Besides purchasing Dead Space, I also ordered a 4 pack of boxer shorts for the aftermath of fear. Terrifying but fantastic! Graphics are beautiful and I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Great purchase.
What a sleeper hit Dead Space has become! And rightly so. It has to be one of the scariest games I have ever played along with some amazing graphics and gorgeous lighting. Not only that but I do have to comment on just how silky smooth this game looks and runs on the PS3. I haven't encountered one bug through the entire game and the level of detail that has gone into making the USG Ishimura appear real and authentic is quite something.
As you enter the USG Ishimura you get a sort of Bioshock feel with voices from loud speakers announcing that you have arrived and numerous advertisements on the walls stand out at you. You really feel that the ship is real and the surfaces of the floor and walls and particularly glass are some of the best looking I have seen all combined with fantastic lighting.
Instantly you feel on edge and you know that around every corner something may be waiting to jump out at you, or not. That is what Dead Space does so great, it's never predictable and will tease you with eerie sounds and distant screams to make you feel uncomfortable to proceed forward. This game can really make you jump many times, the sound effects are brilliant and the enemies so gruesome and evil looking.
Use of weapons in Dead Space is one of my favourite features. These weapons, although very useful, aren't your standard rifle and shotgun business, these are tools/items cleverly crafted to become lethal objects. My favourite has to be the Ripper, a magnetic razor sharp blade that takes limbs off in a way that leaves you feeling more than satisfied.
And boy will you need your weapons, at times you can find yourself trapped in a room with a load of enemies and you'll have to work hard to manage them all at once as they only die for good once their limbs have been cut off.
The story is interesting with twists here and there and is told through video/audio logs keeping you totally immersed in the game. The fact that there's no HUD in the game works well too and the various suits Isaac wears are pretty sweet.
Overall a fantastic scary well-made horror game that keeps you hooked from the moment it starts to the moment it finishes. Some amazing space effects and graphics are displayed and the game runs very VERY well on the PS3. The fact it also has trophies and on the Playstation Network you can download other suits for Isaac to wear also adds to make this game one of the must have of 2008.
It was probably a mistake for me to play this series out of order. I began with Dead Space 2, then went on to Dead Space 3 before completing the first game. I maintain the opinion that Dead Space as stolen Resident Evil's crown and defined itself as THE survival horror game that sets the bar. It's an anxiety-ridden, hardcore experience where you'll be holding your breath and leaping out of your seat at every shudder of aching steel, whisper, and unexplained noise in the far background. If you have your PS3 hooked up to a home theatre your hair may well turn white.
You play as the mostly mute Isaac Clarke, a simple engineer on the the USG Kellion who, along with the rest of his crew, is required to investigate the distress call of the USG Ishimura, an immense "planet-cracker" mining ship that is seemingly abandoned and adrift in space. Docking with the Ishimura is the biggest mistake of his life. If the entire crew are not already dead then they'll wish that they were. Something on board the Ishimura, a mysterious artefact called "The Marker", has driven the crew mad and reanimates their corpses into twisted monsters of deformed flesh and bone called Necromorphs, truly the most disgusting enemies ever seen in a video game.
As Isaac, you must push through the bowels of the ship making repairs and trying to figure out just what is going on while bouncing around in zero-G, hurrying through vacuums, while visions of your ex-girlfriend haunt you, and disembodied voices whisper in the external speakers. It's very, very dark and grim and not for the faint of heart. Dead Space can be a very punishing experience but it's a cold, agonizing universe that I can't help but love.
The Platinum is attainable if you are a sucker for tension, but it's not easy. Dead Space is an absolute MUST for all gamers, horror fans or not.
The premise of Dead Space might seem, to some, very cliched. Big spaceship, overrun with aliens and lots of gore. Aliens, Event Horizon, Doom, etc, etc, all spring to mind when trying to explain the game. But you'd be wrong to think this was anything else but brilliance! This game has taken the best of the hard sci-fi horror genre and crafted it into a astonishing piece of technical mastery. Its that good.
The setting for Dead Space is a large mining ship names the USG ISHIMURA, you play as Isaac Clarke, a miner, who whilst arriving onboard realises that something is terrilbly wrong, as the vessel is crawling [quite literally] with beings known as Necromorphs. These half-alien/half-human hybrids literally want to suck the flesh off of your skull.
GRAPHICS- After playing this on a 32" HDTV I can honestly say its one of the finest looking games I've played. It even rivals Metal Gear Solid 4 and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune in terms of sharpness and graphical detail. The lighting effects are spot on and the gore is freakishly realistic. The USG ISHIMURA feels incredibly claustrophobic as shadows of Necromorphs flicker and dart around you. The Necromorphs themselves are severely mutatated and animated superbly and disturbingly, as you blast a leg off, and it continues scuttling towards you! OVERALL 10/10
GAMEPLAY- The 3rd person perspective works very well and the camera is surprisingly responsive. The games core mechanic is fright and dismemberment which work brilliantly. Quite often strategically shooting a certain limb after the Necromorph has jumped out at you, scaring you half to death, is very rewarding, especially playing on the harder difficulty setting. The weapons are balanced and no one weapon has a distinct advantage over the other. [The Ripper is a personal favourite of mine!] OVERALL 10/10
SOUND- The sound effects are some of the best I've heard. Having it on loud will guarantee a swift change of underwear. Everything from the demented howls and blood curdling screams are very well done. Quite often what yo hear is scarier than what you see, and theres nothing more un-nerving than hearing scuttling in the vents above you, not knowing when or where it will ambush you. OVERALL 10/10
TROPHIES- Thankfully, EA has included Trophies out-of-the-box. And they all seem fun and a nice reward after you've nearly given yourself a heart attack. They range from completing levels, to severing x amount of limbs, and there loads to get which adds lots of replay value.
Overall its a well made horror masterpiece, can't wait for the sequel!
*The Obsidian Suit is a must have, downloaded from the Playstation Store! Its superb.