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Resident Evil 7 hailed the creepiest game in the series, six years on

Catherine Lewis

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Resident Evil 7 hailed the creepiest game in the series, six years on

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Resident Evil is easily one of the most iconic horror series in gaming. If you want spooks, everyone knows that any Resi game can provide - it’s not a question of will it be scary, but how little sleep you’re going to get as a result of playing it.

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This month (23 January, to be exact), Resident Evil 7: Biohazard turns six years old. The predecessor to Resident Evil Village, this was the first game to introduce us to Ethan Winters, who’s now up there with some of the series’ best-known protagonists. Beyond that though, its release was also met with very positive reviews, and as such, it’s little wonder that fans are still full of love for it today.

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Over on Reddit, fans have been busy sharing their retrospective thoughts on the title, and one point is almost universal - it’s a really great game.

“Definitely one of the best games of all time. It's the second best in the franchise behind the RE2 remake,” SavagePhantoms90 wrote. “Game was a masterpiece, I was hesitant on [sic] the first-person display, but I grew to love it. The story was really good too, it’s the only Resident Evil game where I felt genuinely bad for the ‘enemies’[,] in this case, the Baker Family. Jack was just trying to save someone’s life and he and his family wound up paying the ultimate price for it,” L4DMalus added.

Many also noted how fantastic an experience it is in VR - something which I admittedly can’t personally speak from experience on because I don’t have the guts to handle RE7’s horrors filling my entire peripheral vision. But for those who are a bit braver, what a time it is: “Best VR game ever, and possibly one of the greatest gaming experiences I ever had. Fun game to platinum,” commented hzsn724. “You have to play in VR! [It] feels like another game and was meant to be experienced in it,” Gundam_Greg agreed.

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Even without a VR headset locking you into the action though, there’s no doubt that the game is still terrifying. One user claimed that it’s the scariest game they’ve ever played, while another dubbed it “the creepiest RE for sure”.

Just last year, it was revealed that there was originally a push for RE7 to be filled with microtransactions, but thankfully Capcom president Kenzo Tsujimoto stepped in to put a stop to the demands, and set on executive producer Jun Takeuchi and the rest of the team with making the game we all know and love. It’s weird to imagine that it could have turned out so differently, but knowing how beloved of a title it ended up becoming, it’s obvious that this was the right choice.

So, happy birthday, RE7 - you may have spooked us all silly, but you’re still one of the best instalments the series has to offer.

Topics: Resident Evil, Capcom

Catherine Lewis
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