With multiple downloadable packs releasing for the title in the month of March, Desperate Escape is the second major Resident Evil 5 DLC pack to arrive on Xbox 360 and PS3. Capcom released the pack on March 3 and March 4, respectively. Like the first, this pack contains an hour long chapter with two characters for the Mercenaries Reunion mode. The pack costs $5 (400 Microsoft Points), and I guess the big question you all have is, “is it worth it?”
The chapter begins with a cutscene that we already saw in the main game of Resident Evil 5, with a few seconds extra. At that moment I already felt as though I was being cheated. I know these chapters are supposed to tie in with the main story, but to have to sit through virtually the same cutscene was not cool. From there on you control Jill Valentine and Josh Stone through a pathway to help Chris and Sheva, who at the time are understood to be doing what ever it is they are doing in the main story.
As you move along the area is mostly mountainous and uniform. There is almost no change in the environment, which again felt as though I was cheated. I’m going compare this to Lost in Nightmare, the first main DLC pack released in February. The first one had several different areas as you moved along. For the sake of not spoiling the areas of the first one, I won’t mention where you went, but the fact is Desperate Escape lacks diversity in environment.
Another thing Desperate Escape lacks is unique enemies. The enemies were taken out from Resident Evil 5 and basically plopped into this DLC. Again comparing, Lost in Nightmares has uniquely created enemies for its chapter, but Desperate Escape does not.
Desperate Escape is definitely the weaker of the two main downloads. It was real straight forward and had almost no uniqueness to it. So, to answer the question if it is worth the price tag. I say you’re getting exactly what you pay for. $5 for $5 worth of gaming. You’re not going to be disappointed, but you’re not going to be happy about it either.
- Title: Resident Evil 5: Desperate Escape
- Developer: Capcom
- Publisher: Capcom
- Release Date: Out Now
- MSRP: 400 Microsoft Points, $4.99 PlayStation Network, $49.99 Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition
- Review Copy Info: A copy of the title was provided to DualShockers Inc by the publisher for review purposes