The first Dead Space was an unexpected hit out of EA's Redwood Shores studio. The innovative idea of dismembering your enemies, instead of the simple head-shot formula, really gave the over the shoulder game a more strategic way of taking out your enemies. This series has everything reminiscent of Aliens to Event Horizon. If you're a fan of sci-fi horror, I can't say I've seen anyone do it better than Dead Space.
Dead Space 2 does not reinvent the formula of the first, but if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it. If you loved the first one, you'll love the second installment. From first to last, Issac is in peril, because there is no rest for the wicked. It's more of the same and then some, and there's nothing wrong with that. Issac now has a face and a voice, and thankfully, it's done quite well. Issac's voice will not make you turn off the game, he is not an overly chatty cliché, and I applaud the developers for that. There's a lot of great plot here for any fan of avid storytelling. Dead Space 2 really seems to get just about everything right while polishing the existing aspects of the original.
The only complaint I've heard by other gamers, has been the lack of nonlinearity. The game is pretty straight forward, get from here to here, don't die, and kill everything. I personally have no problem with that. Bring it on. I loved this game. It was a must buy, didn't think twice... you must own this.
The third game is already in development, and I can't wait.
Great game only problem with renting is the online multiplayer. the game requires a code similar to madden if you want to play online longer then the 2 day free trial. since i used gamefly it did not come with the manual, which includes the code to play online. other than that great game.
I am more than past half way into the game right now and from my experience from other horror games including dead space 1 I have to say dead space 2 def. took it a step further than the first one overall. There are way more enemies to kill and a few new deadly ones. The AI is better, graphics are better, sounds and tension is good. My only gripe is the multiplayer which is not all that good. Is this game worth a purchase ? Yes if you are a collector otherwise a rental at best cause the single player is about a few days in length for most people. 9/10 easily