This installment in the Resident Evil franchise was clearly made for the die hard Resident Evil fans from the Playstation 1 era. The proof of this is its return to form in a pure survival horror experience that genuinely makes you feel like you are in danger or being “Molded” food at any moment. However, this isn’t the only returning trope in the series, as evidenced by how you find the shotgun in the game. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is, of course, beatable without the shotgun; I do strongly suggest that you follow this guide to acquire it, though, as it will make your time in the Baker residence that much more bearable. Here’s your honey-do list for finding it:
1: The first thing you’re going to want to do is finish the garage boss. Pops is going to come shambling at you after you defeat him and then show you a neat trick. Great. Now you have access to the basement. Make sure you’ve grabbed the Eagle relief from the bathtub on the second floor, and then head down into the spooky, scary basement.
2: This place is crawling with the Molded. I don’t want to tell you how to play your game, but quarters are pretty tight around here, so if you’re on a difficulty setting that you’re relatively comfortable with, I’d suggest you dispatch these suckers with the handgun, or take them on (one at a time) with the knife, if you’re feeling lucky.
3: As you naturally progress through the basement, into the processing area, you’ll come to a room with a conglomeration of flesh sitting on the table. Snatch the Scorpion key from that mess, and move on.
4: Head back upstairs to the second floor and…well, hey, remember when you grabbed the Eagle relief and Jack attacked you? Well, if you decided to take him down at that time, then you’re going to have no problem with this part, but if you didn’t, well, he’s still roaming the halls up there, waiting for you. If you have to fight, just aim for the head and make sure you hit that guard button as he attacks. Either way, head to the Recreation room and open the door that required the Scorpion key.
5: The broken shotgun is hanging out in here. Grab it, read the files in the room to get a better idea of what the heck is going on, snag the other goodies in the room, and head back downstairs to the Main Hall.
6: Against the wall, there’s a statue holding a (fully functional) shotgun. Does this seem familiar to you die hards out there? You know what to do next. Grab up that bad boy and place the broken shotgun in its stead. The door will open and you’re home free with your new treasure.
This bad boy will take out those nasty varmints you encountered in the basement with one well placed shell to the head. Don’t worry too much about conserving the ammo. On Easy/Normal, this ammo is pretty easy to come by. This will make boss fights a lot easier for you, though. So keep that in mind while you’re blowing away normal enemies throughout your play through.