Resident Evil 7 Biohazard | Twitch Gameplay Thursday | Playstation 4 VR
HR Podcast host, Matt, shrieks his way through NEW Twitch Gameplay for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard for Playstation 4 VR. Experience the intimate terror as central character Ethan Winters, whose search for missing wife, Mia, takes him (and you) increasingly deeper into a nightmare set in a Louisiana manor house.
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About the Game:
Resident Evil 7 is a survival horror video game developed and published by Capcom, released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in January 2017, with support for the PlayStation VR headset. It is the (impressive) 24th entry in the Resident Evil franchise, and the first main series installment to feature a first-person perspective.
The story follows Ethan Winters as he searches for his wife Mia, which leads him to a derelict plantation inhabited by the Baker family. Ethan makes use of both weapons and tools to defend against the Baker family and creatures known as the “Molded,” while solving puzzles in order to further the story.
Biohazard is the first commercially released game developed in the RE Engine and stands in stark contrast next to the last few games to bear the Resident Evil moniker – it delivers intimate horror with a tightly focused story and a very realistic feeling survivor experience, especially via the PS VR. No excessive skill trees or meaningless fetch quests, just the pure tension of a relatively helpless character escaping a waking nightmare.
And while the setting and characters have no obvious connections to previous Resident Evil games, fans of the franchise will get the experience they crave from the puzzles and keys to the subtle psychological tricks in the sound and visuals which cultivate a sense of dread.
RE7 takes cues from modern horror games as well, most notably its use of a first-person perspective. Fans of games like Outlast may recognize similarities in the campaign, which–outside of some optional backtracking to collect items–follows a linear and highly scripted series of events.
In 2017, Ethan Winters is drawn to a derelict plantation in Louisiana after receiving a message from his wife Mia, who has been missing for three years. After exploring a seemingly abandoned manor house, Ethan finds Mia imprisoned in the basement. During their escape, Mia is possessed by an unknown force and attacks Ethan, forcing him to attack her.
After receiving a call from a woman named Zoe offering assistance, Ethan is attacked by a revived Mia then subdued by Jack Baker, patriarch of the Baker family. Ethan is held captive by Jack, his wife Marguerite, their son Lucas, and an elderly wheelchair-bound woman. Although Ethan escapes his captors, he is repeatedly confronted by Jack, who demonstrates the ability to regenerate from fatal wounds and dismemberment.
Zoe again contacts Ethan, revealing she is the Bakers’ daughter. Zoe informs Ethan that she, her family, and Mia are all infected with the same ailment, but can be cured with a special serum. Ethan makes his way to an old house to retrieve the serum ingredients, where he is forced to kill Marguerite.
After recovering the ingredients, Ethan begins experiencing visions of an unknown young girl. Lucas captures Zoe and Mia before Ethan’s return, and forces him to navigate a booby-trapped barn to find them. Ethan outwits Lucas, causing him to flee, and frees Zoe and Mia. Zoe then develops two serum doses, but Jack, now heavily mutated, attacks the group and Ethan uses one dose to permanently kill him.
Ethan must then choose to cure either Mia or Zoe. Choosing Zoe leaves Mia heartbroken, despite Ethan’s promise to send help. As he and Zoe escape on a boat, Zoe reveals that the Bakers were infected after Mia arrived with a young girl named Eveline when the wreck of an LNG carrier named the Annabelle washed ashore in a bayou close to Dulvey.
To prevent their escape, Eveline psychically kills Zoe, and Ethan is knocked from the boat by a creature. If Ethan chooses Mia, Zoe gives a bitter farewell to him and Mia. As he and Mia escape on a boat, they come across the crashed tanker where they are attacked by the creature and knocked from the boat.
Regardless of the player’s choice, Mia ends up on the wrecked ship and searches for Ethan while experiencing visions of Eveline, who refers to Mia as her mother. Eventually, Mia’s memory is restored, revealing that she was a covert operative for an unnamed corporation that developed Eveline as a bioweapon.
In October 2014, Mia was to escort Eveline as she was being transported aboard the Annabelle. However, Eveline escaped containment during an attack by an unknown organization before killing most of the people aboard, including Mia’s coworker Alan. She then infected Mia in an effort to force her to be her mother; soon after, both of them fell into the Gulf of Mexico as the ship’s tanks exploded.
After finding Ethan, Mia gives him a vial of Eveline’s genetic material. If Ethan cured Zoe, Mia succumbs to Eveline’s control and attacks Ethan, forcing him to kill her. If Ethan cured Mia, she resists her control long enough to seal Ethan out of the ship to save him.
As he leaves the shipwreck, Ethan discovers a hidden laboratory inside an abandoned salt mine. There, he learns that Eveline is an E-Series bioweapon capable of infecting people with a psychotropic mold that gives her control over her victims’ minds, resulting in their insanity, superhuman regenerative abilities, and various mutations.
Eveline grew up obsessed with having a family, influencing her to infect Mia and the Bakers, and lure Ethan to the Bakers’ home. Lucas is also revealed to have been immunized against Eveline’s control by the organization in exchange for providing observations on her. Using the lab equipment and Eveline’s genetic material, Ethan synthesizes a toxin to kill her then proceeds through a series of tunnels that lead back to the Baker house.
He is forced to dodge various types of Molded that Eveline unleashes. Eveline assaults Ethan with hallucinations, but he overcomes them and injects Eveline with the toxin, ending her facade and revealing her as the elderly woman in a wheelchair, who has been rapidly aging since her escape.
Eveline mutates into a large monster but, aided by the arrival of a military squad, Ethan is able to defeat her. With the threat over, the squad and their leader, who identifies himself as “Redfield,” extracts Ethan by helicopter. If Ethan did not cure Mia, he throws his phone containing her last message to him from the helicopter, saying “goodbye.” [Resident Evil: Biohazard 7 has a surprising number of feels…]
If Mia was cured, she is found alive aboard Redfield’s helicopter. Regardless of whether Mia lives or dies, the helicopter flies away, and is also revealed to be branded with a variation of the Umbrella Corporation logo. Dun dun dunnnn…
Pretty cool, all in all, eh? Sound off in the comments below if you dig this RE story.