Within reach: the inhabitants of Rose’s shadow transform the evil village into magic

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If Resident Evil Village was proof that Capcom wasn’t afraid to change the type of enemies its survival horror franchise offers, then the Shadows of Rose DLC is proof that the developer can do the same for its character. major. . Ethan Winters’ daughter, Rose, may wield the same weapons her dad got used to, but she’s got a superpower that’s 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 otherworldly abilities become such a nuisance that she wants to get rid of them. During a 30-minute session at Capcom’s UK headquarters, that 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 seem out of place in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard are sent to hunt you down.

Rising from the ground in a big pile of goo, it’s this substance that marks the biggest difference between the Dimitrescu Castle 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 off and the black liquid that coats most of the terrain will swallow you whole.

As such, it’s a familiar setting – but it’s not quite intimate and welcoming. You can also have a quick loop 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 the movement has a little more weight. Leon S. Rose takes longer to set his bearings than Kennedy and Jill Valentine, and he’s just as difficult to aim and shoot. However, you get used to it quickly and feel like Resident Evil Village was always meant to be played that way. This will also be an option, with the original title updated with a third-person camera the same day Shadows of Rose releases.

The main goal of our demo was to get a special item (we can’t name it exactly) from a new statue located in the main hall of Dimitrescu Castle. To access it, three masks had to be applied to the stone statue. It sets up a classic Resident Evil puzzle where you are free to explore the concrete castle and its grounds beyond. However, you can only go until Rose’s power kicks in.

She can actually destroy the black goo covering the castle by targeting its core… Something this. Either way, he turns dust to dust and opens up the path he was blocking. The mechanic kind of turns the DLC – or at least this part of it – into a mini Metrodvania: you’ll use the power to unlock new areas and get yourself more ammo and healing items. In the final minutes of our demo, the ability is enhanced for use on enemies, freezing them in place for easy headshots.

Another supernatural mechanism in Shadows of Rose comes not from the main character, but from the environment. At several points in the demo, an invisible entity communicates with Rose through golden 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. A cool feature that we can’t wait to learn more about.

With these powers and mechanics in hand, you’ll settle into the comfortable shooting, looting, and evading routine that comes with any modern Resident Evil title. With the same map and inventory system as the base game, you wander through rooms as usual to find items, clues, and puzzle pieces, all to help you reach your goal. The gameplay loop hasn’t changed dramatically, but you do have more things to consider and unusual new ways to interact with the survival horror.

Our 30-minute session with Shadows of Rose probably only scratches the surface of what the DLC has to offer, but it whetted our appetite enough where we’re dying to return to the world of Resident Evil Village. Waiting impatiently. With new powers, new puzzles, and new areas to explore, Shadows of Rose will avoid the trap that so many expansions fall victim to: offering more of the same. It’s not just a collection of the greatest hits from the base game; It’s a whole new rewarding adventure. The shadows of the rose shape beautifully; We can’t wait to discover its Halloween secrets.


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 of this will be available on October 28, 2022.

Are you also looking forward to returning to Dimitrescu Castle? Pack your shotgun in the comments below.

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