Resident Evil 7 Demo Impressions

This may be the single most pointless thing i’ll ever write as Capcom has already stated that the content in this demo wont be representative of the game when released. So why even bother writing this up? Because I want to have something in record to point too so I can chastise capcom when they fuck the game proper. This was really damn good and I hope the real game is like this, but this is capcom were talking about, so I have no hope.

The first thing I noticed was just how great the demo looked. The filth and slime were near tangible. Walking through the games environments almost made me physically ill. If the point of a horror games environment is to make you uncomfortable, then job well done, capcom. While the demo never really reached true for horror for me, no jumps or screams, it did have me in panic mode for most of my play time, and that was all due to the environment. A few people I follow on twitter complained about the lack of visibility, saying it was a cheap trick to amplify the scares, but I disagree. In fact, I felt you could see enough that the demo really couldn’t pull that kind of Silent Hill trick.

When I first started I was kind of worried Capcom was just going to copy P.T., but that worry was swiftly swept away as the two games have very little in common outside of a few basic aesthetic decisions. However, those aesthetic decisions were clearly drawing from P.T.’s successes, and through most of the game I got the feeling that “homage” was the leading creative principle. Nearly ever successful horror property felt like it was being referenced here, but I don;t feel that’s a bad thing. Hell, half the reason the original game got as big as it did was due to it being a playable George Romero movie, so maybe pastiche is where the franchise belongs.

If all this dose is give us a taste of the tone the real game is going for, I’d be happy. If I could look at this with some reassurance that the real game would be this good, the fuck yeah, bring it on. But I can’t, so just disappoint me already capcom, we all know you’re going too.

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