26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Arthur C. and Asimov would be proud,
This review is from: Dead Space (PC) (DVD-ROM)
Truly, this game has a story worthy of the sci-fi greats. The main character, Issac Clarke, is even named after them. The well thought out narrative style and characters, the referential treatment of well known sci-fi, the setting each of us sci-fi nuts has fantasised about many times...its all here. Survival against overwhelming odds, armed with rudimentary weapons against an alien menace that is creating horrible desecrations of human flesh to attack you, set aboard a giant spaceship. Oh, I think I need a cigarette.
So, why give it 4 stars and not 5? Why only give it a 3 for fun rating? The game loses out for a few reasons, not least of which the dodgy camera. It doesn't leap around, or switch angles suddenly, but it is very poorly placed. Too close to the character (and you can't change it), it moves too slowly to react properly to an attack from behind, for example. The interface is a little clumsy too, and managing the inventory is a chore.
Don't get me wrong though - this is really a fabulous game. The RPG style upgrading of equipment gives alot of depth and variability in play style. It is graphically a piece of art. Its sounds are deep and bassy, and the voice acting is far above average. It has a gripping story. The gameplay is also quite deep, requiring cerebral power as well as quick reflexes. The use of a localised stasis field and telekinesis module fit right in to the setting and aid greatly in involving the player in the world. You feel as though the activities you carry out are properly conceived of - restoring power to the engines to restore your orbit is an early goal on the damaged spacecraft, and sensible sci-fi-esque activities are a recurring motif.
Perhaps most importantly, for a game of this type there are a myriad of enemies, all quite genuinely horrifying. You do feel as though survival is not at all assured, and to be honest, while not exactly scared playing it, you certainly feel uncomfortable. I found myself saving and exiting to watch telly for a bit before diving back in.
I really would recommend this to anyone who likes sci-fi, or survival horror, or the resident evil series (its not all that similar to this, however - much deeper gameplay).