I recently picked up the limited edition version of this title as I had always been curious and kinda wanted to scare myself silly. Needless to say, objective achieved!
Now I just wanna point out that I have never played the first Dead Space as I hadn't managed to scoop together enough courage by then to play it :P
This is not a problem as those damned cleaver developers have included a "Previously on Dead Space..." Video clip you can watch before starting the campaign to fill you in.
Ok so anyway, down to the game. The gameplay is really enjoyable to anyone who likes a third person shooter or a survival horror game. One thing I particularly love is the way a traditional hud has been chucked out in favour of providing you relevent information such as health, ammo etc either on each weapon in turn or your actual body. This was actually on the first game as well but so few games actually do this so I think it's pretty cool. It just makes it feel more like a movie instead of a game. The way the story plays out keeps you on your toes and second guessing which helps keep things really fresh. The enemies you fight are really varied with new Necromorphs thrown at you every so often to ensure you are permanently out of your comfort zone. Some very good looking cinematic sequences are also thrown into the mix as well which help to provide a good dose of high octane action.
This installment in the Dead Space series also includes a multiplayer mode. Basically players compete either as Humans or Necromorphs in a series of objectives. Now I must point out that there is only one game mode for online play which I think kinda sucks and does give it a "tacked on after thought" feel to it, but each map does use its own set of different objectives to complete while fighting off a Necromorph horde. Even though multiplayer is basic it is still pretty fun and breaks up the single player mode nicely giving you a bit more longevity to the game.
Dead Space: Extraction
Now in the limited edition of this game you get another title ideally meant to be used with the move controller. This is played in a similar fashion to Time Crisis but fleshed out a bit more to make it seem like it isn't played on rails. It is pretty fun even played with a normal controller and does help to fill in some of the narrative from the first game which I really appreciated.
Overall I really think this game is superb and a must have title for horror and shooter fans alike. I doesn't get 5 - stars because of the multiplayer but really its just me being fussy. At a price of around twenty quid you really can't go wrong with this.