Dead Space 2 Review

25 February 2011
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Isaac explores dead space in Dead Space 2
Electronic Arts first released Dead Space 2 on January 25th, 2011 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. From Visceral Games, comes a 3rd person survival horror game where not everything is exactly as it seems. Tear through space with full 360 degrees movement. Wield devastating tools to dominate the alien outbreak. And strategically dismember your friends in multiplayer.

System: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Genre: Third-person action-shooter, survival-horror
Release dates: January 25, 2011 (USA), January 28, 2011 (Europe)
Players: Campaign: 1, Online Multiplayer: 4-8
Developer: Visceral Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Origin: America
Rating: ESRB: M, PEGI: 18, BBFC: 18

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  • “Stick around, I’m full of bad ideas.” -Isaac Clarke

    After waking from a coma on a massive space city known as “The Sprawl”, Isaac Clarke must battle dementia, the government, and visions of his dead girlfriend as he dominates a gruesome new Necromorph onslaught. Expect plot twists that will surprise you and a huge cast of twisted, disgusting monsters that are sure to scare the daylights out of you.

    Here is a video review of Dead Space 2 as promised!

    Agree/disagree with my thoughts? Please feel free to leave a comment letting me know what you think!

    Music from the game used in the review:

    All the tracks playing the background are from official game soundtracks, in the order they appear:

    1. Welcome to the Sprawl – DS2 OST
    2. Lacrimosa – DS2 OST
    3. Canonical Aside – DS2 OST
    4. Come Rain or Come Convergence – DS2 OST

    As a conclusion let’s see how much fun the game is on a scale from 1 to 10:

    Story

    It’s a solid continuation of the story. I’m happy to say Isaac talks in this one, so he actually reacts to emotional situations and scenes of terror. Prepare yourself for one heck of a ride.

    Gameplay

    The gameplay is a lot more varied this time around; You get to hack machinery in certain areas. Kinesis is very user-friendly and tightened up to feel a lot more effortless. And the map is gone — and I for one am quite glad about that — this new root-system is great, by pressing down on the back-right Trigger button the blue beam will guide you to your next point. Isaac now as thrusters built into his suit and it makes it a lot easier to travel around, flying in zero-gravity was my favorite feature.

    Overall, they definitely tightened up what didn’t work in the first game and kinda threw in some extra variation for good measure and it worked in their favor. Although I haven’t played the multiplayer yet, the gameplay in single-player was pretty darn perfect!

    Graphics

    The graphics are great, but what I noticed and what impressed me more was the level design. Seeing as “The Sprawl” is a civilian space station, we get to see schools, shopping malls, and locations that we’re all familiar with, but in a completely different light. What I liked about it is that the developers presented us with a futuristic design, while making it feel quite worn… so even though its space-agey, you still feel like you’re in a ship-hull, or uhm spaceship-hull. It’s a style we saw a lot in 80’s sci-fi, a not-so-futuristic future.

    I think my favorite area was just outside the elementary school, there’s an area for teens with arcades and shops. Just beyond it is a big shopping mall with holograms advertising what’s inside, with music kind of still playing indoors. And I really liked that, I felt like they created a fully believable world.

    They also added a few epic space-views. You’d be walking down a hallway and you’d see out into space, you’d see shuttles and Saturn’s rings, and I love that it made the world feel very vast. I mean, it’s set in space, so give us some more… space! ๐Ÿ™‚ The genius is in the design of the world, obviously setting it on a space station gave the developers a lot of creative lee-way to do more. It’s the perfect setting for the horror that ensues.

    Audio

    I like the music to Dead Space 2 mainly for the musical interludes and by that I mean not the screeching violin-scary orchestral sounds. I thought the musical interludes sounded very similar to Rule of Rose and I like that, it gave the impression of dilapidated grandeur. Of course though, the scary tracks are terrifying and they add to an already nerve-schredding moment.

    Dead Space 2 really concentrates on sound effect that we saw in Dead Space 1, which is really effective, but the musical score — although it’s not really melodic — it adds to the atmosphere and that’s what a good game score should do.

    OVERALL FUN-FACTOR — 10

    Overall, this game is a slice of perfection. I give it an overall 10. Because it’s a game that I could play, immerse myself, enjoy myself, and BE SCARED! It took everything from the first game that it did well and then did it better.

    Now, I play this game with my headphones on, in the dark, high volume and in that environment I would give it a full 10. In the daylight I would say it’s a 9. Dead Space 2 is what DOOM 3 was a few years back, it’s got all gamers in front of their consoles (or PC’s) playing it and enjoying it, scaring themselves silly! ^_^ And then rushing into work or school the next day and talking about it, and if that isn’t what gaming is about, then I don’t know what is.

    For help with the game, check out our Dead Space 2 walkthrough.

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  • About the author

    Meg Smith

    By Meg Smith: An avid gamer with a two year degree in Video Games Art and Design, she lives to broaden her gaming horizons and loves any game that captures the imagination or tries something new. Read her posts here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and at Google+.

    • Mikey

      Nice review. In my humble opinion it’s the first game of the year worth buying.

    • Marco Maluf

      I havent played ut yet, I live in Brazil, so it takes a while to come from the US, but i liked your review, the demo is too short to conclude anything. But from your review, it is exactly what i am expecting from this game.

      Meg, hope you feel better soon, as a fan, it is really great to see you as you defined “energetic” on your reviews. So im sending my “get well soon Meg” from far far away…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Based on other reviews this is one of the top horror games that sends chills to one’s spine.

    • Ahmed Jouini

      I hope you feel better soon Meg and thanks for this outstanding review,
      this game is one of the most scariest game ever seen especially when you get surprised or stuck by some disgusting monsters,for the plot its full of twists and turns when you get involved with the story and the characters, what i also liked in this game is the open world you can go into shopping malls,schools or into spaceships and trains and with the good graphics you get a really nice environments with some great music and sound effects so in the overall its a nice game to play with a scary scenes but you actually enjoy it and have a lot of fun playing it,
      nice review so thanks again and hope you feel better ๐Ÿ™‚

    • DADDII2

      This game was so worth the wait. I was jumping out of my chair at the beginning of the game! Insanely good IMO and I can’t wait to try the ‘move’ portion of the game. Great Review as always and it is sooo appreciated that you didn’t let your feeling ill stop you from filming.
      Feel better soon Meg!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Meg

      @Mikey
      I agree with you thus far ๐Ÿ™‚ but then again Uncharted 3 is coming sometime this year which is gonna be a BIG slice of immense XD

      @Marco
      Brazil eh? I fan a fan in Brazil, dude thats cool!!! Well when you get a chance to play it I can guarantee that Dead Space 2 won’t disappoint ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks very much, I’m already starting to feel much better so it’s all good XD Thanks for the support!

      @3ddi3
      It definitely does that, tbh though I think the only way to play it is with headphones and in the dark. That just MAKES the experience.

      @Ahmed
      Thanks for watching! Tbh the story was good but I can’t say it made the game for me. The scares are top notch and thats what immerses me personally and makes the rest of the game enjoyable. I agree it gave you a lot more chances to explore, the first one was quite restricting I thought. Thanks for the support!

      @DADDII2
      I’m definitely excited for extraction too! I got the impression that it was a like ‘demo’ but I’ve heard its a whole new spin on the main game – exciting!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks everyone for watching and commenting! Its great to hear from you guys and read your thoughts and opinions! And thank you for sending your ‘get well’ wishes, I’m already feeling much better ๐Ÿ˜€
      Meg.

    • Wow! Wasn’t expecting a perfect score! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      I think “my friend” will just have to get enough courage together and play through this scare-fest. He already has it, but hasn’t played it yet. But if it’s the roller-coaster ride you say it is, well that shouldn’t be missed then.

    • Meg

      @Ferry

      Dooooo it! You’re friend won’t regret it XD

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