Resident Evil Village: Winters’ Expansion Review

Fans of the base game should definitely get The Winters' Expansion because it features a ton of scares and the original Resident Evil gameplay.

One of my all-time favorite video games is Resident Evil: Village, which continues the adventures of Ethan Winters following the fantastic Resident Evil VII reboot. After abandoning it in favor of Resident Evil IV-style action, they restored the horror back into the franchise. Resident Evil Village: Winters’ Expansion resembles Resident Evil IV quite a bit. However, it also manages to stay distinct and blend horror with action.

Gameplay changes in the Resident Evil Village: Winters’ Expansion

Two fundamental components make up the Winter’s Expansion update: the first is the Mercenaries mode, where you can play three new characters, including Heisenberg and Lady Dimitrescu. I can’t really comment too much on this section because I don’t like the Mercenaries mode. I agree that it’s a fantastic idea to expand on these ideas, and I think many fans will like playing a tall vampire lady.

I’m also confident that many people will enjoy the third-person perspective of Ethan Winters in the second portion of the expansion. Even though they didn’t update the first-person cutscenes, this completely changes the gameplay.

Story of Shadow and Rose

Shadow of Rose, a substantial story-based DLC, that costs $20 but is well worth it in my opinion, is the expansion’s true heart. The game, which follows sixteen-year-old Rosemary Winters, lasts about two to three hours.

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Anyone entering Shadows of Rose expecting major clues as to what Resident Evil 9 has in store will be let down because the tale is unoriginal and uninteresting. Rose, on the other hand, is at least a compelling personality with a lot more character than her father. The Duke, who served as the merchant in the original game, is one of the main enemies. However, he also served as a highlight of the narrative, but the plot overall is very weak.

Supernatural horror in the Resident Evil Village: Winters’ Expansion

The majority of Resident Evil stories have avoided supernatural horror and instead provided rationalizations for their monsters and superhuman characters. However, this expansion is not scared to plunge headfirst into supernatural horror components. It opens up the possibility for horrors and psychological gimmicks that Resident Evil has rarely had the chance to explore in the past.

Combat inside the expansion

The developers didn’t give combat much attention. The game has limited ammo and you can kill your foes in just about a few strikes. Even with Rose’s special abilities, avoiding enemy encounters is usually your best bet in this expansion’s retro-style Resident Evil gameplay. When it comes to the overall design, it also draws inspiration from earlier Resident Evil games. Here, players can explore, solve riddles, and locate keys that unlock doors to new locations.


All things considered, the Winters’ Expansion for Resident Evil Village is a great addition to the game. It is something that fans of the franchise shouldn’t miss. Although the narrative of Shadows of Rose is unimpressive, the gameplay is utterly vintage Resident Evil. Plus, the Mercenaries additions should at least appeal to fans of that action-packed game mode.

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