Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - Banned Footage Vol. 2 (PC) Review

By Athanasios 23.02.2017

Review for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - Banned Footage Vol. 2 on PC

Resident Evil 7's first DLC, Banned Footage Vol. 1 could certainly be better (and, most importantly, longer), yet, aside from Ethan Must Die, which mainly caters to the hardcore/masochistic crowd, it was generally a fine bundle of fun, which managed to feel like part of the lore. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the second one…

Apart from a certain chapter that will be addressed later on, Banned Footage Vol. 2 comes with two mini-games. The first is, at the same time, the best designed one, as well as the least impressive. It's basically a game of Blackjack (courtesy of Lucas Baker, of course) that two fellows are forced to play, with the most important rule being the fact that the game doesn't require chips… if you get our drift.

This is great because, since the man behind it all is Lucas, it has a very strong Saw vibe (Easter eggs included), and is thus as disturbing as it is atmospheric. Now, while this can offer quite the tense matches, and although trump cards that mix things up are soon introduced, when it gets down to it… this is just Blackjack! Yes, it's Blackjack where contestants get hideously mutilated, but Blackjack nonetheless.

The second is sort of like the Nightmare mode of Banned Footage Vol. 1, in the sense that it's more about the gameplay. The name of it? Jack's 55th Birthday, and if that sounds strange get a load of this: Mia must feed her "daddy" by running around the mansion, grabbing food, and bringing them back to his place. The catch? A timer, an endless wave of enemies, and a tiny inventory space, which basically means that one must think before selecting weaponry from a chest nearby.

Screenshot for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - Banned Footage Vol. 2 on PC

The mode at hand is certainly the one with the highest replay value, as it will take lots of effort to get the highest rank possible, not to mention that, unlike Nightmare, it offers more than one area to play. The thing is, though, it's not as addictive as the former, and while the happy music, hat-wearing Molded, and overall silliness, adds to the fun, the novelty of it all soon wears out.

Sadly, it's Daughters that disappoints the most, when it could actually have been the best part of both DLC packs combined. Viewed from the eyes of Zoe Baker, this is basically a prelude episode; one that deals with how Eveline entered the Baker residence, and, as expected, how she "infected" everyone. Excited? Don't get your hopes up…

The main reason why this fails is the simple fact that everything is super rushed, and as far as subtle as possible. Jack carries Eveline into the house, and, next thing you know, Marguerite is spitting centipedes, and Jack crazy-o-meter is turned to 11. It's not a shame just because this is an extremely important part of the lore, but because it could be the scariest yet, as Zoe is slower than Ethan, and can't really defend herself - not to mention the fact that the folks trying to "kill" her are her dear parents…

Screenshot for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - Banned Footage Vol. 2 on PC

Cubed3 Rating

5/10
Rated 5 out of 10

Average

"Rushed" is the politest thing one could say about Resident Evil 7's second DLC, Banned Footage Vol.2. Sure, it's easy to stomach a horror version of Blackjack, as well as a silly mini-game such as Jack's 55th Birthday, but it's hard doing the same with an extremely subpar prelude chapter, which could otherwise be the crowning glory of it all.

Developer

Capcom

Publisher

Capcom

Genre

Horror

Players

1

C3 Score

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