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Resident Evil: Village's demo lasted long enough to add a Barney mod

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Resident Evil: Village (opens in new tab)'s well, village, is full of bizarre and horrific creatures. Locust witches, twisted half-werewolves, and massive vampires that the internet universally wants to step on their face (opens in new tab). With neighbours like that, what's the harm in adding an unsettlingly plush purple dinosaur?

Last weekend's Resident Evil demo may have have been brief, but it stuck around just long enough to add Barney the Dinosaur to the horror game's cursed town. Like Thomas the Tank Engine (opens in new tab), Barney is pretty much a modding staple—but I'm not sure he's ever looked as terrifying as he has here, our hapless hero trying to shake off a horde of purple brutes in underlit catacombs.

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Barney isn't the only out-of-place character Marcos has dropped into Village either, with the modder releasing plenty of model-swaps over on his Patreon. There's something particularly upsetting about replacing the game's monsters with Brazilian model-turned-meme Ricardo Milos (opens in new tab), candlelight glistening against the skin of these sweaty, axe-wielding hunks.

Granted, Barney would be right at home in Capcom's latest Resi trailer, which turned the menagerie of monsters into adorable felt puppets. Resident Evil: Village launches this Friday—though PC players have already figured out how to extend last week's time-restricted demo indefinitely (opens in new tab).

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time, and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and a part-time game developer herself, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She also unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.