Update: Though I originally reviewed Resident Evil 7 on PS4 and PSVR, I've since had a chance to test the game on Xbox One and PC as well.
Accordingly, additional information has been added to the bottom of this review.
-- SB, 1/24/2016We didn't know it at the time, but Resident Evil 4 was the beginning of the end.
Though in many ways the series' best game, it also signaled the start of Resident Evil's transformation from survival-horror into something far scarier: forgettable, derivative action.
By contrast, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has been heralded as a return to form--a classic, uncompromising frightfest. In place of blockbuster pandering, the game delivers intimate horror with a tightly focused scope and all the trappings you'd expect from a survival game.
No superfluous skill trees or meaningless fetch quests, just the stomach-churning tension of guiding a relatively helpless character out of a waking nightmare.
You do gradually gather weapons as you progress, but you could never mistake this for an action game.