Do You Have the Guts to Play Resident Evil VII: Biohazard in VR?
The legendary horror series Resident Evil is bringing back the scares for its latest entry, and only the brave will tackle it on PlayStation VR.
Releasing on January 24 to PC, XBO and PS4, Resident Evil VII Biohazard isn’t anything like the ill-received Resident Evil VI. Gone are the over-the-top, quick-time event heavy action sequences. Gone are those tough guy, military heroes. Gone is the over-the-shoulder third-person perspective. Instead, we join a civilian, Ethan Winters, searching for his missing wife amongst the rednecks in Louisiana. Sounds scary, right?
Well it is. This is the story of a man fearing for his life trapped in the home of the deranged Baker family. They own a rundown plantation mansion and it’s here Ethan has tracked his wife. Despite having access to all the classic weapons, ammo is scarce and mostly burnt defeating undead hordes in-between the truly terrifying moments spent with the Bakers. These Manson-esque rednecks don’t lack for horrible things to say and do to you, and their always close presence as you try to escape adds untold tension. But as the mystery unfolds, you won’t be able to look away.
As mentioned, the game unfolds in first-person, which really brings the moments when you’re hiding, or having the rug pulled out from under your feet by a neat piece of level design and choreography, all the more dramatic. Plus, it’s a great perspective for virtual reality. While the entire game can be played with a standard controller, for the truly brave who own a PS4, the opportunity to dive right into this world using PlayStation VR is available. And boy is it nuts.
Ethan is no combat soldier, and no athlete, so running away, exploring for escape routes and creeping about are key ways of surviving the Bakers. In VR, the sense of looking around dark corners, sneaking around threats and engaging in combat is so much more intense it’s near impossible to get it across in word. The world has been meticulously created, too, and you will find your jaw dropping frequently as you examine the disgusting and often disturbing environment.
In one sequence, we were so immersed in the world that when our head was grabbed and held back, it physically felt like we could not move our neck. No amount of nodding could help. It’s quite hardcore, but also riveting. We highly recommend picking up Resident Evil VII Biohazard when it releases on January 24, but even if you have the PS4 headset, we wonder if you will have the guts to play it in VR.
Prove us wrong!
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