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I realize this will probably have people jumping down my throat, but here it is: RE7 is a good horror game.  It's scary.  It even has the survival horror thing down.
Gameplay-wise, it feels like an RE game.  Storywise?  ...Less than stellar.
I got excited in the demo (first or second?  It's been a bit and I'm posting this late) when you picked up the phone and Ada was talking to you.  That's something that would have really helped sell it as an RE game--Ada, talking to you, giving you directions and advice.  It would answer a few questions about what she'd been up to.  Instead they cut that out for a new girl, Zoe, who's fairly bland in comparison and doesn't do all that much.
Horror?  Sure, terrifying.
But what I liked about the originals was, well, the camp.  They were pure Silver Age, delicately balancing the goofy camp with the terror of opening a door and not knowing what was on the other side or if your few remaining bullets were enough to deal with it before whatever was waiting ended your life.  This ditched that completely.  RE5 made the mistake of taking itself too seriously, too (though no one else did, and the best playthroughs to watch are where people aren't taking it seriously). 
It didn't have fun with it.  And neither did I.  Some people love that stuff; Outlast, for example.  Guts and scare factor just 'cause you can.
But the thing is, without that early RE tie-in that they'd had in the demo (and now I'm really starting to wonder why that was removed), you could easily call it a different game than 'Resident Evil' and not lose anything in the making.  There were documents here and there, but the majority of it felt tacked on as an afterthought in the end.  Discordant, disconnected.

tl;dr
RE7 does the gameplay of the first couple entries really well with a changed camera, without any but the most tenuous ties to the series as a whole.  You could rename it and the only thing you'd lose would be series hype.
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As usual, things are spoilery.  Maybe I should just have a general SPOILERS warning for absolutely everything that I post.  And it's been ages since I've been able to post anything-on vacation, but I'm back now, yay!  I'm kind of tired, so probably won't post that much.
I didn't bring my laptop, so I didn't really have access to anything, not even internet for most of the time.  (And the little bit of time I did have I ended up fixing someone else's computer, which really doesn't count.)  I could've taken my nook, but I haven't figured out how to get antiviruses on it yet so I've been paranoid-ly avoiding using the internet on it if at all possible.  At least avast! has security for cell phones.  And during that time, for absolutely no reason (because it's been a while since I've watched, listened to OST, or written anything about Persona 2, but that was what I missed the most and really randomly.  I still need to make my post about that, but I think I'll do that when I can actually be decently coherent about it.
Miles to the Edge )
And these are only some of the necessary questions.  I'm sure there are more waiting to be found.
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I have to get more organized about posting here.  :)  Maybe not daily, but...a better schedule at least.  Of course, I'm still getting used to having this to post things to, so... *shrug*  Might as well get to talking about the shows/movies/miscellaneous.  INSERT USUAL SPOILER WARNING HERE.
As to the music....it fit my ironic sense of humor.

Iron Man 3
Summer Movie!! )I know there was pretty much 'you either love it or you hate it' from this movie.  I think it's probably because of expectations.  People want different things from their superhero movie.  (Some people, for instance, were probably hoping for another Dark Knight...which this movie certainly wasn't.  Some disturbing parts, yeah, but it didn't make me have to go watch something hopeful to cheer myself up so I wouldn't have nightmares.  Ironically enough, the darkest comic book I've ever actually enjoyed is the Green Lantern Blackest Night series...but I guess I'm either a Green or Blue Lantern, so that probably has some effect on my outlook on the series!)  If you're looking for more Silver Age (as opposed to Golden Age or Iron/Dark Age), then you've come to the right place.

Cowboy Bebop
End of series SPOILER )
Anyway, awesome series, and if you could handle Firefly + Serenity, you can handle this series.  In fact, you should watch it, now.

Phoenix Wright
Turnabout Essay )

Doctor Who: A Town Called Mercy
...Mercifully Good! )

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