Resident Evil 7 Review

Last week, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard was released and is already being talked about of one of the best games of 2017 just three weeks into the new year.

I was one of the millions that played as soon as the clock struck midnight on January 24th and dove right in to the terrifying tale of Ethan’s journey to find his wife who has been missing for nearly three years. All of his work he put in to finding Mia led him to the Baker mansion and what he found was not what he expected (Is it ever, though?).

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Obviously, the first big difference from the other games is the first person view point. This is a big change for the RE faithful as every game since the beginning has been in third person. This was done not just for a twist to the series, but with PlayStation bringing in the VR, the jump scares are even more frightening when you turn the corner to find daddy Baker waiting for you with a shovel. I was a big fan of the Condemned series as well as Outlast so although the first person horror wasn’t a new thing for me, it still felt fresh.

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The story itself was pretty simple but had a lot of elements that connect to a bigger story I’m sure we will be learning in the future. You are Ethan and your wife has been missing for quite a while so on your search for her, you end up in bumf**k nowhere with a house full of cannibals. Its the perfect love story. Girl goes missing, guy looks for her, stumbles into a house full of monsters. Someone get Disney on the phone and make this happen please?

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The weapon selection is similar to the other games. There’s melee weapons like knives, axes and the usual horror weapons you can find in any game. The pistol is pretty solid. Four good shots to the head is good enough to take care of the lower class molded (monsters in the game) and you can even enhance the ammo with gunpowder found in the house. The shotgun is classic and probably your best defense against the molded not only because its a quick kill but there’s ammo for it EVERYWHERE.

You do end up finding bigger weapons like the flamethrower which is useful for bugs you come across and fighting momma Baker but not that useful after your encounter with her. The grenade launcher makes a big boom, but close range with it is a death wish and its not a one hit kill. Use it for the bigger molded or bosses. The machine gun is effective but loses ammo so quick. It takes about half a clip to take off the head of a molded. In my personal opinion, a knife, shotgun and pistol is the best arsenal you can have.

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Graphics are nothing you haven’t seen before on any console but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t look pretty or gross at the same time. It runs very smooth. I haven’t experienced an instance where the game skipped, lagged or froze so far. The cut scene transitions from game play is virtually seamless.

All in all, I would give the new Resident Evil a 7/10. I enjoyed every moment of the game and like I said, it looked very pretty. The only real knocks I had on the game were that the puzzles the franchise is known for are relatively easy and I beat the game in 8.5 hours which is pretty short but with new DLC coming out in February and unlocking Madhouse difficulty, I’ll be playing this game for quite a while.

Did you play RE7 yet? Tell us what you think!

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Deus Ex Production Halted

Due to failing to meet sales expectations, the Deus Ex franchise has been put on hold.

Eurogamer reported that developers from Edios Montreal have moved the majority of their focus to the next Tomb Raider game, according to inside sources. The company will also be focusing more on their partnership with Marvel and Crystal Dynamics for the upcoming Avengers project, and will be the lead behind the development on a second Marvel game based on Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Mankind Divided, the last Deus Ex game, left the fans with unresolved story lines that were more than likely going to be finished in the future installments but it seems that the next game won’t be around any time soon, many years away at the least.

 

 

Square Enix Partners With Marvel For “Avengers Project”

Last night on Marvel’s official Facebook account, they told us to tune in this morning for a big announcement. While some thought we were getting a look at upcoming films like Thor: Ragnarok or the Infinity Wars, which just started production, no one knew what was for sure coming.

In a teaser trailer posted at 10 this morning, it looks as though that Marvel is teaming up with Square EnixCrystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal to create a series of games that they have dubbed “The Avengers Project.” These are some of the best companies in the world at what they do for video games. The resurgence of the Tomb Raider series was because of Crystal Dynamics and Dues Ex was Edios’ brainchild and both have been very well acclaimed for their visuals and their stories.

There’s no window for when this “Avengers project” is set to launch, but we’d guess it’s planned for 2018 or 2019 when the next two Avengers films (“Infinity War” and an untitled sequel) are scheduled to debut. Check out the trailer below!

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda Releases New Trailer With More Characters

Mass Effect: Andromeda released a new trailer today showcasing a bunch of new faces that will join you on your journey to, more than likely, save the universe.

You’ll of course be human as one of the Ryder twins and your favorite alien species are returning to the new installment like the Asari, Turian, Krogan, and there’s a new type of alien introduced in this trailer: the Angaran, which was confirmed by producer Michael Gamble that they will be available to romance in the game.

Check it out now! This game looks even greater by the minute!

For Honor Beta Is Now Live.

The For Honor closed beta is officially live worldwide for the PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Emails when out to anyone who received a beta key saying that the For Honor beta will start at 3pm CET / 2pm GMT / 6am PST today, January 26, ending in the early hours of Jan 30. Here’s the full details for each major time zone:

  • 2pm GMT, Jan 26 – 1am GMT, Jan 30
  • 3pm CET, Jan 26 – 2am CET, Jan 30
  • 9am EST, Jan 26 – 8pm EST, Jan 29
  • 6am PST, Jan 26 – 5pm PST, Jan 29
  • 1am AEDT, Jan 27 – 12pm AEDT, Jan 30

Basically, you’ve got Friday, Saturday and Sunday to enjoy it in whatever time zone you’re in.

Here’s what you’ll get to play in the beta:

  • Three game modes:
    • Dominion – 4vs4 and the main game mode of For Honor.
    • Brawl – 2vs2, a quicker, more fight-orientated mode.
    • Duel – 1vs1 in a tiny arena which is as deadly as your opponents.
  • Six maps:
    • As far as we can tell, these are split across the game modes.
    • For example, there is at least one duel map, a couple of dominion ones, etc, not six maps playable in every mode.
  • Nine heroes:
    1. These are evenly split across the three factions, fulfilling streotypes for each.
    2. Samurai:
      • Orochi – Defensively minded and prime for counter-attacking.
      • Kensei – Long-ranged (for a man with a sword) and adaptable to fighting different kinds of opponents.
      • Nobushi – The longest attack range in the game on the end of a large polearm offers great zone control.
    3. Vikings:
      • Raider – They’ve got a massive two-handed axe and like to disarm people with it. Do huge damage.
      • Berserker – Dual-wielded hand axes make for a quick fighting style.
      • Warlord – Short range and wielding a shield, Warlords are as defensive as Vikings get.
    4. Knights:
      • Conqueror – With a shield and mace, able to hold a great defensive position.
      • Warden – Subscribe to the ‘hit them with a big sword’ style of thinking, making them adaptable but unspecialised.
  • Peacekeeper – Quick, assasin-style characters with two swords.

Good luck to anyone enjoying the beta and good luck to anyone trying to get access!

What Is Going On In RE7? Keep An Eye Out For These Clues For A Bigger Story.

The long awaited and highly anticipated next chapter in the Resident Evil series drops tonight at midnight and has all the fan boys and girls giddy with excitement.

RE7 is essentially a “soft” reboot of the series. It’s still being considered a sequel but doesn’t really follow the story of Resident Evil 6. In RE7, not only are you not part of Umbrella or S.T.A.R.S., you are just an regular guy named Ethan who is looking for his missing wife in Dulvey, Louisiana. You have no special skills, no training in hand to hand combat like a soldier would in the other games. This is as survival as survival horror gets. Ethan stumbles into a eerie, old, crappy mansion owned by the cannibalistic Baker family and it just goes downhill after that.

During your time in the Baker mansion, there are clues and hints hidden in the story that may lead you to believe something big is going to happen soon in this story. Even though you don’t work for the Umbrella Corp or S.T.A.R.S (that we know of) doesn’t mean that they won’t be somehow involved with the new start of the series and don’t even rule out the possibility of old friends from the older games making an appearance. Here’s a few things to look out for when you start playing tonight.

Umbrella Corporation is involved?

In the stand alone demo that Capcom put out called Resident Evil: Beginning Hour, you stumble across a photo of a helicopter flying overhead that was more than likely taken by the cannibals in the house. Doesn’t seem like a big deal until you see there’s a Umbrella Corp logo on the chopper and written on the back was, ‘Are they watching us from the helicopter?’. Oh you sneaky, sneaky S.O.B.’s at Umbrella. We know you’re up to no good.

You Have The ‘Wong’ Number.

The recent demo has a handful of phone calls from a mysterious woman, with many fans rushing to the conclusion that it was a series favorite, Ada Wong. There’s even rumors that a certain Chris Redfield will make an appearance and not to mention a nod to the long-time series antagonist, Albert Wesker.

BOW’s

Bio Organic Weapons (or BOW) were Umbrellas brilliant idea after the discovery of the Progenitor Virus. The bio medical research company aimed to create weapons off of its findings to sell to the highest bidder. We’ve seen the zombie-like creatures in the demo, and it looks as though there’s going to be plenty more where those came from.Can we expect them to tie into Resident Evil’s backstory about biomedical research and BOWs? No one really knows yet and if they do, they haven’t hinted on how its going to tie in just yet.

These are just the few clues found so far in the demo. The game will no doubt have more and everyone is eager to find out what the hell is going on!

 

 

One and Done; Next Zelda Is The Last Game For The Wii U

With the Nintendo Switch soon to be released, people are looking back and remembering how disappointing the Wii U was and Nintendo is ready to leave it behind.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the last internally developed game for the system. While the move is understandable, its surprising how quickly Nintendo is stopping software development. The 3DS, for comparison, still has a handful of games coming out in 2017 like Pikmin and Fire Emblem Echoes.

“From a first-party standpoint, there’s no new development coming after the launch of Breath of the Wild,” Fils-Aime said. “We really are at the end of life for Wii U.”

This is no doubt a move that is assuring that anyone involved with the Switch is putting their full attention to the new console. Even with third party support, it’s more than likely to be weaker than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Nintendo finally realized it couldn’t stay afloat on it’s own, hence third party developers coming in. Mario and Zelda are fine and will always sell, but you cant base your entire company off of two games.

Although no more games will be released, existing games and the eShop for the Wii U will not be tampered with and continue as is. Other online services will also continue, including server support for multiplayer titles such as Super Smash Bros. Nevertheless, Nintendo’s focus is pretty clear. Starting on March 3rd, the company is betting its future on the Switch.