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Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Facing non-stop attacks for virtually the entire length of the chapter, players will not be able to breathe easy until the credits roll. Providing truly intense action, Desperate Escape is absolutely worth the price of admission alone, while the additional 100 achievement points and two characters for Mercenaries Reunion are merely the icing on the cake.
  2. It’s quite short and the plot is almost nonexistent, but in terms of pure action, Desperate Escape often outshines its own parent.
  3. While it lacks the unique style and feel of Lost in Nightmares, Desperate Escape is a good expansion in its own right. It's comparable in length to the last addition, clocking in at around an hour to complete on your first run through, and you'll get a few replays out of it. If you're looking for one more sample of Resident Evil 5, this is one escape you should definitely take.
  4. Despite Desperate Escape being little more than a rehash of any number of Resident Evil 5's levels, this is still a hugely enjoyable example of why DLC has become a vital part of the gaming landscape.
  5. Unlike the last episode, there are no half-assed puzzles to deal with or keys to be fetched and out of the two Desperate Escape provides the most entertainment value for your virtual dollars. It’s a fun little send-off for Resident Evil 5—nothing more, nothing less.
  6. 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.
  7. With a short campaign and a few new characters for Mercenaries mode, there's really no reason fans of RE5 should skip this over. While it might not pack much more content than Lost in Nightmares, Resident Evil 5: Desperate Escape represents some of the best action in the series, giving a good excuse to pop the disk back in for another trip to Kijuju, even if it's only for an hour or two.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. With Desperate Escape, Capcom wanted to provide extreme action to Resident Evil 5 fans and they mostly succeeded in every respect. It's a bit too simply structured for its own good and storytelling is really too simple compared to main game and other DLC's in the series, but it's still a competent and fun effort.
  11. A year after releasing Resident Evil 5, Capcom is back with the exciting conclusion to the story.
  12. 70
    Despite Desperate Escape's well-crafted action sequences, I actually found myself missing the unique vibe of Lost in Nightmares.
  13. Your enjoyment of the Desperate Escape DLC will be dependent on how much you can tolerate Resident Evil 5's combat system. If you couldn't stand it at all, this add-on will only solidify your hatred for the mechanic, as that's all you'll really focus on during the hour of gameplay. If you were fine with it, you'll be fine with this too, as it is a more adrenaline-pumping experience in comparison to the other DLC released thus far.
  14. All in all, Desperate Escape is a pretty fun experience, but brings nothing new to the table. Gamers who were turned off by Resident Evil 5’s excessive use of force won’t find anything to sway them here, but action fans will love it all the same.
  15. While not nearly as atmospheric as Lost in Nightmares, Desperate Escape is a very tense but short trip that's worthy of a playthrough for Resident Evil 5 veterans and those looking for an extra challenge that does not stray from the original campaign.

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