Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Resident Evil 7 Ending Explained

In their tradition of scaring people with survival horror games, Capcom has returned with the seventh and latest installment of their crown jewel Resident Evil series. While this was a most-anticipated piece of the franchise, a reboot of some sort were expected by the fans and make no mistake as it was a reboot. Just not the one that changes the entire landscape of the base plot and then start anew from a fresh point.

At the end result, some proclaimed it to be the best of the series and some thought it was a total piece of crap. Moreover, many fans are still wondering what does the plot really means in overall and where does it lead them next. Simply, we cannot blame who are feeling a bit left out because, it is true that the turn they took with this game was a bit too much for many old fans to catch on and some of the newcomers to the series are also trying to figure out where it all takes them.

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Resident Evil 7 Ending Explained

Resident Evil 7 roughly takes 10 hours or so to complete. So, we suggest if you haven't finished playing the game yet, you might want to do that before you go any further from this point as we are about to unleash a lots of spoiler-filled game details below. Here we go.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR RESIDENT EVIL 7.

The entire Baker family is a weird mix of chaos and psychotic personalities. While more than 20 persons has gone missing in their property over the course of 2 years and no one decides to investigate is a bit odd. Or maybe, someone came but didn't actually make it back. Ethan faces Jack and his wife Marguerite Baker a couple of times and ultimately was forced to kill them for his own survival. Lucas however was healed and was secretly working for Umbrella Corporation all along.

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The Psychotic Baker Family

Many video games these days are coming out of the age-old clichés of delivering a singular ending after you finish the game. Instead, they gave you alternate endings where you are faced with different scenario and consequences, while also reserving one which is considered as the canonical ending. Most of the time, it happens to be the one where the hero faces a comparatively happy ending.

Following this trend, Resident Evil 7 has decided to give us two endings that are based on the decisions game protagonist Ethan Winters is about to make. After taking care of Jack Baker, Ethan has to choose between his wife Mia or Zoe from the Baker family to give the serum and stop the infection of the Mold.

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Mia or Zoe

If you as Ethan choose to give the serum to Mia, she will survive and when all these chaos is over, will receive medical attention as they leave the wretched place. From this point, you will not see Zoe ever again. This one can be considered as the canonical ending or good ending. On the contrary, if you end up helping Zoe over Mia, then she will die before you reach the wrecked ship and Mia will also sacrifice herself to let Ethan escape. She will show up again only to die at Ethan's hand before he leaves behind the Baker Estate. This one is the bad ending.

RE7 is full of surprises at every corner and one of the biggest one of them was the secret of Eveline; the little girl that you can see at the box cover of the game or promotional arts. She also pops out several times inside the game and guess what? She is the one big-bad monster that you have to face at the end of the game. Her story was never actually a well kept secret in the game if you have read the information files.

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Secret of Eveline

It appears that Eveline is just another bio-weapon of “E-Series” by Umbrella Corporation and they were actually sending her to an undisclosed location in the first place. She uses the molds to control anyone who is infected and it is near-impossible to get rid of her control as she constantly exposes her victims to hallucinations, which compels them to follow her command and commit horrific deeds.

One scientist theorizes that she actually longs for and creates a family of her own to receive parental love from them. This explains why she chose to stick with the Baker family and how her power has evolved them into super-powered cannibalistic monsters. Whenever anyone is infected by the mold, the person starts seeing Eveline and experiences illusion every now and then.

Ethan was also infected by the virus as well. In his case, it also gave him regenerative abilities to re-attach his arm and leg. He also had his share of visions of the girl and at one point; he even had a conversation with a pre-infected Jack Baker about how they are all held captive by Eveline. She appears to Ethan as a 10-year-old girl before he injects her with a serum and she revealed herself to be the giant mold monster. She actually is that old woman sitting in the chair you encounter at several points of the game.

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Eveline and Mia

Mia Winters were tasked to transport Eveline on a freighter ship as per the orders of her employers at Tentsu and that was three years ago before she went missing. Many may speculate that the wandering Mold monsters from the ship might be failed experimented subject created by the baker family, whereas they are spawned from black, gooey “vomit” of Eveline. Her unstable nature and the rampage of the monsters made the ship stumble onto Louisiana for an unbeknown Jack Baker to find her.

During the final boss-battle, Ethan is assisted by an unforeseen person from a helicopter, who threw him a gun that carve the name ‘Albert-01’, a weapon similar to Wesker’s S.T.A.R.S. handgun. It is still unclear when you were expecting a rocket launcher, why someone would hand you over a handgun, except for the game developers to drop a hint at something. Anyways, as Ethan uses that weapon to take down Eveline for good, the guy comes to rescue him.

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Agent Redfield

As his mysterious savior comes nearby and removes the gas mask he was wearing, we finally get to see his face and he proclaims that he is “Redfield,” which is a direct reference to one of the series protagonist Chris Redfield. Though fans had hard time believing this was in fact the real Chris as he doesn't look anything like the one they knew. Some even came up with the theory that this was someone else who is impersonating Redfield, most possibly Umbrella operative Hunk.

RELATED: Resident Evil 7’s Next DLC Features Chris Redfield

We thought that we will have to wait till the Resident Evil 7 free DLC 'Not A Hero' comes out but this theory was later debunked when the character is seen listed as Chris Redfield in game’s credits and Capcom finally cleared the air by revealing that we will be able to play as Chris in the 'Not A Hero' DLC. Maybe after depicting him like a bulky steroid junkie in Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6, Capcom has finally decided to make some change and shifted tone of the character only to receive massive skepticism among the fan-base.

Another thing that might seem shocking to a lot of old Resident Evil fans that Chris Redfield appears in a helicopter that bears the logo of Umbrella Corporation. Now, this upsets a lot of establishment of the franchise and complicates a lot of story settings because, it was Umbrella who actually started messing around with these viruses and was responsible for the outbreak and eventual destruction of Raccoon City in the first place. From the very first game, Chris and Umbrella Corporation was never an item.

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Umbrella Corporation Returns!

However, there are hints that this may not be the same corporation that is infamous for their creation of the T-Virus and maybe despite having the same name, their motive has changed just for this instant. Another thing to take on account is that, Umbrella’s logo has slightly changed. The blood red color has been swapped with blue. This might be a hint at something that the 'Not A Hero' DLC will shed lights on or it was just a change of design.

We also cannot sweep out the possibility that it was actually Umbrella Corporation, who came up with the experimentation of the “E-Series” strand of the virus and conducted tests on Eveline. They coming to rescue Ethan can serve two purposes at once. For one, they could've destroyed Eveline anytime they wanted but they wanted her alive for further tests. Then, they came to pick up Ethan as he was infected with the mold but free of Eveline's control. So, now they can extract the sample of the virus and continue their research.

Or perhaps, they are just a fraction of the vile corporation taken over by the heroes working against bio-terrorism. Just saying! This is still a very much debatable point that is not taking us anywhere soon. We still are nowhere close to find out why on earth Chris Redfield is working for Umbrella and what is the true motive of this shady organization this time. Most probably, the upcoming series of DLC will clear more confusion and doubts from our minds.

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Umbrella is Watching

Also, if you have played the Beginning Hour demo of Resident Evil 7, you can find a photograph taken that shows the Umbrella Corps helicopter above the Baker Estate. The picture has writing on its back “Are they watching us from helicopter?” This points out that they actually were keeping an eye on the family but probably chose not to directly engage or interfere for some reason. So, maybe they are not as clean as they come after all.

Receiving generally a very positive response in general from critics and regular gamers except for some serious veterans of the series who sees this one as an abomination, Resident Evil 7 is out now worldwide for playing on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

4 comments

They cloned Ada Wong before in RE6. So, this Chris can also be a clone. Other than that, maybe B.S.A.A. has taken over Umbrella.

Yup. We cannot rule that out just yet. Good point though.