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Dead Space (PS3)
Dead Space (PS3)
Offered by APE-GAMES
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Horror masterpiece!, 18 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Dead Space (PS3) (Video Game)
Dead Space is a brave first entry in what is now one of the best franchises to come out in the 7th generation. The graphics are amazing for its time, the gameplay is cool and a lot of fun, the atmosphere is amazing, and the pacing is just about perfect.

PRESENTATION
Imagine having Resident Evil 4's gameplay style, tweaked a little to make it its own, and ut it in System Shock 2's setting. Then you would more or less have Dead Space. Aesthetically, Dead Space is a pure masterpiece, since its graphics still hold up relatively well. There is a certain sense of suspense and mystery surrounding the space station that Isaac and his crew are stranded on. You quickly find out that things are not as they should be, and from there on, it's up to you, playing as Isaac, to get away from the station alive. There is a fine twist in the end, which I will not give away. It is not a particularly original or mind-blowing twist, but it works just fine for this story.
As for the story itself, Dead Space takes a lot of inspiration from the Alien franchise, with its highly aggressive alien creatures attacking you and your crew. And the death scenes in those games are some of the most brutally violent stuff you will find in a video game.

SOUND & GRAPHICS:
As I said, the graphics are still pretty impressive, though better graphics are very easy to come by today. It is easier to see that the graphics have dated a bit when you meet other humans in the game, as their facial expressions are more familiar with what we usually see in other games. But since Isaac almost never takes his helmet off, those flaws are easy to forgive. The game itself also has a lot of great lightning effects that help increase the level of atmosphere. The lightning effects from the sun especially hold up well by today's standards.
All this is only further highlighted by its amazing sound design. The sound of floors bursting open or ventilation shafts breaking gives a lot of tension at all the right times. The sounds coming from the aliens themselves are also impressive, as they all sound creepy enough to make you uncomfortable when being chased. Isaac's sound effects (whether from being low on oxygen or health) gives yet another layer of tension and immersion to make the player unsettled.

GAMEPLAY:
Dead Space takes a more unique approach to the entire cncept of modern shooters. Usually, a head-shot does the job just fine. In Dead Space, however, shooting off a creature's limbs is what gets the job done most efficiently. You get plenty of weapons to deal with the aliens, and you always need to approach specific enemy types more carefully than others. There is a great variety in guns and weapons to give it a sense of variety without feeling repetitive. There will also be a few different game modes. Sometimes, you will enter vacuum areas, where you need to hurry due to a limited oxygen capability, or zero-gravity areas, where you have to manipulate gravity to get from point A to B. There is also the kinesis module, which allows you to remotely control objects. This can be used in a lot of different ways to make you survive tougher encounters. You can also use stasis, which slows down certain objects and creatures, which is also going o be crucial more than once in the game. These modes are fleshed out well and gives the game enough variety. Boss battles are also to be found, and while they are not exactly amazing, they still are a lot of fun. You can also upgrade all your kit at the store, and scavenging the environment is the key to finding the upgrade codecs you need. Collect power nodes to upgrade damage, speed, reload time etc on guns and gear. Open crates and lockers to find ammo and data logs. You can carry 4 different guns at the time, and the more you upgrade the suit, the bigger your inventory gets. Although you do a lot of the same stuff over and over, it is varied enough, and coupled with its originality and fitting length, it is a game which is sure to thrill a lot of players.
Things aren't perfect though. The melee combat mechanics are really clunky and annoying, as they are really fast quick-time events. One mispressed button, and you swing, which locks any other movement for some time, which can be frustrating when hordes of angry necromorphs are after you.
Dead Space also suffers from a lot of backtracking. It makes the ship feel a bit more authentic, but it also gets tedious to keep returning to the same areas over and over again.

PROS:
+ Great setting
+ Sound desig is superb
+ Legitimately creepy
+ Inventive combat
+ Well paced
+ Great alternate game modes

CONS:
- Backtracking
- Clunky melee combat

Final Verdict:
9.3/10


Double Compartment Carry Case For PS Vita
Double Compartment Carry Case For PS Vita
Offered by BROXY
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic carry case!, 1 Feb. 2014
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A pretty low price for a pretty damn sweet carry case! Especially as a doble compartment one, you can have all your games safely packed in your case as well as some earphones. As a guy who hates when my stuff gets scrathces and fingerprints all over the place, this case keeps it clean. Also, with this, I no longer need to keep the plastic that covered it when I unboxed my Vita. Also, it is now much much easier to carry my Vita around plus I can attach it as well. Would definitely recommend it to both people who hate when their machines gets a lot of scratches and fingerprints as well as those who like to carry it with them out of the house.


Sony PlayStation Vita Memory Card 16GB Model (PlayStation Vita)
Sony PlayStation Vita Memory Card 16GB Model (PlayStation Vita)
Offered by GOLDEALS
Price: £27.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, but ultimately necessary, 1 Feb. 2014
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I bought this item because I could not get it any cheaper in my own country (Denmark). It is also remarkably tiny, so I recommend being very careful with your memory card. Luckily though, it is packed safely when you get it, and you won't have to take it out again unless you need a memory card with more space. But I am pleasantly surprised that it arrived earlier than Amazon said it would. I am most grateful for that! If you are only a casual Vita gamer like me, I recommend this card, ut if you are more of a hardcore Vita gamer, I would recommend getting a 32 or 64 GB memory card for your Vita. Like I said in my headline, it is pretty expensie, but ultimately necessary.


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