Upplagd: 30 maj
Right off the bat I can say this... taking Ridley Scott's Alien, Paul W.S. Anderson's Event Horizon and John Carpenter's The Thing....Slamming them together into one survival horror Sci-Fi game was BRILLIANT!!!
Now I will admit that this game was a little bit lacking in subtle undertones in the horror department and was relying more on jump scares but not all games can be like the early Silent Hill games. However all that is made up by the environment of USG Ishimure and how claustrophobic you feel in its lonely dark corridors.
The combat focus of not relying on head shots but instead dismemberment was a very nice touch. This gear shift in tactics makes your choice of weapons to carry very important. In a game like Resident Evil 4 a fully automatic weapon aimed at the head of a zombie will have the same result as a magnum but in Dead Space your fully automatic Pulse Rifle is almost useless against a necromorph and you'll just end up waste ammo. Using "tools" were by far the best weapons in the whole game such as the Plasma Cutter or the Ripper which adds to the " your a engineer on a mining ship" motif.
The story of Issac Clark does seem a bit dull at times but what more do you want from a guy that doesn't talk and only grunts while swinging his arms about or stomping his feet. Now the universe that the game takes place in is outstanding in my opinion since a lot of Sci-Fi aspect are very true. For instance the idea of "planet cracking" for resources isn't far from the truth. Some day in the future we will find ourselves mining the stars for ore and metals. These little things in the background of the plot makes the nerd in me giddy. The use of Anti-gravity tech and a "stasis module" brings another level of depth to the game play mechanics in the areas of puzzles and combat. By using the Stasis on rushing enemies you can slow them down for a brief moment to tear them apart with your weapon in hand, while the Anti-gravity will allow you to alter parts of the environment around to navigate through obstacles and ferry important items.
Even after playing through the game years back I still do enjoy coming back to it ever now and then with a big smile on my face. So if you like a gore filled Sci-Fi nightmare where you find yourself being spooked by the sounds of tapping on metal or pipes blowing off steam at just the right time where it makes you stain your desk chair with brown goo then pick up a copy of this game, Dim the lights, put on a beef pair of headphones and maybe scotchgard your chair in case you get a bit jumpy from things going BOO!