Review: Resident Evil 7 is a horror masterpiece that brings the series back to its former glory
New but familiar territory.
A whole new layer of horror in VR:
The reason I was most excited to play Resident Evil 7 was the fact that I could play the whole game in VR with PlayStation VR. It's the reason I got a PSVR as soon as I did! Let me just say, every dollar I spent on this headset was worth it. I played about 6 of my 9 and a half hours with the game in VR and it adds a whole new layer to this game!
Bugs crawl all over your face, you get into intense battles with bosses that make you duck your head and move around, and I felt myself actually tensing up as my character would get stabbed or injured because I thought it was about to happen to me. It turns the intensity for the game up to 11 and creates feelings I didn't know I could have while playing a video game.
To add to the already horrifying chase sequences, you can turn your head around while running and see your foes pursuing you and it is probably one of the scariest images ever! It adds all new possibilities to an already fantastic game!
The game also changes how you aim in VR. Instead of aiming with the right stick like a typical FPS, you move your head around where you want to aim and your character moves his arms to adjust his aim. It may sound strange, but it works really well and I kind of preferred it to aiming with a controller.
If you have a PlayStation VR or know someone with one, this is how Resident Evil 7 needs to be played. I would even recommend playing it a second time if you don't have VR but plan on getting one in the future! It's a fantastic use of the device and I really hope more developers include things like this in their titles!
Resident Evil 7 is out now on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. You can check out some of our guides for the game which help you find the hidden VHS tapes and 20 Mr. Everywhere bobbleheads!