All of my favourite horror games plagiarized to perfection
It is seemingly as if they took all my favourite scary games and mashed them together into one piece of bloody perfection.
*The Graphics of Mass Effect? Check.
*The same style of interior semblance as Doom 3? Check.
*Audio and Video logs as story progression from Resident Evil and Doom 3? Check.
*The same fantastic camera angle and controls of Resident Evil 4? Check.
*Gruesome blood and guts enemies like those in The Thing? Check.
*Enemies that don't "just die," like those in The Thing? Check.
* Shop and upgrades from Resident Evil 4? Check.
*Just enough originality to make one damn good game? Check.
Suffice to say while playing this game, I feel like someone read my mind and made a game out of it.
The atmosphere is just perfect. It looks extremely similar to the environments found in Doom 3, however the over the shoulder camera and controls lifted from Resident Evil 4 make for much more genuine scares. Additionally the enemies aren't your typical "Bang. You're dead" type. Very much like the video game adaptation of The Thing, you must finish off the enemy otherwise they might just get right back up and eat your face. Where as in The Thing players had to weaken and then torch the creatures, Dead Space is slightly less tedious in that you must "creatively dismember" the bad guys to kill them.
Speaking of atmosphere, this is a no-HUD game. Your only indication of your life status is the spine on the back of your suit. Very immersive. Speaking of immersion, the audio is just perfect in this game. Creepy sounds coming from vents, subtle creaks to keep you on your toes. It all works perfectly to really bring you into the experience. On top of that the audio effects for things like machinery on the ship is top notch. The muffled audio during space walks is also a nice touch.
The storyline is great. Told through text, audio and video logs found throughout the game it tells a compelling story that makes you actually want to seek out the documents.Top notch voice acting brings it home as one of the most cinematic games to date.
Finally, Dead Space offers some great customization. If you can suspend your disbelief at the arbitrary shops throughout the ship then you're in for some great fun. Your EV suit is fully customizable and upgradable. In addition your inventory can be expanded, weapons upgraded and certain items combined, adding a good strategy element.
Nothing really. It's clear most, if not all of Dead Space was inspired by prior games. However it's done so extremely well that I can forgive it.
The Bottom Line
A coming together of some of the best games in the horror genre make for one excellent game. If you liked any of the games I mentioned, or just plain like scary games, then check this one out for sure.