- Developer: Capcom
- Publisher: Capcom
- Genre: Survival Horror
- Release Date: 24/01/2017
- Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4
- Game Supplied by: Xbox
Resident Evil defined the Survival horror genre of gaming with its set camera angles and mix of action, exploration and puzzles, now over 20 years after the original appeared the latest incarnation of the Resident evil series named Biohazard is set after the events of Resident Evil 6 as again is set to revitalise the Resident Evil franchise.
Resident Evil Biohazard takes a new approach to the survival Horror game with influences from such games as Outlast the game puts the player in a first person view which creates a more isolated and terrifying experience for the player as you never know what’s going to jump out from behind you, this is enhanced with the PlayStation VR headset.
The game starts you in what looks like the marshlands of South America where you are trying to track down your Girlfriend who has been missing for 3 years but on a tip you manage to track her down to a run down abandoned farmhouse. From the opening sequence i could not believe how stunning and photo-realistic the Graphics were for Resident Evil Biohazard and it’s just not how they look, the graphics are incredibly smooth and detailed with an emphasis on creating a dark and moody environment.
As you enter the house thing soon spiral out of control as you have to battle against a house of crazy folk living within, with some themes taken from movies such as the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but be aware that Resident Evil Biohazard takes Gore to a very graphic level which really defines the horror aspect of the game. It’s not just the gore but the dark moody hallways and the lighting really provide a truly enriching yet scary environment to explore and move around, this however is slightly let down by some of the dubbing in the cut scenes being slightly out of sync, this doesn’t effect the game in any way but just takes the shine off such a well presented game.
The game’s graphics are amplified by the in game sounds from creaking floorboards as you move over them to the squirming of bugs as they crawl out of cracks in the walls really make the game very squeamish and provide some moments where you will jump literally out of your seat.
As you try to escape you will have to solve various puzzles to progress which keeps in line with the Resident Evil series but also the crafting system is familiar with classic items such as Herbs which can be combined with other materials to make First aid sprays, ammo etc. Throughout the game you will be able to acquire weapons from knives and pistols at the beginning of the game to shotguns and full automatic machine guns later in the game. What is interesting is the ability to craft more powerful ammo for these weapons to take down some of the tougher enemies.
On top of the main campaign within the game you will come across videotapes, these are like flashback missions which add depth to what is a very short campaign, which you don’t need to pay through them but they do provide key intel and point out key paths to take or how to solve a certain puzzle.
On top of the usual collectables you can collect images which shown hidden stashes of items or rare coins which will allow you to unlock some key items or weapons throughout the game.
Even though the overall game has a short play through time, there are alternative endings within the game plus the chance to find all collectables provide a couple more attempts of playing through the game, also if you feel brave you could try the game on Madhouse difficulty which should provide a long enough challenge.
For Me Resident Evil Biohazard was an enjoyable game to play with a few scary incidents along the way, and even though i completed it within a day there was still a lot of things i missed out. But it’s the core elements seen throughout the resident evil series such as puzzle solving and crafting are instantly recognisable to anyone who has played any of the games prior to this instalment.
The new approach works very well but is enhanced more by VR technology which makes the gameplay more intense, this combined with realistic graphics and immersive sound effects make it one of best survival horror games i have played for a while.