posted by MadRienell (PRINCE FREDERICK, MD) Dec 21, 2009
Member since Dec 2009
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
If you are a big fan of horror games, you will love Dead Space. This is one game I can play and never get tired of. The design and creep factor of the game was not disappointing at all. I'm pretty hard to scare, and there were a few moments that made me jump out of my chair. The storyline is great; there is always something to keep you hanging on, wondering what is going to happen next. (I admit I'm biased, because I love space-horror adventures like Aliens, etc.) As far as variation, it kept me interested and on the edge of my seat. Not only was I curious to see what sort of creature would be introduced in the next chapter, I was also curious to see what the next area, room, section of the ship would look like and what my mission would be. There's always something new you have to accomplish, and that kept the game intriguing.
The design of the ship is awesome, in itself. It really looks like what I imagine a space ship to be like, down to the detail of the rooms, bathrooms, engines, communications, hydroponics, medical labs, and so forth. They really put a lot of interesting detail in the design so the player didn't get bored navigating around. Also, it creates a lot of new places for creatures to jump out at you!
The only thing I didn't like was at the end of level four: there is an extremely aggravating mini-game where Isaac has to sit in a seat and destroy asteroids until his ship-mates get the automatic targeting system fixed. While that sounds easy enough, its not what you think. There are more asteroids than you can easily shoot, and the controls become frustrating. The gun is slow and hard to target. If you don't adjust your targeting controls (Y and X axis) you'll be freaking out if you don't like reverse movement. (Left goes right, up goes down, etc) Other than that, the rest of the game was highly enjoyable.
I will be playing this game on all modes to see what I can unlock until Dead Space 2 comes out 1 Jan 11!
posted by officeninj (GAINESVILLE, FL) Sep 23, 2009
Member since Sep 2009
gamers (60%) found this review helpful
This game has great graphics, and wonderful atmospherics. When you walk out into a vacuum, clinging to the outside of your ship in zero-G, it really feels like you're about to explode or fly off into nothingness. The gameplay, however, is totally cookie-cutter. Linear missions, collection errands, and a ton of awesome weapons that you can never, ever afford. The immersion takes a bad turn during combat, too; you may not know it, but this monster is only destroyable by flinging red barrels at it. It looks just like the others, but is immune to weapons! I had to look at a walkthrough just to figure out why my weapons work against 99% of the enemies but when confronted with the one PLOT monster, which looks just like all the other generic baddies from The Thing, it is immune to everything except red barrels. Fantastic. If you're into survival horror and love to ration ammunition, this is for you. Otherwise, don't bother.
posted by darthdaddy (BROKEN ARROW, OK) Jan 9, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
gamers (60%) found this review helpful
If I could give a letter grade to this game it would be a B. I rented this without knowing much about it aside from what friends and coworkers told me. The game itself is an over the shoulder "resident evil 4" esque style shooter where you are sent to some ship for repairs. It doesnt take long before you and your 2 comrades figure out something evil is going on. You spend the bulk of the game communicating with your friends via video monitor, having them tell you to go this room for this keycard, or to hit this switch to open this door. kinda bland objective wise. you do find video and text logs of the crew which are informative and creepy, however the text logs are so small, you have to lean in on your tv to really read them. Through a virtual store you can buy new weapons and items to help you on your quest.By finding power nodes, you can upgrade existing equipment, but 10 hours in i find myself with only 3 which needless to say, didnt do much for my growth. now for the positives, for a dark game, the visuals are amazing and i really like how there are bodies human and non, lying around everywhere. you can even stomp on them. they do a great job of adding depth and weight to the bodies, you can actually see them move as you pass over them get a great sense of what they feel like. at one point, you go outside and its amazing to see and hear zero gravity. it is truely amazing. all in all dead space is a very cool game which doesnt require much thought or exploring as you have a nifty little device that points you in the right direction, even if you get lost.