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3rd person survival horror at its finest,
This review is from: Dead Space 2 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Dead space 2 is everything a sequel should be... It carries all the same charm, horror, gore, stunning graphics and fluid game play that the original dead space offered, only everything has been tweaked and refined to give the game a much more enjoyable and smoother experience. Melee attacks are fast and fluid, the camera moves much quicker and more responsive, telekinesis is more effective, and the anti-gravity rooms now let you fly freely in any direction you like instead of only being able to jump from platform to platform. Again there is no HUD, all the information you need (ammo count, stasis charge, health) are all visible on Isaac's suit which I personally feel is an excellent touch as it frees up the entire screen from cluttering health bars and ammo counts, plus it means you're view isn't obstructed when you catch a glimpse of a "stalker" (a new enemy for dead space 2) peeking his head round at you in the distance waiting to attack.
The game carries on the story from Dead Space one following Issac Clarke, an engineer who was aboard the Ishimura searching for his lost girlfriend. 3 years after the events of the original Dead Space Isaac wakes up on a huge space city called the Sprawl. He has no idea how he got there but he needs to escape and put an end to everything once and for all. After all the trauma Isaac experienced during the events on the Ishimura he is now suffering with dementia and constant visions of his dead girlfriend. Isaac's mental instabilities add a really engrossing twist on the story and you never know when he is going to have a vision, they are very unpredictable and can make you jump out of your skin if you're not prepared for it.
The game is a lot moodier, darker, eerier and sicker than Dead Space and the whole experience is one freaky thrill ride from the word go. If you played Dead Space 1 then you will soon feel right at home because (like nearly all sequels) the game is inevitably similar to the original. Which is always a good thing as the original game is fantastic. Like I said it's everything a good sequel should be, similar to the original only all the bad bits taken out or improved which is exactly what Visceral games have done.
As the game progresses you acquire an outstanding arsenal of weapons all with unique features and cool secondary abilities, with the same upgrade system as we saw in Dead Space 1, power nodes are still expensive so save as many credits as you can if you want to upgrade your gear.
The controls have been adjusted slightly so reloading is more straight forward, just simply press X instead of holding Lt and pressing A, and the whole character movement has been tweaked to perfection.
The game will only take around 7 - 10 hours to complete on the casual or normal difficulty setting, but if you want to lengthen the life span simply put the difficuly to survivalist or zealot. Once completed you can then have another difficulty setting; Hardcore. Once completed on any difficulty setting hardcore is unlocked. It sounds ridiculous and I doubt it's something I will try as it sounds like it will be more frustrating than fun... Only 3 game saves allowed during the entire game, ammo health and credits are limited and the enemies are more brutal than ever. Sounds impossible! May be worth a shot someday?
Anyway, overall I am hugely impressed with dead space 2 and will not be trading or selling this game in as it's a definite keeper. The dead space 2 demo really doesn't do the game justice, and if you're still unsure whether to buy it or not then rent it for a few days then decide.