Dead Space 2

February 21, 2011 at 10:30 am | Posted in Gaming | Leave a comment
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It’s been forever since I’ve reviewed a video game (have I ever?) and Dead Space 2 seems like the perfect game for such a post. It is all about death and rebirth after all, well that and dismembering killer creatures.

If you’ve not played the first here’s a two sentence synopsis. In the future a human colony discovers an artifact which causes the colonists and a helpful spaceship crew to turn into savage creatures. You, as Isaac, are sent to help the ship and soon get caught up in the chaos.

An even shorter version. Shoot stuff til they die and the game ends.

If you liked the first game you’ll enjoy the sequel. While it is largely similar in mechanics that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It is still satisfying to successfully fend off a wave of bad guys. Best of all there isn’t a stupid asteroid game.

Narrative wise, it’s fine. I’m not expecting anything of quality and the at times heavy handed flourishes (eg text smeared on walls) do help me to understood this world more while simultaneously rolling my eyes right out of it again.

People call this a horror game. I don’t know if I can agree. I’ve never played Silent Hill, which seems to be the benchmark for the genre, but for me this is just a shooter. A shooter that startles a lot but that’s it. I had the same reaction to the first game too but have spoken with others who in both games did get scared.

Based on that if you’re looking for a shooter that’s more than head shots or a (possible) horror game then Dead Space may be what you’re looking for. Assuming you’re old enough to buy it that is (18+ in the UK).

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