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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Capcom
Developed By: Capcom
Genre: Horror
Players: 1 (2 co-op)
Rated: M (Mature)
Release Date: February 17, 2010
Screenshots: Link
Price: $4.99
Written By: Matthew Prunty

Reigniting the fires burning within the souls of millions of gamers worldwide was Capcom’s sole goal for 2010, which they plan on beautifully executing with the release of new downloadable content, highlighting two new chapters within Resident Evil 5 and a host of new multiplayer features. The first DLC package is known as ‘Lost in Nightmares’ and has players take control of Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine in the moments that lead up Jill’s supposed death and the storyline within Resident Evil 5. Fans of the Resident Evil series, especially Resident Evil will get a kick out of the nostalgic feel that this new downloadable content provides.

Lost in Nightmares is short, but the definitive downloadable content for those who live and breathe all things Resident Evil. This DLC opens up with Jill and Chris entering a spooky mansion you would normally find on Elm St. As soon as they walk through the mansion main door, veterans of the series are taken back to the 1996 and Resident Evil. Capcom made sure that this mansion is an exact recreation of the original Spencer Estate that was depicted within the first Resident Evil game. This is only the beginning of the Resident Evil nostalgia. Capcom has included several hidden Easter eggs and dialogue snippets that make fun of past games, while also allowing you to utilize the classic camera angles and controls that were made famous early on in the Resident Evil series.

For those who played through Resident Evil 5, there was a cutscene where Chris and Jill were in a heated battle with Wesker, which resulted in Jill tackling Wesker through a window and following down a cliff. From there, we all thought that Jill was dead, until later events within RE5 when we all discovered that she was in fact still alive. This said cutscene is where this charter picks up. We as gamers are allowed to play through the moments leading up to the point of Wesker and Jill falling off the cliff. However, unlike the intense action that’s in Resident Evil 5, this DLC falls alongside the classic Resident Evil titles where you never know when a zombie or weird looking creature will pop out of nowhere. The DLC chapter will last a little over an hour your first time with one epic puzzle towards the end through. Depending on the difficulty level you play on --Amateur, Normal, Veteran and Professional—you can expect to run into more and more ‘Guardians of Insanity’, while the puzzle also becomes ever more difficult.

If you are a diehard fan of Resident Evil 5, then you will find this DLC a bit lacking seeing has there are very fee zombies and Guardians of Insanity, however when you increase the difficulty of the game, the more guardians you will run into and in awkward locations. Why the change in gameplay, it’s real easy really, the events in the Spencer Estate take place before that of Resident Evil 4, which saw the change in the gameplay style and mechanics that are also in Resident Evil 5. Thankfully, Capcom decided to give you access to stronger weapons as you increase the difficulty, so you won’t get slaughter early on in the chapter. Thankfully, there is the inclusion of 8 new trophies/achievements, four of which are tied to the ‘Lost in Nightmares’ DLC.

Since we are in the era of multiplayer, Capcom opted to beef of their multiplayer experience with new costumes and playable characters and the return of the Mercenaries mode known as ‘The Mercenaries Reunion’. Within this mode come Excella Gionne (RE5) and Barry Burton (RE) as playable characters, allowing you to mow down zombies with style and finesse. There is also the inclusion of leaderboards, which affect both the single-player experience as well as the multiplayer experience within the DLC package. These additions alongside the single-player/co-op experience make this DLC package well worth picking up.

While I certainly feel that Capcom could of stretch out the this single chapter into three chapters --1-1, 1-2, and 1-3--, mimicking the chapter structure of the game, for the low price of $4.99/400 MS Points you can’t go wrong with this purchase. For those who haven’t picked up Resident Evil 5 yet or sold their copy already, I recommend picking up the game and downloading this DLC package, or wait until March 9th and pick up Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition which will include the game and DLC content out now and March 3rd/4th. All I know is after tasting what this package has to offer, I can’t wait for Capcom to release ‘Desperate Escape’ the first week of March.


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