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Resident Evil 7 Demo Preview


Capcom surprised everyone at the PlayStation E3 Press event by showing off a completely different Resident Evil experience.  To top that off, they dropped a demo of the game on PSN Store.  And we got our hands on it.

Before we delve into Resident Evil 7 demo, let me first explain that this isn’t the usual full featured preview.  The demo is more like a really tight teaser that literally lasts a few minutes before curtain call.  With that out of the way, let’s get to Resident Evil 7.

Resident Evil 7 Demo Preview

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Gone are the third person camera and stop and pop controls made popular by Resident Evil 4.  This is a whole new beast.  Taking on the shape of something like PT or the recently cancelled Alison Road.  The game is entirely in first-person, which is entirely new for the franchise (unless you counting the light gun spin-off titles).  The entire game will be playable from beginning to end, completely in VR using PlayStation VR headset.

You play a character who wakes up in a delipidated house with your only objective is to escape the house.  The visuals are hyper-realistic, quite similar in fact to PT.  The environments themselves are fairly interactive, able to open drawers, pick up items and use them.  Your view of the dark, moody environment is extremely limited and adding so much tension to your exploration.  I played the session with a pair of cans and my goodness it just added to the tension, truly scary without being unbearably terrifying.

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The mechanics themselves are extremely simple, you just point at item of interest and press X to pick up.  To open doors (if unlocked) walk up to them and your character raises his hand to push open.  A nice little trick is that you don’t have to open the door entirely you could even just peek through it a little, this should be interesting to see implemented in VR.  There’s a section where you are “playing” a recording from another character from a camera man point of view, with you controlling said character.  Right up to the point they meet their untimely demise.

Conclusion

However the teaser ends far too soon, I didn’t experience any combat, so I have no clue if there will be any in the finished title.  There was no sign of zombies this time round which could actually be for the better.  The demo left me intrigued and wanting to experience more of the game.  Guess we’ll just have to wait until its release.

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Resident Evil 7 will launch on PS4, Xbox One and PC on the 24th January 2017.  You bet your bottom cents we’ll be braving it out on PlayStation VR when it comes out.