Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Game Review: Dead Space 2

Game Review: Dead Space 2

Dead Space 2
Released by EA
Rating: MA15
Platform: PS3
A horror first person shooter - with the emphasis firmly on the "atmosfear" from beginning to end.
A sequel to the massively popular Dead Space, we once again rejoin Isaac Clarke as he fights an alien organism that infects and takes control of human corpses, turning them into "Necromorphs", mutating their bodies and generally scaring the player to death.
After a genuinely unsettling opening, the game rarely lets go of its fear factor - and despite the ability to drop some of the settings down to easier to battle on, Dead Space 2 is likely to give you some nightmares and haunting images as it progresses.
That's not necessarily a bad thing and sees the genre being slightly redefined in terms of gameplay, action and atmosphere - but it'll do little for any heart condition you may suffer as a result.
With 360 degree movement and the feeling you're never quite alone, this is a superior , if at times challenging game which will reward long term players as well as reward those who invest in the strategy side. There's masses to explore in this sprawling compund and some genuinely unsettling imagery will haunt you for a long time after - this isn't a game for the faint hearted with gore and horror in equal measures, it's certainly one to keep you horrified and entertained as you try to battle on through.

The Limited edition comes with an extra game for PS Move - and if you've completed the main game with nerves in tact - you're likely to want more as well.
Overall, as the dark nights draw in, Dead Space 2 is bound to be a solid game favourite - although the horror side of the game will have you scrambling to leave the lights on in the background on more than one occasion

Rating: 8/10

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