Lost in Nightmares Review.

Posted by EpicSteve (6471 posts) -



 

Lost In Nightmares is a great portal into "the good ol' days", but it's over before you know it.



Lost in Nightmares lets you play the events when Jill “master of unlocking” Valentine and Chris Redfield encountered Albert Wesker in the Spencer Estate. You may remember this event via flashback in Resident Evil 5's proper campaign. This DLC succeeds with bringing back the horror vibe, but fails in terms of mere gameplay quantity.

 
The Spencer Estate is basically an homage to the Spencer Mansion from the original Resident Evil. Most of the rooms, hallways, and even the main lobby are practically copy and pasted from the original game. For you old-timers, yes, you will be doing a lot of crank, key, and emblem hunting to unlock doors and progress.

Lost in Nightmares even plays into some nostalgia. I found myself walking down a narrow hallway which perfectly represented an early area of RE1 where the classic “zombie dogs jumping through the windows” event occurred. To my surprise, no dogs tried to kill me. The windows had bars on them to keep the barking dogs outside at bay. This DLC also makes several jokes involving Jill being “the master of unlocking”. 

It seems like this DLC package tries to do a lot of throwback to the “good ol' days” of Resident Evil. Instead of the white knuckle action you've come to expect with the recent entries to the franchise, Lost in Nightmares revolves around suspense and horror. The majority of the time, you'll be stalked by a large unbeatable enemy that is virtually everywhere. He's like Jason Voorhees, but this foe is obviously filler for Nemesis. I can't explain too much of how these encounters work, because I'll end up explaining the entire DLC. That's how short this package is! 

Aside from some undead grabbing you once in awhile, you never fight any specific creature head-on. This gets me excited for Lost in Nightmares could be testimate for where the franchise will go. A lot of the issues I had with Resident Evil 5 were typically glaring due to facing large amounts of enemies. Due to the slower-paced nature of Lost in Nightmares, most of RE5's mechanical hiccups aren't problematic. 

Unfortunately, Lost in Nightmares ends very quickly. It only took me a little less than an hour to get through the entire event on the standard difficulty. I also got lost for a few minutes, so I could imagine someone getting through this in 45 minutes – no problem. It's really disappointing, too. Game generated a lot of great momentum and kinda stopped without warning. I just walked into a room and, oh Wesker, shit...this is over isn't it? 

Aside from the flashback, this DLC pack contains an impressive amount of content to Mercenaries. This mode of Mercenaries, titles Mercenaries: Reunion is separate from RE5's. This new iteration of the fanatic mini-game allows you to play as two new characters in addition to being able to unlock six more. You'll be able to play as two different versions of Chris and Sheva,  along with a single version of Josh Stone, Excella Gionne, Barry Burton, and Rebecca Chambers

Lost in Nightmares is great for fans of Resident Evil 5, but yearned for a slower-paced and more methodical experience. However, I wouldn't recommend this pack if you aren't interested in Mercenaries mode, for that is a large part of this DLC. Hopefully we'll see more of this suspenseful style of Resident Evil with more of a focus on atmosphere as opposed to constant Michael Bay action. For five bucks, you could do much worse. I'm sure other games would charge much more for eight new characters in addition to campaign stuff.

 
You can read my Resident Evil 5 review here.
 

#1 Posted by EpicSteve (6471 posts) -



 

Lost In Nightmares is a great portal into "the good ol' days", but it's over before you know it.



Lost in Nightmares lets you play the events when Jill “master of unlocking” Valentine and Chris Redfield encountered Albert Wesker in the Spencer Estate. You may remember this event via flashback in Resident Evil 5's proper campaign. This DLC succeeds with bringing back the horror vibe, but fails in terms of mere gameplay quantity.

 
The Spencer Estate is basically an homage to the Spencer Mansion from the original Resident Evil. Most of the rooms, hallways, and even the main lobby are practically copy and pasted from the original game. For you old-timers, yes, you will be doing a lot of crank, key, and emblem hunting to unlock doors and progress.

Lost in Nightmares even plays into some nostalgia. I found myself walking down a narrow hallway which perfectly represented an early area of RE1 where the classic “zombie dogs jumping through the windows” event occurred. To my surprise, no dogs tried to kill me. The windows had bars on them to keep the barking dogs outside at bay. This DLC also makes several jokes involving Jill being “the master of unlocking”. 

It seems like this DLC package tries to do a lot of throwback to the “good ol' days” of Resident Evil. Instead of the white knuckle action you've come to expect with the recent entries to the franchise, Lost in Nightmares revolves around suspense and horror. The majority of the time, you'll be stalked by a large unbeatable enemy that is virtually everywhere. He's like Jason Voorhees, but this foe is obviously filler for Nemesis. I can't explain too much of how these encounters work, because I'll end up explaining the entire DLC. That's how short this package is! 

Aside from some undead grabbing you once in awhile, you never fight any specific creature head-on. This gets me excited for Lost in Nightmares could be testimate for where the franchise will go. A lot of the issues I had with Resident Evil 5 were typically glaring due to facing large amounts of enemies. Due to the slower-paced nature of Lost in Nightmares, most of RE5's mechanical hiccups aren't problematic. 

Unfortunately, Lost in Nightmares ends very quickly. It only took me a little less than an hour to get through the entire event on the standard difficulty. I also got lost for a few minutes, so I could imagine someone getting through this in 45 minutes – no problem. It's really disappointing, too. Game generated a lot of great momentum and kinda stopped without warning. I just walked into a room and, oh Wesker, shit...this is over isn't it? 

Aside from the flashback, this DLC pack contains an impressive amount of content to Mercenaries. This mode of Mercenaries, titles Mercenaries: Reunion is separate from RE5's. This new iteration of the fanatic mini-game allows you to play as two new characters in addition to being able to unlock six more. You'll be able to play as two different versions of Chris and Sheva,  along with a single version of Josh Stone, Excella Gionne, Barry Burton, and Rebecca Chambers

Lost in Nightmares is great for fans of Resident Evil 5, but yearned for a slower-paced and more methodical experience. However, I wouldn't recommend this pack if you aren't interested in Mercenaries mode, for that is a large part of this DLC. Hopefully we'll see more of this suspenseful style of Resident Evil with more of a focus on atmosphere as opposed to constant Michael Bay action. For five bucks, you could do much worse. I'm sure other games would charge much more for eight new characters in addition to campaign stuff.

 
You can read my Resident Evil 5 review here.
 

#2 Posted by Ashwyn (202 posts) -

Great review.
I have to agree that alot of the issues i had with Resident Evil 5 were addressed, i liked the slower and horror type feel i got from walking around the mansion, I just wish it was longer.

#3 Posted by AjayRaz (12418 posts) -

good review, sir :). I wasn't aware that Barry (fucking BARRY) and Rebecca make a return. Totally going to buy this tomorrow. 

#4 Posted by Breadfan (6589 posts) -

Good rundown of this downloadable content. I was actually surprised to hear that this came out today. Though it appears to have its flaws, I loved Resident Evil 5 and I may end up buying this.

#5 Posted by EpicSteve (6471 posts) -

To clarify, I wasn't exactly sure what the "undead grabbing me" were. They weren't the enemies from RE 4 or 5, so I'm thinking they were zombies. So no one gets all excited, you don't necessarily fight them, nor do they have a major role at all.

#6 Posted by JJOR64 (18910 posts) -

That's a bummer that it's really short.  At least it's only $5.

#7 Posted by AjayRaz (12418 posts) -
@JJOR64 said:
" That's a bummer that it's really short.  At least it's only $5. "
Yeah, and it seems like a much better value than versus was. god, that shit was so unbalanced :( 
#8 Posted by EpicSteve (6471 posts) -
@AjayRaz said:
" @JJOR64 said:
" That's a bummer that it's really short.  At least it's only $5. "
Yeah, and it seems like a much better value than versus was. god, that shit was so unbalanced :(  "
Versus was fucked up. 
 
 
...I bought it.
#9 Posted by JJOR64 (18910 posts) -
@EpicSteve said:
" @AjayRaz said:
" @JJOR64 said:
" That's a bummer that it's really short.  At least it's only $5. "
Yeah, and it seems like a much better value than versus was. god, that shit was so unbalanced :(  "
Versus was fucked up.    ...I bought it. "
I was thinking about getting an S rank in this game, so I might have to buy the multiplayer after all.   :(                      Do people even play it online anymore?
#10 Posted by AjayRaz (12418 posts) -
@JJOR64 said:
" @EpicSteve said:
" @AjayRaz said:
" @JJOR64 said:
" That's a bummer that it's really short.  At least it's only $5. "
Yeah, and it seems like a much better value than versus was. god, that shit was so unbalanced :(  "
Versus was fucked up.    ...I bought it. "
I was thinking about getting an S rank in this game, so I might have to buy the multiplayer after all.   :(                      Do people even play it online anymore? "
I bought it, too. Fun at first, then pissed me off. Wesker dominates in that damn dlc.  
 
It's still played a lot on PS3. More than mercs, actually. last time i checked, anyway. 
#11 Posted by Breadfan (6589 posts) -

Ended up buying the DLC. Not terrible, but by no means amazing. Sure it scratched that Resident Evil itch, but it was really lacking in many ways.

#12 Posted by GaZZuM (443 posts) -
@JJOR64:  If you're ever in need of someone to boost the Versus achievements with, I volunteer! No way am I suffering that without some guaranteed points as bait.
#13 Posted by TinaWood (116 posts) -

Thanks for the review, I might get it later. 

#14 Edited by Yummylee (21271 posts) -

Good review, even though I was expecting its short length, its still sad to see it confirmed =(. I'll probably do a review myself too, just waiting for the bleedin thing to appear on the PS-store >=/. 
 
Also just want to mention that only Barry and Excella are available for now, Josh and Rebecca will be added in the Desperate Escape pack.
#15 Posted by c1337us (5751 posts) -

Nice review. I'll probably pick this up but I don't know when yet.

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