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.
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.
Scary but in a good wayBlockAgent | March 17, 2014 | See all BlockAgent's reviews »
This game is wonderfully scary. The kind of scary that makes you creep slowly through the hallways in it and afraid of what could be lurking around every corner. It also is a blast during the action scenes. The graphics are great and the gameplay is great as well. Using v-sync, there is some lag in the controls, but using a keyboard and mouse instead of a gamepad makes the lag alot more bearable. A very fun game and recommended by me.
the only one that is worth itdamienjameswebb | Feb. 7, 2014 | See all damienjameswebb's reviews »
i had gotten all the dead space games for pc in a bundle recently, and this was the only one that was good play. the second one has a game breaking flaw about halfway through and the 3rd one has to run through origin, AND has a terrible sound bug in it.
Given all that, i loved this game. it could have been a little scarier in places, but it did very well for its time (enough to spawn 2 sequels at least) its a simple you vs aliens 3rd person shooter with some unique gameplay elements like a hud that actually makes sense looking like a projection display coming from your armor.
the controls were a little slow and i found it much better to play with a mouse, but other than that it ran like butter on my laptop and gave we very little trouble (it did keep crashing at fist but i just updated my drivers and all was well)
a great game (better than the newer ones for sure)