Oh great, here we go again…
So I recently got a chance to play a few minutes of the upcoming “Shadows of Rose” DLC from Resident Evil Village: Gold Edition’s Winter’s Expansion during a visit to Capcom’s U.S. headquarters in San Francisco and I must say that it’s looking to be another solid addition to the series’ lore.
Now I wasn’t allowed to record my own footage so I’ll be using B-roll provided by Capcom to media folks who attended the event.
Anyway, “Shadows of Rose” has you playing as Ethan Winters’ daughter Rose, who finds herself struggling to survive after being trapped in a spooky mansion. Now where have I heard this story before?
It’s a conundrum that requires Rose to rely on her powers to survive, which is ironic because she started this whole journey in an attempt to “cure” her of her powers so she can live her life as a normal human being.
Now the first thing you’ll likely notice is the prevalence of these pools of dark mold all over the mansion. If you’re getting Megamycete mold vibes from Resident Evil Village, you’re definitely on to something.
These dark pools aren’t just there for cosmetic effect either since you’ll actually end up being dragged to what I can only imagine is a very, very bad place if you walk over it for too long. This is something I actually learned the hard way during my hands-on session right as a staffer from Capcom was warning me about walking on them. I could just see Charles Darwin looking at me from the afterlife and shaking his head vigorously to the point that he evolves a second neck.
Anyway, you’ll need to find alternate routes or solve puzzles to get rid of the mold that blocks your way. Figuring out how to progress Rose’s journey while safely navigating these toxic pools is basically a big part of the gameplay in Shadows of Rose.
Along the way, you’ll also run into these monsters known as Face Eaters. I’ll give you one guess as to what they specialize in. And yes, it involves doing something to your face. And it’s not massaging it, that’s for sure. Otherwise, they’d be called the Face Massagers.
The good news is that you find a gun early into the game that you can use against them. The bad news is that ammo is pretty limited, which is a tried-and-true formula in Resident Evil games to ratchet up the tension. These Face Eaters also like to gang up on you, which can make it difficult to shoot them all down before they, well, eat your face.
Fortunately, you’re eventually able to access Rose’s powers, which lets you freeze foes in place briefly to buy you some time to shoot them down. You can also use Rose’s ice power to freeze mold cores, by the way, allowing you to get rid of the attached mold and get through previously inaccessible areas, kind of like the toxic fuzzy ooze in Splatoon 3.
Another interesting thing is the mysterious helper that assists Rose as she tries to survive within the Megamycete’s Realm of Consciousness. The mysterious helper’s assistance comes in the form of glowing written words that give her advice as she goes through her journey. Hmmmmm…
Anyway, there are a lot more interesting things that I noticed during my playthrough but I’m not allowed to talk about them just yet.
Needless to say, I liked what I saw and it appears that Shadows of Rose is shaping up to be another fun survival-horror romp for Resident Evil fans, especially if you prefer the classic third-person perspective of the series.
Jason Hidalgo covers business and technology for the Reno Gazette Journal, and also reviews the latest video games. Follow him on Twitter @jasonhidalgo. Like this content? Support local journalism with an RGJ digital subscription.