This year’s E3 had a good amount of surprises, but none was bigger than Resident Evil 7 . Not only was this new entry in the classic survival horror series a huge departure from any of its predecessors, no one who watched that first trailer even knew it was a Resident Evil game until the very end. After the series nearly committed suicide with Resident Evil 6 , it was great to see Capcom bringing the scary back with a game that is genuinely terrifying.
I played the first Resident Evil 7 demo shortly after I returned home from E3 despite my initial reluctance to do so. Not because I was against the game or anything, but because when it comes to playing survival horror games in first person perspective, I’m a huge punk.
Even when we were shown the trailer for Resident Evil 7 , I lowered my head so that I couldn’t fully see what was on that giant screen. Horror movies bore me to tears, but horror games turn me into a frightened rabbit. Still, despite my fears, I managed to finish that first demo even if I only did so in five minute increments.
One of the things Capcom touted about Resident Evil 7 was that it would be fully playable in VR. This was certainly a neat feature, but after nearly having a heart attacking playing the demo in broad daylight on my TV, I couldn’t imagine how utterly unnerving it would be to play it with a VR headset strapped to my head like a vice. As much as I thought Capcom was wise to turn Resident Evil into a modern day survival horror game, there was absolutely no way I was ever going to play this in VR. I’ve grown too fond of having clean underwear.
Cut to yesterday where I found myself inside of a small dark room in Capcom’s New York Comic Con booth wearing a VR helmet playing the latest Resident Evil 7 demo. Yes, I could have easily not booked this appointment, but considering how scary the thought of playing this game in VR made me, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to write a funny post about how I ended up making a fool out of myself.