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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard review
Exceptional
by BigLadMelton

As 13 year old me first saw the trailer to this game. I simply shrugged it off and thought. Meh. This blows. Then one day my I saw my uncle had a copy. He lent it to me and said “mate, try this. You won’t regret it.” I had never been the same since. This was before I got my own PS4, my mum and dad had to watch me play through the game instead of normal TV because I was that infested into it. My dad even had to peel me off the sofa because I was glued to the game wanting to continue it. 

I have then gone on to complete this game countless times. Earned the platinum trophy twice, Bought every other entry on the PlayStation, learned parts of the script off by heart. And now randomly quote this game wherever I go. 

But how was the game? Simply put. Brilliant. The game was scary, the atmosphere is chilling.  And the overall story was just fantastic. Capcom really did an amazing job on this game. On my first few runs it was actually scary. Of course overtime that fear died down. But I still love this game for what it is. 

AND DONT EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE VR VERSION! Holy shit! I wanna forget I played that so I can be in awe again at how disgusting everything looks up close. People I know got motion sickness within the first 5 minutes from playing the game in VR, I just refused to leave VR when I felt sick. I loved it that much. 

The DLCs are great too. End of Zoe is just fun as fuck. I find 21 replayable constantly trying to beat survival+ mode. And hey. I sunk 19 struggling minutes in Ethan Must Die. 

I actually went ahead and made this game the first I beat on the highest difficulty, and yes. Madhouse took me two years to beat. But it’s fucking rewarding.

I love this game. I will never stress how much I do love it. If there’s one game I will ever suggest to anyone. It’s this. And Village was just as good. 

Date First Completed: 15/4/2019
Time spent on the game as a whole: 97 Hours
Rating: 9.5/10
«Blew my mind»
«Just one more turn»
«Can’t stop playing»
«Beaten more than once»
«OST on repeat»

Other reviews11

First scary RE game since.... ever?
Played: February 13th,2017-May 19th,2017

Scary! The atmosphere is great and the villains are excellent. Ethan isn't intriguing, but is serviceable. The two endings choice is also not that needed.

Grade: B+
Absolutely terrifying and masterful experience. A true return to form for the series. It puts you in a situation where you don't know whats going on only to relater reveal the crazy bioweapon plot that is central to the series. 

Excellent.
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
Very creepy and scary game, especially the beginning. The RE2 remake got so much praise but I stand by this one is better. The FPS feel to it is great and allows for a tighter scarier feel.

The ending is a beat weaker. Not bad but not as good as the first chunk of the game. This is my favourite survival horror game so far. I don’t count the last of us, it’s obviously better and has survival aspects but not really the survival horror feel I’m talking about.

Final Score: A-
First half is one of the best games ive ever played, the minute you get to the ship, stop playing 
«Blew my mind»
Totally not for me. Far too old-school in its design - felt like playing a bad PS1 era game. Same rubbish healing herbs and naff monster design
«Boooring»
I‘ve played every RE since the first undead turned his head at you. In a two-generation history Capcom created a riddle depth scavenger hunt with an over the years shifting action afflicted gameplay. In my experience this became worse with the setup of the 6th episode within Umbrella’s occurrence. What was well enough for most of the younger gamers had been a huge trouble for veterans. Like BB King said: The thrill is gone. Meanwhile and several side stories and remastered remakes later there was finally a light in the dark which became pretty dark again after a while. For the better...

After getting in touch with the demo version “Beginning Hour” I was already feeling a third wave that may change gameplay and atmosphere. With the full version in gold I finally got to experience this horror trip on a 4-meter screen with atmospheric surround sound that helped to scare the shit out of me. I did this game in two days and have to say it’s hell of a fun. 
Even after playing all there was that the series had to offer I got to know once more what true gaming horror is. In a Rob Zombie setting I never would have imagined to be crawling in the dirt to hide from one of the family members rather than running around shooting everything that moves. Coming back in shining armor - riddles and item management - the elements of the game do remind of a time long ago. Not as challenging as it could be but this may results in the overall generous difficulty. May be harder to keep aiming right or enter the next room while still shaking from the one before. Sadly this fails again (like in a lot of games, not only RE) in the final hours of the game. Making things just too monotone.

Nevertheless I’d like to recommend this game to everyone who was bored by the last installments or likes to experience horror in a newer dress for the Resident Evil series. I think the road taken is great and visually the best RE out there. 
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I never finished this game, which speaks more to my inability to complete games these days than to the game's quality, but I the VR is fucking fantastic. It's a seated experience, and I don't think the game was designed with VR in mind, but I found it absolutely engrossing. It delivered some of the scariest horror experiences I've ever had, in any medium. Some of the mechanics were a little frustrating but for the most part it works super well in VR.
Violence got too extreme. The scariest thing about this game was having obscenities screamed at me by one of the bosses. This is not the RE you grew up with. What a disappointment.
«Disappointment of the year»
It was good at first, but it got boring really fast. Repetitive boss fights and puzzles that feel out of place in a home make the game feel less like horror and more like they were trying to hard to reach multiple audiences. It was a step in the right direction for the series, but they need to take another step before they reach it's best.