Performance & Testing
The game looks phenomenal, with Capcom building the RE Engine over using MT Framework which is Capcom’s proprietary engine for other games. The primary location for the game is the Baker estate which is comprised of the main house, an old house out on the water, a barn and a trailer which acts as the safe house in the yard. As the player progresses they also wind up on a lost tanker, a salt mine and eventually wind up back at the guest house where they started. All of these areas are beautifully rendered with the performance of the RE engine on full display. Dirty and at times morbid, the visuals lend themselves well to the horror setting. The maze-like corridors of the old southern plantation lend themselves well to a cramped feeling. While the game uses a muted palate with few vibrant colors the environments rarely look bland.
Audio cues are key for great horror and Resident Evil 7 excels here. The game supports up to 7.1 surround sound with virtual surround and dynamic range baked into the game. The music is interspersed throughout the game allowing the player to hear the ambiance and eeriness of the surroundings. Whether Ethan is breathing heavily from being injured, the scurrying of insects or creaks from the old house all create a tense atmosphere. While there is plenty of music if you listen to the soundtrack, its high tempo and used sparingly to build tension.
Lucas Baker, your encounter with him is a Saw-style challenge.
Resident Evil 7 has phenomenal performance with a few oddities. There is a full suite of graphic options, all described in great detail. With multiple types of post processing including multiple types of anti-aliasing and ambient occlusion. Along with multiple shadow and lighting effects, the game should perform well on a large variety of systems. With the minimum specifications being an i5 4460 at 2.7GHz or AMD FX-6300, GTX 760 or AMD R7260x, 8 GB RAM and 24 GB and the recommended specs being an i7 3770 or AMD equivalent, GTX 1060 or AMD equivalent and 8 GB RAM.
Testing Results for 1080P on Max Settings
||6700K CPU + 980ti GPU
||4720HQ CPU + 960m GPU