Resident Evil Village: The Winters’ Expansion reviewed on PlayStation 5 by Taylor Lyles. Also available on PC, PS4, and Xbox.
The Winters’ Expansion is mostly an underwhelming follow-up to Resident Evil Village. While Mercenaries Additional Orders has some valuable new maps and characters that help flesh out the time-attack mode and give Lady Dimitrescu another chance to enchant us, the disappointingly short and inessential Shadows of Rose story campaign and somewhat awkward third-person option for the main game left me feeling unseasonably lukewarm on the Winters.
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I'll be right downstairs Daddy won't let those weird fairy tale Monsters get you after beating Resident Evil Village the first time I was Extremely satisfied with how the horror Story played out from start to finish When Capcom announced it was making an Expansion I knew it would be a tough act To follow unfortunately the three parts Of the Winter's expansion aren't up to It its new campaign is extremely short Rushed and does little to improve on Village's story and the new way to play The main game makes it less scary than It was the first time around the main Bright spot is the update to mercenaries Which gives the people more of what they Want Lady Dimitris The hell are you doing with my daughter Package secured sir Take him away A sense offer Shadows of Rose is an Extremely short new single player story Campaign included in the Winter's Expansion set 16 years after Village's Events it does little to move Village's Story forward for less than three hours You play as Ethan Winter's daughter Rose As she tries to find Akira to remove her Bold powers Seeing and learning more of Rosa's Struggles while growing up was Interesting and you do get to revisit Abridged versions of iconic locations
From Village most notably Castle Dimitris but there are no critical Revelations that would have changed the Context of Village's story or made roses Feel essential even the puzzles are more Straightforward than those in the main Game maybe this expansion is helping to Set up the next Resident Evil story but As of now it feels like an afterthought At best unlike Resident Evil 7 in Village Shadows of Rose is played in the Third person perspective which was a Nice change of pace but I was Disappointed at the lack of fluidity the Controls have compared to the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 3 Rose doesn't feel Anywhere near as responsive when Shooting at enemies or interacting with Most objects Combat suffers as well Rose is equipped With a pistol a shotgun and her ability To shoot magic at enemies and Temporarily stun them or push off Certain enemies that get too close your Guns cannot be fully upgraded at any Point though her powers can and they Make good tools for conserving ammo or Achieving a no damage or stealth type Run through the campaign that you Couldn't do in the base game I just wish Her powers were used more creatively Especially considering one of her more Interesting powers does not come along Until the end of the story when there's
Barely any time left to make use of it There's not much enemy Variety in play Either Fortunately Shadows of Rose is not the Only thing included in the Winter's Expansion it also includes a new option In the settings that lets you play Village's entire story from start to Finish in a third person perspective While it is great for those that prefer The over-the-shoulder gameplay my issues With it are the same as they were in Shadows of rose with two additional Frustrations one all the cutscenes are Still played in the first person Perspective making it feel less Seamlessly integrated and two some of The jump scares and more terrifying Moments a village were dialed back Drastically because of the change of Camera seeing the baby in house Benevieto in third person for example Was not nearly as frightening if only Because the change of perspective meant I had a broader view of Ethan's Surroundings the third and final new Piece of content included in the Winter's expansion is mercenaries Additional orders which adds new stages That increase the difficulty for those Who steamrolled through the original Batch and three new characters week to Play as Chris Redfield Carl Heisenberg And everyone's favorite tall vampire
Lady Chris is unlocked from the start But you have to S rank one of the maps Before you can put yourself in the shoes Of Lady dimitrisk mercenaries feel feels A lot more complete than it did at Launch as each of the four characters Has their own weapons and abilities that Improve the mode immensely I especially Enjoyed Chris's ability to Sucker Punch Enemies and do some decent damage making It a good last minute offensive move you Can use instead of blocking The Winter's expansion is mostly an Underwhelming follow-up to Resident Evil Village while the mercenaries additional Orders has some valuable new maps and Characters that help flesh out the time Attack mode and give lady dimitrusk Another chance to enchant us the Disappointingly short and inessential Shadows of Rose story campaign and Somewhat awkward third person option for The main game left me feeling Unseasonably lukewarm on the winters For more check out our full review of Resident Evil Village and for everything Else stick with IGN