Dead Space “Review”

Game: Dead Space
Published by: Electronic Arts
Developed by: EA Redwood Shores
Formats: Xbox360, PC, PS3 Format Played: Xbox 360

In deep space Isaac Clarke and 4 others answer a distress call from the USG Ishimura. They believe that there is a mechanical failure but after minutes of the game two of the crew are killed off by what looks like aliens and your shuttle explodes!
The game opens with you Isaac viewing a video sent to him from his ex-girlfriend Nicole Brennan who is currently aboard the ship Ishimura.
The aliens that attack are called Necromorphs, these creatures reproduce by reanimating a human host dead or alive and violently mutating and assimilating them to become one of their own.
After two of the crew get killed you are left with two other members Kendra Daniels and Zach Hammond who will keep in contact with you throughout the game.

The game itself can be compared to Resident Evil 4, it has that same style of over the shoulder 3rd person view and the game play itself is very similar. The game works very well, I had no bugs throughout the game and everything did what I asked it to unlike some list of games I could run off for you.
The first thing I will let you know about this game is it is played in the dark and half the time the lights will go off and you will be locked in a room with the Necromorphs or even better sometimes they will just come out of no where from anywhere!
This game is best played in the dark and has some of the best surround sound of any game I have ever played. My advice to anyone is to get a decent set of headphones and play in the dark. You get voices in you ear all the time and Necromorphs running around the vents and walls around you.
This game is brilliant at keeping you on the edge of your seat sometimes making a noise behind you that is nothing or cuts in music that sounds like something is coming then it doesn’t then eases you into a mindset that you are ok then sends out enemies.
Some crawl towards you and others will run full pelt at you. Some enemies will burst open and send other enemies your way especially these annoying little ones that jump on you and start eating away at you.

I will be man enough to admit I jumped quite a few times when playing this game and not just at enemies jumping out at me but sometimes when all my concentration is looking around in the dark for enemies and then someone contacts you which makes such a loud noise lol
Like I said this game does a great job at keeping you in suspense and it’s the best thing about this game. The story is weak and very broken up, you don’t see your characters face and there is no real back-story about your ex who you are searching for.
Your health meter is on your back and also you’re Stasis can be used in the game to slow down enemies and objects temporarily, and a kinesis module allows Isaac to pick up and throw items.
An in game store lets you buy new weapons, health and upgrade your suits with credits you will find dotted around. You will also find ammo, credits and items which opens up new suits and weapons at the store.
There are also nodes dotted around the game which will let you purchase upgrades to your suit and weapons at benches dotted around the game. Upgrades include air, HP, ammo capacity, damages etc etc.
Zero gravity and decompressed environments also appear in Dead Space, and Isaac can navigate through them using his pressurized suit and magnetic boots. Some levels even lead out onto the surface of the ship’s hull. Floating debris presents a hazard, however, and Isaac can lose his footing and simply float off into space.
Isaac’s suit also has a limited amount of air while in airless environments, which can cause him to suffocate, forcing you to move faster when in these situations. Once in these area’s you can use air tubes to replenish air or sometimes there are O2 bottles on the wall. Keeping with the suspense of this game when your air gets low Isaac’s breathing will increase and as there is no music playing this can be quite eerie.

Towards the end of the game you get used to things jumping out at you and once you have built up your weapons you lose that sense of suspense and end up kicking and melee any enemy that crosses your path but the game itself always stay’s fresh and interesting and adds a new and annoying enemy to keep you occupied.

One of the best survival horror games I have played in a long time.

9/10

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~ by Martyn on December 3, 2008.

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