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By Stuart Andrews


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Dead Space


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Not that the game has abandoned the more hardcore gamer. Combine the gravity-gun like telekinetic power and the explosive canisters and sharp objects in the scenery and there's some room to experiment with alternative methods of monster destruction, while a comprehensive system of weapon and suit upgrades gives you a chance to customise your character and play the game your way. We're not talking Bioshock here - let alone System Shock - but Dead Space is a richer, deeper game than first appears.

OK, so there is a little bit of repetition as the game goes on, with the game cheekily revisiting areas you've already been to once the game gets to its halfway stage, though you will see new areas and new creatures and characters which stop the game falling flat. You could also argue that once you're used to the basic gameplay - and you'll have a head start here if you've played Resident Evil 4 - it doesn't do much to stretch you or surprise you, and all those gloomy, industrial spaceship interiors do have a risk of getting dull.

Still, none of this stuff can spoil the incredible sense of raw panic that the game instils. When you're being chased around a room by demonic, clawed creatures, trying desperately to avoid lethal spots of bad gravity, or when you're fighting through a series of airless chambers, watching your supply run down while fending off monsters in a noiseless vacuum, you're not thinking how derivative Dead Space is; you're just in there, fighting for your life.

EA gets a raw deal from a lot of gamers, and often the company deserves it. Content to shove out franchise update after franchise update after lacklustre licensed game, it's been responsible for an awful lot of mediocre games. Dead Space does a lot to redeem this. It's not original and the plot and gameplay tail off a little after an incredible first few hours, but this is still a really great title. The nervous, easily frightened and generally lily-livered should give it a wide berth. Everyone else should get stuck right in.


A five star, flesh-crawling, scary sci-fi feast. While you can hardly describe it as original, Dead Space is one survival horror game you shouldn't miss.

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October 21, 2008, 8:59 am

nice...informed interview. Its nice to see that the reviewer actually played and understood the game.Best thing to come a long in a while(the game...)for me game wise.

very polished and fun...and VERY VERY creepy...A virtual gory bloodbath of insanity !!!


October 21, 2008, 3:02 pm

Great review, you guys do some of the best game reviews on the net... You really should launch a dedicated gaming site :)


October 21, 2008, 4:47 pm

Interesting, this came in completely under my radar so id never heard about it before, sounds worth a shot! Thanks!


October 21, 2008, 8:29 pm

I was afraid that this might suck balls, but I'm really glad it dosn't.

It's always hard to find a genuinly scary game, so I'm glad to see one that might actually deliver!


October 26, 2008, 7:46 pm

It is great to see that EA is alive again, Dead Space is a fantastic game. The last time I felt so tense playing a game like that was when I played Alien Trilogy (for the PS1). Definitely recommended to those of you looking for a good thrill/chill!!

Matthew Bunton

November 10, 2008, 12:49 pm

Ordered this yesterday so fingers crossed it'll be as good as you guys say.

Jack Chalmers

November 10, 2008, 8:18 pm

I just completed this Game and its fantastic, graphics, story, gameplay all superb.

I love my horror films but rarely is there a horror film that actually gives me a genuine scare. This game however delivers all the scares and thrills you will need for the next few years. You may have a few nightmare but they are all worth it...

It's a game that’s filled with memorable moments... the kind of moments you will replay with your friends so you can watch them jump out there skins.

Sound and graphics is one of Dead Space’s top qualities. Exploring the Space ship you have been stranded on is a pleasure to the ears and eyes. There is pipes clanking, horrifying screams, bangs, tension building music and lets not forget the horror and detail of what your looking at. From start to finish you will experience this throughout the game… the tension, suspense and horror never lets up. Dead Space never ever pauses in the sound and visual departments and this is what grabs you... buy it, get the lights off, get the sound up and prepare for a scare you will never forget.

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