There is general agreement that Resident Evil 7 , released in 2017 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, marks a turning point in the Resident Evil series . No more third person view. Gone is the archaic grip that was so innovative in 1996 when the first part was released on the original PlayStation (November 22, 1996 to be exact). Gone are also STARS Special Forces members Les Chris and Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, and Leon Kennedy. We almost forget everything here. Almost.
RE7 is therefore a kind of “relaunch”, as we say in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We change perspective. We change character. We also change the pace. We adopt here a horror film narration , with an alternation between the moments when worry, fear and uncertainty sets in and the moments of frenzy where enemies with a human face, but monstrous invincibility ( and unorthodox culinary tastes), chases you.
In the footsteps of Silent Hill, much more complex psychologically than the first Resident Evil, RE7 plays more with nerves, repulsion and a (strong) dose of psychosis. We want to play RE7, but, at the same time, not really… Like those who go back to see a horror film in the cinema. A choice that paid off since the game obtained numerous awards and very positive reviews, even from the most rigorous sites.
Four years later, Capcom is backing up with Resident Evil Village . Same graphics engine. Same choice of visualization, in first person (subjective view). Same central character, since you once again play Ethan Winters . And even narration focused more on conditioning the player. However, instead of rummaging through a sordid property, Resident Evil Village invites you to explore a town where folk monsters, satanic rituals, and cadaverous diet mingle with ferocity. And you are going to take extremely expensive!
LET’S WANDER IN THE FOREST…
On the storyline, Capcom made a good decision: pick up the story where we left off at the end of Resident Evil 7 . Simply. So you find Ethan Winters whose production deliberately masks his face so that the player can identify himself completely (at least, for men…). This was the case in RE 7. It is still the case here. You also find Mia, previously his companion, now his wife. And you find Chris Redfield, one of the few characters to have survived the “relaunch” of the series.
When you launch your first game, the game offers you from the start a small summary of the events of Resident Evil 7 so as not to get lost along the way and offer you some important scriptwriting details to follow the common thread of this new episode and understand the a few minutes that open the game. You don’t have to watch this summary.
Small reminder: Ethan Winters is an American engineer whose fiancée, Mia , had disappeared. Three years after his disappearance, he receives a cryptic message which leads Ethan to go to Dulvey, in the heart of Bayou, Louisiana. There, unfortunately, he will meet the Baker family and Evelyne, a young girl who turns out to be a terrifying genetic weapon. After creating a serum to save Mia, Ethan neutralizes Evelyne with the help of Chris Redfield, who has become a member of a new organization called Blue Umbrella .
And it is precisely this same Chris Redfield that you find at the beginning of Resident Evil Village. Three years have passed since Ethan and Mia fled the Baker’s plantation. They have a little girl called Rose to whom Mia tells strange tales. And, during an evening that promises to be calm, Chris Redfield arrives with several soldiers to kill Mia (all for that…), kidnap Rose and kidnap Ethan. The one is taken to Romania , in the region of Transylvania . But his transport meets an unexpected: Ethan wakes up in the snow, in the middle of the forest.