Retail Rewind: Dead Space
Last year was a huge year for games. Grand Theft Auto 4, Fallout 3, Fable 2, Gears of War 2, Little Big Planet…the list of great games in 2008 goes on and on. In the midst of trying to save up for all the big titles, it is easy for gamers to miss some of the non AAA titles liek Dead Space.
I have to admit, I was not interested in playing this game at all at first. If I had not seen the game in action on my friend’s PS3, I probably never would have rented it from Gamefly. I put the game in Saturday night thinking I would play it for a bit and then send it back.
Imagine my surprise when, several hours later, I was having to pry myself away from the game so I could get to bed.
Dead Space’s stunning graphics, unique gameplay and creepy feel make it a game worth giving a second look.
So what makes the game so much fun? Addicting gameplay surrounding the “strategic dismemberment,” forcing you to learn how to take out the variations of necromorph. Inventive puzzle solving taking advantage of zero g and vacuum conditions. Inventive weapons add to the mix, and the great if not extremely original story and haunting atmosphere will keeping you wanting to “complete just one more chapter.”
As good as Dead Space is, the game is not without it’s faults. The guideline your main character can call up to lead you to your next destination does not work well in zero g areas. There are times where the overall precise controls break down a bit, like when trying to use your kinetic energy device to plug in batteries for broken electrical systems or an asteroid defense segment that was nearly a game killer for me (don’t worry, the rest of the game makes this horrid part worth slogging through). Also, there is what should have been a twist in the story, but the names of the achievements kind of gave it away.
All in all, Dead Space is a great game. One word of warning, though: the game is rated M for a reason. It is dark, gratuitously gory and in no way intended for kids.
Dead Space is defenitely worth playing if you missed it the first time arround. It’s not for everyone, but it if you can take the grim storyline and want to know just what it would be like facing an alien undead horde, I think you will enjoy it.