Tuesday, December 11

Resident Evil 5 Desperate Escape DLC Review

I played on: PS3
I paid: £4.65
Available on: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
Notes: This DLC takes place towards the end of the main game and as such will contain spoilers for Resident Evil 5.

Desperate Escape follows Jill Valentine after she has been freed from Wesker’s control by Chris and Sheva. Shortly after parting ways with Chris, Jill meets up with Josh Stone. Playing as one of two characters you have to make it to a communications station in order to contact Chris. The last part of the DLC has you holding out on a roof for around 7 minutes until a helicopter can pick you up. This last stand against everything the game can throw at you is good but not great. Ammo runs low and it very quickly starts to feel like a desperate struggle to survive. The downside is how many enemies get reused in this section. You have two chainsaw enemies, two big minigun soldiers and so on. There is no new content here at all. It’s all reused assets from the main game. It would have been nice to have an original boss fight or something to make this DLC stand out. I do enjoy the last stand but at the same time, it does feel lazy.

Sadly this ending is the best part of the DLC. Most of the time it’s just more of the same Resident Evil 5 gameplay. It’s fun but feels like it could be doing more. Resident Evil 5’s other DLC Lost in Nightmares is so much greater than Desperate Escape. Whereas that has an interesting plot with little bits of lore hidden around the mansion here you have a paper thin story. All you do is meet Josh, contact Chris and then get the helicopter that Jill and Josh turn up in at the end of the main game. Nothing really happens and it’s a shame. You have both Josh and Jill which are two great characters and nothing for them to do other than get to the chopper.

I am aware this is a painfully short review but there’s really not a lot to Desperate Escape. It’s more Resident Evil 5 with all the good and bad points of that game. There is next to no plot, nothing for our characters to do and a lot of reused enemies from the main game. If I had to describe this DLC in one word it would be; pointless. Unless you really loved Resident Evil 5 and want a bit more of it there is no reason to play this.

Recommendation Rating: 5 out of 10.

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