Resident Evil 7 was important for the series and the survival horror genre for so many reasons. Its ability to take ideas from what worked about Resident Evil for so long while filtering out what didn’t, its willingness to learn from what other modern horror games were getting right, and of course the addition of some fresh ideas with the Bakers and a new, more vulnerable main character who lacks the military experience of the S.T.A.R.S. team was a recipe for massive success.
Many regard this game as one of - if not the - best horror game of all time and there’s certainly an argument to be made for that. I wouldn’t personally say it overtakes the true pillars of the genre like Silent Hill 2 or Clock Tower, but it certainly comes within striking distance in an era where so many great games are coming out all the time. Regardless of where you personally stand on that, it’s hard to deny that Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is one hell of a game.