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Title
Developer
Year
Platform
Dead Space
Visceral Games
2008
Windows, PS3, XB360
Dead Space 2
Visceral Games
2011
Windows, PS3, XB360
Dead Space 3
Visceral Games
2013
Windows, PS3, XB360

 

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Description:

Blasting away alien scum has never felt as good as it does in the Dead Space series. You are Isaac Clarke working your way through dark evacuated spaceships and buildings infested with human devouring extraterrestrials. These ghastly beings not only eat flesh, they also re-inhabit human corpses allowing them to obtain human like mobility. The resulting alien/human compiled creatures are fittingly referred to as "Necromorphs". Luckily for you, while on the search for a means of escape, you are equipped with a state of the art protective suit and a multitude of unique weapons that you find along your way. All weapons are upgradable and range from simple assault rifles to powerful energy cannons. Your suit's stasis and kinesis modules are also extremely useful tools that allow you to manipulate the surrounding environment and provide a much needed edge over your opponents. Environments are mostly dark and grim, giving a feeling similar to the F.E.A.R. or Doom series, but are even more detailed and set the creepy deserted tone nicely.

"Cut off their limbs!", is a statement that you will see and hear often throughout the Dead Space series. The games are set around the idea of having to sever the Necromorph's appendages which disrupts its control of the body it is inhabiting and kills the alien organism living inside. As one would expect from this kind of objective, the blood and gore is excellent and allows for full sectional dismemberment of heads, arms, legs, and even torsos. The physics are also outstanding as objects and bodies react pretty realistically. Blood effects are equally impressive as you will see a lot of spurting and splattering of the red stuff that can stick to any surface. Zero-G kills are very amusing as you will get a kick out of blasting all the limbs off a helpless enemy tumbling around in no gravity. Another entertaining aspect is that fallen enemies can still be dismembered after death and you can literally stomp or shoot them into a gooey bloody mess. Too fun :-)

Overall texture quality is above par, in fact many effects and areas almost feel cinematic at times. You won't see much of any internal organ damage like bones or intestines or anything, but the combination of semi-realistic dismemberment, blood effects, and general physics make it well worth your time. It is hard to dislike a game that keeps you on your toes around every corner never knowing if it will be safe or if you will be viscously slaughtered. Even if you do get yourself killed, and it will undoubtedly happen a LOT, you won't be disappointed as it is usually a horrific death that splatters Isaac into pieces. Being in a third person view, this is just as much fun to watch, if not more so, as killing your foes. You really have to watch out when you run into boss aliens as they are gigantic and can squish you like a bug in an instant if you don't react fast.

The Dead Space games aren't the goriest in the world, but they are definitely up there a ways on the charts. It is more than enough bloody chaos to keep you fully satisfied throughout both games. If you see these games in the store and only have enough cash for one, make it Dead Space 3 as the graphics and physics have been much refined over its predecessors. However, all games offer an "on the edge of your seat" experience with plenty of flying bloody limbs to go around that you won't want to miss out on.

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Dead Space



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