Review: Dead Space

Dead Space

Third game review in a row. Boy, you’re lucky. ๐Ÿ™‚ My full deck of reviews won’t be complete without mentioning this game, really.

I read about this game in the newspaper and I’m glad I got this game quite early since it was released only last month. And I suspect it will grow to have a cult following. ๐Ÿ™‚

So what’s Dead Space all about? Let me sum it up…

– The plot and storyline is film worthy. When you mix Alien, Event Horizon and The Thing (1984 film) you get Dead Space.

– The game play is third person shooter like Resident Evil 4.

– It’s really scary…

– You face your fears as you battle for survival aboard the doomed USG Ishimura – the 1,000 strong crew had turned into hideous, grotesque monsters!

– Oh, and did I mention it is reaaaaally scary?

Basically, you control space engineer Isaac Clarke. You and your 4 men crew arrive at USG Ishimura on a repair mission after receiving their distress call. USG Kellion had a rough landing due to the damaged gravity tethers and you and your crew land on flight deck hastily.

You are half expecting (or maybe not at all) the flight crew to come and assist you and action happens real quick: the monsters known as Necromorphs attack your team and very quickly, 2 men die. You run for your live as your remaining friends, Kendra and Hammond, disperse from the lounge.

The rest of the game is on surviving the ordeal while putting the pieces together, fixing the ship to stay alive while battling the monsters that were once human.

I won’t explore the rest of the story here, partly because there’s a whole lot more to the game’s plot than just a few paragraphs to sum it up. I’m going to warn you though: the graphics are disturbing and you might need time to get used to it. (read: the corpse were designed after developers studied car crash accident victims, and the monsters are truly icky)

And the music is just as disturbing and frightening. Think of the Alien film.

This is my current craze right now and I’ll probably spend some nights on this game, with the lights off. I’ve finished the game already and played 2 more rounds. However the scare has yet to wear off fully, even though I know the drill.

(And did I neglect to mention that when I played the game for the first time, I wanted to give it up right away after the monster pried through the elevator door to get me?) ๐Ÿ™

I had to have my sister accompany me for the first 2 rounds, really. That’s HOW scary it is.

As a side note, I wasn’t aware of my sister taking this video with my handphone when I was battling the Hive Mind in the final chapter. Hope you don’t mind the ‘lame’ scream, and yeah I did get trounced quite a lot.



Overall Rating: 9.5/10 – a MUST GET. And those who think they’re brave, I challenge you to play this game in the dark alone, and preferably with the volume up. I dare you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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2 comments

  • FoOie on December 2, 2008 at 8:14 PM said:

    Dudeeee!.. You gotta strafeeee more.. (the video) hahahaha.. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Cool game.. if only I could carry over my stuff onto the next difficulty, I might be tempted to continue playing.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Edmund Loh on December 4, 2008 at 7:04 PM said:

    Yeah I got trounced a lot in the video huh? I finally killed the Hive Mind. lol

    Btw I think in PC version, there’s no award for winning the game using the Plasma Cutter alone. Seems that all the cool stuff like trophies and new suits are in PS3 and XBox only!

    I’m attempting Impossible Mode next — I played the first chapter. Yeah it’s harder and the Necromorphs can take more punishment, but not as ‘impossible’ as I thought.