Resident Evil Village has finally arrived on PS4, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and Google Stadia. Powered by Capcom’s RE Engine, the game tells the next chapter in Ethan Winters’ — the protagonist of Resident Evil 7 — story, as he heads to a mysterious European village in search of his kidnapped daughter, Rose.
During our time with the game, we kept our eyes peeled for any meticulous, minuscule graphical details that Capcom has pored over to make the game one of the most visually pleasing the series has offered to date, and we thought we’d share them with you.
Did you find any neat visual details we haven’t included? Be sure to share them with us in the comments below.
Wine Glass Reflections, Realistic Liquids & Intricate Clothing Details
There’s a whole ton of tiny details to pick out at the beginning of Resident Evil Village, and we’ve managed to capture a screenshot that highlights a bunch of them above.
First off, let’s look at Mia herself with her incredibly realistic finger bones protruding out the top of her hand. The creases in her knuckles which can be seen more prominently on her left hand, too, show an impressive amount of detail in the character model itself (though we won’t talk about the hair).
That level of detail is present even in her clothing, with the intricate detail of her knitted cardigan highlighting just how impressive character models can look in RE Engine itself. Even the way the cardigan and her blouse realistically fold and crinkle as she moves takes the detail to levels we seldom see even in big AAA titles nowadays.
Finally, we’ve got examples of Resident Evil Village’s ray-tracing technology at work with the wine glass and the wine itself. If you look carefully at the wine glasses, you’ll see realistic ray-traced reflections of the environment around them. The easiest example to see here is in Ethan’s glass, where you can see the reflection of the room and table at the bottom.
Even the gentle glistening of the glass Mia is pouring into adds a sense of realism to this scene that elevates it above many other games, and is an exciting promise of things to come once the Series X and PS5 generation comes into full force over the next few years.
In the background, you’ll notice impressive lighting and shadow effects from the light and lamp. Even the salsa has impressive lighting effects!
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