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Why Resident Evil 7 is a GOTY: It’s Resident Evil, deconstructed

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Resident Evil 7’s greatness in two minutes

Resident Evil 7 biohazard is one of Polygon’s favorite games of 2017. There’s a long explanation and a short one. If you’ve only got time right now the Cliffs Notes, we’ve got those above in a video essay on our love for the game.

I encourage you to read Polygon head honcho Chris Grant’s in-depth, thoughtful take on what makes Capcom’s revival of its horror franchise so successful. But for something a bit more spoiler-free, watch me break it down above.

The gist: Resident Evil 7 is an encapsulation of the Resident Evil franchise as a whole. The series has gone through evolution after evolution since its debut more than 20 years ago, some great, some not-so-great.

Resident Evil 7 is hard proof that Capcom has learned from its years of experimentation to figure out what makes the series work best. How so? The video covers it in two minutes flat.

For the rest of Polygon’s Game of the Year 2017 coverage, check out our dedicated section. We’ll be reflecting on our favorites and counting down our top 10 through the end of the week, with a full list of the top 50 best games of 2017 coming after that.