Resident Evil 7 Xbox One Virtual Reality Game Review

January 17, 2018
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Resident Evil 7 Xbox One Virtual Reality Game Review

Resident Evil 7 for Xbox One is considered one of the scariest VR games around and the best virtual reality game for adults into horror gameplay. Fans of the Resident Evil franchise will experience true horror like never before as they’re thrown into the life of the protagonist named Ethan and forced to cautiously travel from one mission to the next with a goal of survival. This virtual reality game adds a whole new element of terror to a game with a history for scaring the daylights out of its players, so we were eager to take a closer look at a popular game that had us sitting on the edge of our seats and looking for the closest and safest exit.

A Terrifying VR Gaming Experience

It’s impossible to play this game without getting chills from even the smallest details it has to offer such as the creaking doors, dried blood found on random surfaces in abandoned buildings and cockroaches scurrying along the floors and walls. The game has clearly progressed to the next level, focusing on all the important elements that make the RE franchise one of the major players in the gaming industry.

This newest RE game offers the same type of horrifying boss fights, puzzle solving missions, inventory management, and laser-sight first-person shooting that fans of the franchise are used to. And all we can really say about the added VR element to a game that’s remained a real moneymaker in the gaming industry is that it provides an absolutely incredible gaming experience. In fact, this game offers one of the first realized single player stories with a fully developed character that will last more than just a few hours. It can also be played entirely inside a VR headset using first-person perspective. Using the PlayStation 4 VR headset, users can take advantage of customization options including FOV dimming, rotation speed, and much more. This game is also compatible with one of the best VR headsets, the Oculus Rift VR headset.

On average, many gamers have reported virtual reality sickness, especially when it comes to first-person shooter games, but the manufacturer has really listened and designed a game with specific choices that can help to alleviate any concerns of VR sickness. Users can mix it up using non-VR and VR modes if motion sickness is an issue.

A New Take on the Resident Evil World

The story starts off with Ethan Winters, the game’s main character. Ethan is searching for Mia, his wife. His search leads him to a swamp owned by the Baker family. The game really turns terror up a notch as you scramble to make it out of the swamp alive.

Avid RE fans know that these games are typically played from the third person perspective, which makes this newest game a departure from traditional RE gaming. However, despite this change, the pace of the game, tone, characters and new elements offer the same classic RE feel that gamers have enjoyed since the late 90s.

The game unfolds using a mixture of videotapes you find along the way that recounts past events and first-hand accounts that happen in real-time. Ethan and his wife are the main focus of this tale, however, you can also play as other minor characters during your journey.

The Baker family has a starring role in this story as you partake in terrifying chases in order to pin down different members of the infamous Baker family.

Pros

  • This game really excels at its ability to make your character feel as though they’re locked in a desperate situation always on the edge of true danger.
  • You’ll find yourself constantly running from mission to mission in a frantic attempt to solve puzzles and make it through the game alive.
  • Every encounter throughout the game offers a true life or death situation so your heart will race from the moment you put on your headset to the moment you reluctantly take it off.
  • Unique boss fights will truly challenge your gaming skills, even in the easy setting.
  • If you love solving puzzles, then you’ll enjoy the many puzzles found throughout the game that become progressively harder the deeper in you go.
  • We love the ability to play the entirety of the game in VR mode, and the fact that we were able to switch from Non-VR to VR whenever we chose.

Cons

You won’t find very many zombies in this edition, which is actually reminiscent of the original Resident Evil game produced decades ago.

There aren’t many filler creatures that you’ll come upon, which is a downside for some gamers and a huge plus for others.

You’ll find that frequent breaks are needed in order to avoid motion sickness, which is pretty common with VR first-person shooter games.

Gamers will notice that at times distracting technical hiccups can occur such as pop-in textures inside virtual reality that aren’t evident outside of the headset.

At times the game’s menu didn’t display properly.

A big issue we had was the fact that you have to exit to the main menu if you want to switch from non-VR mode to VR mode.

If horror simply isn’t your genre of choice, check out the Universe Sandbox 2 virtual reality game, for a more relaxing, educational gaming experience.

Resident Evil 7 for Xbox One is considered one of the scariest VR games around and the best virtual reality game for adults into horror gameplay. Fans of the Resident Evil franchise will experience true horror like never before as they're thrown into the life of the protagonist named Ethan and forced to cautiously travel from one mission to the next with a goal of survival. This virtual reality game adds a whole new element of terror to a game with a history for scaring the daylights out of its players, so we were eager to take a closer look at a popular game that had us sitting on the edge of our seats and looking for the closest and safest exit. A Terrifying VR Gaming Experience It’s impossible to play this game without getting chills from even the smallest details it has to offer such as the creaking doors, dried blood found on random surfaces in abandoned buildings and cockroaches scurrying along the floors and walls. The game has clearly progressed to the next level, focusing on all the important elements that make the RE franchise one of the major players in the gaming industry. This newest RE game offers the same type of horrifying boss fights, puzzle solving missions, inventory management, and laser-sight first-person shooting that fans of the franchise are used to. And all we can really say about the added VR element to a game that’s remained a real moneymaker in the gaming industry is that it provides an absolutely incredible gaming experience. In fact, this game offers one of the first realized single player stories with a fully developed character that will last more than just a few hours. It can also be played entirely inside a VR headset using first-person perspective. Using the PlayStation 4 VR headset, users can take advantage of customization options including FOV dimming, rotation speed, and much more. This game is also compatible with one of the best VR headsets, the Oculus Rift VR headset. On average, many gamers have reported virtual reality sickness, especially when it comes to first-person shooter games, but the manufacturer has really listened and designed a game with specific choices that can help to alleviate any concerns of VR sickness. Users can mix it up using non-VR and VR modes if motion sickness is an issue. A New Take on the Resident Evil World The story starts off with Ethan Winters, the game’s main character. Ethan is searching for Mia, his wife. His search leads him to a swamp owned by the Baker family. The game really turns terror up a notch as you scramble to make it out of the swamp alive. Avid RE fans know that these games are typically played from the third person perspective, which makes this newest game a departure from traditional RE gaming. However, despite this change, the pace of the game, tone, characters and new elements offer the same classic RE feel that gamers have enjoyed…

9.2

Conclusion & Rating

Truly, Resident Evil 7 is a virtual reality game that is all about the relentless pursuit of fear. You’ll find yourself quickly wrapped up in a world that’s full of twists, turns, terrifying scenery, challenging bosses, and plenty of desperate situations and a type of realism that will make it hard for you to sleep at night. This RE game also steps it up in terms of higher fidelity and increased resolution. Bottom line, this newest RE game sets a new bar for survival horror games as it walks gamers through a compelling terrifying virtual reality experience like no other. Considered one of the best adult VR games on the market, we awarded this game with four and a half out of five stars.

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