Out now for all platforms following a period of timed exclusivity on PS4, Banned Footage Volume 1 is the first of three DLC packs available standalone (£7.99) or as part of the Resident Evil 7 season pass (£24.99). We’ve taken the package for a quickie to see if it’s something you might want to commit to.
Nightmare's a wave-based survival mode that tasks you with holding out until dawn by besting five rounds of Moulded in the Baker’s dank basement. Compactors continuously generate scrap that can be used to purchase supplies, upgrades and automated defences to aid you, but as your toolset grows, so too do the enemies’ numbers.
There’s a decent degree of strategy to the mode, especially on the unlockable Night Terror difficulty, while a self-contained progression system makes it highly replayable.
So what’s with the new game mode, other than a Devil May Cry reference?
Ethan Must Die has a jovial presentation, but don’t let that fool you. "Ultra-difficult" by design, you're tasked with running a gauntlet of traps and enemies to find the greenhouse key, which is then used reach the final battle with Marguerite. You begin each run with just a knife, busting open randomly-spawned crates in the hope their contents will afford you something with a little more stopping power. Mercifully, enemy and trap locations always remain fixed.
While the mode is just as dependant on luck and memorisation as skill, each permadeath feels like part of a learning process, ensuring it remains more engaging than annoying.
Do the three make for a worthwhile collection?
Yeah, they definitely do. There’s a good mix of mechanics here that accommodate thoughtful, tense, and action-based gameplay to ensure everybody has something to sink their teeth into. While you could argue it should’ve been included from the start, what with equivalent modes like Raid and Mercenaries having been in previous instalments, don't be tempted to cut your nose off to spite your face - it's easily worth the investment.