Held against your will by a crazed family in the middle of nowhere, you manage to break free from a tied chair when everyone stepped away from the dinner table. With very few spots to scamper around in the kitchen and living room, you boldly step out into the hallway entrance, and since every exit is either blocked or barricaded, you proceed down a corridor. Before you can make the other end, the father suddenly and quietly pops into frame with a shovel, leaning into a wall. He's unaware of your presence, but that can quickly change within the next five or so seconds, depending on your actions from here on out. Keep in mind, you have yet to find a legit method of escape in this cramped area of the mansion.
In a typical Resident Evil encounter, you could take out this possibly-infected human with a couple well-placed gunshots to the head, all while dodging any dangerous attacks. But as the opening hours of Resident Evil 7 demonstrates, there's nothing typical about this latest romp in the menacing universe of biohazards. For a hefty chunk of the beginning sections, you're weaponless, and you have no choice but to walk around barely-lit junctions and rooms, watching helplessly as strange and bizarre things happen in a first-person perspective. You think you're immune to these moments, since the game wouldn't contemplate throwing something at you without a form of defense. But then you're caught in a freakish altercation where the only thing that can be done is block while the attacker violently lays into your hands.
Featured community review by pickhut (January 29, 2017)
Alternative tagline: Hit the Road, Jack.
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