Dead Space (NA)
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"an instant action classic. While the ride is fairly short - the game could be completed in a few evenings - and offers no real extras, it’s perfected to the point where it’s entirely satisfying." - ThunderboltGames.com
"_Dead Space offers the best mix of action, customization and plot since Resident Evil 4. _" - Gamespy.com
Dead Space from EA is sure to please any action-adventure gamer looking for a bloody battle against deadly aliens.
Dead Space for PC begins when a massive mining ship, the USG Ishimura, comes in contact with a mysterious alien artifact and suddenly loses its communications with Earth. Engineer Isaac Clarke is sent to repair the Ishimura's communications, but arrives to find a floating vessel that has become a complete bloodbath. The crew is mutilated and infected with an ancient alien scourge.
Clarke's repair mission is transformed to one of survival as he fights to save himself and return the artifact to the planet at any cost.
Controls and bugs hinder game play in Dead Spaceyngdr | Aug. 15, 2014 | See all yngdr's reviews »
Controls are laggy and various bugs in both the game and Origins client hinder game play. The story is great but also lacks a voice to the scene. The graphics are decent but nothing compared with DS2 or DS3. Weapons mods are more scarce then in DS2 but that also leads to greater feeling of dread while playing, to enhance the horror aspect of it. I would definitely wait for a sale or pass on the game and just watch the movie version.
Scary funJericho417 | Aug. 1, 2014 | See all Jericho417's reviews »
The game that started it all. Dead Space is a blast to play. The level design was great and the aesthetic design of the ship was really cool. Combat was intentionally frustrating. I mean, you play a miner and not a space marine. He specializes in mining tools, not assault rifles. The weapon selection was a lot of fun, with many different options for slicing up the necromorphs. The story was well put together, I was at the edge of my seat wanting to learn more about what had happened. I've replayed this game dozens of times and I still jump from time to time.
Starts out scary, but quickly becomes a shoot-em-upBlockAgent | July 3, 2014 | See all BlockAgent's reviews »
I'll start out by saying that this game is fun. I enjoyed playing it and got into it. The graphics are great, the gameplay is good, and it has alot of unique and inventive features. The story is a little thin, but good enough to keep you going. The game starts out as a terrifying experience where you are afraid to look around every corner. I loved that. But then after about the first hour of play, the game quickly became an action oriented shoot-em-up. For me that stripped away all scariness to where even the jump scares that the game was trying to do didn't spook me at all. I wish it could have been scary all the way through, but it was saved by being a good shooter too.
Dead Space ReviewDarkpeing | April 14, 2014 | See all Darkpeing's reviews »
The Great: -Atmosphere.
The Good: -Story. -Occasional scares keep you hooked up. -Good leveling system.
The Bad: -Some clunkiness in controls. -Occasional bugs and technical flaws.
Best Survival Horror in YearsGrenadeh | April 11, 2014 | See all Grenadeh's reviews »
Dead Space is what companies should look to when they want to make a survival horror game. While RE4 allegedly revitalized the genre, Dead Space took the RE4 formula and actually did it right. The story makes sense, whether or not you can draw comparisons to popular science fiction and horror (Event Horizon, Aliens, The Thing, System Shock 2 obviously) unlike Resident Evil at this point. The sound design is absolutely phenomenal and will do more to scare you than the game itself. On top of that, Visceral Games excels at environmental design so every last area you go in will seem natural, and the environment will do plenty to sell you on the story - not to mention it's pitch black in most areas unless you cheat and turn up your brightness. Gameplay is pretty close to the RE4 formula - going so far as to let you upgrade your suit and weapons and buy stuff at convenient stores, but with a focus on "strategic dismemberment" meaning you can and will need to aim correctly at enemies of different types to do the most damage and have the most fun.
There are two flaws with the PC version of this game: It does not have achievements on either Steam or Origin, and the other flaw is with the game itself. Just like RE4, once you are able to upgrade your guns and abilities to a certain extent, the game no longer remains difficult and thus is no longer scary. For that flaw - which makes the game more of an action horror shooter - and for that flaw alone, the game doesn't deserve a perfect score.