Released in May 2021, Resident Evil VIII managed to conclude the narrative arc of the Winters family that began four years earlier with the release of Biohazard 7. Successful in its gothic atmosphere with its village in Eastern Europe, the title proved pleasant to ride but much less flashy than a RE7 that had put the trouilometer in VR to the maximum. True to its tradition of complete editions and on the occasion of the release of the DLC, “Les ombres de Roses”, Capcom has therefore delivered the “Winters Expansion” allowing us to extend the story and even replay the entire game. person. Very enticed by the idea of reliving the adventure in virtual reality thanks to the future version 2 of the Sony helmet, we would have remained largely without reliving the adventure two months before the release of the PSVR2 but it is clear that the announcement of the price he clearly put off, and that’s an understatement. We therefore set off in this new version of Village with some memories but very eager to experience the adventure in a different way, and to go beyond the credits by playing the daughter of Ethan and Mia Winters for a few more hours.
Players never happy
From a structural point of view, the Gold Edition of Resident Evil Village is neither more nor less than the full version of the Capcom title. It therefore includes the base game, as well as the Winters Expansion (downloadable individually if you already own the game) and additional content for the mercenary mode.
For the Winters expansion, we are faced with the perfect illustration of the dilemma the publisher is currently in. He’s reached the end of what he can offer in first person and doesn’t he prefer to continue with a camera showing the character? In any case it’s a way to please everyone and especially the players who are never happy, rotten spoiled that we are. When a title is in first person, we’d kill to play it with a handheld camera, and conversely when going down to a TPS, we’d like to know what it would give in FPS.
Resident Evil Village is now both and soon VR… three management modes for a single title and that’s pretty rare. Let’s see what this expansion of Winters offers.
Village in TPS mode
As if to better prepare the player for what awaits him at the end of March 2024 for the release of the Resident Evil 4 remake, this extension therefore falls under the banner of TPS (third person shooter). For the heart of the game, nothing has really changed and we will therefore show you our test of time on the game which was not perfect but was doing quite well after the revolution started by the previous installment.
Here nothing has evolved in terms of production and artistic direction. The change of view obliges, everything seems less impressive but everything is much more readable in terms of depth.
No more appearances that could surprise, the game loses in immersiveness but gains in nervousness and dynamism. We are dealing with a fairly slow lambda TPS whose character protects itself in a grotesque way. Everything works fine, though, but I did notice some clipping in the exterior sets in this version.
As for the difficulty, a year and a half after its release, the title seemed to me in this version a real walk in the park, much easier to understand especially when the enemies are numerous.
In the third person mode it was possible to believe that the character of Ethan who was supposed to represent the player could finally show his face but it is not like that. We can catch a glimpse of him but the camera never allows us to show him with his face uncovered. In-game cinematics remain in first person and flow smoothly with the switch back to the TPS view. From this side it is successful!
We would have liked to be able to switch from one view to another to make comparisons more easily, unfortunately the two parts are clearly separated from the beginning of the adventure, with two separate saves.
The Shadows of Roses
The only real novelty of this expansion of Winters, the DLC “The shadows of Rose” will take you for just over 3 hours of gameplay in which you will play as Rose Winters, a Vanessa Paradis impersonator in her twenties. A little mention of her facial expressions at the beginning of the adventure, we found them very convincing.
Sixteen years after the events of Village, which ended with the sacrifice of her father, the young woman rejected by the others wishes to be separated from her powers and learns of the existence of a purifying crystal that could help her. To eliminate the mutamycete from her body, Rosa then returns to the premises of the Village. For the rest of the narrative elements, everything is clearly explained in the game notes.
Very quickly the players will recognize the places of the castle of Dimitrescu and above all an old acquaintance whose surprise we keep for you!
For the first time in the saga, we are entitled to the most fantastic story ever tested for the series. It’s easy to see why it’s DLC only, as fans would risk being destabilized.
Rose can communicate with a spirit named Michael who will guide her and give her healing and ammo. Combined with her powers that will grow as the adventure progresses, they’ll be needed in combat, but especially in exploration. To reveal their true potential we will have to wait for the final fight of the game, too bad. The rest of the time it’s quite soft and underwhelming, but it makes sense when you’re equipped with a shotgun!
In its unfolding, “The shadows of the roses” can surprise. After a quest without much thrill, the DLC shifts gears into a much more original second part that proves a lot of things. Without spoiling the discovery too much, you will find one of the successful places in Village where you will have to play it undercover and with a kind of stress never seen before in the saga. It’s pretty cool to play!
Depending on your sensitivity, it can totally work on you, luckily it’s easy to get the upper hand!
Not so gold!
For owners of the original game it is therefore possible to extend the adventure by downloading only the extension for €19.99. On the other hand, players should be warned about the Gold Edition of the game: for those who want an alternative cover to the original, the gold differs very little simply by being slightly gilded in addition to carrying the mention “Gold”. The Blu-ray of the game is strictly identical and the Winters Expansion has to be downloaded using a code that will disappear if you buy the title on the used market. Difficult to agree with Capcom on this type of practice which continues to push the used market towards an inevitable death.
By itself this Winters Expansion is worth the cost if you have the original game and especially thanks to the contribution of the TPS view which allows you to fully relive the original adventure if you feel like it.
If you didn’t like the game, there’s little chance that “Les ombres de Rose” will convince you, but in our case we enjoyed this short adventure that allows the saga to try new things. It’s enough for a DLC but on a full game fans of the series could be completely destabilized.
Everything has therefore been said about the Winters family and it is difficult to imagine a direct sequel to this episode as it would seem too far from the DNA of the series. Village will be back one last time for one last stand in February 2023. In a surprising VR mode, so the lucky few who were able to try it might say.
The book of the Village of Shadows is therefore not yet completely closed.
► Release: 10/21/2022
► Publisher: Capcom
► Developer: Capcom
► Platforms: Multimedia
► Genre: Action/Horror
We love :
► Priced at €39.99
► The choice between TPS and FPS
► Completely decent base game
► DLC that tries things
We are sorry:
► Unable to switch between FPS and TPS
► Jitter-free TPS
► Start of quite classic DLC