'Resident Evil 7'
The Resident Evil series was stuck in a real rut before Resident Evil 7 came along, but its first-person viewpoint and focus on a restricted location turned out to be exactly what the seminal horror franchise needed. The tricks it borrowed from first-person horror games like Outlast and P.T. made it the first Resident Evil game in a long time to feel genuinely scary, and there were some benefits from the mash-up flowing in the other direction, too. Turned out the glut of claustrophobic games about spooky corridors and video cameras really needed some guns and bullets and a family of mutant hillbillies to shake them up, and the action-survival horror elements Resident Evil 7 kept really made it stand out from all the other YouTube fright factories.