It could have been a disaster – a clunky, forced update to a revered series, that left fans clamouring for the bombastic nonsense of Resi 6. But Resi 7 is a triumph, smartly feeding off the best horror movies of the last 20 years, effortlessly easing all that edgy new into a recognisable, modern reinvention of the series. The central story is fantastic, the mysteries artfully concealed and your tormentors, the Bakers, are brilliantly subversive.
Switching the action to first person adds some VR possibilities, but also makes the horror feel uncomfortably close – gruelling, compelling stuff, in a setting you’ll remember forever after exploring up close. But perhaps the cleverest trick is just how Resi it all feels. The safe rooms have the same sense of unsettling respite; ammo feels desperately scarce; and the boss fights have the right mix of terror and glowing, oozing bits to shoot. It’s a tight, smart horror game, and far better than most fans dared hope. A brilliant and chilling rebirth.