Resident Evil 7 managed to wow gamers with gameplay that, while seen from a first person perspective, retained the classic, survival-horror feel that had been missing from Resident Evil‘s more recent entries. However, none of the franchise’s iconic monsters or characters were present in the game until the end when series strongman Chris Redfield dropped in, apparently working for the recurring villainous organization Umbrella. This news sent fans into a tizzy, trying to rationalize why a man renowned for killing zombies would work for a company reviled for making them. However, the promise of an upcoming DLC chapter, “Not a Hero,” reassured fans at least some of their questions would be answered, and judging by the new gameplay trailer, the DLC might live up to expectations.
The trailer starts with Redfield examining a mine, and the first thing audiences see demonstrates how different the DLC will be compared to the base game. I am, of course, talking about the HUD. The base Resident Evil 7 game doesn’t have a HUD, and players have to “pause” the game to check their health and ammo, but these are prominently displayed on the HUD, in addition to a new oxygen meter, which implies the DLC might feature new environmental hazards in the form of poisonous gas.
The gameplay clearly demonstrates that unlike Resident Evil 7 protagonist Ethan Winters, Redfield is a fully-trained and capable zombie-killing machine, as he comes equipped with an assault rifle, a pistol, and grenades, all of which tear through Molded zombies. And when all else fails, Redfield can explode their heads with a solid punch to the face (what else can you expect from a guy who once fought a giant boulder and won). However, the “Not a Hero” DLC will apparently retain a sense of survival horror, since ammo seemingly will be limited, and Molded zombies can swarm Redfield and overpower him through sheer numbers. Plus, the end of the trailer features a new type of Molded zombie that is absolutely gigantic and soaks up bullets like a sponge. However, this new creature doesn’t even faze Redfield (he calls it “just another monster”); he has, after all, faced off against even bigger monsters and won. Redfield might not be a hero, but he’s got a big brass pair on him.
I am excited for the release of the “Not a Hero” DLC, and I won’t have to wait long, as it will be released December 12th for free.