(http://www.residentevil.com/) Rated Mature by ESRB. It would be smart to download the additional content separately for only $14 if you already own Resident Evil 5. Otherwise, this fantastically packaged Gold Edition still worth your fifty-dollar bill. This review focuses on the extra DLC story chapters, “Lost in Nightmares” and “Desperate Escape” which help completing the RE 5 story. Moreover, you can also download two other costume packs for $2 each.

(http://www.residentevil.com/) Rated Mature by ESRB. It would be smart to download the additional content separately for only $14 if you already own Resident Evil 5. Otherwise, this fantastically packaged Gold Edition still worth your fifty-dollar bill. This review focuses on the extra DLC story chapters, “Lost in Nightmares” and “Desperate Escape” which help completing the RE 5 story. Moreover, you can also download two other costume packs for $2 each.

 

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Presentation:

“Lost in Nightmares” takes place before the events of Resident Evil 5 and includes a mansion inspired by the setting of the very first RE game. “Desperate Escape” takes place during the end of RE 5, as Jill and Josh race to rescue Chris and Sheva from the endgame’s exploding volcano. With Jill serving as the “main character” for the additional content, the Gold Edition expansion looks like a genuine sequel, a la RE 3: Nemesis. Most importantly, we’re glad to see Jill’s masterful unlocking skills put to good use here. The Mercenaries Reunion Mode also added 8 new characters, which you will find much fun playing with, especially with the classics, Barry Burton.

Graphics:

The graphics of the Resident Evil series have never failed and their graphics are always rated one of the best with its beautifully rendered environments and disgusting creatures. Lighting, textures and landscapes are often stunning. Characters are all well detailed, environments are distinct and beautiful, and enemies are as creepy as you can get. For “Lost in Nightmares”, nostalgia is the focus. Creeping around a dark and seemingly empty mansion, you will find the Spencer manor familiar but much improved graphically. Camera swoops through doorways as you transit to a new room cleverly invoking those classic load screens without making you wait. All CG animations added much motion picture-like tension as well.

 

Sounds:

The sounds are extremely well crafted. The creaks of the Spencer manor bring back the classic Resident Evil 1 atmosphere that you might have long missed. The music also sets the tone well. It is so heart wrenching when listening to the constant nerve-jangling song; knowing that you are about to survive waves of enemies while sticking around in one location without any breaks. Somehow, you will also find your voice mixes into the overall sound effect and produces another kind of gaming experience. For the guys, don’t be so sure that you won’t act like a girl here. Screaming and perhaps swearing might integrate with the bloodcurdling sound produced by those chainsaw guys. Moreover, other sound elements such as footsteps and gunshots sound very realistic. Voiceover for most characters is surprisingly good and the instant conversations between you and your AI partner are relevant and well-placed.

Gameplay:

I always loved the puzzles in Resident Evil 1 and I am so glad that they continue the tradition in one of the extra stages of “Lost in Nightmares”. Setting in Spencer manor and having Jill as one of the main characters, you will find this chapter that involves an environmental kill puzzle room and a challenging battle with Wesker very exciting. The other episode “Desperate Escape” is about survival. The player has to pay extra attention to your partner. You will be facing those chainsaw men and executors here. Coordination with your partner is essential since you don’t want to see them die or have your partner blocking your escape route. The standard point and shoot system used in RE 4 repeats in RE 5. Once you get better at the controls, you will find the action much more fun and exciting by aiming at the enemies legs or perhaps getting a headshot. But I would say this two extra DLC stages both have an increased difficulty than the core RE 5.

Longevity:

The replay value is very great. Fans of Resident Evil 5’s will be happy to know that you can play the two stages and Mercenaries Reunion with another person in split-screen or online for a co-op experience. By beating both stages will also allow you to unlock other characters, adding more reply value to the game. There are also always more trophies, costumes, characters, and many collectible figurines to earn and unlock. The Mercenaries Reunion happens to be one of the wonderful features of its debut in RE 4. In RE 5, it has increased its longevity by adding a total of 8 stages and you have more characters to choose from.

Conclusion:

It seems to me that the additional two stages are ways to please different types of players. “Lost in Nightmares” brings you back to the originals, with tons of puzzles and mind games, while “Desperate Escape” tends to be more action and violence oriented. Whether you want the game to be loyal to its original or finding a new game mode, this is one of the games that you don’t want to miss. It is still intense and well made.

If you are asking for a final verdict, I would say newcomers to Resident Evil 5 will get a great value package from the Gold Edition, but veterans are better off downloading their desired pieces of DLC from the PlayStation Store or Xbox Live for a fraction of the price. The overall value is impressive. The look, sound and feel of the added content are consistent with the full game in terms of quality. Overall, it’s an excellent experience.

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