Resident Evil 7 will be the first mainline installment from the first person perspective and the latest lantern demo shows just how horrific a perspective that can be

Resident Evil 7 biohazard – “Lantern” Gameplay Trailer from Resident Evil

Resident Evil 7: biohazard is the new poster child for a reimagining of a cherished franchise. Though a best-selling game, Resident Evil 6, did not meet survival horror video game expectations. Ever since Resident Evil 4, the Resident Evil series has focused more on action-oriented gameplay, at the expense of plot development, the series mainstay of difficult, sometimes obscure, puzzles, and a whole heap of horror. Well, if you’re the type of fan that is hoping Resident Evil will finally go back to those roots, the Resident Evil 7 lantern demo just goes to show that dreams may come true.

From what we’ve seen of the trailer, Resident Evil 7 is going back to its roots, but only to a mild degree. Combat may remain a central element, but that remains to be seen, especially when you consider that this demo isn’t necessarily linked to the main game quite as much as one might expect. What we do know is that the famously difficult Resident Evil puzzles are making a return.

What Capcom hopes fans are really going to enjoy is the new level of immersion that comes with the giant bombshell of this being the first ever Resident Evil game to be played primarily from a first person perspective. As you can see from the recently released demo, the game doesn’t shy away from getting in your face. The series classic monsters, birthed of horror movie acid nightmares, will be ever the more frightening for the player from this perspective. This new focus is a good thing, as many horror games purport to be scary and horrifying, yet very rarely deliver. Capcom has the intended goal of keeping it scary.

This new “lantern demo” does not reveal too much about the game’s plot, as the player assumes the role of a mysterious woman named Mia. What little plot that was dropped is that the older woman carrying the lantern and pursuing the player, is called Marguerite Baker and is supposedly part of this twisted “family” mentioned in the previous demo. This new family is said to be inspired by classic American horror films such as the Chainsaw Massacre, a frightening thought if you’ve had the chance to view that film.

While little concrete information about the core game is revealed in the lantern demo, fans can relish the fact that Resident Evil is finally returning to a time where survival horror actually meant surviving amidst horror. Non-Resident Evil fans might also want to this title to their wishlist.

Resident Evil 7: biohazard is scheduled for a January 2017 release for the PC, Microsoft XBox One and Sony Playstation 4 (PS4).

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Resident Evil 7 gameplay preview from GamesRadar

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