Resident Evil 7’s first DLC brings puzzles and one thing harder than Madhouse mode.
“Banned Footage Vol 1 creates a fantastically claustrophobic feeling, and the sort of horror Resident Evil 7 does best.”
It’s no secret that I liked Resident Evil 7 quite a lot, and whereas I had no actual downside with the sport’s size or replay worth when it comes to the retail package deal, I used to be pleasantly shocked to be taught that somewhat extra of the sport could be arriving fairly shortly by way of DLC.
We’re barely a few weeks out from launch and Volume 1 of the Banned Footage DLC collection is out. After enjoying it I figured I’d move a fast verdict. Yep, this positive is a few extra Resident Evil 7. That’s no unhealthy factor.
This first half of the Banned Footage DLC contains two new chapters. These chapters put you into the sneakers of Clancy, one other sufferer of the Baker household some time earlier than the primary recreation. Players will already be somewhat acquainted with Clancy, since he’s the star of some of the in-game tapes in RE7 correct, however these extra tapes serve to fill within the gaps in his story.
The higher of the 2 is Bedroom, a mode that’s fully targeted on one facet I wanted Resident Evil 7 went somewhat deeper on: puzzles.
Clancy comes round shackled to a mattress within the Baker’s bed room, and Maugerite is ducking out and in of the room, taunting you and bringing you suspicious and disgusting meals. The aim is fairly easy: escape the room.
It’s an fascinating and linear A to B to unlock C kind of puzzle that’s most harking back to the Happy Birthday tape in RE7, however the nature of it gives an fascinating wrinkle. Maugerite retains coming out and in of the room, and if she notices you’ve been out of your restraints you’re going to be in deep trouble.
The result’s a intelligent recreation of cat-and-mouse: not solely are you fixing puzzles to realize gadgets to grant your escape, however you’re additionally often resetting the room with the intention to keep away from Maugerite discovering what you’re as much as. The panic once you realise she’s on her method and it’s a must to shortly reset the room is a fantastically claustrophobic feeling, and the kind of horror RE7 does finest.
It’s over shortly and has little replay worth however as a one-shot episodic expertise it felt respectable.
The second main chapter is Nightmare, the antithesis to Bedroom. Instead of puzzles, Nightmare is all fight. In actual phrases it’s a wave-based survival mode, however they’ve discovered a intelligent approach to tie it into the Resident Evil 7 universe, with the aim to outlive till morning.
I fairly like Resident Evil 7’s fight, nevertheless it’s augmented right here with the ebb and stream of a wave-based recreation. Resources are simply as scarce, if not much more so than within the primary recreation, forcing you to handle them fastidiously and calmly with the intention to make it to the later waves.
Nightmare is much less instantly inspiring than Bedroom however is not any much less fulfilling. It has somewhat extra replay worth with a number of issue ranges, plus the character of fight means issues can play out in a different way from run to run.
The last bonus is Ethan Must Die, a non-canon mode that provides a brutally unforgiving issue and a level of randomness that serves to make issues even more durable nonetheless. Some complained Madhouse was too straightforward: this sees to that.
There’s even a Dark Souls type mechanic the place your corpse shall be marked by a statue which you could then run again to and retrieve for bonuses. It’s a enjoyable little further, however in comparison with the opposite two modes it does really feel extra like that: somewhat further.
As this package deal goes all of it feels fairly worthwhile. The season move for the sport is £25 and that is half of the content material, with the opposite half coming in one other few weeks. Capcom is on observe to fulfil that worth, at the very least: one solely hopes they stick the touchdown within the second package deal.
There’s positively a debate available a couple of mode like Ethan Must Die, since its remixed belongings completely smack of the kind of mode that’d be a free unlockable bonus in additional harmless occasions. But whilst a part of this paid package deal, it feels worthwhile. If Resident Evil 7 left you wanting extra, be relaxation assured that the DLC provides you with what you want.