Jan 27 2009

Dead Space: I love it

Mr Stuff


I was looking for a new game to play and had heard good things about Dead Space so I thought why not give it a try, and I’m glad I did.

It is a single player survival horror set in space. You play the part of Isaac Clarke an engineer on a ship sent after the USG Ishimura, a planet cracker mining ship, that is not responding anymore. At the start of the game you approach the ship and all the lights are out and there is no reply to your attempts to contact anyone on board. This is all explained in the initial cutscene which ends with your ship crash landing on the Ishimura, so begins the adventure where you quickly learn that the ship is heavily damaged and full of nasty guys.

One of your first missions is to fix the ship-wide tram so that you can move quickly between different areas of the ship, with each tram journey ending a chapter. The fixes you need to make are simple enough, well they would be if it wasn’t for the bad guys who are member of the crew who have been modified by something, can’t say what as it ruins the plot.

There are 7 weapons available to Isaac all of which are modified mining tools and do a good job of killing the bad guys. Each weapon has a torch which shines when you aim it, anyone who has played survival horror before know this mechanic well. The majority of the weapons are cutting tools which is a good thing because you learn that the only way to kill the enemies is to dismember them, headshots do not work in this game and if you take an enemies head off you will most likely just piss them off. You can take off arms, legs and heads and obviously taking off the legs will slow an enemy down as they slowly crawl towards you. To further help out your suit has stasis and telekinesis powers. Stasis will slow an enemy or object (used for some problem solving) and telekinesis is used to move or throw objects about (again used for problem solving).

Being in space there are zero G sections which are done really well, when you turn off the gravity in some rooms the way everything floats about is just awesome. In these sections Isaac can jump from surface to surface and is your quickest way of moving about as well as getting out of the way of danger. There are also sections where you are in space, with an air counter on the back of your suit, where the sound is muffled and very atmospheric.

I could go on for ages about how much I am enjoying this game but won’t. I’ll just say I’d rate this 10/10 and is my current vote for Game Of The Year by a long way (beating Fallout 3 by a mile because it’s so different and well executed). If you have a 360 or PS3 then get a copy and give it a try, you will be surprised at how good the game is.