6 Reasons Resident Evil 7 Is the Best Since Resident Evil 4

Published 8 months ago by Andy Farrant

Baker's treat

At first, Resident Evil 7 seems like a far cry from Resident Evil survival horror tradition, with its controversial new first-person perspective and apparent preference for stealth and hiding. As a long time fan of the Resident Evil series, though, I think it's the best Resident Evil since 4, for the following (mostly spoiler-free) reasons.

Though the early gameplay demos have focused on early portions of the game, which admittedly are more stealth-based, the game plays more and more like a Resident Evil game of yore as it goes on.

The Baker plantation in which you find yourself after the house feels like a true heir to the Spencer Mansion in the original Resident Evil, with its hidden rooms, weird locks and numerous secrets, and the combat here is Resident Evil through and through.

Resident Evil 7 does have its jump scares,but what it really excels at is creating an uneasy atmosphere that has you constantly on the edge of your seat. At one point I was so wound up that I was genuinely scared by my own shadow, and yes, my track record in this department is not great, but it's gratifying to play a horror game that is both scary and compelling.

The game isn't perfect; the last third of is notably weaker than the rest, there isn't a huge amount of variety in the regular enemies you face, and it feels like some story threads were left unresolved. If you're a fan of Resident Evil, though, or you just enjoy survival horror and weird, involving stories, then Resident Evil 7 is a fun, scary and absorbing way to spend 10 of your hours.

Previously on Outside Xbox: The 7 Scariest Things in Resident Evil 7 So Far

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Andy Farrant
Andy is co-editor at Outside Xbox, enjoys difficult moral decisions and fights like a cow. You might remember him from such defunct Xbox video channels as Inside Xbox.

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