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Resident Evil 7’s Mature rating confirms chainsaws, shotguns, and flamethrowers

Resident Evil 7 is taking a drastic departure from previous titles. Instead of being a balls-to-the-wall action game, it is heavily leaning on the survival horror aspects that originally made the franchise so popular. All of the trailers we’ve seen so far suggest a game that will have players trying to hide from enemies. However, according to Resident Evil 7‘s official rating’s summary, the upcoming Capcom title won’t leave players completely helpless.

“From a first-person perspective, players explore the environment and use pistols, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives and chainsaws to kill mutant creatures,” reads the summary. It also says: “Combat is accompanied by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and exaggerated blood-splatter effects.” Though the game will likely limit your access to these weapons in order to stay as horror-centric as possible, we now know for a fact that players will at least be able to fight back and defend themselves in some capacity.

The ratings summary also states that you will play as a man named Ethan who is searching for his wife inside of a mansion. Even though Ethan will be the main character of the game, players will be able to take on the roles of other people. This is done by discovering video tapes scattered throughout the residence. It should also be noted that the game taking place inside of a mansion is an overt homage to the very first Resident Evil.

From what we’ve seen of this game, Resident Evil 7 is shaping up to be one of the scariest games in the franchise. Knowing that we can fight back with stronger weapons than a two-by-four brings some small comfort for those (like me) who may find this game to be a bit too scary.

Resident Evil 7 will be released for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on January 24, 2017.

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