Resident Evil 7 biohazard

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Survival horror series redefines fear in gory new chapter.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value
Positive Messages

Players have to fight (or run) for their lives against twisted creatures. As a result, main "message" is to simply survive.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ethan is a man searching for answers about his missing wife. He's an average person tossed into a surreal, terrifying experience. Most other characters are, at best, shady, and at worst, pure evil.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, but combat can feel slow, imprecise. Intentionally done to make main character more believable as someone without combat training. VR presentation on PS4 is amazing but shouldn't be played for long sessions, especially for players prone to dizziness, motion sickness.

Violence

Filled with gore, violence. Scenes include characters getting dismembered, impaled, killed in brutal fashion. Gameplay includes scenes of graphic violence as players use variety of weapons, including shotguns, chain saws, explosives against human, nonhuman creatures; violence frequently features open wounds, exposed organs, other disturbing imagery.

Sex
Language

Frequent use of profanity, including "s--t," "f--k."

Consumerism

Latest in Capcom's popular Resident Evil franchise, spanning more than two decades, numerous games, spin-offs, movies, comics, toys, collectibles, other merchandise. In the future will include downloadable content (DLC) available for purchase to expand horror.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Players collect, combine items, including mystery herbs, to create healing medicines.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Resident Evil 7 biohazard is the latest survival horror game in Capcom's popular franchise. The game features intense scenes of violence and gore, which include characters being dismembered, impaled, and killed in a variety of brutal ways. The dialogue is littered with profanity, particularly of the four-letter variety. Basic gameplay is pretty intuitive for gamers of most skill levels, but combat is a bit slower by design. PlayStation 4 owners also can play through any part of the game at any time using the PSVR, although extended VR play can cause some level of dizziness.

User Reviews

Parent of a 16 year old Written byJWilliams303 January 26, 2017

An amazing comeback from the Resident Evil Franchise!

I was happy to see commonsense media gave this a five out of five; with the direction of somewhat new, yet old style material from previous games in the franch... Continue reading
Adult Written byBrian W. December 29, 2017

Fun game for kids of all ages

Really fun, Awesome game! This game is incredibly overrated on this site. Not too much violence, and there is a huge difference between shooting monsters physic... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byjackpickup21 May 25, 2017
Resident Evil 7 is a great horror game that integrates puzzles and horror perfectly. It is rather violent so be ready for some decapitations and disturbing ima... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byFrostyy February 5, 2017

Amazing horror game

This game is awesome. This game is also horrifying. This game is more suspensful than scary. A few jumpscares make you scared to go past a corner. There is a lo... Continue reading

What's it about?

Set a few years after the conclusion of the previous game, RESIDENT EVIL 7 BIOHAZARD takes the series in a new direction. Players take on the role of Ethan Winters, a man desperately searching for his wife, Mia, who has been missing for the past three years. After receiving a mysterious message from Mia asking for his help, Ethan travels to the town of Dulvey, Louisiana, and the rundown plantation home of the Baker clan. After being captured and tortured, Ethan finally gets his chance to escape the deranged family. Along the way, he won't have to find a way through the monstrous creatures the plantation hides, but he'll discover the dark secret that ultimately led to his wife's disappearance and what it could mean to the rest of the world.

Is it any good?

This survival horror game brings plenty of scares, with an experience that constantly brings players to the edge of their seat. More than two decades ago, the original Resident Evil helped give birth to the "survival horror" genre and coined the phrase for generations to come. Over the years, the series has strayed somewhat from its roots, focusing more on fast-paced action and drama rather than primal fear and a true sense of dread. Resident Evil 7 biohazard changes all of that, taking the franchise back to its roots and redefining the genre. While not a reboot, the game does mark a new beginning of sorts for the series. The new setting and characters create an independent story that's not weighed down by 20 years of dangling plotlines but is still connected to the overall lore. Best of all, the story's actually really good, with great pacing, surprise twists, and a genuine feeling of horror that's on par with or better than a lot of Hollywood offerings.

One of the problems of many recent "survival horror" games is that the "survival" part never seems to be in question: Players are near superhuman tanks blasting through hordes of enemies. Resident Evil 7 makes survival feel like a challenge and not a certainty, especially at higher difficulty levels. Weapons, ammo, health, and other essentials are sparse and have to be carefully taken into account. And while players may not have to face shambling swarms of the undead, single enemies feel much more threatening as they stalk Ethan through the claustrophobic corridors. In fact, everything about the game fits together seamlessly to kick your fight-or-flight response into high gear and make the player feel like surviving each encounter is a real accomplishment. If the level of fear wasn't already high enough, PlayStation owners can switch at any given time into VR mode using the PlayStation VR. While the VR mode does take a bit of a visual hit compared to the game's default high resolution, the sense of immersion more than makes up for it. It's possible to have too much of a good thing, though. Extended VR play has a nasty side effect of leaving many players feeling dizzy and disoriented. But regardless of how you play, the simple fact is that Resident Evil 7 biohazard is still a must-have for any survival horror fan with a return to form that breathes new life into the undead franchise.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. How does the visceral violence in Resident Evil 7 biohazard compare with the violence in other games? What sort of impact does the graphic violence have on players of different ages?

  • Talk about horror in games and films. What is the appeal of the genre? Why do people like to be scared?

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