"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.
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You take the role of Isaac Clarke, an engineer who travels aboard a shuttle named Kellion to a ship, called the USG Ishimura, referred to as a ‘planet cracker’. While aboard the Ishimura, Clarke (the player character) must traverse the ship from deck to deck and repair certain objects, usually machinery, all the while battling strange creatures called necromorphs and finding out what happened aboard the ship, which involves religious fanaticism and a strange object referred to as the Marker.
The theme and gameplay are both similar to System Shock 2, although the classic inventory system isn't present. In fact, I find the HUD in Dead Space to be rather minimalist. The player doesn’t rely on conventional weaponry, but instead weapons that are made by finding schematics and downloading them at stores that are found throughout the ship, similar to Fallout 3 or BioShock. The player can also modify these weapons at upgrade stations to make them more powerful, like changing their ammo capacity, damage capabilities, and reload time.
Other abilities that the player has are stasis, which slows down moving objects including enemies, and kinesis, which allows the player to move objects out of the way, or throw them.
Load times are quite swift, with animations showing during the time is takes to pass from one section of the ship to the next. The menu system is unique as far as games go, with the menus having a holographic look just like many of the prompts in the game.
The sound in the game is used to good effect, with many an occasion that will have you wondering whether it is the ship settling or an imminent attack by one of the enemies. There are also unique sound distortion effects such as when the player is in a vacuum, resulting in a muted sound perforated by the sound of gunfire and footsteps.
The controls in Dead Space are quite smooth as far as movement controls are concerned, but there are a few niggling issues I have with the game. There are two main sets of controls, one being operated with the right mouse button depressed, and the other not. In combat situations this can lead to a bit of frustration.
The camera is also a bit of a letdown. The game relies on an over-the-shoulder third person type camera, like in Resident Evil 5. You have to increase the mouse sensitivity enormously just to be able to turn the character around.
Overall, this game is worth a try. It has its moments and is certainly one of the scarier games to be released in recent memory.
Carpenter styleMscigniew | Jan. 3, 2014 | See all Mscigniew's reviews »
DS is one of the best horror games I ever played.If you watched John Carpenter`s horror movies and you liked em,youll love DS.It has this thick,intense and disturbing atmosphere written all over it,from the intro(starting with "tinkle,tinkle little star")to the outro.Gameplay is fun(you have to cut the limbs of your opponents to kill em)but I dont recomend a gamepad,cause it needs precise shooting.Sounds and acting are top notch. If you havent try it yet,do so you wont regret.
Space sure is one scary placecuneytarkin | Oct. 31, 2013 | See all cuneytarkin's reviews »
Ever since Alien, space sure have been a scary place. Dead Space knows this, and takes advantage of it by throwing nightmare upon nightmare in your face, while you're trapped in the middle of nowhere. The game is only truly scary in the beginning, until you know what you are facing. Twisted creatures are not as frightening as the unknown, as we all know. Besides that, Dead Space boasts a good gameplay, telling a story that's kinda well-written and showing you that space is still scary.
Great gameAlfa8789 | Oct. 29, 2013 | See all Alfa8789's reviews »
Very high quality product from Electronic Arts. Game developers clearly draws inspiration from the films "Alien" by Ridley Scott and "The Thing" by John Carpenter. The atmosphere is incredible, the first minutes of total immersion in the game world. I do not remember so much in the style of atmospheric Sci-Fi games, can only be the Aliens versus Predators 2. Very interesting design of the spacecraft, all very realistic, all in their places. Interesting system upgrades, original weapon. As far as the Necromorphs, I have never been so much fun to dismember, burn and trample into the meat of an aggressive alien biomass. Personally, I was not scared to play, the game is not like horror, but kept in constant tension to the very end of the game
Scary atmosphererjb789 | Sept. 24, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »
This game is a great example of horror done right. The atmosphere provides a perfect backdrop for terrifying scares and shocks whilst the gory combat and cleverly implemented upgrade system adds depth to the story. Unfortunately as you progress it becomes easier to anticipate when you will be "scared". This only becomes a problem far into the game though so you will still get your fair share of scared. In short, if you like horror games go pick this up!