Published on October 27th, 2008 | by Daniel David
Dead Space Review
Developer: EA Redwood Shores
Release Date: October 14, 2008
Platform: PlayStation 3 [Reviewed], Xbox 360 and PC
Dead Space is a new IP coming from EA Redwood Shores which is looking to take the survival horror genre by storm. They have completely succeeded by creating the scariest game this year and arguably the scariest game we have seen in a long time. Dead Space is divided between 12 chapters which will take you between 12-15 hours to compete.
The genre once dominated by Resident Evil and Silent Hill, Dead Space takes you into outer space as Engineer Isaac Clarke who is sent as part of a maintenance crew to the USG Ishimura to fix what problems the ship may have. This is were Dead Space starts as things immediately begin to go wrong and Isaac must fight for survival if he wants off the ship.
Unlike other game Isaac isn’t a space marine or some kind of soldier trained for battle he is simply an Engineer. His main purpose for being there is that his girlfriend is on the ship and she sent him a cryptic message before the Ishimura went dark. This adds tension to the game because it places a normal person in a impossible situation.
If you played Resident Evil 4 you already have a feel for the controls for Dead Space. You play from a 3rd person over the shoulder perspective view throughout the game but if feels a bit more cinematic then RE4 and that takes a bit of getting used to. This game handles very tight and responds accurately. There is no quick turn button like RE4 which adds more tensions when you start to get surrounded by monsters.
Also unlike many games there is no HUD to speak of. The health of your character is displayed on his back and you see your ammo counter when you raise your gun. Even when you bring up a menu screen a holographic image appears in front of you in real time meaning if you’re not careful you will get attack if you’re not paying attention.
A feature that I liked which will help anybody how manages to get lost is that by hitting in your right thumb stick it displays a nav line on the ground pointing the way to your next objective. A tip to remember is that when you bring up the map you can change your objective which changes were you nav line will lead you to.
The monsters that you come across in Dead Space are called Necromorphs. To kill the Necromorphs in Dead Space simply shooting them in the head or body won’t cut it. In this game you have to cut of their limps to put them down. Meaning going for their arms, legs and tentacles are the most effective way of killing them. Since ammo isn’t easy to come by aiming quickly and precisely will be the key to survival.