Resident Evil 5 - Desperate Escape Hands-On

We have a look at the second of two downloadable episodes arriving for Resident Evil 5.

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A couple of weeks back we brought you our hands-on impressions of Lost in Nightmares, one of two new downloadable episodes due out for Resident Evil 5. Lost in Nightmares tells the story of Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine traversing through the Spencer Mansion en route to a pivotal encounter with archvillain (and sunglasses-wearing world record holder) Albert Wesker. More recently, however, we've been spending some time with the other new DLC episode, Desperate Escape. Just as Lost in Nightmares seeks to flesh out some of the events hinted at in Resident Evil 5, so does Desperate Escape. This episode shows Jill Valentine and BSAA agent Josh Stone on a frantic mission to get the hell out of Dodge, which in this case is the utterly zombie-infested Tricell facility.

Desperate Escape is a return to the explosive (get it?) action of RE5.

If Lost in Nightmares is a vintage-inspired return to the narrow hallways and atmospheric tension of early Resident Evil, Desperate Escape is a swift turn in the opposite direction. Here you'll find zombies galore and wide-open outdoor areas. And while it's set at nighttime rather than in broad daylight, there's a certain similarity to the main RE5 campaign in terms of how bombastic and over-the-top the action can get. The enemies themselves aren't the main threat--the burlap-masked chainsaw types are the worst ones we encountered--but the sheer number of them at once can be pretty intimidating.

The chunk of Desperate Escape we played took us through the first couple of environments of the game. The first area was an outdoor complex of metal walkways, ladders, and tanks--a very industrial sort of level that offered a lot of hiding spots for our shambling foes. After successfully navigating this area, it was on to another environment that brought us to a narrow alleyway with a wrecked truck and a whole lot of explosive red barrels. This area acted as a sort of standoff point where we were holed in at a dead-end alley while zombies--regular ones, superstrong obese ones, and chainsaw ones--came at us from every surrounding direction. There wasn't a ton of room to maneuver, but the bunched-together nature of the enemies and the abundance of explosive barrels allowed for some efficient uses of ammunition during those rare instances when we weren't getting our head chainsawed off.

Meet the new Jill: a lot more blonde and a lot less wearing of a beret.

Altogether, Desperate Escape looks like a nice complement to Lost in Nightmares. There's sort of a yin and yang relationship between the two downloadable episodes, with one being the slow, tense return to the Resident Evil of Old and the other playing like Resident Evil 5. Both episodes will be available on Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition when it arrives on March 9, while Lost in Nightmares can be downloaded on February 17 and Desperate Escape on March 3. The latter two dates are for Xbox 360. PlayStation 3 downloads are a day later, respectively. There's no word yet on dates for a PC version.

Discussion

132 comments
-V3NOM-
-V3NOM-

we will PC versions !!!

VilandasUK
VilandasUK

Re series are slightly more of an action game rather than a survival one these days :(

mistaicyfresh11
mistaicyfresh11

im losing my sealth with resident evil series. iwas da ultamite hardcore re fan and now i lost i played all 9 of them and i started sinse i was 4 yrs old.what about all the old re fans u lost all cause u couldnt keep the horro and keep some action.the scary bosses that are so hard to kill minimum ammo.rebeccaa chambers.all that zombies for crying out loud they are possesed mexicans and black people now.the dlc lost in nightmares i had for a week played it over 20 times 17 times on professional is better den re5 itself thats what im looking in re.the lickers thats what im missing bring that all back and the zombies.if u do this and the hardest boss battles move and shoot it will sell more

Gammet25
Gammet25

Come on what has the pc ever done to you.

Serentor
Serentor

man, i want a release date for pc =(

iDefinition
iDefinition

Darn. Can't. Stop. Staring. Jill. Butt. Well, they are JAPANESE, what did you expect. They always put those "tiny little thing" that bothers you to death.

Jock9
Jock9

Looks good, we get more gameplay time and a hot Jill Valetine bouncing in that bodysuit :D anyway i will probably wait for GOTY edition.

h3ydrich
h3ydrich

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cj7ellis
cj7ellis

y couldn't they add Leon for a new character? I would be so excited if they did

Boyszone
Boyszone

@SilvrSlayr96 - its not a bad word to say Enhance not being able to walk while aiming aint Realistic Take Dead space for Ex and by the way who would'nt like to see Chris aiming and walking in the Same time ... would'nt be a good idea !

ElementerStrife
ElementerStrife

it's awesome !! want to play jill in RE3 costume ^_^

Exia2004
Exia2004

i hate that you cant shoot wile moving

micro19
micro19

should be really interesting

eduardinho01
eduardinho01

in case i buy the gold edition will my saved data from the previous RE will still work or will i need to go throught the whole game again?

hamsterlove
hamsterlove

So it will still be using the standard PS3 typical controller aye?

solidmaq
solidmaq

gna b awesome.... cnt wait 4 it... vill b gettin it probably on release date.... ;)

SilvrSlayr96
SilvrSlayr96

@Boyszone - Not being able to walk while shooting MAKES the game.

biokrysty
biokrysty

really cool can't wait for it

Boyszone
Boyszone

no no ... you got me wrong first of all im RE Fan from RE1 until RE5

Visa004
Visa004

just a few more days... *happy*

howie1926
howie1926

@Boyszone If you don't like it, then play something else. RE fans like the game the way it is. It amps up the suspension.

doontime
doontime

Good thing i didn't buy the DLC that would have been dumb. Now I can get the game and not waste money!! ;)

freefadi
freefadi

I hope my old trophies don't get cancelled or anything, I don't want to do it all over again.

Boyszone
Boyszone

I hope they Enhance the game this time Ex: make the character Walk when its Aiming :D

marwan4u
marwan4u

I think it is a best game

marksouzacosta
marksouzacosta

Capcom should rename this game. It, like Resident Evil 4, definitely is not a Resident Evil game. Is not a bad game, actually is a good shooter game. I love the "zombies" with granades and guns.

spyroiskool
spyroiskool

Its sad that people are debating which Fictional Video Game Character is hotter than another..

centruroides
centruroides

i exchanged my original RE5... ill get gold edition 4 sure!

wogboypaul
wogboypaul

@unknown2007 ... that's not my point, i've played DOA, but ... have you heard of sal9000? youtube him please you cant think a girl character is hot.. it's almost not normal for those who disagree with me,, think again lol

garry42
garry42

Gimme more Sheva..NOWWW!!!!!!

xfall3nangel
xfall3nangel

RE 5 was good IMO, started playing RE game when RE4 came out so i cant say anything about the games before that, looking forward to this, GOD, Jill is hot, is there such a thing as being too hot?

SneekyRatchet
SneekyRatchet

disappointed with RE5 in general for its short campaign and crappy missions and enemies. good to hear that there'll be a lot of chainsaws though (RE4's chainsaw dudes were more brutal and faster at delivering death RE5 are slow and stupid but...)

gdude5678
gdude5678

Im glad that both of these only cost 5 dollars a piece. If they were 10 a piece, then no way.

salvucci91
salvucci91

Even more RE5 gameplay to enjoy... when it becomes motion-controlled able.

raw153
raw153

I might have to check these out, eventhough I was dissapointed by RE5.

EmporioLove
EmporioLove

Sweet! I glad i still have my copy of RE5.

solidine
solidine

I'll start thinking about it when it's $20 or less. I already bought RE5 and I'm not sure this is worthwhile.

solidsnake_cs
solidsnake_cs

Wich one come with the new mercenaries characters?