More action, less survival horror, that was the recent trend in the Resident Evil series . At the latest with Resident Evil 6 , the time-honored horror series mutated into a third-person shooter – much to the displeasure of many fans. But according to the developer Capcom now should be over, the seventh series part would return to the classic roots. Did the Japanese keep word?

By Stephan Petersen

Zumindest schlüpft der Spieler diesmal nicht in die Rolle eines bekannten Serien-Protagonisten. Chris Redfield und Co. müssen draußen bleiben, Held des Spiels ist Ethan Winters. Der ist kein Mitglied einer Spezialeinheit, sondern ein normaler Zivilist. So wie du und ich. Das lässt ihn verletzlicher erscheinen als es bei einem Elitekämpfer der Fall wäre. Unsere Heldenbrust wird jedenfalls nicht breiter; der potenzielle Angstfaktor steigt.

Ethan is looking for his wife Mia, who disappeared three years ago. But suddenly, a sign of life! A video message from Mia warns Ethan: “Forget me! Do not look for me! “The receiver would have heard better of this warning. But after all, there are the good and the bad times in a marriage, right? At any rate, Ethan seems to believe in the covenant for life. Or he misses it, as Mia has always prepared the breakfast eggs for him. His motivation does not really open up to me. But more about that right now.

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Thanks to an email from Mia, Ethan knows her whereabouts: an address in Louisiana. The destination turns out to be a run-down mansion and is not as abandoned as it first seems. Lost newspaper reports, which are reported by conspicuously many missing persons in the region, as well as legacies such as photos and backpacks do not bode well. After all, you will quickly find in a basement dungeon. However, the reunion between Mia and Ethan is remarkably emotionless. As if Mia had gone to the cigarette vending machine and the tipping had actually been on the living room table for five minutes. Sponge over it, that will certainly!