posted by Precipitate (PICKERINGTON, OH) Feb 9, 2013
Member since Aug 2012
gamers (65%) found this review helpful
Unfortunately one of my favorite franchises of the last few years has taken a huge misstep. Dead Space 3 followed the recent RE6 model and tried to be much more of an action game. I was maybe scared once or twice during the entire campaign...and I scare very easily. Instead of great pacing and subtle changes throughout the levels, DS3 became a shooting gallery. Tons of enemies is NOT the answer. The story is awful, with a recycled and laughable main villain. Unlike in the past, the secondary characters are paper thin and made me feel nothing for them. Not to mention Ellie was trashed in this, with her magically grown back eye and noticeably enlarged chest....sweet there goes a strong female character! Like I mentioned earlier there was not a single shred of horror in this newest entry in the series. Then there was the new gameplay format. Optional missions were added to obviously inflate a weak, severely lacking main quest. LINEAR works for Dead Space. The first two games proved this with excellent level crafting, pacing, and plot development. The only saving graces about DS3 were the great environments, sound design, and co-op campaign. There were some cool moments, but they were fleeting. The Dead Space franchise should definitely take a break after this game, and should be reevaluated to see what made the first two so fantastic, before moving onto a four or even reboot. RENT RENT RENT
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
While some questionable design decisions mar what could have been an amazing finale, overall DS3 is a very fun action horror shooter to play with a friend.
Let me get the bad stuff out of the way first. The story feels very lackluster with lots of cheesy melodrama, a lame villain, and stuff that just comes out of nowhere. Compared to previous games I just didn't care much about anyone except Issac and even then it was mostly because of him being the main character.
People who dislike co-op or like getting 100% completion will probly not like this game. Since it was designed to be played co-op there are lots of places and collectables you can't access alone, and you will see the marks of co-op stuff everywhere. It's still enjoyable but you'll miss out on a fair amount of content.
Now that all being said I still liked the game very much. The feel and ambiance is still just as dark and creepy as before, with lots of darkness and strange noises to keep you on edge. Combat is just as messy and brutal as before as enemies rip apart into bloody chunks. The necromorphs this time favor rushing you and in attacking in larger numbers than before. Instead of upgrading the stas of a few pre made weapons, you collect various parts that you can mix and match to suit your play style. This is easily the best part in my opinion as there are tons of combinations to experiment with.
If you enjoyed the previous Dead Space games I would certainly recommend to at least give it a try. While there are indeed some flaws it is, at heart, very Dead Space and I love it. People have been giving it more flak than it deserves and that is a real shame.