Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. While the artificial intelligence and difficulty pack a huge challenge, the sheer excitement and fun (especially with a friend) make it worth the $4.99 price tag. Lock and load.
  2. A thrilling, tough-as-nails action romp that should appeal to anyone who favours Resident Evil's more action-orientated antics.
  3. 78
    Desperate Escape will likely please the action-oriented fans of the series, but those that prefer the refreshing take Lost in Nightmares delivered, should probably stay away.
  4. A concentrated dose of RE5's action-based gameplay, DE is quite enjoyable for the short time players will spend with it. Puzzle-seekers, walk the other way; new-era RE action gamers, you will not regret giving it a whirl.
  5. 70
    Despite Desperate Escape's well-crafted action sequences, I actually found myself missing the unique vibe of Lost in Nightmares.
  6. Whereas Lost in Nightmares offered a delicious modern take on the Resident Evil's past, Desperate Escape is content to serve up increasingly stale leftovers.
  7. A fun if throwaway addition to the Resi 5 experience. [Apr 2010, p.116]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Aug 21, 2013
    this dlc tells you of how jill and josh managed to escape and reach chris and sheva in the end but it was nothing but killing some people for 30 minutes and that's it but it was good to play with jill Full Review »
  2. Jul 3, 2013
    Certainly nothing new but nonetheless a decent expansion to the base game. "Desperate Escape" brings to light how Jill and Josh managed to escape the Tricell facility by simply battling their way right through hordes of Majini and sub-bosses (most of which have already appeared in the base game). But the player is given a chance to play as two different characters in a campaign-style mission. Full Review »
  3. Apr 23, 2012
    After the great Lost in Nightmares gave as a brief return to the old Resident Evil horror style, Desperate Escape now balances the universe with full-fledged pure action. You uncover another untold portion of Resident Evil 5's story: the daring escape of Jill Valentine and Josh Stone. This tale, however, was reduced to a mindless succession of overwhelming survival action, with zombies coming by the dozens every second. The story is almost inexistent, and all you have to do is to kill zombies, look for ammunition and run for the door. And then you do it again. And then again and again. Playing Desperate Escape on the higher difficulty levels is sadistic, as there are no valid strategies to use or methods to develop; you just shoot everything in all directions and hope that your AI partner doesn't go gung-ho on the massive zombie hordes. Oh, but he does. Constantly. Playing with another person is a little more fun, but that doesn't manage to save this bad DLC pack. Full Review »