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Dead Space review

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Manufacturer: Electronic Arts

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Dead Space is a riveting survival horror game, unflinchingly violent from start to finish.

Dead Space is a riveting survival horror game, unflinchingly violent from start to finish.

Blindly unpredictable and incredibly intense, Dead Space keeps your heart pumping the entire game. It's got aliens, zero-g shootouts, blood, guts, and broken bones. It's unnervingly tense one moment and terrifying the next. It's an exhilarating tale of aliens, claustrophobia, and isolation in a dark corner of outer space where no one can hear you scream.

Crash landing

Dead Space draws inspiration from a variety of sources but its most obvious reference point is the movie Aliens. The simple yet effective story centers on a three-man crew of space engineers who are sent to investigate a distress signal aboard the USG Ishimura, an enormous mining vessel capable of harvesting entire planets for resources. The mission is routine: repair the communications blackout and return home. Of course, things won't stay that simple for long.

You are cast in the role of Isaac Clarke, a space engineer equipped with a protective armor piece called "the Rig." After Clarke and the other engineers crash land on the USG Ishimura, you quickly discover that the mining vessel has been overrun by an infection of mysterious origin called the Necromorph. The creatures in Dead Space hide inside their human hosts and mutate into disgusting creatures, much like the baddie from the film The Thing.

To survive the xeno-onslaught, you must shoot the crap out of everything that moves. But the aliens in Dead Space don't die if you shoot them in the head. An effective kill requires that you first dismember the appendages-arms, legs, tentacles-of an alien before you can be sure it won't get up again. It's a unique twist on the familiar "headshot" equation and the strategy and creative aiming required adds an interesting twist.

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  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Dead Space is a showcase piece of dark-side entertainment that rivals the marvellous designs of such games as BioShock, Gears of War, and Resident Evil 4. But be advised that it is definitely not for the queasy or the faint of heart. Still, if you can stomach its horrors, you will be rewarded with one of the best survival horror experiences ever created.

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