Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has been out for a while and recently both “Banned Footage” DLC packs became available across all the platforms. After getting some time to explore the extra content, we have a little bit to talk about regarding the Resident Evil 7 DLC.
There are so many separate parts to this DLC and each of them are fundamentally different. Because of that, instead of reviewing the DLC as a whole, I’m going to pick it apart and grade each one separately.
Banned Footage #1
In this tape of the Resident Evil 7 DLC, you must survive until morning in the basement of the main house. The weapons, health, or ammo you have can only be gotten by creating them out of scrap and scrap can only come from various machines around the basement.
You get a base amount of scrap and then you need to find the machines and wait. The checkpoints are hour by hour and each hour you have an objective. It’s not a particularly difficult tape but requires concentration and thought in what you spend your scrap on.
Out of all of the tapes in the Resident Evil 7 DLC, this is probably my least favorite. The content isn’t bad; it’s just a lot like the main game.
If you like escape rooms, both flash game and in reality, you’ll really enjoy this. You play as poor Clancy, the camera man that got the serious short end of the stick when it comes to jobs. Clancy has been captured by Mama Baker and chained to a bed.
It is your job to figure out how to get out of the room without her catching you. The reason this was so fun to me is that if you make a noise, she comes back into the room. You then get a timer stating how many seconds before she catches you.
If she finds anything out of place, she vomits bugs in your face, wounding you. We all know too much bug vomit to the face isn’t good for you. You must unlock certain items in the room, place everything back exactly where it was and get back in bed before she finds you.
Sometimes it can get a little stressful and but it’s still easier than the main game. Loved this tape.
Ethan Must Die
If you haven’t beaten the game on Madhouse Mode, you may want to hold off on this mini game for a bit. The hardest of all of the tapes, an irritatingly weaker Ethan must find a way into the greenhouse to defeat Marguerite.
The house has been booby trapped all to hell and all supplies are randomly generated in crates labeled by their value. You could get a gun quickly, or you might have to go a while. Each time you die, you must find the statue where you died to get one of your old items back.
This mini game isn’t for the ragequitters. You will die many, MANY times before completing the tape. Oh, and give those crates a listen before breaking them. Lucas “Douche Bag” Baker rigged many of them to explode and it just takes one rigged crate to kill Ethan. Good Luck!
Banned Footage #2
Lucas sucks, I think we can all agree on that. If his birthday room wasn’t bad enough, he created a card game that I don’t think would go well in Vegas. Clancy, poor pathetic Clancy, has been caught AGAIN and must play against another hostage to live.
Lucas has created the most messed up game of Blackjack. Lose the hand and lose a finger or two, or get electrocuted, or a buzz saw to the face. There is truly no winning this game, but the dialogue and the attempts are pretty entertaining.
This is probably the most heartbreaking of any of the tapes. In this tape you play Zoe on the night that Eveline washed up. You see the Bakers as the sweet and kind people that they really were. You also see the moment that they turn into the cannibalistic backwoods hillbillies they are in the main game.
This tape is short and sweet and just makes the main game even sadder. Kind of makes me wish the Bakers had been evil all along instead of what happened to them.
Jack’s 55th Birthday
This might be my favorite part of the entire Resident Evil 7 DLC. It’s Jack’s birthday and you have a limited amount of time to find enough food to satisfy his hunger. With different locations on the Baker plantation available and more to unlock, the replay value of this mini game is high.
Best of all, the monsters wear little party hats and when you shoot them, a spray of confetti comes out. I haven’t been this excited to use a virtual weapon since Lollipop Chainsaw. It’s a far cry from the intensity of the main game and its silliness is refreshing.
In terms of DLC’s, these were pretty short but fun. I got spoiled with Fallout 4’s DLC content and all others will be forever compared to it. Despite some graphics issues like the mouths not matching up with the voices as well as in the main game, the Resident Evil 7 DLC is definitely worth the time and money.
The next DLC, “Not a Hero” will arrive this spring and it was confirmed by the Resident Evil Official Twitter account that it is in fact our man Chris Redfield that will be the star. What that means for the ending or the future of the game, hopefully we find out this Spring, but it leaves a whole lot of questions.
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