Originally published in The Daily Toreador.
If you bought “Resident Evil 5” when it launched in March 2009, you probably played your fill and already shelved it.
It’s almost certain the game’s first piece of downloadable content &- an ill-conceived and poorly executed “Versus” mode &- didn’t draw you back in, especially when better online hits like “Modern Warfare 2” showed up later in the year.
But there may be a good reason to dig out your copy of the zombie-themed survival horror game, as Capcom’s latest attempts at downloadable content seem to be a big improvement over the last.
Capcom’s newly released “Lost in Nightmares” downloadable chapter is filled with fan service for long-time followers of the “Resident Evil” franchise. The episode takes place during what was a flashback scene in the main “RE5” campaign, featuring heroes Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine paired up, just like the good old days.
Whereas “Resident Evil 5” featured a lot of outdoor African landscapes and relatively high-octane action, “Lost in Nightmares” takes things back to the beginning, taking place in a dark, creepy mansion very reminiscent of the Spencer mansion from the original PlayStation classic.
The nods to series veterans don’t stop there. In the roughly hour-long chapter, Jill picks a lock, plays “Moonlight Sonata” on a piano to open a secret passage, you turn cranks and place plates to open doors, and there’s a hidden Easter egg that allows you to play the entire chapter in fixed camera angles. And that’s not all.
If any of the above sounds familiar, “Lost in Nightmares” probably was developed with you in mind.
The chapter requires a copy of “Resident Evil 5” to play, but it stands entirely on its own.
No items or weapons from the main game carry over, and you can’t even save your game &- not that you’ll need to, considering the length.
It’s a short experience, but you can replay it to earn achievements and trophies, as well challenge yourself with higher difficulties. It’s also light on the wallet, costing a mere $5. If you’re a diehard “Resident Evil” fan, it’s probably worth a look.
“Lost in Nightmares” is available now on both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, and has just been followed by another episode, “Desperate Escape,” released this week.
If you don’t own “Resident Evil 5” (or already traded it in), Capcom will be releasing a “Gold” edition of the game Tuesday that includes both episodes, as well as the multiplayer “Versus” mode. A good deal if you like killing zombies but haven’t played “RE5” yet.