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Ani-Gamers (4 out of 4)

Dead Space is a fantastic mixture of science fiction and horror, plain and simple. While your allies could have played a bigger role in the storyline, the plot is a detailed and ultimately satisfying one with some nice twists involved. Enemies and gameplay remain scary throughout the entire game thanks to well done graphics and sound designs, and the fighting style is both immersive and brutal. Players obtain some pretty nice items after beating the game and can run through a second time with all the items and weapons obtained through the first run, making it fun to play through several times. Those intensely involved in the series have other avenues to explore, including the animated movie Dead Space: Downfall (2008) and the Wii game Dead Space: Extraction (2009). Dead Space 2, the official sequel to Dead Space, is set to be released January 25, 2011.

Dec 16th, 2010 · Xbox 360 · read review

Deeko (10 out of 10)

Dead Space continues the charge for the new EA and in the process has turned out to be one of the most surprising titles of the year. Frightening as hell, visually stunning and a shining example of what a development team can produce with time and love; Dead Space deserves a special place in any horror fan's game library. While not for the squeamish or those just looking to wade into the survival horror pool, Dead Space is a tour de force for fans of the genre and a new highpoint for EA's internal studios.

Oct 24th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameSpy ( )

Integrating some nice variety into one game while maintaining its decidedly action-oriented dynamics, Dead Space is appealing across a wide cross-section of gameplay styles. Wrap an engrossing plot that is a veritable warren of intermingling themes around this and you've got a game that is basically a guaranteed experience. Dead Space is a solid realization of several of our favorite gameplay mechanics in a way that we've only seen in blockbusters like BioShock, Half-Life and Resident Evil 4. Its quality is undeniable and we have no reservation in recommending its potent mix of panic-inducing plotline, furious action and deep customization.

Oct 14th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Xboxygen ( )

Pour conclure ce test et faire simple, Dead Space est bien le jeu survival horror annoncĂ© par Electronic Arts sur lequel il faut compter pour cette fin d’annĂ©e. Pour ma part, je laisse dĂ©sormais de cĂŽtĂ© les soi-disant Resident Evil qui deviennent de plus en plus des jeux d’actions et j’accueille Ă  bras ouverts ce nouveau survival-horror qui a tant fait parler de lui, et pas pour rien ! MĂ©lange subtil entre un scĂ©nario accrocheur et une ambiance spatio-apocalyptique, Dead Space mĂ©rite amplement sa place dans votre ludothĂšque. MalgrĂ© sa faible durĂ©e de vie, c’est un jeu dont on peut se replonger plusieurs fois dedans, juste pour l’histoire et l’univers.

Nov 14th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Jeuxvideo.fr ( )

Dead Space se propulse au rang de titre majeur de cette fin d'annĂ©e. Graphismes, design (sauf pour les monstres), bande son, systĂšme de jeu et maniabilitĂ© forment un tout parfaitement rĂŽdĂ© et cohĂ©rent, posant sans aucun doute les bases de la nouvelle Ă©volution du Survival Horror. TournĂ© vers l'action, sans pour autant nĂ©gliger les sensations propres au genre auquel il se dit appartenir, Dead Space rĂ©ussit lĂ  ou le dernier Alone In The Dark Ă©choue. Une expĂ©rience unique et haletante, qui nous passe Ă  la moulinette avant de nous recracher dans l'infini spatial, oĂč seuls nos battements de cƓur nous raccrocheront, pour quelques secondes encore, Ă  la vie. Une excellente surprise.

Oct 27th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Chronicles (9.9 out of 10)

Dead Space is a must own title for anyone who loves science fiction, horror, or any combination of the two. When you combine those elements with such amazing gameplay and stylish design you easily have the makings of a Game of the Year contender. It’s got my vote.

Oct 29th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Atomic Gamer (96 out of 100)

With the heavy-hitting holiday season just beginning, I didn’t expect to have already experienced something this good. It may be slightly premature, seeing we have so many big titles coming down the pike the next couple of months, but right now Dead Space easily grabs my top spot for game of the season. Amazingly atmospheric visuals and mood-setting sound work are complemented by some of the goriest and original creature creations I’ve seen in a while (and I just recently played through Silent Hill: Homecoming, a title that’s tough to top in the “bizarre monsters” category). All this would be enough to make for a stellar survival horror romp, but toss in a truly engaging, twist-heavy story with some surprising emotional weight, and you’ve got a franchise with a future that all others in the genre should be worried about.

Oct 18th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Extreme Gamer (9.6 out of 10)

So with all this to say Dead Space is a definite addition to any library. Consider it to be a mix between Bioshock and Gears of War with a few additions. The dismemberment system will make sure there’s plenty of ways for you to kill enemies. So if you’re looking for a new game to add to your library and hold you over until Gears of War 2 then head down to your local gaming store and pick it up.

Oct 30th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

ZTGameDomain (9.6 out of 10)

Dead Space is the type of game that people will talk about five years from now about just how good it really was. The experience itself is more than worth the price of admission and when you throw in the fact that the game executes nearly flawlessly on so many levels it is hard not to recommend this game to anyone who enjoys a good horror/action title. There are very few games that capture your imagination and immerse you into the experience as well as Dead Space does and for that I have already tapped it as one of my top five for the year and strong candidate for game of the year. If you have even the slightest interest in the genre you owe it to yourself to play Dead Space.

Oct 15th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

AusGamers (9.5 out of 10)

Dead Space is the future of the survival horror game, and while I was very much looking forward to Resident Evil 5, I truly think its throwback design to Resident Evil 4 is going to keep it just under this amazing title; which while borrowing so much from so many great game, works diligently to not only advance the borrowed features, but create an experience with absolute synergy and forethought. No one element absolutely stands out over another, and as such you'll feel Dead Space is that rare breed of game (in this day and age) that doesn't feel rushed, but instead wholly realised. The only thing I can see turning people away from this is if you don't like sci fi, horror or single-player games.

Oct 29th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Console Monster (95 out of 100)

In closing, Dead Space is a fantastic addition to the Survival Horror Genre with its fantastic graphics, immense sound, and amazingly detailed story, Dead Space isn’t being blown out of orbit just yet and with talks of Dead Space 2, the only way from here, is Outer Space!

Nov 1st, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Kombo.com (9.5 out of 10)

Dead Space is a potent combination of visceral glee and intense terror. The atmosphere is palpable, the combat is exciting and fun, the presentation values are off the chart, and even the narrative is top notch. EA's first survival horror titles is fine example of what can happen when you let a team of talented individuals work on a project that they're genuinely passionate about. This is the next generation of survival horror. Let's see if Resident Evil 5 can keep up.

Oct 16th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

V2.fi (94 out of 100)

Kehujen tulvassa moitteille ei tahdo löytyÀ sijaa. Yhteistyötila olisi saattanut toimia myös Dead Spacessa, nyt moninpeliÀ ei ole lainkaan. Ishimuran jatkuva korjailu ja tehtÀvÀrakenteen lievÀ monotonisuus saattavat aiheuttaa kyllÀstymistÀ. Myös haastavat aivopulmat tai hieman kankeasti toteutetut, minipelimÀiset toimintakohdat voivat nostaa ÀrsytyskynnystÀ, mutta lopulta tiivis tunnelma voittaa pelin harvalukuiset epÀkohdat selkeÀsti. Dead Space on pakko-ostos kauhun, etenkin avaruuskauhun, ystÀville. Herkkien ihmisten on syytÀ varautua yöllisiin painajaisiin ja pelin kesken lopettamiseen. Vaikka pelin juoni ei sieltÀ yllÀttÀvimmÀstÀ pÀÀstÀ olekaan, on Ishimuran salaisuuksien tutkiminen ja pelissÀ eteneminen viihdyttÀvÀÀ aina haparoivista ensiaskelista alkaen.

Nov 6th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

GamingExcellence (9.4 out of 10)

Dead Space is a scary, intense, engrossing, and invigorating adventure into the heart of deep space. EA Redwood has produced EA’s finest title in years and their best original IP since the glory days of Road Rash and Desert Strike on the Sega Genesis. Just don’t hold it against EA for not including an extra pair of boxer shorts in the box. They had to draw the line somewhere. Now if only we could do something about that bitchy Karma.

Nov 13th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Cheat Code Central (4.7 out of 5)

Dead Space is a masterful title that is sure to scare the crap out of you. Plus, there are three modes of difficulty, so this is an experience that casual and hardcore gamers alike simply cannot miss. This is a highly polished and well-crafted title that transcends standard video gaming. Simply put, it is one of the best games I've ever played.

Oct 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

PGNx Media (9.3 out of 10)

Dead Space shows the beginnings of a very strong franchise. EA Redwood Shores nailed the genre with Dead Space. On one hand, you have a very violent and gory game with tons of action. On the other, you have a fulfilling and well-told story with plenty of plot twists. Holding them together is a superb atmosphere that truly immerses you into this world. Essentially, you’re looking at a must-have.

Oct 23rd, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Planet Xbox 360 (9.3 out of 10)

The creature design is solid. Even if they are all really just blood-stained cousins, they each have unique attacks and quirks to watch for. Some of the more robust enemies even spew smaller creatures, which either scurry towards you or fire projectiles. The simple neon-blue line that pops up, by clicking the right-stick, to point you toward your current objective is a nice touch that keeps you from getting lost in the twisty corridors. Dead Space is essentially your opportunity to play through a sci-fi horror flick; which is just about every gamer’s fantasy. It is a near-perfect package for those looking for to get their survival horror fix.

Nov 10th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Informer Magazine (9.25 out of 10)

Dead Space is technically a survival horror game but it should really be compared to motion picture juggernauts The Thing and Aliens, as it channels the essence of those films more than it does any other game. If horror is your forte, dim the lights, crank up the surround sound, and take the deepest breath you ever have. I think you'll agree, no game has ever been this frightening.

Nov 2008 · Xbox 360

Wonderwallweb.com (9.2 out of 10)

I am a huge fan of horror films like the Alien series and Event Horizon and this game makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Dead Space has done to space horror what Resident Evil done to zombie flicks, this is really a great horror game and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Oct 22nd, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

XboxAchievements (92 out of 100)

Dead Space represents the current pinnacle of evolution in the survival-horror genre, taking everything that has worked, and nothing else. The great combat system is paired up with tight controls, while superb graphics, audio, and storytelling will keep players rapt from beginning to end. Horror fans will have a blast with this game.

Oct 16th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Da Gameboyz (9.2 out of 10)

If you are a fan of spooky sci-fi horrors and have previously enjoyed games such as Bioshock, Doom or Resident Evil, then Dead Space for the Xbox 360 should be right up your alley. The presentation and visuals are stunning while the audio is so good that it may very well give you nightmares. The gameplay offers up lots of variety and slicing off enemy body parts has never been so satisfying. At the end of the day Dead Space is a solid purchase for Xbox 360 owners and I really think that it stands as one of the best in its class and may be one of the best games we will play in 2008.

Oct 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (9.1 out of 10)

By rigidly copying Resi's model and only ever daring to step outside the template a handful of times Dead Space isn't quite as accomplished as Capcom's classic, but its quest to reach for the stars should still be viewed as proof that EA's recent ambition to produce new IP's is the company's greatest decision in years.

Oct 13th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

411mania.com (9.1 out of 10)

Dead Space is a winner. Though we’ve played plenty of survival horror games, there’s plenty of things in the game that make the experience seem very fresh. The design is top notch, the story enthralling and the setting and mood is exceptional. Kudos to EA for taking a chance on a new IP and one that appears to be garnering critical acclaim. Simply put, Dead Space is a definite buy!

Nov 11th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Shark (A-)

Dead Space is most frightening when you’re backed into a corner and fighting for your life in the darkness, and absolutely awe-inspiring during the quiet moments of solitude. From major elements like the HUD-less display and the believably intricate machinery to the simplicity of a forgotten magazine, the attention to detail is absolutely staggering. The heavily scripted encounters and linear story mean that it is only good for one time through, but it’s an experience that will stick with you for years to come.

Oct 21st, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamer 2.0 (9.1 out of 10)

Overall, Dead Space is an extraordinary game with tons of shock value and action to whet any fan's appetite for some time, and with a campaign that lasts a steady 10-12 hours, that’s plenty of time to get lost aboard the Ishimura. While the missions could have been a bit more fleshed out and a multiplayer component would have been welcome, the overall execution of the game is one of the highest quality; a factor that will help it lead this year’s Game of the Year honors.

Oct 14th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

ActionTrip (9.1 out of 10)

Dead Space is a result of creative thinking. It's doesn't revolutionize gaming as we know it. It takes advantage of familiar gameplay mechanics set by other survival horror titles. The combat is dynamic and rarely gets old during the entire campaign. There are enough scary moments to warrant a good time for horror enthusiasts. Fans of 3rd person action games should enjoy the cool weapons and tools on offer, as well as the diversity of enemies. The AI, unlike many recent releases, works very well and is extremely persistent in tearing Isaac's body to shreds before letting him to escape. It's a solid challenge altogether, throwing a few interesting boss fights into the mix as well.

Oct 27th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamers.at (91 out of 100)

Dead Space bringt wahrlich frischen Wind in das alteingesessene Survival-Horror-Genre. Es bei Nacht oder totaler Finsternis zu spielen, sei nur Leuten mit bester Gesundheit anzuraten – der Schock-Faktor ist unglaublich hoch. Die Entwickler haben es geschafft Event Horizon, Doom und Unreal miteinander zu verbinden und das wohl schaurigste Weltall-Spiel aller Zeiten zu schaffen. Auch wenn die Geschichte anfangs sehr bekannt wirkt, so ist sie Ă€ußerst gut durchdacht und verlangt förmlich danach, zu Ende gespielt zu werden.

Nov 12th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Revolution (A-)

Dead Space bursts into the holiday season with the pulpy cracking sound of someone being torn limb from limb. Its visual presentation, unique gameplay features, and emphasis on exploration show that this title’s coming into the ring swinging hard and will be a tough contender to beat. It’s an ambitious title that does so much right that it’s easy to overlook its shortcomings. Anyone who suspected that Dead Space might be just another also-ran shooter this season was dead wrong.

Oct 13th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gaming Age (A-)

In the end, I can say there will only be a handful of gamer types who won't appreciate what Dead Space has to offer. Either you don't like horror games/movies, you want multiplayer action, or you have no inner kid in you that allows you to be scared and let your imagination run away with you. If you meet any of these above criteria, you won't "get" Dead Space. That being said, this is the most fun I've had being scared in a video game since I first encountered the 'dog scene' in Resident Evil. The game is very pretty, draws you in with it's sound, atmosphere, and story, plays wonderfully, and is diverse enough from chapter to chapter where you feel like you are not playing similar missions (like Assassin's Creed). I can't recommend Dead Space enough; it is already up for my GOTY vote, and with a crowded line up of games coming soon, that is a bold statement.

Oct 14th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameWatcher / Strategy Informer (9 out of 10)

There is so much in Dead Space to mention that doing so would make this review very, very long. Puzzles using Kinesis and Stasis, timed events in airless zones, spacewalks across an asteroid-ridden hull, enough enemies to never leave players comfortable. If not for the submissive, cliché’d last two hours of the story and the un-dramatic terror-inducing scenes, Dead Space would be a rich, enthusiastic game for anyone to enjoy. Yes, its over-dramatized sound may startle the neighbors, but with so much packed into one game, missing it would be much, much scarier.

Oct 31st, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (9 out of 10)

Dead Space is definitely worth the price of admission. Its atmospheric setting, brutal and gory combat, insanely good graphics and sound, well thought out story and the ability to kick babies (no lie) make Dead Space a game well worth checking out this Halloween season. Don't expect to be scared out of your wits, but do expect to have a good time playing it.

Nov 5th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

XBox Front (90 out of 100)

Wie zu erwarten war, ist Dead Space eine Granate geworden. Was die Entwickler hier an technischer PrĂ€sentation austeilen, ist eindeutig erstligareif. Die spacige AtmosphĂ€re der Ishimura, Zombiealiens und die Gewaltszenen sind wie aus einem guten Horrorstreifen entliehen. Da verzeiht man gerne fehlende Innovationen, Backtracking und das relativ kurze Hauptspiel. Die Passagen in der Schwerelosigkeit und der Einsatz von Psi-KrĂ€ften integrieren sich tadellos in das Game. Taktische/Stressige KĂ€mpfe und der gezielte Einsatz unzĂ€hliger Liter Blut, ist allerdings nichts fĂŒr Leute mit schwachen Nerven. So brutal und martialisch inszeniert wie Dead Space waren Videospiele selten. Tut euch selbst einen Gefallen und zieht euch das Spiel nur rein, wenn ihr bereits volljĂ€hrig seid!

Nov 5th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Xboxdynasty (XD) (9 out of 10)

Es hat wirklich Spaß gemacht. Obwohl zu Beginn des Spiels die Auswahlmöglichkeiten sehr begrenzt aussahen, wurden wir am Ende vollends ĂŒberzeugt. Die Grafik ist wirklich Hammer und das ganze Aussehen erzeugt schon die benötigte GrundatmosphĂ€re fĂŒr das Genre. Und wenn dann noch die Gegner und die Schockmomente kommen, fĂŒhlt man sich wie in einem Horrorfilm. Untermalt wird das Ganze dann noch von einer richtig guten Musik. Auf Soundtracks wird dabei verzichtet, denn die Entwickler setzten sehr auf den Einsatz verzerrter Instrumente um euch auf Schocker vorzubereiten, die dann manchmal kommen und manchmal nicht. Und gerade deshalb funktioniert das Spiel so gut. Es ist nicht ausrechenbar und man muss stĂ€ndig mit allem rechnen.

Nov 7th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

TeamXbox (9 out of 10)

Thanks to Dead Space, the horror/survival genre is brimming with excitement. Dead Space’s release also marks the first time the RE series has looked vulnerable within its genre. Hmmm, maybe the term “extinction” is more than just some movie’s subtitle.

Oct 14th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameSpot (9 out of 10)

Dead Space is a remarkable game from a well-tread genre that manages to stand out from its competitors in almost every way, from visual presentation to engaging story, innovative combat mechanics to fright factor. Whether you're looking for a terrifying horror experience or a deeply story-driven adventure that will keep you engaged for 15-20 hours, Dead Space is a fantastic game that you should not pass on.

Oct 13th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gameplayer (Australia) (9 out of 10)

In any case, Dead Space is a pearler of a horror ride. For fans that love gory adventure and classic flicks like the Alien series, Predator, or any other marriage of gore and suspense, this must be played. Just be sure to book in a recuperating massage for when it’s over.

Oct 22nd, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Over Online (90 out of 100)

Go figure. In an effort by EA to diversify their portfolio with fewer sequels and more original intellectual properties, Dead Space is conceived, a sci-fi survival horror game that will undoubtedly spawn one or more sequels of its own. The story, while clichĂ©d, is still gripping, the atmosphere is unnerving, the gameplay is exciting, and the sound design and art direction are brilliant. If you’re a fan of science fiction or horror, you owe it to yourself to have Dead Space in your collection.

Oct 23rd, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Vortex (90 out of 100)

Even though Dead Space isn't the scariest game I've played (I'm convinced that title will forever remain with Fatal Frame 2), it is still a great action game and well worth your time and money.

Oct 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamestyle (9 out of 10)

We’re entering the final stages of the year now with the big hitters and game of the year contenders being unleashed. Dead Space certainly fits in the latter category. A fantastic horror experience from beginning to end, leaving you no time to catch your breath.

Nov 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

GBase - The Gamer's Base (9 out of 10)

So sehr man das blutrĂŒnstige Schauspiel der abgetrennten Gliedmassen und herausplatzenden GedĂ€rme bewundert, richtig zusammengezuckt bin ich im spĂ€teren Verlauf des Spiels nur noch selten. Manchmal war der Schrecken auf dem Bildschirm sogar schon ĂŒber meine bescheidene Vorstellungsmöglichkeit gewachsen, da habe ich mich erst ein wenig gegruselt, wenn ich die Gefahr lĂ€ngst beseitigt hatte. Die fĂŒr mich grossartigsten Momente bietet mir das Spiel jedoch in den Szenen, in denen ich mich grĂ€sslich alleine fĂŒhle, stĂ€ndig mit der berĂŒhmten Angst im Nacken, dass jeden Moment etwas furchtbar Groteskes vor oder hinter mir auftaucht und mir nach dem virtuellen Leben trachtet. Diese AtmosphĂ€re schafft Dead Space immer wieder in ausgezeichneter Art und Weise. Nicht zuletzt deshalb gibt es von mir eine uneingeschrĂ€nkte Kaufempfehlung fĂŒr erwachsene Spieler, die mit dem Genre etwas anfangen können.

Nov 14th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

MS Xbox World (9 out of 10)

EA Redwood Shore has done an amazing job of not only introducing a whole new IP, but blending genres together to create something that’s really unique. The game feels like a big budget Hollywood horror movie, while still packing the punch of an action shooter. There really aren't very many titles like Dead Space out there, making it stand out among a sea of titles that are all very similar to each other and titles that have come before. Kudos to EA for taking a chance and bringing to gamers one of the must play titles of this fall season. Dead Space is a game you definitely are not going to want to miss.

Nov 2nd, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (18 out of 20)

Un poÚme fait de tripailles, de peurs primaires et de jubilation malsaine. Voici ce que nous a rédigé Electronic Arts et si la lecture de l'oeuvre se veut traumatisante, elle n'en reste pas moins enivrante. Fils illégitime de plusieurs longs-métrages et jeux vidéo, Dead Space acquiÚre une indépendance dÚs les premiÚres minutes de l'aventure. Lové entre une vraie maturité, une violence esthétisante, une prodigieuse bande-son, de multiples trouvailles et des passages d'anthologie, le titre d'EA impressionne à tous les niveaux. Projeté dans un univers sombre et malsain, le joueur n'aura alors de cesse de pousser les portes pour avancer tout en redoutant d'arriver au bout de l'aventure. Beau paradoxe né d'une réalisation de qualité et d'un projet maßtrisé de bout en bout. Chapeau bas.

Oct 23rd, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameDaily (9 out of 10)

We could dissect the game's minor issues, such as the inability to make quick turns or the reliance on gimmicky features (Kinesis feels very Star Wars), but Dead Space is too good. Say what you will about your second or third time through, but that first time is a wondrous experience full of tense moments and spectacular discoveries. This is the best survival horror game since Resident Evil 4 and a must play for anyone that appreciates the horror and/or sci-fi genre. Bravo to everyone involved.

Oct 13th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamervision (9 out of 10)

More than anything, the game’s ending should be applauded for being a conclusive finale that should satisfy gamers while leaving the door wide open for a sequel. EA has not only built themselves one of the scariest and prettiest games of the year, but created a thrilling and wonderful start to a new series. Dead Space might not be the masterpiece that BioShock was, but it definitely sets a bar for immersion and presentation that might not be hurdled for some years to come.

Oct 23rd, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Hooked Gamers (9 out of 10)

When something borrows from as many sources as Dead Space does, it is very easy for things to go horribly wrong. It is quite the delight that the game turned out as well as it did. In a world of gaming where most of the best sellers are sequels, Electronic Arts should be commended for taking a chance on a new property. Hopefully this will spur EA and other developers to take more chances on new properties and give us something different, if not entirely new. If they all turn out as well as Dead Space, the gaming future looks very good indeed.

Oct 22nd, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Boomtown (9 out of 10)

While the plot takes a few expected (and unexpected) turns, with plotlines touching on current affairs, it is a shame that one of the achievements is quite a big spoiler, not to mention that half of the pleasure should be not knowing how many chapters you have left to keep slogging through. My advice; keep your eyes off the list until you’ve beaten the game the first time. The conclusion may make you question the events that take place, but explore enough and pick up enough text/audio/video logs and you’ll have a much better insight if you so desire. Then again, perhaps you’ll be happy to wait for the just announced sequel to extend the story, because terror fans
 you must play Dead Space.

Oct 24th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Jolt (UK) (9 out of 10)

When all is said and done, Dead Space is a very enjoyable and satisfyingly lengthy survival horror with brilliantly immersive sci-fi elements. Whether borrowed, reworked or completely original, all the elements have been expertly crafted and put together. There’s a slight sense of uncertainty in relation to the game’s levels of realism, at times making sacrifices for the sake of it and at others disregarding it completely, but this is a minor quibble about one of the best survival horror games and most compelling sci-fi games of the current generation.

Oct 27th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamernode (9 out of 10)

While Dead Space doesn't do anything unique other than the focus on dismemberment and the seamless HUD and inventory pages, it doesn't need to. Rather than spend their time crafting new, innovative ideas, the developers behind the game figured out which already-used elements from sci-fi film and gaming would work best together, and then try it out on you. The result is a game which feels startlingly familiar, but ultimately new at the same time. Playing Dead Space is an experience which shouldn't be missed, and one which won't soon be forgotten.

Nov 3rd, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) ( )

While Dead Space doesn’t fully reinvent the survival horror genre, it does take familiar elements and cobble them together to create a new and exciting game that has a lot of potential. The Resident Evil series reinvented itself in its fourth installment, and Dead Space takes its cue from what worked in that title, adds its own flavoring and actually throws a shout back to the game-design choices of the original RE to create a survival horror game that should not be missed. This is one of the most engaging titles of the year, a scary and exciting thrill ride that takes us to some familiar destinations, but always finds new and exciting ways through which to view them.

Nov 21st, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameLemon (9 out of 10)

So go on and buy it. Because if you learn from Isaac Clarke's example, and all of a sudden monsters from a strange alien dimension eat your neighbor's cat and piss in your teacup, you'll be able to ruin their shit in a heartbeat.

Mar 26th, 2009 · Xbox 360 · read review

JeuxActu (18 out of 20)

LaissĂ© pour mort aprĂšs le changement d’orientation pris par Capcom et son Resident Evil 4, le survival horror vient tout juste de renaĂźtre de ses cendres grĂące Ă  Electronic Arts et son formidable Dead Space. Exceptionnellement beau et dotĂ© d’une ambiance horrifique exemplaire (la bande-son est Ă  tomber par terre), le titre d’EA Redwood Shores mĂ©rite aussi le respect grĂące Ă  son gameplay et Ă  sa jouabilitĂ©, peut-ĂȘtre pas exempts de dĂ©fauts, mais savamment bien goupillĂ©s pour qu’on s’imprĂšgne vĂ©ritablement du rĂŽle du classieux Isaac Clarke. Avec Dead Space, Electronic Arts nous prouve qu’il est encore possible d’innover dans le jeu vidĂ©o, mĂȘme lorsqu’un genre semble, Ă  premiĂšre vue, en voie d’extinction. C’est ça aussi la marque des grands.

Nov 3rd, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

JeuxVideoPC.com (18 out of 20)

Avec Dead Space, le survival-horror a trouvĂ© son nouvel Ă©tendard. Fabuleux, atroce, magnifique, affreux, Dead Space est tout cela Ă  la fois. Par un gameplay magistral, un background fouillĂ© et sublimĂ© par une rĂ©alisation formidable, EA frappe un grand coup dans l’ùre next-gen en nous offrant l’un des titres les plus grandioses de ces derniers mois.

Oct 27th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Retrogaming History (9 out of 10)

Un gioco caratterizzato da un’incredibile atmosfera, da una realizzazione tecnica di prim’ordine e da una giocabilitĂ  altissima. Qualche piccolo difetto ne impedisce il voto piĂč alto ma, ripeto, sono inezie. E’ probabile che anche dopo averlo finito una visitina alla Ishimura la facciate volentieri, quantomeno per incontrare i vostri amici Necromorfi che vi attendono dietro ogni angolo buio. Ora vi saluto, metto la mia tuta, il mio casco e... Io sono Isaac Clarke e sono un ingegnere...

Oct 2nd, 2009 · Xbox 360 · read review

games xtreme (9 out of 10)

Dead Space is more disturbing than scary, it delivers the same kind of feel that Doom 3 managed combined with a little bit of System Shock and Resident Evil. It's a great 3rd person Survival Horror game with some shooter elements crafted in.

Oct 24th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) ( )

Nothing’s ever real enough to touch in Dead Space. Its an adventure on unfamiliar grounds, mixing horrific death with zero-g and velvet black vacuums. EA’s not so much invested a lot of time and effort into one single game but, in fact, a franchise of Clarke/Lovecraftian inspired madness. Pity poor Isaac as he walks alone through corridors overrunning with decay and death. Pity him, because his next step might be his last.

Jun 20th, 2010 · Xbox 360 · read review

3D Juegos (9 out of 10)

Dead Space es uno de los mejores Survival Horror de los Ășltimos años. Tenso, violento e increĂ­blemente agresivo; jugarlo por la noche y con un 5.1 a buen volumen puede depararnos los sustos mĂĄs espectaculares de nuestra vida. Nos guste o no el terror, lo nuevo de EA es algo que, como mĂ­nimo, hay que probar.

Oct 24th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

GamersHell.com (9 out of 10)

While it's not perfect—item management, and control issues with trying to aim asteroid-destroying cannons, are just a few nitpicks—Dead Space is certainly one of the most solid, satisfying games of the year. Entertaining and scary elements make up a game that is familiar in its theme and within its genre, but it's also a title that has destructive weaponry, a necessity for skilled gunplay, and zero-G believability.

Nov 19th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

GamesRadar (9 out of 10)

The very fact that we wish Dead Space included more of its original features and less content pulled from the last generation’s greatest game speaks volumes for the quality on show. By rigidly copying Resident Evil’s model and only ever daring to step outside the template a handful of times Dead Space isn’t quite as accomplished as Capcom’s classic, but its quest to reach for the stars should still be viewed as proof that EA’s recent ambition to produce new IP’s is the company’s greatest decision in years. Isaac almost stands shoulder to shoulder with Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield; slightly singed and worse for wear, we admit, but among such lofty company second place is nothing to be ashamed of.

Oct 14th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

GamesCollection (9 out of 10)

Se amate Alien, se amate i survival horror, o semplicemente i videogame, provate questo Dead Space e non ve ne pentirete. Scoprirete che il motto "Nello spazio nessuno puĂČ sentirvi urlare" Ăš piĂč vero di quello che sembri...

Jan 8th, 2010 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamesmania.de (89 out of 100)

Sicher, einen KreativitĂ€tsbonus haben die Entwickler garantiert nicht verdient, dafĂŒr hat man sich schlichtweg von zu vielen Ecken inspirieren lassen. Trotzdem ist das fertige Produkt einfach eine echte Spielspaßgranate und ich werde mir in der Weihnachtszeit einen entspannten zweiten Ausflug garantiert nicht nehmen lassen.

Nov 18th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

360 LIVE (8.9 out of 10)

Die Spieldauer ist jedenfalls nicht ohne. Selbst geĂŒbte Gamer werden »Dead Space« als zwölf bis fĂŒnfzehn Stunden umfassenden Schocker erleben, der top aussieht, dich mit seinen Sound vom Hocker reißt, dich pusht und pusht und nur selten Ă€rgert. Und das von einem Entwicklerteam, das bisher Sozial-Software Marke »Die Sims« gemacht hat. Ganz, ganz großartig!

Oct 2008 · Xbox 360

Game Captain (89 out of 100)

Dead Space ist extrem brutal, Ă€ußerst angsteinflĂ¶ĂŸend und mein persönlicher AnwĂ€rter auf das Spiel des Jahres. Durchweg wird ein SpannungsgefĂŒhl erzeugt, das bis zum Abspann anhĂ€lt und mich gefesselt hat - dafĂŒr gibt es den Award. Mit wohligem Schauer erwartet man die nĂ€chste Widerlichkeit, die sich die Programmierer einfallen lassen haben. Bis auf die leichten SteuerungsschwĂ€chen macht Dead Space einen sehr runden Eindruck. Es wird zwar aus vielen Sci-Fi-Klassikern wie Alien, Event Horizon oder Das Ding geklaut, aber dieser Cocktail schmeckt Ă€ußerst lecker, zumindest wenn man den Beigeschmack von reichlich Blut und Gekröse vertrĂ€gt.

Nov 6th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameTrailers (8.8 out of 10)

Normally games that borrow a lot of elements from others end up being less than the sum of their parts, but for everything Dead Space borrows it gives something back. The atmosphere is Metroid Prime, and the structure is Resident Evil, but everything else is all its own. The strategic dismemberment, mixture of weapons and supernatural abilities, and relentless intensity make for a game that you’ll be scared to keep playing, but won’t want to stop.

Oct 20th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Daily Game (8.8 out of 10)

Dead Space is both a new franchise and a new genre for EA, a bold move that's easily justified by the excellent product now borne from the development team's passion. The game is neither a shooter nor an action game, and people who play it as either type will surely fail. Dead Space is a survival-horror game through and through, a game that's so purely focused on survival and horror as gameplay elements that it delivers a much-needed jolt to the genre. Look out, Silent Hill and Resident Evil, Dead Space is here, and it's here to stay.

Oct 14th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Informer Magazine (8.75 out of 10)

The harrowing combat and disturbing story are the real stars, weaving an eerie ambiance that will keep Dead Space lurking in the dark corners of your mind long after you turn the lights back on.

Nov 2008 · Xbox 360

IGN (8.7 out of 10)

Call it science fiction survival horror, but Dead Space does the genre proud with an engaging story; action that's tense, fast-paced and extremely violent; as well as atmospheric qualities that will get under your skin and make you jump. It may be a newcomer, but the seeds of an incredible franchise have been sown, and EA's in a great position to reap a phenomenal franchise full of scares. If you like survival horror, action or sci-fi, Dead Space needs to be on your radar.

Oct 10th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

4Players.de (87 out of 100)

Brachialer SciFi-Horror, der einen trotz grober dramaturgischer Schnitzer in seinen Bann zieht.

Nov 6th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

That Gaming Site (8.7 out of 10)

Dead Space is EA Redwood's first attempt to scare the hell out of you with a game, and for the most part they did just that. Excuse some graphical and plot-riddled issues and just appreciate the immersion this game presents.

Dec 1st, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

TalkXbox (86 out of 100)

Dead Space won’t be winning any awards since it’s basically a compilation of previously used concepts molded together into one game. And despite being a survival horror game, it shares similar problems with Resident Evil 4. It’s scary at first, but once you get a bigger gun it becomes a Horror Action game, with no real threat present. That being said, Dead Space is an excellent game that’s worth checking out, even if you don’t like horror games.

Oct 22nd, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

The Game Hoard (6 out of 7)

Dead Space uses its setting to excellent effect, creating outlandish alien monsters that require an atypical yet satisfying method to kill in a tense, restricted environment. Weapons and skills manage to be empowering to use but limited in their uses to make your resources meaningful and any failures in using them sting. The sci-fi elements allow the game to have special abilities to make exploration more interesting, environments where earthly comforts like air, noise, and gravity are stripped away, and it makes the enemies and the weapons stand out with unique identities. Area layouts and enemy types do grow to be a bit familiar over the course of the game, but Dead Space still manages to include satisfying combat without draining away the horror, although the forgiving save system does lance away a bit of the danger to make it a tinier bit less effective.

Oct 2nd, 2018 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameZone (8.5 out of 10)

Dead Space is a great addition to the survival horror genre, taking some of its best elements and adding some great new ones. While the linear nature puts a damper on the game’s replay value, the game is definitely worth a look for horror fans on the lookout for something scary this Halloween.

Oct 13th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Good Game (8.5 out of 10)

We haven’t shown you some of the more exciting moments in the game so we don’t wreck the surprise for you. There’s some great boss fights and more than 10 hours of thrills to be had with dead space, I’m giving it 8.5.

Oct 27th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Playback (8.5 out of 10)

Dead Space nas urzekƂ, co do tego nie ma ĆŒadnych wątpliwoƛci. Rewelacyjny klimat, ƛwietnie zrealizowane walki, innowacyjny interfejs i kilka innych smaczkĂłw, ktĂłre powodują, ĆŒe nowa produkcja ElektronikĂłw jest cholernie grywalnym tytuƂem. Gdyby dopracować niektĂłre elementy, byƂoby jeszcze lepiej. Ale i tak nie ma co narzekać, bo wyrĂłsƂ nam solidny kandydat do gry roku. Zapraszamy na Ishimurę!

Jan 2009 · Xbox 360 · read review

Games Finder (8.5 out of 10)

Scavenging is another vital element to your survival in Dead Space with players having to carefully scavenge for items around the game world, adding to the already dark survival atmosphere.

May 30th, 2013 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gameplanet (8.5 out of 10)

Dead Space was definitely a risk for EA and it's great to see they were willing to run with it, because it is a fantastic game. It looks and sounds great, is a lot of fun to play and oozes atmosphere. During this very busy gaming season with so many great games coming out, there is a chance that this may be skipped over for other games with better-known names coming out in the coming month. This would be a frightful shame, as Dead Space is a game fans of action horror games should not miss! Its presentation is right up there with some of the best games of the last few years. So go forth and dismember!

Oct 24th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Armchair Empire, The (8.5 out of 10)

As much as Dead Space should be a big mess for mixing genres and borrowing so many ideas and gameplay mechanics from other games, it manages to stand on its own as an extremely good game, especially for a new IP. Just be prepared for some gore.

Oct 27th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Worth Playing (8.3 out of 10)

Dead Space is basically what one would get if one took System Shock 2 and pureed it into a blender with Resident Evil 4. That's not a bad combination at all, and Dead Space turns out to be a fun game. The combat is fast and frantic, the interface excellent, the controls responsive, and it provides an overall satisfying experience. While it's fun, though, there isn't much that's memorable about Dead Space. It feels like patchwork that's been slapped together from other franchises, and it lacks a spirit of its own to make it stand out from the pack. Dead Space is inarguably worth a rental, but the short length and lack of replay value make it a worthwhile purchase for those who love the gameplay.

Oct 22nd, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gaming Nexus (B+)

It's not without a few flaws, but those who go exploring around Dead Space will find it to be a fascinating survival horror game with an amazing presentation. Considering this is Electronic Arts' first stab at the genre it's hard not to be impressed with this game, I just wish that it was a little less derivative. Dead Space is a stunning game that every horror game fanatic needs in their collection!

Oct 27th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

1UP (B+)

Dead Space ultimately feels like an incredibly polished and varied 6-hour game stretched out to make it twice that long. While I felt like I was repeating the same objectives a few too many times, the combat held up so well that I didn't even mind...too much.

Oct 13th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network (8.3 out of 10)

Regardless of its pitfalls, Dead Space is worthy of your attention if you haven't played the game yet. With the sequel approaching rapidly, revisiting Dead Space would be time well spent. It's an excellent entry into the survival horror genre and should not be missed. Just don't do like I did and spend hours trying to convince yourself to move around the corner up ahead.

Dec 21st, 2010 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Positive (8.3 out of 10)

At the end of the day, Dead Space is an exciting new entry into the word of survival horror. While its recycled enemies and repeating mission objectives are obvious downfalls, they aren't enough to keep you from getting completely wrapped up in the universe. The innovative HUD display, enemy dismemberment system, and tool-like weapons are all elements that help add to the amazing atmosphere created within the game. Dead Space may not offer the definitive horror experience, but it is an intense and brutal sci-fi thrill ride that will please fans of both the survival horror and action genres.

Nov 6th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Games TM (8 out of 10)

There is a widely understood phenomenon in music where a song can feel like you've known it for years after just one listen; for all its flaws, Dead Space is the equivalent. It may not have the world-changing potential of LittleBigPlanet or Fable II, but sometimes that's the last thing you want. Dead Space is simple, gut-wrenching fun, warts and all.

Oct 30th, 2008 · Xbox 360

Video Games Daily (8 out of 10)

But repetition is only an issue if the action repeated is no fun, and while it never blows your socks off, Dead Space seldom fails to entertain. As in Bioshock (by my lights, at least - please direct all hate mail to the usual address) the fundamentals here are ultimately so many old chestnuts, but EA Redwood strings its borrowed parts together with becoming deftness, then seasons them with some delightfully unpleasant atmospherics. The resulting game lacks 2K Games' breakaway premise or narrative verve, but it's still a tightly crafted, resolutely competent addition to the survival horror scene. Keep 'em coming, chaps.

Oct 20th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Blend Games ( )

Dead Space hits familiar notes in survival horror and action but frankly, it hits these notes really well. You can question whether it's true "survival horror" and turn your nose at the fact that it borrows innovations from so many other games but it's undeniable that this is an extremely well-executed game that mixes and matches familiar-but-excellent gameplay mechanics to create a fun, scary experience.

Oct 18th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

UOL Jogos ( )

"Dead Space" um jogo feito com grande capricho, mostrando que a Electronic Arts investiu pesado na criação de uma nova franquia. Embora nĂŁo seja lĂĄ muito original ou profundo, deixando alguns elementos fundamentais previsĂ­veis ou banalizados, o game consegue manter um clima de tensĂŁo constante, o que parece ter sido seu grande objetivo. Assim, deve ser o suficiente para os fĂŁs do gĂȘnero, pelo menos atĂ© que o prĂłximo " Resident Evil" dĂȘ as caras.

Oct 24th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Totally Gaming Network (8 out of 10)

Generally speaking Dead Space is a fantastic experience. It is one that everyone should play even if you are not traditionally a fan of the horror genre. The story telling is done really well and I can definitely see this as being a new franchise for EA. Among all of the other titles that are coming out this holiday season be sure to make some time for Dead Space. You will be glad you did.

Oct 22nd, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Good Game (8 out of 10)

I would have liked a bit more variety in enemies, not counting the bosses there’s really only 6 and then harder versions of them. You’ve got this great dismemberment combat- why not go to town with it? Still, Dead Space is a nice addition to a tough genre, I’m giving it 8.

Oct 27th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

G4 TV: X-Play ( )

Despite lacking some tweaks that could have made the most horror-jaded gamers wet themselves, Dead Space delivers scares, gore and a truly disturbing gem of a game. If you’re up to a second go at the USG Ishimura, a completed playthrough will net you, a la Resident Evil 4, money and weapons upgrades that should have you staving off the infected at least one more time. Dead Space is a must buy for all fans of survival horror.

Oct 19th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamekult (8 out of 10)

SituĂ© au confluent de plusieurs rĂ©fĂ©rences cinĂ©matographiques et vidĂ©oludiques, Dead Space a su capturer l'essence du survival horror pour la distiller dans une aventure stellaire, portĂ©e par une rĂ©alisation trĂšs ambitieuse et une ambiance hypnotisante. Quelques minces dĂ©fauts viennent apporter des touches disgracieuses au tableau, en particulier au niveau de l'histoire sans originalitĂ©, mais il faudrait ĂȘtre bien tĂątillon pour ne pas se laisser emporter par l'expĂ©rience magnifique, haletante et morbide proposĂ©e par Electronic Arts. Une exĂ©cution rĂ©ussie, en somme.

Oct 28th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

DarkZero (8 out of 10)

I think I have gone over everything that is needed to be said. Dead Space is a well made action horror shooter. If you are a fan of the genre then you should really take this advice and check it out. It is a short experience, lasting around 8-10 hours depending on how experienced you are. It does give you the option to replay with the same upgrades you finished with, but apart from Trophies/Achievements, there really isn’t any incentive to do so again because it’s quite a linear game.

Nov 3rd, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

videogamer.com (8 out of 10)

On the whole though, Dead Space is a superb survival horror romp that's guaranteed to scare. If you like Resident Evil 4, you should definitely go out and buy this game right now. It's clearly set up for a sequel, and we can't wait. For now though, we'll leave you with the obligatory 'best played alone and with the lights off' advice. Go on. You're not chicken are you?

Oct 13th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

PlayDevil ( )

"Dead Space" does everything right as far as horror games, although it also does things so spectacularly well, that it's a fantastic game as well. In conclusion EA's horror title is a must play and certainly one of the games of 2008.

Dec 4th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Eurogamer.net (UK) (7 out of 10)

None of these criticisms will detract from your enjoyment, provided all you want from a game is the opportunity to repeatedly turn evil monsters into red mush in gorgeous HD detail. Dead Space easily delivers on that promise, but fails to turn its polished production values into something truly memorable over the long haul.

Oct 13th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks (3 out of 5)

If I take one thing away from my experience in Dead Space, it is that therein lies flashes of brilliance, but we must properly criticize developers to help them understand what can make the difference between a merely good game and an unforgettable one. To my eye there is an endless list of improvements this game (now franchise, I suppose) could receive; elsewhere, I look around and see sycophantic levels of praise with little thought given to perfect scores thrown at an honestly mediocre game. I look forward to how future installments are received since sequels tend to be judged more harshly, as a rule.

Aug 4th, 2010 · Xbox 360 · read review

Player Reviews

Dead Space, where even a soft whisper can make you pee yourself...
by BinaryDragon

The Good
Dead Space is a Space Survival game set on the planet cracking Spaceship the USG Ishimura. Firstly before I start anything. This is an original IP from EA. A trend I really like. Yes, now it’s a success, there is the possibility that EA will suck the innovative life out of it’s unique qualities, this hasn’t happened yet. But we’re not here to talk about what could be with the Dead Space universe. We are here to talk about Dead Space as it is now, so lets get on with it.

Let me get the point of this review over and done with before I burst like a zombie with excitement: Dead Space is good. As long as you aren’t too squeamish, you’ll love it.

Ah, that’s better.

Dead Space has taken something we have all seen before, Space, Zombies and gratuitous blood and violence and made a game that takes you on a Journey that you won’t forget. You star as the woefully undeveloped Issac Clark, an engineer who is thrust upon the USG Ishimura with his crew when the communication’s go dead. All hell breaks loose when they crash-land onboard. Most of the crew are dead and there is an unusual growth creeping over the entire ship. The dead are rising and have become something unholy. And all Issac has as a weapon is the heel of his foot and a device called a ‘Plasma Cutter’ designed to cut through rock. Not Flesh.

The world that EA Redwood have put together is really engaging with over 160 different audio logs, a downloadable graphic novel (available free on Xbox live as videos) and text logs that perforate around the ship. The back-story and history that the characters live in is deep and real and really adds to the weight of Issac’s journey.

As Issac you receive missions from your living comrades, trying to figure out what has happened to this ship as it floats above the broken planet below and how to get out alive. Initially your arsenal is small, just the ‘Plasma Cutter’, but quickly you can buy other weapons and ammo, obtain new suits to beef up your armour. On top of all that you can upgrade your weapons and suit to maximise your survival potential. There will be moments as you play where you’ll look at the two shots of ammo and the one single bar of health. One room between you and the next store and you know it’s going to be tight. The tension builds within you. It’s so good and the Dead Space plays on this beautifully.

One thing you’ll really notice when playing Dead Space is that there is no HUD (Heads Up Display). The game is HUD-less. It wasn’t dismembered in an unusual smelting accident or lost in a game of cards, it’s a design choice; an immersive one. Everything you do in Dead Space is in the environment and it’s a fantastic. The health bar is along Issac’s spine, the meter for your status module (a device that lets you slow time on an enemy or object) is on his back, even the amount of air you have left is displayed when you need it ticking away to you death if you don’t move fast. All of your actions feel real, it’s another level to the immersion. When you get a video message it projects in front of Issac as a hologram, when you look in your inventory it pops up too; but doesn’t pause the game. Often when you need to play with your inventory you either have to be bloody fast or find somewhere safe to do it. It builds the tension beautifully.

All this tension, all the creeks of the ship, all the growling of alien necomorph beasts, all of it adds to the breathtaking and pant wetting Atmosphere. Dead Space has the atmosphere down. If EA Redwood have done anything it’s Atmosphere.

It’s obvious that the development team took their cues from film and music, the quality at manipulating the player into being really scared of walking around a corner is impressive. The Ishimura will creak as parts of the ship shear off, blood lines the walls merely suggesting the massacre that has befallen the crew. Violins will shriek only to reveal an empty room, or is it empty? Even the audio logs can make you jump as communications is sporadic at best sometimes your fellow crew will just pop up loudly in front of you holographically. It’s all very clever and they owe me a new pair of pants. I can’t wear them again and I’m too ashamed to take them to a professional cleaner.

  • Ahem * 
anyway moving on

On the subject of the crew and characters, the voice acting is really good. Not only from the crew you landed with but from the audio logs that are scattered around the world. In a very Bioshock move, you can discover more about what befell the USG Ishimura by collecting and listening to audio logs. All of these tit-bits add to the atmosphere as they play as you walk around. Sometimes giving a hint to the horror that awaits around the next corner. You can instantly relate to the characters and they genuinely add to the world that has been layered before you.

Between fighting the animated and disfigured dead and exploration there is some light puzzling ranging from picking up power cells and putting them in wall slots to moving in zero G and moving yet more objects, it’s a nice change from the constant fear of attack, but as always sometimes it isn’t even that; dealing with a puzzle while trying not to die? Tense fun

The weapons predominantly are not designed to be used against enemies, they are designed to cut rock, move large deposits of metals and minerals not for cutting the limbs off the re-animated corpses of the ships crew. Which gives these weapons a certain overpowered charm. Yes they cut through rock, but they also don’t have much in the way of ammo. Adding to the ‘ohmygodimgonna****myself’ vibe this game has.

On the subject of these weapons and the killing of the necomorphs. They are afterall the living dead brought back in a new form from one or two or seven corpses. This means that the enemies all have different behaviours. One behaviour that seems to be universal is not going for the headshot. They get angry. Usually becoming faster and harder to kill. In Dead Space dispatching the enemy is all about dismemberment, cut off an enemy’s legs and they will crawl slowly towards you, cut off their arms and they won’t do as much damage. Eventually the necromorph will ‘die’ it’s flesh no longer useful for it’s purpose. It’s really satisfying and forces you to think and get better at aiming.

The upgrade system and is based on the idea that everything has a nano-chip and by upgrading various chips on weapons and on your suit interface (which upgrades every subsequent suit you buy from the shop not just the one you are wearing) you can shoot harder, breathe longer in no atmosphere (these sections can be particularly tense) and have a longer health bar. It’s all based on how many ‘nodes’ you have these are added to the nano chip and expand it accordingly.

This small part is one of the reasons for a second or third playthrough as there aren’t enough Nodes to upgrade everything in one playthrough.

So Replay-ability is high. In a very ‘resident evil’ fashion, you can carry over your items to the next playthrough but only on the same difficulty, only through a glitch can you use the best suit in the impossible difficulty setting. This is a bad move, the completionist in me finds this really jarring. Yes maybe impossible won’t be impossible with all the stuff I had. But who wants to play an impossible game? There is no joy in failing repeatedly. None.

The Bad
Dead Space is not without flaws, it’s save points and recharge stations are placed in such a way that sometimes the surprise of an event can be spoiled.

“Oh look there seems to be an air refuel station here, hmm likely that this room will be without atmosphere at some point.” Etc

But even with it’s minor camera problems , the main protagonists undeveloped personality and history and a difficulty scale that can vastly change, there is enough balance between fighting and puzzles and you’ll enjoy exploring and hopefully saving your skin on the USG Ishimura.

The Bottom Line
It all boils down to a brilliant story, fantastic atmosphere and a really solid engine that brings this game to the top of the crop. The weak of stomach however need not apply.

A definite buy. Go forth and dismember.

Note to EA: I hope that EA sees that a new IP can be really profitable as long as it’s done well and given time to complete. Take note EA we like change so long as it’s good. No more than three Dead Space games please, I warn you I have a powered up Plasma Cutter and I’m not afraid to use it

Nov 4th, 2008 · Xbox 360

In space, no one can hear you scream
by Emmanuel Henne

The Good
The sheer amount of atmosphere.This is a labour of love, showing dedication in every pixel and every frame.The surroundings are awesome, its very interesting to see how a dedicated team can create such a dense setting and atmosphere although the game plays on a spaceship.Its claustrophobic, shocking, awesome. The game plays great (much better than for example Too Human), sounds terrifying, looks fantastic and will keep you at the edge of the seat.

The Bad
There are one, two scenes which can be a bit too hard the first 10 times You try it, but if You keep at it or play with friends, this really doesn't detract too much from the experience.Oh, and it borrows a lot from SYSTEM SHOCK 2, but You could call it an homage because it's so well done.

The Bottom Line
DEAD SPACE is a dream come true for fans of games like The Thing, Alien, Hellraiser, Event Horizon and such.It truly captures the atmosphere of such survival horror settings and keeps You in awe almost during its total lifetime.My compliments to the developers, as this is one of the rare gems where its very, very hard to find any flaws.The environments are totally convincing, the enemies totally challenging and terrifying, the story is very well told, the sound alone makes this all stand out.Although the story is not new and borrows a lot from the classic SYSTEM SHOCK 2, it retells this kind of story in an entertaining way.

Nov 19th, 2008 · Xbox 360

EA shows they're still capable of original thinking.
by Sir Razorback

The Good
You're a member of a repair crew that's tasked to rescue the mining ship U.S.G. Ishimura. Upon arrival you're greeted by some unwelcome visitors, which quickly devolves into a butcher's yard of body parts.

This is an over-the-shoulder 3rd person shooter, and you get to re-learn one of the basic rules of the genre: Head shots don't mean ANYTHING. In order to take down your enemies, you have to dismember them. The aliens have one objective: perpetuate themselves and spread. In order to do this, they have to kill humans, and then 'repurpose' their bodies. The Flood from Halo are a close analogy in this regard.

EA has done something new with the weapons and equipment, which is to allow you to upgrade them with power nodes. In one playthrough you can typically upgrade your suit and two weapons, so choose what you want to power up wisely.

Also new to Dead Space is how they handled Zero-G environments. A 360 degree battlefield takes some getting used to, and it's definitely well implemented.

The aliens themselves are suitably creepy, and do very well to convey the impression of more than just a bug hunt.

The Bad
I wish it could have been longer. There are 12 acts, and once you know what you're doing these acts take an average of 45 mins - 1 hour to complete. Also there's limited replayability incentive after you've completed the game. It took me two passes on Normal and one on Impossible to unlock all 1000 achievement points. 40 hours isn't too bad for a game, but damnit, this was fun. I wanted more!

The Bottom Line
Aliens meets Resident Evil.

Aug 10th, 2009 · Xbox 360

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