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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard was one of the VR centerpieces of E3 this year and many, many people couldn't even get the chance to play the game because of how exclusive they made the event, but those who did get in to play were in for a real shocker.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard loosely follows in the footsteps of Silent Hills' predecessor, P.T., which, oddly enough, took place in first-person and placed the player in a seemingly abandoned house terrorized by gory secrets and restless spirits. And now, it seems Resident Evil 7: Biohazard doesn't appear that different yet.
There have been reports that Resident Evil 7 will still have combat, something P.T. didn't have, and that there won't be quick time events. And that's just fine, but the most surprising thing coming out of the game is the fact that it's losing its famed third-person perspective. Creators claim that the first-person perspective feels more immersive and scarier, and that's why they decided to change after all these years.
When I got wind that Silent Hills had been looking to do that very same thing first, I didn't know how to feel. Games like Silent Hill have always been third-person perspective because that's just how things were, and we were used to that and enjoyed it. But maybe Capcom is right, maybe it's time to adapt the horror games to today's horror, which borrows from masterpieces as P.T.
And I think that's what is going to make this game so terrifying. And it's obvious from the players' reactions above that the first-person perspective, especially in VR, is really doing its job. Because rather than feel displaced from the action from a third-person perspective, now you're actually a part of it. I've been saying for months now that VR was created for horror gaming and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard might just be the first successful experiment of how powerful an atmospheric horror game can be in VR.
And Resident Evil 7: Biohazard won't only be available in VR either. You'll also be able to play it regularly on consoles and PC. So if VR isn't your thing, Capcom isn't going to leave you out. This is probably a wise option considering PlayStation VR headset pre-orders have been sold out since it debuted. While the two experiences will be totally different, it's at least a chance to play the game regardless.
If you'd like more information on the game or if you'd like to be put on a list to hear about PlayStation VR when it's available, you can visit the Resident Evil Biohazard _official website or check out the PlayStation VR website. The PlayStation VR won't be available until October of this year and, unfortunately for fans dying to give it a whirl, _Resident Evil 7: Biohazard won't be ready to play until the end of January.