So this is actually a demo of sorts. A demo for a game that isn’t out until next year. A demo that shows gameplay that won’t actually be in the final game. Supposedly this is showing the style of the game rather than what the game is about exactly. It seems to be taking on the concept of the hugely viral teaser demo P.T. for Silent Hills before Konami went mental (because Konami is the worst) of showing a theme to build hype without spoiling the main game. I grabbed this demo as quickly as I could so that it didn’t disappear into the ether if Capcom suddenly decided to go mental too. And I have to say, it’s pretty good as a 20 minute demo.
Part of the demo takes place with you wearing a camera, somewhat like Outlast.
The story is a little unclear, but you wake up in a room in a shabby house with the instruction to get out of the house. What follows is a simple puzzle about finding a key to open a door. Thinking about it, that’s fairly standard for a traditional Resident Evil game, but without the horribly convoluted puzzle elements of the past. There’s no silly chess piece keys, or secret crystals that activate magic statues, just common sense. You also get what I assume is a flashback scene with you controlling a camera man. There’s a fairly small area to explore, but it’s absolutely dripping with atmosphere. The sound, or lack of it at times, goes a long way towards giving you a sense of isolation in this creepy, seemingly abandoned home.
It looks lovely. Although perhaps lovely is the wrong word to use.
There’s no combat in the demo, although you can find a weapon if you look around very carefully. This makes sense based on what the developers have said regarding the full game: there will be weapons but combat is not the focus of the game. Supposedly you’ll be better off avoiding fights in the full game which will be a nice change from the more action heavy recent entries in the series. The first person perspective seems to be a reaction to the success of games such as Outlast, Layers of Fear (which I loved by the way) and P.T. This and the lack of zombies do make me question how much of a Resident Evil game this will be in the long run. I’m all for modernising a series, but sometimes it can feel like the developers are making a game and slapping a well known name on the cover to get additional sales (I’m looking at you Syndicate). This is a demo for a very good game in my opinion, but if you’re after more Resident Evil, this isn’t likely to scratch that itch.
A little Blair Witch influence here?
Resident Evil 7 is being developed and published by Capcom. I played the demo on PS4, and would recommend you take a look at it if you’ve got a spare 20 minutes. And Playstation Plus. As a final thought, I bet this would be fantastic in VR!