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Fans of Resident Evil Village were treated to one expansion this Halloween period. Announced earlier this year and now out as part of the Winters Expansion is Shadows of Rose. This is available as part of the Gold Edition as well as a separate purchase in the Winters’ Expansion if you already own the base game for Resident Evil Village. So let’s refresh your memory to the events of the main game.

The story in Shadows of Rose begins sixteen years prior. Ethan set off to the Eastern region of Europe to a village to rescue his daughter Rose. That journey took him through House Dimitrescu via the infamous Lady Dimitrescu and his ultimate sacrifice with Mother Miranda. Back then Rose was a baby and Ethan did all he could to save his daughter. Now a teenager, Rose is struggling to live a normal life. She has thanks to previous events developed powers that classmates call her a freak for. She wants to get rid of them and for that, she has to make a journey back to where her nightmare all started.

Is Shadows of Rose Worth The Time

To get access to the next chapter in the Winter family saga you need the expansion. The contents also include a third-person mode for the main game. There is also The Mercenaries Additional Orders that adds three new characters. For the first time, The Lady Dimitrescu is playable. It’s priced at £15.99/$ 19.99 and the main DLC lasts about two and a half to three hours roughly. Also, the DLC differs from the base game in regards to the camera. This is third person to match the new third-person mode where it was originally all first person like Resident Evil 7 where we get introduced to Ethan.

Gameplay

If you only played the main game at launch it plays pretty much the same. The big change is the viewpoint. When the game first launched it followed its predecessor by playing first person. The new third-person mode is also now available in the main game as part of the expansion. It was commonly felt the first-person experience was too intense for some. If you’ve played the recent remakes you may feel this is a more natural way to experience the game. The gunplay mechanics feel smoother in the first person than in third person, however. With this DLC, I would like to have had the opportunity to play first-person as well.

Graphics

If you’ve played Resident Evil Village or the new third-person demo then you will be fully aware of how the game looks. The lighting and texture detail has not been compromised with the switch to a third-person view. It uses familiar locations from the main game. Though some lighting isn’t as effective as others meaning it could be a slightly missed opportunity to improve what is a fantastic-looking game. One small issue I had was walking in the snow leaving no footprints. A small disappointment when other games have this as a feature.

Audio

Again like the visuals. If you are familiar with the base game you’ll know how the game sounds. It’s still as foreboding and atmospheric as the main game. Once or twice I had an enemy come up behind me, without using stealth and I heard nothing.

Story

It’s a well-written story that you need to complete the main game to understand. However, even though it’s extremely well written and has a pace that flows, it has one problem. It doesn’t truly feel like it’s traditional Resident Evil. This has a more supernatural feel. Though that may be a good thing to some and a bad thing for others. Just bear in mind it’s not a traditional adventure. It’s also very short, my playtime and it wasn’t a rushed playthrough and with some extra exploring was just over three hours.

To Conclude

Before we talk about the quality of the DLC we have one point to note. The length of the game versus price. Not everyone wanted a third-person mode and those that feel like it’s the only way they can play the game have it locked behind an expansion price tag. Should Rose’s story have been available on its own at a cheaper price and the third person available for free? That’s a topic I’ll leave you to discuss.

As for the quality of the DLC visually and audio wise it offers nothing new. So no new enhancements and it’s not overly long. However, if you’re yet to pick the game up the Gold Editon has everything you need from the game to all the expansion pass content. Much as I recommend it for the quality, the price point makes it a harder recommendation.

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Resident Evil Village: Shadows of Rose

£15.99/$19.99
8.6

Gameplay

8.0/10

Graphics

9.0/10

Audio

8.5/10

Story

9.0/10
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