Announced earlier this week at E3, Capcom released their first playable demo of their upcoming title, Resident Evil 7. Inspired by Konami’s now-defunct Silent Hills, Resident Evil 7 follows much the same vein and offers an exclusive demo in the form of Kitchen to whet the appetite of those who have been clamoring for the franchise to return to its survival-horror roots.
A departure from the traditional third-person style of gameplay and designed with the PlayStation VR in mind, the demo begins with the player waking in an abandoned house and thus begins the search for an exit. In true survival-horror fashion, you are not equipped with any weapon or any other means to defend yourself, and all the while you can hear someone rummaging around throughout the house around you. Clearly you are not alone.
While the demo itself is extremely short, it does offer an abundance of jump scares and really attempts to bring out the horror elements that previous games in the franchise have failed to do in years past. While it only took me around 12 minutes to complete from start to finish, that shouldn’t deter you from trying out this terrifying adventure into what could be best described as the worst American Pickers episode ever.
And though the game does resemble a certain Playable Teaser (P.T.) from last year’s E3, hopefully Resident Evil 7 will fare a much better fate than that of Silent Hills and its failed indie spiritual successor, Allison Road. Having played through Capcom’s recent demo, color me optimistic about the Resident Evil franchise bringing back true survival horror, over whatever the fuck Resident Evil 6 was.
It’s also important to note that this demo is exclusive to PlayStation Plus members on the PS4 and will not be featured in the game’s final retail release. Instead, we will be treated to a new hero and gameplay. So make sure you grab this demo while you can.
Resident Evil 7 will be released January 24, 2017, on PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, and Xbox One. In the meantime, make sure you check out and download the Resident Evil 7 Teaser: Beginning Hour demo, free on your PlayStation 4 as long as you’re a PlayStation Plus member.