It’s time to finish the story.
Sneaking onto the Xbox Live Marketplace and the Playstation Network today was the Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Echo Six Expansion DLC Part 2, which wraps up the secondary campaign and Echo Six’s side of the story.
If you aren’t familiar with this DLC Expansion Campaign, then you should go back and read our review of the first mission as these DLC’s are a continuation of each other and you will want to start from the beginning. For those who have already played the first four missions, the story left off with Echo Six escorting Sherry and then defeating G-Birkin on their way to Umbrella’s B.O.W Labs.
Part 2 of the Echo Six Expansion features three new levels that start off in the Umbrella Labs, then into the streets of Raccoon City to the Dead Factory as you make your way to the Train Yard where you meet up with Leon in the final stage of the game. Maybe it’s just me, but these last few missions had an unreasonable amount of Hunters and Tyrants. The sixth mission alone features at least four Tyrants that I can remember, and they were all at once.
Even with an unhealthy amount of Tyrants, I enjoyed the Echo Six campaign for the most part. As a long-time Resident Evil fan it was great to have another excuse to head back to Raccoon City, although it would have been nice to have some of the bugs and terrible AI teammates fixed first. If you couldn’t handle the bugs, glitches and AI issues the first time around, then you may want to wait a little longer before embarking on this Expansion Campaign to see if any more updates are released first. Slant Six did just release an update, but I didn’t notice anything different.
The only real complaint (aside from the issues that the main game featured as well) that I have with the Expansion Campaign is that it didn’t really add any new weapons or abilities to the game. Seeing the story from Echo Six’s eyes, and travelling to a few different locations in the city was nice and all, but a few new weapons and character abilities wouldn’t have hurt anyone either. They just released a few weapon packs, so maybe some of those could have been mixed into the Expansion as well.
Just like the main campaign and previous Expansion missions, you and up to three friends can cooperatively play through the three new campaign missions. There’s nothing new to add, and you should already be quite familiar with how this works at this point.
Apparently there are a few new multiplayer maps bundled in this DLC as well, but I couldn’t find any. If no one else had the DLC when I was playing, then that’s probably why, so they don’t factor into this review.
If you’ve already played the first four missions in the Echo Six Expansion Pack, then you’ll want to grab part two and finish the story, even if the 800 MS Point ($10) price tag seems a bit high. If you haven’t played any of the DLC yet and you enjoyed the main game, the first mission is free so you can always start by trying that and see what you think. If you hated Operation Raccoon City, then you’ll more than likely hate the DLC as well and you should just keep looking for something else to buy.