If Resident Evil Village was proof that Capcom isn’t afraid to change the type of enemies its survival horror franchise offers, then the DLC Shadows of Rose is proof that the developer can do the same for its main character. . Ethan Winters’ daughter Rose may use the same weapons her father got used to, but she has a superpower that makes for a good base for our follow-up. Game of the year 2021. It’s more of that classic horror gameplay, with a twist.
Set 16 years after the events of Resident Evil Village, Rose’s inherited otherworldly abilities are becoming such a nuisance that she wants to rid herself of them. In a 30-minute session at Capcom’s UK headquarters, this urge to hone his skills marks a return to Castle Dimitrescu. The famous lady of the manor is long gone, however, replaced by the Duke – or at least a third-party entity that can control the merchant. Once he realizes you’ve entered his domain, a troop of enemies that wouldn’t look out of place in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard are sent to chase you down.
Rising from the ground in large piles of goo, it’s this substance that marks the biggest difference between the Castle Dimitrescu you explored in the base game and the one before you in Shadows of Rose. It has a great layout, but the hallways are blocked and the black liquid that covers most of the grounds will swallow you whole.
As such, it’s a familiar setting – but it’s not quite homey and welcoming. You can also have a quick loop by switching back to the third-person camera view. Shadows of Rose controls like a remake of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, but it feels like there’s a little more weight to movement. Leon S. Rose It takes longer to adjust your bearings than Kennedy and Jill Valentine, and it’s equally difficult to aim and shoot. However, you get used to it quickly, and it feels like Resident Evil Village was always meant to be played this way. This will actually be an option as well, with the original title updated with a third-person camera on the same day Shadows of Rose is released.
The main objective of our demo was to get a special item (we can’t exactly name it) from a new statue located in the main hall of Castle Dimitrescu. To gain access to it, three masks had to be applied to the stone statue. It sets up a classic Resident Evil puzzle where you’re free to explore the concrete castle and its grounds beyond. However, you can only go so far until Rose’s power comes into play.
She can actually destroy the black goo covering the castle by targeting its core… something it. Either way, it turns dust to dust and opens up the path it was blocking. The mechanic kind of turns the DLC – or at least this part of it – into a mini Metrodvania: you’ll use power to unlock new areas and source more ammo and healing items. In the final minutes of our demo, the ability is upgraded to be used on enemies, freezing them in place for some easy headshots.
Another supernatural mechanic in Shadows of Rose comes not from the main character, but from the environment. At several points throughout the demo, an invisible entity communicates with Rose through gold messages written on walls and objects. They warn him of danger, where to go next, and even summon pills and herbs for him. We have no idea who this person – or thing – is, so presumably, it’s something that’s introduced later in the story. An interesting feature we’re looking forward to learning more about, though.
With these powers and mechanics in hand, you’ll settle into the comfortable routine of shooting, looting, and escaping that comes with any modern Resident Evil title. With the same map and inventory system as the base game, it’s business as usual as you wander through rooms to find items, clues and puzzle pieces — all to help you work towards your objective. The gameplay loop hasn’t changed in any dramatic way, but you have more things to consider and new, unusual ways to interact with the survival horror.
Our 30-minute session with Shadows of Rose likely only scratches the surface of what the DLC has to offer, but it’s whetted our appetite enough to where we’re dying to return to the world of Resident Evil Village. Eagerly waiting. With new powers, new puzzles, and new areas to explore, Shadows of Rose will avoid the trap so many expansions fall victim to: delivering more of the same. It’s not just a greatest hits collection from the base game; It’s a whole new, rewarding adventure. The shadows of the rose are magnificently shaping; We’re looking forward to unlocking its secrets come Halloween.
Resident Evil Village: Shadows of Rose is a piece of DLC for the base game that can be played either through the Gold Edition, or by purchasing it through the PS Store if you already own the PS5, PS4 title. It costs £15.99/$19.99 and comes with a Mercenary mode for the original game and more content for a third-person camera. All this will be available on 28 October 2022.
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