GOTY 2017 | Number 2 — Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

It was easy to lose heart after the garbage fire that was Res­i­dent Evil 6. Thank­fully, Cap­com stepped up and deliv­ered a brand new Res­i­dent Evil expe­ri­ence that is both brand new feel­ing and upholds the roots of what makes the series fun. Bring­ing the series into the first-person per­spec­tive was bold move, but it paid off with Res­i­dent Evil 7. Even though the point of view changed, every­thing about the game­play like man­ag­ing ammo, find­ing keys, care­fully nav­i­gat­ing cor­ri­dors and even open­ing doors still felt uniquely like it belonged in the series. Play­ing the game in vir­tual real­ity is one of the most intense expe­ri­ences I’ve done in gam­ing. Many parts of the game are very scary and being put into that world through a VR head­set only makes it that much more ter­ri­fy­ing. The story is self-contained enough that folks who are new to the series can eas­ily join in now, with some sly easter eggs for series vet­er­ans. The char­ac­ters, espe­cially the Baker fam­ily, are inter­est­ing to learn about and the story goes to some cool places by the end. Many peo­ple have crit­i­cized the lat­ter por­tion of the game for becom­ing more action heavy, but if you look at pre­vi­ous games in the series, it actu­ally fol­lows a sim­i­lar pat­tern in that regard. I played through this game four times in 2017 alone and will likely go back for another round in 2018. In any other year, this would have been an easy top spot, but I reluc­tantly call Res­i­dent Evil 7: Bio­haz­ard the 2nd best game of 2017.

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Wednesday Night Stream | Resident Evil 0: Part 2

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ESH | Demon’s Crystals Review

Mind­lessly blast­ing bad­dies is always a good way to wind down when you’re not in the mood for some­thing a lit­tle heav­ier. Demon’s Crys­tals is a twin stick shooter that’s not look­ing to break any new ground, but the mechan­ics are just good enough that it’s suit­able for some short bursts of fun. Boast­ing a sim­ple main cam­paign and six mul­ti­player types, Demon’s Crys­tals doesn’t have a lot of depth, but for the five dol­lar price tag, you’ll get enough silly fun to last you and your friends a few nights.

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ESH | TWD Season 3 ‘Thicker Than Water’ Review

One of the best things about Telltale’s take on The Walk­ing Dead has always been mak­ing dif­fi­cult deci­sions. I’ll often find myself strug­gling with decid­ing what might be the best choice in these games, even with this third sea­son. Episode 4, titled Thicker Than Water, def­i­nitely asks you to make some deci­sions, but very few of them hold the same weight as ear­lier ones. The main plot is def­i­nitely build­ing to an epic con­clu­sion, but there wasn’t a whole lot of nar­ra­tive progress across this fourth episode.

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ESH | TWD Season 3 ‘Above the Law’ Review

It’s been a hot sec­ond since the last time we checked in on Javi and the gang in sea­son 3 of Telltale’s The Walk­ing Dead series. The sec­ond episode left us with quite a cliff hanger hav­ing found Javi’s brother, David, as one of the lead­ers of the New Fron­tier group. This third episode picks this thread back up and spends a large por­tion test­ing where your loy­al­ties lay and task­ing you with mak­ing yet some more dif­fi­cult deci­sions. While episode 3, Above the Law, seems a bit more busi­ness as usual, there are still some intense moments that make it a decent episode of the cur­rent season.

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Resident Evil 7 Pt. 18 | The Mines of Knowledge

After escap­ing from the ship, Ethan heads down in a nearby mine and dis­cov­ers much of the truth behind Eve­line. Will Ethan dis­cover all of the secrets of this bio­haz­ard? Watch to find out and sub­scribe for more episodes daily!

Resident Evil 7 Pt. 17 | Mia is a Badass

Mia is work­ing on repair­ing the ele­va­tor so she can res­cue Ethan! As she dons her Rambo head­band and calmly puts down a slew of molded, it’s time to hunt down Eve­line. Will she fig­ure out where the heck that cable is? Watch to find out and sub­scribe for more episodes daily!

Resident Evil 7 Pt. 16 | Origin of the Evil

Explor­ing more around the derelict ship, Mia regains her mem­o­ries of how this mess all got started. What are Mia’s ties to the inci­dent? Watch to find out and sub­scribe for more episodes daily!

Resident Evil 7 Pt. 15 | And Stay Down

As Ethan emerges from Lucas’ death trap, he must face one more chal­lenge before attain­ing the cure for the virus rav­aging the Baker estate. My my, how big you’ve got­ten… Is this the final chal­lenge? Watch to find out and sub­scribe for more episodes daily!

Resident Evil 7 Pt. 14 | Beat the System!

As Ethan arrives at the cli­max of Lucas’ traps, he finds him­self in a very famil­iar sit­u­a­tion. Can he sur­vive where Clancy failed? Watch to find out and sub­scribe for more episodes daily!