Resident Evil 7 in VR is terrifying, but I can’t imagine playing any other way

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Resident Evil 7 VR Let's Play

I don’t really do horror games. In fact I don’t really do horror anything. While most crave the adrenaline rush associated with being scared out of your skin as a thrill, I detest the feeling. The constant-on-the-edge-of-your-seat type of tension that just doesn’t satisfy me with the punch line. Except for Resident Evil 7, which shipped with PlayStation VR support out of the box. So how else was I going to see if I liked it without trying that.

And sweet Christmas is it scary. I mean I already knew that Resident Evil 7 was a return to form in terms of actually delivering tense, atmospheric horror, but putting that into VR just cranks the dial up to 11. I’ve managed to get past the opening few hours, but I don’t think I’ve ever stopped a gaming session and had my heart racing quite like it was a few evenings ago. Naturally, nothing shows that off better than actually watching me come really close to ejecting out of the game during my first play session.

What I didn’t expect to happen was to crave another session straight afterwards. Resident Evil 7 comes with some gorgeous visuals that aren’t always faithfully represented in VR. It has HDR support which bathes the game in stunning lighting. And playing it on a standard TV setup certainly makes it a little more manageable to control and play. But I don’t want to experience it like that, because I can’t imagine not being as immersed in the Baker Family house as I was when I first entered.

That in a nutshell is the beauty of VR, and more specifically how well it lends itself to games with a tense, horror nature. There simply isn’t a better way to experience these sorts of titles, and especially so for ones that make it so comfortable to use. Capcom offers a range of options to tweak your VR control scheme, ranging from the comfortable 30-degree turns that I settled on to the potentially stomach turning free motion. Ensuring that players are comfortable (relatively speaking, since I was never truly happy exploring the derelict house) is paramount to VR implementation. And Resident Evil 7 is a good example of it being done right when needed.

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So if you’re lucky enough to have snagged a PSVR unit last week, Resident Evil 7 should certainly be on your short list of games to play. It’s seriously worth the trip.

Last Updated: February 8, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

    • Matthew Figueira

      LOL xD this is the best!

  • I watched this yesterday. Don’t worry Sandy, I was right there yelling and swearing with you on the stairs.

  • Original Heretic

    Wish I could jam this with VR, but I aint coughing up all that moola just yet.

  • PikeyZA

    I need to get a headset for PC. Playing the game normally isn’t scary at all, at least not in the first few hours. Just some minor jump scares, which are as predictable as always, and a disappointingly ‘on rails’ boss fight.
    Haven’t touched the game since then, but hoping it gets better after the part I’m on. (‘Lantern lady’ should explain where without giving too much away)

  • Matthew Figueira

    Good lawd you are a brave soul Al xD can’t wait to watch the video later!

    • Ir0nseraph

      Just think if you stuck around a few weeks longer that could have been you.

      • Matthew Figueira

        Geoff did offer me VR 😛 I politely declined!

        • Ir0nseraph


  • Ir0nseraph

    Best way to play Resi 7 , watch someone else 🙂

  • Shadowblade Tokashi

    VR is over rated!

  • Praise KEK

    from the lets play I saw, it kinda looks like “Outlast”. But with guns. And more light. And no batteries or camera. It still looks scary as hell.

  • Deceased

    MAN I love how the doll takes precedence over the damsel 😀

  • Matthew Figueira

    “Run! Run run run run run! Run! Run run run run run!” – Alessandro Barbosa 2017 xD

    • “Oh shit, oh shit oh shit” – Also Alessandro Barbosa

  • Graeme Selvan

    Whole heartily agree its incredible in VR!

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