The return to action-oriented mechanics causes Resident Evil 5: Desperate Escape
to feel more like an extended game of the Mercenaries mini-game rather than a proper RE
experience. The DLC offers no new enemies and relies mostly on timers, shooting and tactics if you want to survive. It's a great idea, except shooting and tactics were two of RE5
's weakest elements, so building around them is a bit like building a coastal city below sea level. You can do it, but it's probably not the best of ideas.
The reliance on tactics makes Desperate Escape better suited for co-op play than a solo run-through. It's possible to make it through the chapter with the help of an A.I.-controlled partner, but the entire experience is a little more frustrating and not nearly as fulfilling. The A.I. isn't very helpful and tends to get in the way, so you're better off keeping all the good stuff for yourself and letting the A.I. wander around on its own.
Desperate Escape includes access to the new Mercenaries Reunion Mode and offers two new characters to take into the timed zombie-slaying mode. This set of DLC gives access to Josh Stone and Rebecca Chambers. Josh brings some much-needed heavy firepower to the fight, while Rebecca has a nifty shotgun.