many games to choose from . I didn’t want Resident Evil to go the route every other game developer is going with horror games. I wanted Capcom to stick with the core formula that is Resident Evil and reboot it in a good way. Before any of you fanboys have a chance to say anything I already know that the stage in the demo will not be in the actual game.
That doesn’t make what I experienced any better. I don’t want to go around in first person playing a game that doesn’t resemble Resident Evil at all. I think this game was made for a VR experience and not for core Resident Evil fans. I wouldn’t mind if this was a new horror IP from Capcom, but it’s not. Everything horror from Capcom has to have the name Resident Evil in it and that’s why the series is in the situation that’s in now. It’s gone too far in my opinion and I don’t think I’m going to be purchasing this game until it’s $10 on Steam.
If you’re looking forward to Resident Evil 7 that’s great. I hope you enjoy it, but don’t try and convince me that this game is taking Resident Evil back to it’s roots because it’s not. If Resident Evil was going back to it’s roots it would play more like the older Resident Evil games (which are in third person by the way) then this shit.
Resident Evil 7 looks like your average horror game and that’s not something Resident Evil should ever be.
On a side note, I got some serious Silent Hill vibes from this demo. Capcom is doing everything they can to make Resident Evil what it once was by copying every horror game that’s released in the last ten years…