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Dead Space

Posted by nerdification On 8:53 PM

     So I was cruising around Best Buy the other day in hopes of finding a bargain on a 360 game.  After searching and searching their games and almost giving up entirely, I happened upon a copy of Dead Space for only $30.  Since this fit my budget perfectly, it found its way into my collection.

     Where to begin...  For starters, when I put the game and the opening sequences started playing, I could already tell I was in for a creep-filled horror experience.  Let's just say I was no disappointed.  You play the role of Isaac Clarke (who received his name from two of the greatest sci-fi writers, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke), a deep-space mechanic sent on a mission to locate and repair a distressed mining ship named the Ishimura.  Upon arrival, you and the rest of the crew notice no signs of life or activity from the ship and typically must go investigate (what kind of horror game would it be if you didn't?)  Minutes after crashing your ship into the Ishimura the game proceeds to take you on an asshole puckering adventure down abandoned and bloody corridors with horrific messages wrote in blood everywhere.

     This game incorporates the ever more popular 3rd person, "over-the-shoulder" view.  The developers took this idea and decided to add a little more flare of their own.  The player's health display and energy display are all presented on the back of the suit worn by Isaac which adds a new twist to the game where those stats are typically displayed in the corners of the screen.  The highest feature on my list is the navigation.  By simply clicking the right stick on the 360 controller, the character holds out his hand and shines a light on the floor which displays a glowing blue line showing the player which direction to go.  All I can say is, "THANK GOD!"  Without this feature this game would have been a maze of blood, gore, and dimly lit hallways that would have earned itself a place on my "Screw-this-game-it-just-pisses-me-off" list...

     This game has, so-far, done nothing but impress me with it's ingenuity, impressive graphics, and gripping storyline.  Definitely worth my $30.  A must play for all horror fans... hell, for that matter, all VIDEO GAME fans...  4 1/2 stars.



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