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Resident Evil Village is a sublime horror experience and, with the addition of VR, it’s something extra special. The PS VR2 has a 4K HDR display, eye tracking, and 3D audio, which all work together to stimulate your senses and put you in the heart of the action. The VR mode in Resident Evil Village makes full use of the features of the new headset, and it’s even better than the seventh game in the series thanks to the PSVR2.

Story

Taking place three years after the events of Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil Village revisits the story of Ethan Winters. Winters is now living in Europe with his wife Mia and his daughter Rose, although a shocking turn of events forces him back into the midst of the horror. Chris Redfield also makes an appearance, being the one true thing that connects this story to previous games in the series.

Gameplay

Resident Evil Village can be played standing or seated. If you have the room, I would definitely recommend playing standing, as this further adds to how immersive everything feels. The game also has various comfort options, which can be tweaked to your liking, and I think it all goes to show that Capcom knows exactly how to make a VR game.

One of the most satisfying aspects of playing Resident Evil Village in VR is the realistic gun handling. You can physically load a cartridge, cock your gun, and pump your shotgun after each shot. These actions add to the challenge and the immersion of the game. You can also store your guns and ammo on your hips, back, and in your jacket, which reduces the need to access menus frequently. This version of the game also allows you to dual wield weapons in a way which just wasn’t possible previously.

The game makes use of the PS VR2 Sense controllers to create a logical and intuitive VR experience, something which Resident Evil 7 couldn’t achieve with the simple DualShock controller. If you wish for a more traditional experience, you can make reloading easier, but it definitely loses something as a result.

Visuals

The PS VR2’s 4K HDR support already puts it well above the 1080 HDR of its predecessor. What’s more, the PS VR2 leverages eye-tracking to improve the fidelity of what you’re directly looking at by reducing image quality in your peripheral. In other words, Village is remarkably crisp in VR, with the game’s realistic character models, solid art direction and intricately designed levels all looking quite sharp.

I’m also not normally someone who notices the implementation of 3D Audio (spatial sound), but I absolutely felt the difference here, adding to the immersion as all kinds of vampires, ghouls and other creatures hissed at me from the shadows. Resident Evil Village in VR looks spectacular on the PS VR2’s OLED displays and really is a showcase piece for Sony’s new VR headset.

Conclusion

The game preserves everything that made it great in the first place, such as its excellent pacing, stunning environments, likeable puzzles and memorable bosses. The only difference is that it is now much creepier and immersive, which may not appeal to everyone. If you are not a fan of VR horror, you may want to avoid visiting this Village.

Resident Evil Village showcases the graphical capabilities of the PSVR2, surpassing the previous game of the series in VR in terms of detail and realism. Although the game does not look as sharp in VR as it does on a 4K TV, it compensates with a more atmospheric and creepy experience. Thanks to its deep blacks, the game also makes use of the OLED screens of the PSVR2 to give you a real sense of place.

Resident Evil Village in VR was well worth the wait. It may not look as good inside the headset as it does on a TV screen, but the added immersion and interaction means that this is easily the best way to play the game. With everything said, this is one of the highlights in the launch line up of games that are available for Sony’s fancy new VR headset.

Resident Evil Village VR Mode Availability

Resident Evil Village VR Mode is available as a free update to all PS5 owners of the main ‘2D’ version of the game for those looking to play the title in their new PS VR2 headset. The main base game is available for €39.99 on PlayStation Store. 

REVIEW: Resident Evil Village VR Mode (PS VR2)
  • Story
  • Gameplay
  • Visuals
4.7

Summary

Resident Evil Village in VR was well worth the wait. It may not look as good inside the headset as it does on a TV screen, but the added immersion and interaction means that this is easily the best way to play the game. With everything said, this is one of the highlights in the launch lineup of games that are available for Sony’s fancy new VR headset.

John Reilly

John is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheEffect.Net. His favourite gaming series is Uncharted and his favourite film is Interstellar. He is also known to quote 'Father Ted' and Keith Lemon more than is normal. John@theeffect.net