Repost: Resident Evil 5: Desperate Escape Review

The second DLC pack from Capcom’s Resident Evil 5 entitled Desperate Escape has released and takes a different approach from the first DLC Lost in Nightmares by creating a more action focused mission between BSAA Agent Josh Stone and Jill Valentine. Instead of the nostalgic pairing of Redfield and Valentine, Desperate Escape is much like the title describes, trying to survive among pursing hordes.

Included in the DLC is also Rebecca Chambers and Josh Stone for Mercenaries Reunion. Capcom is also releasing Resident Evil: Gold Edition for PlayStation 3 on 1 Blu-ray and Xbox 360 which includes the original game and a download token for all the DLC.

Plot

Desperate Escape takes place right after Chris and Sheva free Jill from the mind control device and leave to confront Albert Wesker. Jill collapses and is woken by Josh Stone who pairs up with her to help Chris and Sheva with Wesker and escape the Tricell facility. The DLC is another in-between episode that expands the plot behind the scenes of the original story plot.

Both DLC packs focus on Jill Valentine and her story of the plot of the title, but Desperate Escape is a more ingrained in the story than Lost in Nightmares was.

The Look

Like the previous review of Lost in Nightmares, Desperate Escape uses the same engine and assets of Resident Evil 5 to present the story, so there are no unexpected surprises with the game.

The environments are different from the first DLC mission and take place outside the Tricell facility over docks and exterior areas. The path through the areas is very linear with co-op assists scattered throughout. With Desperate Escape, players will use Valentine and get a chance to take different routes throughout the areas.

The Sound

While Lost in Nightmares was more of the silent type of mission with a lot of sound going into creating an eerie environment, Desperate Escape is an action mission full of bullets, explosions, and screaming. Jill is armed with a sub-machine gun and waves of enemies will run at the pair. Josh mainly uses the standard side-arm pistol, though red barrels are everywhere and create a lot of satisfactory explosions.

Function

Again, the controls haven’t changed, though with the new setting of Desperate Escape, the DLC is a lot more engaging than Lost in Nightmares because the survival of Jill and Josh is based off of quick thinking and constant movement. It is easy to get boxed in by the enemies and the levels are designed that sitting in one place will only cause a massive loss in health.

Desperate Escape is what all the DLC should have been, episodes in-between the main plot and keeping with the engaging gameplay that the original game had. The DLC is more difficult and with the amount of enemies, playing co-op is smarter than single player with an AI partner.

Decisions

Again, the DLC isn’t going to make or break the whole experience of Resident Evil 5. Desperate Escape is more fun than the first DLC mission and plays more like the original game, but it’s not entirely necessary to play to get the full story of Resident Evil or Jill Valentine.

Completists will enjoy the DLC and the additional achievements/trophies, but purchasing the DLC isn’t really necessary though enjoyable. Players who haven’t jumped into Resident Evil 5 can purchase the Gold Edition for $49.99 which includes all the DLC.

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