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Resident Evil 7 modder plays the demo in third-person

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Resident Evil 7 marks a departure for the survival-horror series, as it's the first core game that's played entirely from a first-person perspective. But that hasn't stopped modder Tom Humble (opens in new tab), who took control of the demo's camera and was able to play it from a number of different third-person angles.

Of course, the first thing you'll notice is protagonist Ethan's head is missing. This isn't unique to Resident Evil 7, as many other first-person games use headless character models as well—recent examples include Outlast and Firewatch. 

While the animations aren't quite on the level of a third-person action game, they're surprisingly good. The only one that stands out as a bit silly is the lumbering swing of the axe. With a little extra work, and the willingness to ignore the missing head, it seems like you'd be able to play the Resident Evil 7 demo in the style of Resident Evil 4.

However, Resident Evil 7 isn't the only game that's been looked at from a different perspective. YouTuber Rod Lima (opens in new tab) recently showed off something he created in 3D computer graphics program Blender. Lima recreated the opening moments of the Resident Evil remake in first-person, and you can see it for yourself in the video below.

There are few things I want more than to play all of RE from that perspective. Jill's camera is a bit shaky, which makes it look like someone's playing it in VR, but the video is definitely worth checking out.

Resident Evil 7 releases on January 24. You can play the Resident Evil 7 demo right now on Steam (opens in new tab), and you can check out the graphics settings beforehand here (opens in new tab). And now, I leave you with another creation of Lima's, Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' recreated in RE2.

Mat Paget