The First Dead Space was one of the stellar moments with a new franchise being born. I've returned much later to play this one #2 and #3, having finished this 2nd Dead Space Game today I can say that it is a good game.
Keeping with the 'model' of the first one, here Isaac has a story going where in the first one you never really saw his face even, and the girlfriend wasn't talking so much. That is one of the things that I could have done without, too many people talking. I didn't actually care about his dead girlfriend any, could care less. I know they need a story but her mindless shrieking during the game was too much. The creatures were cool but I wish we could get some better weapons, I maxed out my pulse rifle, but it took me the whole game to do and it's Power wasn't all that lethal with the upgrade.
I did feel that the game mostly ended along about the 12th chapter or so, then I actually had to 'run' through it because I didn't have enough health! The unkillable creature was a bit much and the game lost its original perspective. I mean, just relax, there really wasn't any need to have to go running around like that!
Anyway, this game hasn't aged much... even though I was 3 years late playing it... (PS3 Broke!) But with my new Xbox I'm pretty fairly interested in playing Part 3 of Dead Space!
A superior series that can become better and better. I give the 'Coders' a fairly good score here, but lose the Chick and get a bit more serious!
I want to start by saying that not much has changed since the first Dead Space but in the case of this game that is actually a good thing. The developers realized of course that the first one was already onto something and thankfully didn't mess that up. You still play Isaac Clarke, except this time he has an internal struggle to deal with as well as endless necromorphs to pose as a deadly threat.
I should state that I am not a huge fan of the genre survival horror mostly because they almost always get it wrong (I'm looking at you Resident Evil). However Dead Space series is that exception where I can't turn them away.
This game did stray a bit from the previous one by including a multiplayer function that in my opinion doesn't work. I am someone who likes it when they try multiplayer but EA has decided to only allow a 2 day trial unless you buy the online pass. When I did jump on I found that the odds were very stacked against new people. Now I realize it has been 2 years and some have devoted a decent amount of time into it and that they would be naturally better equipped in the multiplayer but not having a natural balance to teams causes the multiplayer to lose any fun it could have been. But at least the single player stands high by itself!
Pros- Perfect pacing, scary atmosphere at every turn, sounds in the game add to the horror immensely, controls are easy enough, plenty of replay value especially with the New+ feature.
Cons- Multiplayer in this game is a letdown and could have been so much more. Also occasionally parts in the story feel drawn out or repetitive, but this isn't often.
Overall I give this game a 9 out of 10 just as I gave the first Dead Space. The only thing I actually took away for is the disappointing multiplayer. Definitely worth a rent but now that it is cheap I would also highly recommend a buy!
Dead Space was a great game and they added just enough features to make this one even better. They didn't overwhelm it with new things to ruin the game. (like resident evil did). Playing the first isn't required... but it does help a lot.
Good: Pretty much everything about it is good. It has thrill, horror, and action to the gameplay. You get a diversity of weapons and actions to help with battle and the leveling system is good. You can level up the outfit (rig), your stasis ability, and your weapons as you find the schematics for them.
Bad: Having to play the game a minimum of twice to get the all the achievements is a pain. Its a short game (roughly 10hrs) but I hate repeating the same actions in a game.
Ugly: Just like I mentioned for the first, the "hardcore" difficulty is too hard. You can only save 3 times and there are no checkpoints. I enjoy a challenge but have to be almost perfect at a game is a pain.