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This review is from: Dead Space Downfall [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
I love fantasy and sci fi world-building as much as the next guy, but only when there is the characters and depth available to make the juice worth the squeeze.
The issue (in my opinion) with the Dead Space franchise is that its ambition is overreaching what it can truly deliver. Dead Space is an incredible game, but it has nowhere near the narrative depth or mystique to draw upon of any of its manifold influences (Event Horizon, Alien etc.).
What strength it can utilise from the old "what is left unseen is the most terrifying" mantra is squandered in what amounts to little more than spoilers. This film hasn't a single character I felt drawn to, and the animation is merely adequate, so the accomplished soundtrack has to handle the tension and scares single-handedly whilst the fairly by-the-numbers prequel plays itself out. It's no great shakes: Isaac puts most of these missing pieces of the puzzle together himself in the game, and seeing the events played out actually detracts from the creepy "Aliens" vibe of having arrived late to the party (as on LV426).
I cannot put it better than to employ the old saying "a masterpiece has already found its perfect medium" and is often best left in that domain. On PS3, XB360 and PC Dead Space can deliver all it has to the best of its potential. Anywhere else, in any other medium, I'd say avoid. Don't cheapen a great experience with overkill.