So I'm new to the Resident Evil series, RE7 being the first game in the franchise that I've actually played from start to finish. And let me tell you, it's really good! It's really well made, and all-around fun. Well, in a terrifying way. I've been playing it for the last few weeks, and there is still stuff that I want do in it.
The main campaign isn't that long, it took me just shy of 10 hours to complete it. It's about a guy named Ethan, whose wife Mia went missing a few years ago. He follows a new lead about the disappearance, which causes him to come into contact with a very sinister family living in a large estate in the swamps of Louisiana, where a lot of people have gone missing recently. The mystery unfolds from there.
The story is good, but the stars of the show are the gameplay and atmosphere. It's a survival horror game at its core, with a good mixture of creepy, tension-building quiet moments and violent, scary, and/or gruesome outbursts. The stuff in this game gets disturbing. And surely enough, the old, dilapidated mansions and the swamps that hold them are a perfect backdrop for these endeavors.
Unlike some other survival horror games, you can find weapons in RE7. Ammunition is scarce (depending on the difficulty you're playing on), and having to manage your bullet levels, health, and inventory space adds a fair bit of tension. The shooting is done very well, and the enemies are always menacing. No encounter is trivial, and whenever you hear a noise you always feel like you're in danger. And, as you might expect, some enemies cannot be stopped by guns. Or, at least, not permanently.
And the best part for me, RE7 has a lot of replay value due to its unlockable items, difficulties, challenges, and achievements. I've already played through the main campaign four-and-a-half-times, and I'm still not content. I haven't played any of the DLC yet, as I'm still engrossed in the main game.
Anyone else playing this? If not, I can really only recommend it. It's become one of my favorite horror games, for sure.