gamers (75%) found this review helpful
I've been waiting for this game all my life I suppose. As a huge fan of sci-fi/horror genre, I naturally gravitate towards anything that contains both. Dead Space delivers in droves on every possible level - scares, graphics, depth, plot, and more scares for good measure. While I can't say everyone will love it, it has instantly stolen my heart.
The complaints I have lie with the zero-gravity sequences and your ability to properly navigate them. It may appear that Isaac (protagonist) should be able to jump on a particular platform, but in fact cannot because he is mere inches to the left/right of a certain point the game designates as the appropriate jump point. This tends to get you killed. You'll be attempting to rotate the camera to understand what is going on, and a necromorph will begin hacking away. The game also slowed down a bit during a few of these sequences, but this certainly didn't ruin the game.
Aside from that, I thought the game was flat-out AWESOME! As mentioned, this game does a great job creating an atmosphere that is both unique and frightening. The graphical detail on Isaac, the environments, and the necromorphs are phenomenal, as is the nearly excessive amount gore therein. The soundtrack and audio manage to be scary by themselves, creating epic battles and white-knuckle walks down dark corridors as a result.
Dead Space offers a great deal of depth as well, allowing the player to upgrade their suit and weapons by using nodes found throughout the game. I'd recommend thinking twice about each use of a node, as it's not possible to upgrade everything to its ultimate power in one playthrough. You can however reach max upgrades via the "New Game +" feature, a second game continued with all your prior powers.
I'd recommend Dead Space to fans of Aliens, Event Horizon, The Thing, and well, video games in general. It's an amazing journey through the Ishimura (the ship you traverse), and I'll be making it again soon.
posted by MementoMor (SAN CLEMENTE, CA) Oct 22, 2008
Member since Apr 2008
gamers (80%) found this review helpful
When so many games out there are just so-so, a game where every second ranges from on-edge fear to jumping and shouting in terror is a must have. That game is Dead Space. Probably the best game ever made, never have I been so enthralled, enamored, and affected by any game on any console. The graphics are stunning, the sound incredible, and the atmosphere...CHILLING. Any HUD or inventory is projected by hologram a foot in front of you so that, except for saving, you are never removed from the action. Running from a too-close swarm of enemies to get back a few steps and start blasting actually strikes fear and frantic urgency to your very core. One of my favorite games, Resident evil 4, was creepy sure, but never made me really jump or yell out like Dead Space constantly and consistently does. Even the last moments of the game before the credits roll smack you with a true OH $#!& moment. If you want to play a generic hack-and-slasher or cookie-cutter shooter you have a HUGE selection to choose from. If you want to be immersed in a cutting-edge, terrifying, interactive experience; get Dead Space. Warning: Best played at night, with no lights, sound blasting. Get ready to be scared...