Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has just been released (you can check out our review here) and there's plenty of horror to be uncovered in the Baker household. It's not always easy surviving this disorientating, spooky nightmare, and we get that, so that's why we've compiled our top 10 tips to keep you safe as you face off against whatever sinister evils Louisiana has to offer.
As with past Resident Evil games, resources are key, and so exploring your surroundings is a must if you hope to survive in the game. Ammunition will probably be most helpful thing you find, as well as health, but you should also keep an eye out for antique coins and other secrets that may grant you access to more useful resources down the line. And when we say explore everywhere, we mean everywhere, as items can sometimes be tucked away out of sight. Take your time, and open all doors - you never know what you might find.
Pick your shots wisely
As mentioned, bullets are scarce, and when you run out you will often find yourself in a pickle. Where will the next enemy be? Will there be any bullets nearby? Save yourself all this stress by shooting only when you need to, and if you can, make sure you land each shot. Take your time to aim, and most importantly, aim for the head. If you've got a stockpile of ammo, you can shoot enemies in the legs and hands to make them less effective, but ideally you want to be neutralising them completely.
Use the storage box
You only have a limited amount of inventory capacity in Resident Evil 7, so be sure that you're keeping an eye on what you do and don't need. Although it's sometimes tempting to throw stuff away when you need to pick up something else, always be sure to run back to the storage boxes when you need to clear some space - it's much better than irretrievably dumping something, even if it is a bit of a trek sometimes. Items in the world don't disappear, so it's worth taking that extra bit of time.
A lot of the time Resident Evil 7 is very quiet, even silent, so it's worth having a listen as to what's around the corner. A lot of enemies will make gurgling noises and shuffle along the floor, so it's worth listening out for those telltale signs for when you might need to run and/or shoot. It might be scary, but it can be the difference between a large chunk of your health being taken off and escaping unscathed.
Use the keys
Across your journey you'll come across various keys with crows, scorpions, etc. attached to them, and although you may know that one door can be used with them, you may have forgotten a previous door that is also suited to it. Taking the time to backtrack and find these secret doors will often reward you with extra items or story details, so be sure to make a note of where you see strange doors with animals attached.
Maps are your friend
Throughout your travels you'll come across maps that show the layout of locations in the game, and you always have the option (the middle button on the PS4, for instance) to look at these at any time. Not only this, but they show you where you have been and where you haven't as well as the locations of storage boxes and save points. Use this to find out where you need to go next, or even if you're just a bit lost.
Save the antique coins
Throughout the game you'll come across seemingly random antique coins, but trust us when we say they will definitely come in handy. These can unlock certain helpful items at key points in the game, which you will certainly appreciate when it comes to things like boss fights, so it's always worth keeping them and storing all the ones you find. Psychostimulants can also be used to locate these as well as other items, so bear that in mind too.
Take your time with boss fights
There are plenty of boss fights in the game, but not all of them can be taken down by brute force and bullets. Sometimes you need a key item, or a certain tactic, to get rid of these tougher enemies, so take your time to see what weaknesses they have. Almost all of them can be avoided at least temporarily by running away, so it's always worth doing this to avoid taking more damage without dealing any back.
So often in Resident Evil 7 there are traps or enemies waiting round corners or behind doors, even when you've been there before, so it's best not to run in the game, or you might find yourself pounced upon or exploded. Crouching, measured movement gives you time to react to situations when they appear, and also give you a nice view of lower areas where items may be. It's slow, but better safe than sorry, especially when the Baker family are about.
Avoid the Baker family
This may sound blindingly obvious, but the Baker family are a lot stronger than you think, so when you see them, don't try to confront them in combat. Instead, ease your way around, avoid detection, and try not to get hit by their attacks, since they can often be strong and pretty annoying. It may take a few tries to know where they will move, but it's worth it.
So there you have it, the ten tips that should help you survive the horrors of Resident Evil 7 and escape the clutches of the Baker family. At least for a short while. Let us know if they helped you out, and if there's something we missed drop a note in the comments.