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How Does Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Manage to Stay True to Franchise’s Core Experience After Big Changes

While it is scheduled to release on Jan. 24, 2017, Sony during its E3 2016 media briefing announced that its Playstation Plus members would be able to download a demo of Resident Evil 7 Biohazard and try it out ahead of its official release next year.

Prior to its official reveal, we talked about things we want and do not want in Resident Evil 7 Biohazard and how Capcom promised to take the game back to its horror roots. However, what we experienced from the demo contains some big changes that may not appeal to everyone.

One of the first things that everyone must have noticed right off the bat is the inclusion of first-person camera view. While Resident Evil games that I loved and played have always been in third-person perspective, there is no denying that this new camera renders the entire experience a whole lot immersive and interactive.

You will find yourself slowly maneuvering through the environment, checking each and every thing out, and continuously expecting something to jump at you. While exploring the environment, you will also notice the game has a slower pacing than its predecessors and there is less focus on shooting zombies lurking around corner.

Another thing that you will notice is that Resident Evil 7 Biohazard clearly draws inspiration from cancelled Silent Hills P.T. While you can still rush through the demo and be done with it, you will find that taking your time with the game will provide you with a great sense of accomplishment. During your exploration of the game world, you will definitely stumble upon things that will make your experience a whole lot better.

All in all, if you are hoping for something that goes in line with classic Resident Evil games, you may be in for a disappointment, but believe me when I say this – with Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, Capcom has indeed returned the game to its horror roots and the core Resident Evil experience remains intact.

Capcom has taken a bold step forward with the Resident Evil franchise, which to me, feels like one headed in the right direction. Resident Evil 7 Biohazard is scheduled to release for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, and Xbox One on Jan. 24, 2017.

Did you get a chance to try out the demo on Playstation 4? Do not forget to share your impressions with us in the comments section below!