Review: RE5 DLC Lost in Nightmares

A couple short days ago the first of two major downloadable content was released on the marketplace for use with Resident Evil 5. The first one is known as Lost in Nightmares and is a chapter that takes place prior to the events of RE5. You witness the outcome of this scenario throughout the main game but are an observer, so now is your chance to get into that and see for yourself what happened on the lead up to the event.

Stay a while, stay forever!

Lost in Nightmares takes place in a mansion of a very similar flavour to the one players first encountered in the original Resident Evil (1). Eerily enough, you play as Chris Redfield complete with partner, Jill Valentine as you enter your very familiar surrounding. The storyline is fairly straight forward and has you progress through the mansion as stock standard as any other early Resident Evil game. Quite honestly, I would like to go back and count how many times I’ve gone through that mansion lobby in one way or another across the series. It feels like almost every game we enter an area that feels that familiar. However, after playing through RE5 I must admit that it was quite fun to be packed into a tight and dimly lit corridor again. Add a fleshy enemy lumbering after you with a huge pick-axe type weapon and some Terminator stalker theme for good measure and you’ll have a good idea of what your in for as your gain ground. I thoroughly enjoyed this part in particular, as I was on bare minimum ammunition and being chased all over the map with the sound up loud and the light on a low, it provided for a memorable moment.


If I could fault this latest chapter on anything, it would probably be that I had no idea there wasn’t a save option. Initially, after the download, I jumped in briefly to have a look around thinking I’d come back to it the following day. But found I had to begin from the start, a slight downer to be sure. However the chapter only lasts between 30 minutes and 1 hour so it wasn’t such a stretch. Perhaps a notation prior to starting that game would be nice on Capcom’s part.

Apart from that, if your right into Resident Evil and you have played the main game it is well worth the 400 Microsoft Points. Also when you download Lost in Nightmares you also receive the Mercenaries Reunion for extra value, however I limited my playtime to the available campaign only. If your wanting to jump into RE5 for the first time, hang out for the gold edition coming soon and grab all the DLC’s in one hit.

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

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