Dead space review

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  1. Haloman

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    When man finally does get its arse in gear and decides to start exploring the universe you would hope that the game developers and movie writers will stop using aliens as the common bad guys in their products. The way that they would have you see it is that the moment we leave our own atmosphere, aliens with guns the size of Belgium, will invade our planet or decide that we make extremely good appetisers.

    Dead space is a game that agrees with the above philosophy.

    Plot

    You, the player, play Isaac Clark. A mechanic sent to discover what happened to the USS Ishimura, a ship sent to colonise a planet in deep space. Upon arrival you suddenly crash and are left stranded on the ship (like you weren’t expecting that).
    Also upon arrival you find that as per usual in games like this the ship has been overrun by monsters who seem to view you and the people you arrive with as a viable food source (again, How unexpected). After you are separated from your group it is up to you to fight your way through the ship and follow the orders of your commanding officer who conveniently has found a safe place where he can hide and order you about.


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    Game play

    Dead space plays like resident evil four with its third person over the shoulder gun firing. This works to the players advantage since you get to see more of the stunning (if slightly clichéd) environment. The environment in question is as you would expect, a dark dank grey industrial corridor with blood staining the walls and floors and dodgy lighting, (for once I would like to see a space ship with decent carpets and light fixtures. I mean come on did decorators become extinct in the future or something) this sets the mood for the game perfectly along with the music.


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    The monsters are also real breath of fresh air since rather than firing at them till they resemble Swiss cheese, like in most games, you have to maim them by taking of their limbs. The array of monsters that you varies from the annoying to the “o god I think I just wet myself” with the one thing they have in common is that they seem to love rushing toward you brandishing a desert fork.


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    Isaac come equipped with a decent arsenal of weaponry which comes in handy when you are trying to discourage a monster from nibbling on your vital organs. He also comes equipped with a device that will let you slow down fast moving objects such as doors and even enemies. The even equip him with a device that enables you to move heavy objects, the telekinesis module, which bears a mighty resemblance to what the gravity gun does in the half life games. (Is it me or has valve set a president with that gun?) the trade off is that you only have limited ammo and must think about where to hit the enemy and cause the most damage as to conserve your ammo.
    The other innovation that dead space boasts of is its use of zero gravity. This is a good addition to the games mechanics and the game uses it well, unlike certain other games (cough--Prey--cough) that boast it.


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    Controls

    If you are a FPS freak like I am then at first dead space will daze and confuse you but the more that you play the more it will start to make sense and become second nature. The only thing that I will complain about is that it seems that the buttons for the telekinesis and time slowdown are not to accessible if you need to get to them in a hurry.

    Overall Conclusion

    Now you might have read this review and arrived at the conclusion that I do not like this game. This would be a lie. Dead Space is one of my favourite games this year. It is well worth the money that you pay for it and as such is soon going to be part of my game library.
    The only thing that I am getting at is that the game is not quite what they were marketing. They were trying to bill this game as a horror movie that you could play and interact with. However for the true horror fans such as my self nothing that you see in this game is anything new and the game therefore relies on the startling tactic, witch to its credit it uses really well. But what I a trying to say is that you can’t market a game as one of the scariest things on the market when it relies on startling you. (I mean I was startled by a mouse in my kitchen the other night. But just because it startled me doesn’t make it the rodent equivalent of John Carpenter or Wes Craven)

    The films influences can be seen in both films and other games. Its taken stuff from films such as Alien and Event Horizon. Its gaming influences vary from Bioshock, Resident evil 4 to Prey.

    Overall Dead space is your standard survival horror but done in a way that will intrigue even the most hesitant survival horror gamer (such as myself.) the only thing that weighs it down is a few clichéd story points. This said however, it is well worth forking out money for and will be a good addition to anyone’s game collection


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    Score: 8/10

    Review written by: (only watched Alien to see Sigourney Weaver in her underwear) Haloman

    Game supplied by: (he ain’t Heavy, he’s my Brother) Munkymagicuk
     
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  2. Haloman

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    Is my review that bad?
     
  3. Trebor

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    Very nice review there Haloman. All I could suggest to try and improve this review is to proof read it (I can edit it if you'd like) and add some pictures. Overall though I thought you got your points across well and great job on your first review. Just to add a little something, if you watched the comic series on Xbox Live or have seen the cartoon prequel, Dead Space: Downfall you'd know that these creatures aren't trying to eat you but to kill you and use your dead flesh to make more of themselves. Anyway can't wait to get around to playing this game as it's been getting great reviews.
     
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  4. Haloman

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    well the picture thing will be rectified soon enough. but the eating continuity thing was comedic liscence trebor. i know they are not trying to eat you, but it just sounds funnier.

    but before I do my next review i will have somone proof read it first
     
  5. MunkyMagikUK

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    nice one haloman, good review. In future ping it over to me and i'll give it a proof read if you want?
     
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    Decent review but I think some bits of it could be expanded on, for example you said "its gaming influences vary from Bioshock, Resident evil 4 to Prey" but you don't specifically say what elements influence it apart from the "third person over the shoulder gun firing" in Resident Evil 4.

    Please don't feel as though I'm trying to shoot you down, I'm just trying to give some constructive criticism for your future reviews (I assume you will write more?). Keep up the good work!
     
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    good review
     
  8. xzKinGzxBuRnzx

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    Lol, no your review is nice. However if you get the time add some pictures to it. As I played and finished Dead Space. It was a great game and deserves a few pictures for your viewers. Though, don't show any good things that happen in the game. Such as a scary monster, without adding the spoiler tag. Very nice job though! :D
     
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    Great Review... aint seen much about this but very tempted to check it out now
     
  10. Haloman

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    i have now added pictures to my review
     
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    great review man
     
  12. Trebor

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    Well usually when we say add pictures we mean just stills that show what the game is about and try to relate it to the words in a review but those captions are made of pure win so I couldn't care less. Great job Haloman I give it (Y)(Y)(Y)(Y)(Y)
     
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    Excellent review. All these reviews I have been reading around here are inspiring me to write some. Be sure to check them out soon!
     
  14. Dark Scyth

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    Five thumbs up? You've mutated!!! *pulls out the shotgun* What...that was nothing...nothing at all;)

    Your review is pretty good...a little too good8-)
     
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    When he’s not on Digiex he moonlights for gamespot :-#
     
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    Is Dead Space worth getting or renting?
     
  17. Dark Scyth

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    I say Dead Space is a rental, unless you are wanting to get all of the achievements.
     
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    I would say rent it too, unless you can get it for a good price.
     
  19. Icharus_Falling

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    good review, but for the record, i really liked Prey. =P
     
  20. KillerWhiteMan

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    I would have to agree with Nutter and Dark Scyth, rent it first to see if you enjoy it. Or as Nutter mentioned, buy it if you can find it for a decent price. I really enjoyed this game and would have to say it was not a bad start for the franchise.
     

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