Resident Evil 7
This year, Capcom celebrates the 20th anniversary of Resident Evil. The series took off strong and was ground breaking. It even opens the door for survival horror. But with five, six and the survivor series, Capcom had dropped the ball. Finally, we get a Resident Evil game that goes back to basics and brings back the survival in survival horror.
Basically the premise is pretty simple. The protagonist receives a video from his girlfriend, that has been missing for three weeks. He finds out her location and decides to look into. In the process, he literally passes through hell and back. While on the cover it appears simplistic. There’s a lot of things going on here. Since this review is spoiler free. Let’s just say Resident Evil 7 has a very interesting narrative. Make sure to play all the videotapes. The tapes further develop the story and adds additional gameplay.
Capcom was smart they took the best components of the original game, Nemesis, P.T. (Silent Hills demo) and Outlast (If you haven’t played Outlast you should definitely check it out) and gives it its own spin. They got rid of the third person perspective and decided to go with first person. Which gives the game a more intense experience. This is definitely one scary game and that’s what I love about it. I mean inside the first hour I must have jumped up at least three times. I could only imagine how intense the VR experience is. The antagonists add to the games atmosphere. Just how Nemesis was an unstoppable force. The same could be said here. No matter how much you stab, shoot, run them over with a car or burn them. It just doesn’t make a bit of difference. You’re pretty much screwed either way.
Which brings me to the game’s combat. Resident Evil’s combat system has always been a bit off. The same could be said today. It’s nothing too horrible. Only when the game gets intense, you will notice it. You have your basic puzzles, they’re just really easy to solve. I would have liked the puzzles to be more challenging. I feel that Capcom got lazy with the puzzles. The first walkthrough should take at least 8 to 10 hours to beat that’s with all the videotapes too. I was hoping it was going to be longer.
Another area where this game shines. Are in the graphics. It’s gritty, dirty, scary and disturbing. The detail in this game is simply amazing. From the facial animation to dark old rooms it’s chillingly realistic. In truth the only complaint I have about its graphics. Are sometimes the characters’ hair looks pixilated. Other then that the game looks outstanding.
Resident Evil 7 delivers everything that made the series a classic. Not perfect, but great.
4 out 4 Hats
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3.5 out 4 Hats
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
The movie begins with Alice giving a synopsis of the why the world is in the state it’s in- the Umbrella Corporation and the creation of the T-virus. The T-virus ended up having effects that were irreversible and soon begun to wipe out humanity. In this sixth and final installment of the Resident Evil movie series, the Red Queen reveals to Alice there is an antivirus that can change the world. It is now Alice’s quest to return to Raccoon City where the Umbrella Corporation still operates underground, retrieve the antivirus and thus saving what is left of humanity.
Noble as the plot may seem coupled with some amazing action scenes, The Final Chapter fell short. It felt like I was watching snap shots of a story. The entire movie was too fast-paced. Most scenes were rushed with a flood of details about what was going to happen next with over explanations of every single detail. Yes, a scene with what must have been tens of thousands of infected beings running toward Alice was mind blowing to watch on a big screen. I definitely had some adrenaline running through my system. But the substance, the story line that should carry amazing imagery and cinematography was just missing.
Over the years we have watched how the T-virus destroyed the world. A cure created by a father who just wanted to save his child and how a power and money hungry corporation refusing to shut down the whole operation as they watched it destroy the world. We find out that there is a possible antivirus, there is now some hope! Why are we not excited? Because the movie felt like we were watching a story in fast forward. And we did not need every single detailed explained either. This is the sixth movie. If we have not had a grasp of the details, we never will.
The rest of the movie is filled with predictable twist and turns and not so original punchlines. Watching the movie in the theater was not a total loss. There are some awesome fighting scenes and CGI clips that are meant to be watched on a large screen.
The ending left for a bittersweet taste (hold the sweet) and confusing finale. Alice is seen driving off explaining (she was always explaining) that it would take some time, years, for the airborne cure to spread throughout the world. Makes sense. Then Alice is followed by large flying creatures who want to kill her. She has more work to do…final chapter? Yes, maybe, who knows as they pretty much left the story open-ended.
If you want visually thrilling movie of a matinee ticket price and have some free time to kill, watch in theaters. Otherwise wait for the movie to be available for purchase and download.
Overall Resident Evil: The Final Chapter gets
1.5 out of 4 hats