Reviews for Dead Space 2

92

Even better than the first!

SinisterDragon | March 16, 2014 | See all SinisterDragon's reviews »

I thought DS1 was an incredible game but then DS2 came along and improved on everything. The combat, the enemies, the areas, the atmosphere, everything has been improved. The graphics have also received a nice upgrade too. They also found a believable way to put you in the same situation as the first game and included a new story element of having to fight against your own mind. It is a little more action orientated than the first but it does allow for some intense OH GOD moments. If you liked the first Dead Space then you are going to love this even more.

93

Great athmosphere and gameplay

stownd | Oct. 19, 2013 | See all stownd's reviews »

The story is set right after the events of the second Dead Space movie (Dead Space: Aftermath) which plays about 3 years after the original Dead Space game. Again you play as the engineer Isaac Clark but this time he has a voice. Isaac is hunted by visions of his dead girlfriend and other halucinations.

In Dead Space 2 you'll encounter a ton of new necromorphs (of course the old ones are there, too). The lightning, graphics and map design combined with the great sound effects make a frightening athmosphere. Another great feature of Dead Space 2 is the advanced zero gravity gameplay. You are now able to fly around in 360°. Like in the first game you can upgrade your weapons and your suit at ingame workbenches. Telekinesis and the statis module have increased importance in the fight against the necromorphs. Most humans you'll find in the game are either insane or will die after a few seconds (often even both).

The multiplayer component brings some fresh amount of fun and bloodshed by letting you play as some of the infected necromorphs.

All in all Dead Space 2 is one of the most awesome horror games ever created and by mixing splatter/horror gameplay with intense action sequences it brings the franchise to a whole new level

90

A polished version of Dead Space 1

rjb789 | Sept. 24, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »

I loved Dead Space 1 and Dead Space 2 is a polished version of the original game. The combat is tightened up and the graphics really help to add to the atmosphere. THE ATMOSPHERE. It really is incredible, around every corner my palms were sweating, and the various necramorphs make every encounter chilling and scary. However the campaign is fairly short and there are less scares than Dead Space 1 but everything else is so well done that I don't really mind about the absence of scares. If you like horror games, pick this one up.

90

This game has the most shocking beginning

ccroatian | Sept. 6, 2013 | See all ccroatian's reviews »

From the first minute this game dragged me into that gruesome nekromorf world, in which I don't want to be, but I mean it a good way. The atmosphere and the sound is cutting edge. This contains the voiceacting too. The gameplay simple, but helps the survival aspect of the game. The game forces you to go one way, but I don't mind, because in every moment it surprises me. It's still got Dead Space one's original atmosphere, maybe that's why I like it more a bit than Dead Space 3.

90

AMAZING!

tomdoughnut | Aug. 8, 2013 | See all tomdoughnut's reviews »

This game is a great horror game. The atmosphere is so intense you're kept on your toes at all times. This is a big improvement from the first game and has a multiplayer mode added to it. The story is absolutely brilliant and the multiplayer is pretty good to. If you liked the first game you'll love this one.

81

Much Better!

Plasros | June 18, 2013 | See all Plasros's reviews »

Much better port than to original game. The options are still a bit limited and the camera still feels a little odd, but the overall controls are improved and the UI is improved as well. Zero gravity segments are drastically better than in the original game but the came during these segments is a headache to control. The story isn't as good but it's full of twists and turns to keep you interested. I definitely wouldn't consider this game scary at all, it's more of an action-thriller. If you liked the first game, you will surely like this one more.

90

Great Sequel

onewinged90 | June 7, 2013 | See all onewinged90's reviews »

Isaac Clarke has made his return to the sequel Dead Space 2 and this time he has a voice now. The game introduces us to some of the new necromorphs, like the stalker which uses cover to it's advantage and puker which shoots acids that could slow Isaac down. There are some issues with the game, while the gameplay mechanic and combat system is improved from it's predecessor, the horroe element and gameplay length is somewhat shorter than the original. Despite the flaws, the game has replay value up to Hardcore mode where the game is so punishing and yet rewards you the secret weapon for completing it. The lack of Severed DLC in the PC port is disappointing, but this is a good game nonetheless.

93

The return of Issac

kalil | June 6, 2013 | See all kalil's reviews »

This is the sequel to Dead Space, this continues the story of Issac Clark that after the events of DS1 is in a space station where he is held captive by the Church Uniologista, when everything starts denuevo and becomes hell the station and only is escape. Unlike the first Dead Space, this was based more on the action than the horror (I would say 70% 30% action-horror), the ambience or atmosphere is good but the amount of monsters that will appear is big and loses Terror go shooting at each corner. But if I win in spectacular action moments that will leave you open-mouthed, and other moments of "gore" that just leave you impressed. Its controls have been improved also turning them into the best that I could try (according to my opinion) The good thing about this series is that you do not need much machine to run it all up.

Bad Points: the decline of terror compared to the DS1 the duration of the campaign (round 7 hrs)

Good Points: Great graphics without much machine Very good controls Very good times "gore" and dramatic action History good (although at the end of many is confusing)

Conclusion: great game pc with very good adaptation of controls, and although it has more action than the first still has its little moments of terror good. I should not miss on your PC catalog

80

Dead Space on a bigger scale.

TronLight | May 24, 2013 | See all TronLight's reviews »

Dead Space 2 shares the same pros and cons as the first game. Not really scary (too many ammo and health-packs), but a great atmosphere. But, it takes everything Dead Space 1 had and it expands it. Now you have bigger enviroments, bigger and stronger enemies, and a more extensive story. It takes place a few years after the events of Dead Space 1. You are not on the Ishimura anymore, but on the Sprawl, a civillian colony, that has been infected by the Marker, that you though you had destroyed. You were wrong. Basic gameplay is the same, cripple your enemies and the kill them before they kill you. Your arsenal has been expanded, you have many more weapons (although I find the Plasma Cutter to be the most usefull, again) and armors. As the story progresses, you will find yourself drowning in this deeply characterized location, when most people became slave of the Marker, and started to kill each other. The atmosphere is, again, great. You'll feel completely alone and harmless against you enemies, and you'll struggle to stay sane. So, I think that Dead Space 2 is a great sequel to a great game.

85

More Startling Than Scary

tsheni | Feb. 19, 2013 | See all tsheni's reviews »

Dead Space 2 is for sure a good game, but it however strays to much from horror to action. While this may not be a completely bad thing, it may leave some players wanting more as most scenes are just seem startling and not down right scary.

91

Welcome Isaac Clarke aboard the Sprawl

Guardian412 | Jan. 30, 2013 | See all Guardian412's reviews »

Dead Space 2 continues the story of the great horror sci-fi game, Dead Space. As engineer Isaac Clark, the protagonist of the first episode, you'll wake up in a mental sanitarium of the Space Station Sprawl three years after the Ishimura incident and while you awake into the same deadly nightmare you've experienced aboard the planet cracker ship, you'll have to learn what has happened in those missing years and how is it possible that the necromorphs came back after you've eliminated the threat in the past.

One of the greatest improvement of Dead Space 2 is that the developers have cured Isaac's sure throat and finally he is capable to speak all over the game. The other greater improvements of the game, other than the great graphics which is finally much more colorful than the graphics of the first, that the game does not have any loading screen at all. The game loads at the beginning and up from that moment you won't see a single loading screen at all. The whole game plays fluid and without any interuption from the beginning to the very end. However not everything is perfect in Dead Space 2. The story is a bit weaker than the storyline of the original Dead Space, some of the twists are predictible at times and the characters are also a bit weaker than the core team of the USG Kellion.

While Dead Space 2 is supposed to be a horror game the horror factor is slowly vanishing by time, mostly in the first quarter of the game and you have to realize that the game is more of an action game than a horror. And if you play Dead Space 2 right after the first one, you'll see this right from the beginning as you will have the routine to not be scared, but to eliminate the necromorphs easily with a smile on your face. Especially with the new weapons, which are even better than the unique weapons of the first one. Dead Space 2 is a great game, but in my humble opinion its more of an action game than a horror and unfortunately it is not better than Dead Space. Still it is highly-highly recommended.

80

Space and Horror

xydanus | Jan. 16, 2013 | See all xydanus's reviews »

Dead Space reminds me about few good Science Fiction films like Event Horizon and Pandorum. It was interesting to find out what horrors are on board this time.

There are only few good Scifi-horror games and Dead Space 2 is certainly one of those. Combat still feels a bit clumsy and movement is slow and heavy, but these are elements that seems to be a part of good horror game. That is when I think about Resident Evil and Silent Hill series.

Again, game is brutal. Isaac cuts every enemy in pieces, and they are still moving. This game certainly does not lack gore.

80

A good action game, but not a survival horror

Cavalieroscuro | Jan. 14, 2013 | See all Cavalieroscuro's reviews »

Dead Space 2 is for sure a good action game: a lot of weapons, various enemies, a nice story, but the main problem is that is not a survival horror game. In fact, you are overpowered, and you will solve every situation easily. To insert into the game a challenge, developer introduced the Zealot difficulty, but it's not really special and you can live without play it. A good sequel, but the franchise is changed and it's not a good thing.

90

Dead Space 2 - more scary, drastic horror.

crazyspike | Dec. 24, 2012 | See all crazyspike's reviews »

In Dead Space 2 you will have TONS of scary/horrors moments! This game is "see from behind your character", lots of customization including weapons and perks. Graphic and sound very good. You can rush the game, well then you will not see every secret, and scary moments so play slowly and SCARE!!!! In clear mind i recommend it!! PLAY and be TERRIFIES!

87

Dead Good Sequel

DonVercetti | Dec. 23, 2012 | See all DonVercetti's reviews »

In the last couple of years it seems rare for a follow up game to be as good or even better than his predecessor. I can honestly say Dead Space 2 has succesfully achieved to be amongst the select group of titles which are better. You still stand in the shoes of the protanogist Isaac Clarke, still geared up and weaponized to the max. As the first Dead Space was an amazing looking game, it was hard to top that in part 2. You can only expect a little improved graphics and slightly better audio. New weapons, gear, maps, enemies and storyline make it a great follow up in the franchise!

92

Better and harder sequel (something weird coming from EA)

abelfs | Dec. 17, 2012 | See all abelfs's reviews »

First of all I'll start with its only imperfection: The story is worst than the first Dead Space. It's not bad, but is less complex for sure. Now let's talk about its pros: The game is amazing. The graphics are quite low-end, but it is wrapped up so well that you will never notice it, except for those brief moments when you have to observe the save station or some corpses. This is clearly the scariest series in history. After playing the first part, not a single horror movie will scare you. After playing both... At least I forgot what fear means... It is incredibly sick and sadistic and well, everything you would expect from a game made my maniacs... Great game. Hard, scary, beautiful, dynamic, tense, sadistic. Ultimate challenge for your nerves... and your sanity.

74

Good game, bad Dead Space

Neohoodman | Nov. 25, 2012 | See all Neohoodman's reviews »

Horrible endgame and horrible endboss. But I still enjoyed the game. It had semi-diverse surroundings, some really nice setpieces and still enough corridor-horror-dead-space-y-ness. Enough gameplay variations thanks to the anti-gravity bits. Isaac is becoming Iron Man slowly and I don't mind one bit.

Isaac should just shut the fuck up, but I didn't get too annoyed by the banter. I wonder if he's the same voice actor as Dead Space 1.

There were too many other people in the station and I never felt as alone as I did in Dead Space 1. I still like the gameplay, but Dead Space 2 is a pretty weak Dead Space in that regard but a solid game still.

(But fucking please, Zealot is really insane. I put 4 hours in the endboss alone because of the stupid grapple OHKO that happen all the time. Even with the minions. It's just really bad design, IMO. Dead Space 1's boss was far cooler. I went back to an older save, put the Contact Beam in my inventory and fucking did it in an hour. )

All in all, it was still a very enjoyable game, but it was lacking in Dead Space atmosphere. Still a recommended pickup.

91

A real upgrade?

V2lentin | Oct. 24, 2012 | See all V2lentin's reviews »

Dead Space 2 tries to be the upgrade to Dead Space, one of the best action-survival games of the last years. The player is put again in the suit of Isaac Clarke, this time on a space station called Sprawl, to fight the Necromorphs that attacked humanity once more.

The gameplay is just as before: kill necromorphs by dismembering them. What has changed though, is the variety of suits and weapons that Isaac can use. Even with all the weapons, every one with its own features, the most effective remains the plasma cutter, that can be upgraded to be the unstoppable, even against the most powerful aliens. Also, the suit has now booster boots, that can propel Isaac through zero-G areas.

The graphics are even better, with nice light effects and detailed textures. The sound is the best part of the game as usual, with frightening music and scary sounds from aliens. What I personally don't like is the fact that Isaac can talk now and that takes some of the supense away. He was more likeable when he was a silent character, a mysterious engineer facing the aliens and his own haunted mind.

There is a multiplayer mode now, involving teams of humans and aliens fighting each other. I think is a nice addition, even though I haven't tried it out. If you liked the first DS , buy this one too. You'll never regret it.

90

Dead Space on steroids

curta | Sept. 27, 2012 | See all curta's reviews »

After a such good predecessor like Dead Space it's easy for developer to fall short of expectation. It's not the case of Visceral Games with Dead Space 2.The game is basically the same but imho DS2 improveves the original in every aspect and obviously in horror or suspance or you may call it fun! Strangely the thing I don't understend but maybe it's only me, I fill more confortable playng with mouse and keyboard instead of usin a controller/pad... Good space horror to everyone!

90

Great action game

Zinzun | Sept. 25, 2012 | See all Zinzun's reviews »

The second Dead Space is not a survival.You have a tons of weapons and ammo,and the game is simplified insteed of the prequel. Except this,is very fun to play. If you want a real challenge,try to complete this on Zealot,where you have limited save and you can't die. Graphics are the same of the first Dead Space,and audio is very good. The single player campaign can be compelted in ten hours,but there is also a multiplayer co-op that you can try sometimes (nothing special).

90

The nightmare contiunes!

FreeMan85 | Sept. 24, 2012 | See all FreeMan85's reviews »

Dead Space 2 is a worthy sequel of the original game. The developers barely changed anything, more like they just tweaked the game and the gameplay. The most notable tweak is the addition of thrusters in the RIG. No more wall jumping in zero-G, just fly around in 360 degrees. Isaac now speaks, but don't fear it won't ruin the game. It was necessary to develop the story and give more emotion to his character. They also used the voice-actors and actresses lookalike to make their in-game alias'. Isaac seems the same, Nicole is very different from her DS1 look. The game graphics also use the same engine, maybe old, but runs fine on an older machine and looks beautiful at certain moments. The facial animations are technically beat most of the AAA games, feel so real and lifelike and the actors, actressess gives outstanding performance, feels like you watching a movie! Just like Jason Graves music, gives the tension and atmosphere. The sound effects, which gives the game life are again flawless. The gameplay is slighty changed from the first and perfect first game. The only changes is you can now fly around in zero-G or high speed in space. It's fun and well animated, just like the zero-G fluids or fire. The Havoc engine works fine again, you can do some damage to, watch for the windows! Your locator now can lead you to the nearest save station, store or lead you to the next objective just like before. This time we have more weapons and suits. Oh, yes the suits. It's just rare awesomeness how Isaac helmet transforming around his head! In cut-scenes he usually take of his helmet then back. If you saw the game first teaser trailer you know what I'm talking about. Dead Space 2 has a multiplayer component which is similar to Left 4 Dead. Just in DS2 the Human team has some specific mission to do and the Necromorphs try to stop them, 4vs4 teams. Necros got additional bot support of course. Sadly it's not too popular, the matches are short and sometimes get laggy.

Dead Space 2 is a must have, if you are a sci-fi fan or played the first one. Simply amazing and authentic sci-fi horror feeling.

89

Very enjoyable horror-ish game.

Cynaris | July 13, 2012 | See all Cynaris's reviews »

Dead Space 2 is everything Dead Space was, with improved pacing, combat, and plenty of gross moments.

The game is very gory, feels brutal, as you are tear your enemies apart, limb by limb, stomp the life out of them in order to survive. The game isn't as intense in terms of scares as the first one was, however there is still a lot of tension going on, and the storyline is a bit more interesting this time around.

The visuals are still nice, and well optimized, so it should not be a trouble to most people to run is with maximized settings.

If you enjoy all of the above, I suggest playing this game.

85

More Dead, more Space

Rice77 | April 10, 2012 | See all Rice77's reviews »

Dead Space 2 is the follow up to the critically acclaimed Dead Space, a deep action-shooter full of visceral enemies, solid gameplay and interesting story. If you liked Dead Space you will love Dead Space 2, the new weapons and enemies, the new situations, the darker atmosphere and the care and love Visceral games have put in it show off and creat a great game full of fun and horror.

94

Truly amazing

1dayscandal | April 8, 2012 | See all 1dayscandal's reviews »

This game is simply amazing. The graphics are excellent and have been truly optimized, in order to make my point here is a short story:

Dead Space (My settings)- Medium/Low at 800x600 Dead Space 2 (my settings)- Maxed out at 800x600

although there are some very annoying glitches such as SPOILER ALERTthe interactive cut scene in which stross is trying to kill you and no matter how fast your press E you still die SPOILER END but this is easily fixed by downloading a trainer and using the slow motion cheat then one the cut scene is finished you can resume playing at normal speed if you wish

The game play itself is great, it really forces you to conserve as much ammo as possible because if you finished one level with only 10 bullets left you begin the next level with 10 bullets so the player really has to use his surroundings to his advantage for example, through a necromorph down a flight of stairs or impale him against something or grab the spear-like arm of a dead necromorph and shoot it at another one's head only to have the head impaled on the wall

Done with the campaign? Start again with your previous equipment or fight in 4v4 multiplayer matches so you can play as any necromorph you like or you can become part of a Special elimination team and wipe out the necromorphs!

So apart from the occasional minor glitches this game is definitely a must buy for any horror survival fan! WARNING NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART ;)

90

Thank you visceral games

Arthan | Oct. 25, 2011 | See all Arthan's reviews »

Dead Space 2 is in some way indentical to Dead Space 1, but it has a number of new things that manage to uplift Dead Space 2 from Dead Space 1. One thing that really made the game for me where those interactive cutscene things, just amazingly well-made. The sounds and music are downright spectacular. Pretty much the same weapons and a few new ones, a talking Isaac and new armor also make this game more interesting that its predecessor. The animations are silky smooth and the voice acting is very convincing. It has some downright disturbing moments and plenty of very tense and hectic fighting. The enemies are... interesting in a way i guess. Most of them very disturbing and freaky, good variety too, you need different approaches for different enemies. Great game, not too different in terms of gameplay but it does the job of providing a new and very interesting successor of Dead Space 1. Thank you Visceral Games, roll on Dead Space 3

84

More limb cutting goodness.

666ayreon | Oct. 22, 2011 | See all 666ayreon's reviews »

Dead Space 2 improves on the original in many ways. If you played the first game you'll be right at home here, as the enemies and weapons are much the same. If you're unfamiliar with the series then Dead Space 2 is a survival horror in which you must dismember the enemies to kill them. Try shooting them as in another game and you'll die quickly.

Engrossing from start to finish, you can't go wrong with this game. Buy it!

87

An impressive evolution of a working formula

Bobfoc | Oct. 21, 2011 | See all Bobfoc's reviews »

Dead Space 2 continues where the acclaimed original left off, balancing a visceral, haunting atmosphere with solid gunplay and exciting, action-packed showdowns.

Some of the more intricate plot details may require you to have played through the first game in order to be understood adequately, but the pulsating gameplay and impressive level design are welcoming to series veterans and newcomers alike.

Dead Space 2 may not be the quintessential survival horror title on the market, but it's arguably one of the most intense, ambient corridor shooters available today. Though it lacks any of the truly horrifying moments characteristic of some of its counterparts, such as Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Dead Space 2 is a more than worthy addition to the library of any fan of third-person action shooters.