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CNET First Look
Take the Resident Evil 7 VR challengeThe PSVR's virtual reality is almost too immersive for fright-flick-inspired games like RE7.
I like Resident Evil and I like VR so those things should be great together right? Well not so fast. I think VR is great for puzzle games, sports games, simple actions games. But hard games with a lot of jump scares, well I nope right out in a minute which means I take the headset off and say nope, I'm done. It's surprising, because I've always loved games like Resident Evil and Dead Space, but I can safely say I think that VR horror games are not for me. I don't even like it when fish swim too close to my face in VR demos, but in the interest of science, I loaded up Resident Evil seven and jumped right into the new VR mode, and I, of course, made a couple of friends try it, too. [LAUGH] Crap! What it is? [INAUDIBLE], No!, Go away! [MUSIC], Why am I here? Okay. What, why am I here? There's a hazy look to the VR version. It's otherworldly, almost like you're watching a late-night B-movie on an old tube TV. Which actually plays into the visual style, a cross between found footage movies and Americana horror auteurs like Tobe Hooper and Rob Zombie. When I finally got too freaked out and switched to the regular 2D version, I was struck by how much sharper the game looks at full resolution. It's much more game-like, less interesting, but also more playable for lightweights like me.