After the massive gameplay showcase final week, Capcom launched a playable demo for Resident Evil Village on the PS5. Referred to as ‘Maiden’, that is meant to be a visible showcase for the sport itself, with no fight and minimal gameplay parts. And it completely did its job in establishing what you may count on by way of ambiance and setting from the sport.

You play as an unnamed maiden who wakes up within the cellar of Fortress Dimitrescu. Virtually instantly, you discover a letter with detailed directions on tips on how to escape, and true to Resident Evil style, you’re tasked with discovering a sequence of seemingly mundane gadgets and determining tips on how to use them to progress.

The Maiden demo options no fight in any respect, and your character can’t even dash. The menu solely lets you take a look at and study the gadgets you’ve picked up to date, and whereas it’s attainable to get attacked, your solely technique of staying alive is to maneuver away and hope for the very best.

That being stated, the demo lets you discover the principle corridor of the fortress as you’re taking within the sights and sounds, and get an thought of what the fortress’s inhabitants are actually like. It’s not lengthy earlier than it turns into abundantly clear that the ladies of the fortress are in all probability vampires, or no less than characteristic vampiric traits.

You’ll rapidly discover out that Girl Dimistrescu loves wine, together with her specialty being a purple that’s enhanced with the blood of virgins, supplying you with a good suggestion of what your maiden’s destiny might be for those who go away her trapped within the cellar. The ladies are afraid of opened home windows, in all probability as a result of the solar will doubtless burn them, and your complete fortress simply offers off this eerie, gothic horror vibe you can’t shake off.

It’s a fairly radical departure from the rundown, dilapidated home of the Baker household that we noticed in Resident Evil 7, and it’s exhausting to think about what kind of affect Umbrella may presumably have on the fortress denizens, or if any of the unusual goings on right here have something to do with scientific bioweapons. Then once more, I had that very same thought concerning the mould and the unkillable Jack Baker again in RE7, so it’s attainable that Village may nonetheless shock me by tying this sport again to the Resident Evil lore we all know and love.

Whereas the demo actually did its job in creating a really tense ambiance with the foreboding feeling that somebody was at all times watching you, there have been occasions I’d virtually forgotten I used to be taking part in a Resident Evil sport within the first place.

It’s largely as a result of first-person perspective, I’m certain, particularly because the RE2 and three remakes are nonetheless so recent in my thoughts, but it surely’s additionally due to how far the sequence has come since its Raccoon Metropolis days. Little by little, Resident Evil has been slowly transferring away from secret underground labs and the famend S.T.A.R.S. members, whereas exploring different genres of horror.

If Resident Evil 7 was an experimental look into what Capcom may do with a household of serial killers, Resident Evil Village feels just like the studio’s tackle Castlevania with a contemporary twist. Carry on the vampires.

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