Dead Space

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Description

The starship USG Ishimura sends out a distress signal to the Concordance Extraction Corporation during a mining operation on the planet Aegis VII. Another ship is sent to investigate the causes of the signal; however, as it attempts to dock with the Ishimura, it crashes into it because of a system malfunction. The crew is attacked by terrifying monsters. Only three people survive, among them an engineer named Isaac Clark. It looks like the ship is barely able to sustain its existence, many of its systems critically damaged. Isaac is the only one who would know how to fix them, and his two companions send him on a mission to find out a way to bring things back to normal, and discover the truth behind the horrible events.

Dead Space is a third-person sci-fi shooter with elements of survival horror. Controlling Isaac, the player explores the ship, fighting reanimated corpses known as Necromorphs. Combat heavily relies on the so-called "strategic dismemberment", which forces the player to cut off limbs or parts of the Necromorphs to defeat them. Wounding a particular part of the Necromorph's body may either allow the player to kill it, make it change attack patterns, or even become more dangerous.

Many of the weapons in the game are improvised mining tools, such as a rotary saw, a plasma cutter, a hydrazine torch used as a flamethrower, and others. All the weapons feature a secondary fire mode; for example, the plasma cutter can be rotate to cut off vertical limbs more efficiently. Isaac can also use special abilities, allowing him to slow down enemies or pick up and throw items from a distance. A few sections in the game have Isaac float in a zero gravity environment. Ammo and tools can be found during exploration or purchased in automatic shops available on the ship. Workbenches can be used to upgrade Isaac's weapons and armor.

Screenshots

Dead Space Windows Isaac
Dead Space Windows Kinesis can be used to lift and throw...ehum.. objects... This is often used to solve puzzles, and is a good way to kill enemies without wasting ammo.
Dead Space Windows The man on the other side of the glass is in trouble.
Dead Space Windows Looking at the map of this area.

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User Reviews

Dead Space, where even a soft whisper can make you pee yourself... Xbox 360 BinaryDragon (16)
Although its story is lacking a crucial element, Dead Space is a compelling and thrilling action horror. Windows Kadath Bird (761)
Hollywood-style Production Value meets Survival Horror... What a marriage! Windows Sharafciger (31)
All of my favourite horror games plagiarized to perfection PlayStation 3 MegaMegaMan (2260)
EA shows they're still capable of original thinking. Xbox 360 Sir Razorback (6)
In space, no one can hear you scream Xbox 360 Emmanuel Henne (26)
In space, nobody can hear you yawn... Windows Pixelspeech (955)

Critic Reviews

Cheat Code Central Xbox 360 Oct, 2008 4.7 out of 5 94
Cheat Code Central Windows Oct, 2008 4.7 out of 5 94
Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Nov 10, 2008 9.3 out of 10 93
Gaming Age Xbox 360 Oct 14, 2008 A- 91
XBox Front Xbox 360 Nov 05, 2008 90 out of 100 90
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Oct 24, 2008 90 out of 100 90
GameZone Windows Dec 15, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
Fragland.net PlayStation 3 Nov 11, 2008 89 out of 100 89
Game Shark Windows Nov 06, 2008 B 75
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Xbox 360 Aug 04, 2010 3 out of 5 60

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Dead Space appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Air filtration room bug

Unfortunately, each platform the game was released (PS3, XBox 360, Windows) on, features the same, occasionally reproduced critical bug. In the 6th Chapter, where you are trying to pass the furnaces in the Air Filtration room, the control panels near the locked doors, which you should shoot out, are absent, and there is absolutely no way to proceed in the game. The exact steps to reproduce this bug are still unknown. No fixes exist at the moment of this trivia contribution, but a solution to avoid this bad situation does exist.

Just save your game in the very beginning of each chapter while you are in the tram, and keep it until you finish the chapter. If the bug occurs, just reload your save game and walk through the chapter from the very beginning once more. Just go to the problematic place as fast as possible and examine whether it is the same or not. Do it until the control panels appear, and you'll be able to get along.

Chapters (Spoiler!)

When put together, the first letter of each chapter's name spells out NICOLE IS DEAD.

Development

At first the game was developed for the original Xbox.

Inspiration

Producers admittedly reported to having drawn inspiration from cult-movies like The Thing, Alien and Event Horizon, as well as from successful videogames like Resident Evil and Silent Hill.

Prequel

Some of the characters that appear or are mentioned in the game also appear in the animated prequel Downfall, which depicts the outbreak of the Necromorphs on the Ishimura.

References

  • Isaac Clarke, the main character of the game, is named after science fiction writers Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.
  • Unitology, the fictional religion that plays a large part in the series' storyline, appears to be vaguely inspired by the Church of Scientology.

Awards

  • GAME British Academy Video Games Awards
    • 2009 - Original Score Award
  • GamePro
    • February 209 (Issue #245) - Xbox 360 Game of the Year 2008
  • GamePro (Germany)
    • February 26, 2009 - Best Console Action-Adventure in 2008 (Readers' Vote)
  • GameSpy
    • 2008 – #8 Xbox 360 Game of the Year
    • 2008 – #9 PS3 Game of the Year
    • 2008 – Best Audio of the Year
Information also contributed by Mark Ennis, PCGamer77, POMAH, Sciere and sgtcook

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