Whoah man, Dead Space is one of the new age games to project both horror and action in the most satisfying ways that make the player go ‘Ahhh’ in complete nerd orgasms.
The game is the epitome of the new found genre of stranded space ships with some demonic creatures in them and one man trying to stay alive and defeat all of those otherworldly assfaces.
The game sees, Isaac Clarke, a space engineer who is aboard the space mining ship The USG Ishimura, that had given some distress signals a while ago to his crew’s separate ship.
As they arrive on Ishimura, they are attacked by monstrous creatures that are actually the reanimated bodies of the humans called ‘necromorphs’.
An alien virus infected these humans on the Ishimura to be turned into some hideous monstrosity, these creatures vanquish off everyone of Isaac’s crew except for Isaac himself of course, commander Zach Hammond and computer Specialist Kendra Daniels.
As they try to figure out a way out of this ship Isaac is given the task to do the repairs along the ship where it is needed to help them escape.
As Isaac tries to do this he faces many sorts of necromorphs that all have their own abilities and tactics to attack the player and to kill them Isaac must decapitate them instead of the regular means of shooting.
The game is science fiction based survival horror and is heavily impressed with Doom franchise, but totally holds on its own as it incorporates on many different sorts of action and horror mechanics.
The combat uses the ‘strategic dismemberment’ to fight off the enemies and destroy them completely, simply attacking them with guns and other weapons won’t shut them off, you will have to slice and dice them.
And to do that you get the weapons of the sorts an engineer would go with, unlike regular array of weapons like firearms, the engineer Isaac Clarke uses modified variations of mining tools, like plasma cutter, rotary saw, a hydrazine torch turned into a flamethrower, a shock waves cannon and a military grade automatic rifle.
You can use the workbenches throughout the ship to upgrade your suits and weapons.
The game does not rely on heads up display of stats but instead uses a clever holographic detailing that pops up whenever you are around some item that you may pick up indicating its ammo numbers or medicinal value.
You check up on your remaining health by the glowing spine suit design at the back of your camo suit, four bars lighted up means its normal and only two lighted up means you are on half health, which of course can be upgraded into a bigger health bar.
You check your own ammos by a holographic detail hovering over it, the same with all of your stats and weapon and item customization, in all real time holographic display of your weapons and health conditions.
So you are in danger of being attacked while checking up your stats, so you gotta be careful with your moves and decisions.
This adds up to the horror and danger of the game’s atmosphere.
The game is played with third person over the shoulders game point of view.
Developed by EA Redwood Shores and published by Electronic Arts for PC, PS3 and X360. It was initially released in October 2008.
The appeal of Dead Space lies in its awesome, super awesome action mechanics and horror elements.
The necromorphs and their various tactics to take you down, as you change your strategy so do they! The unorthodox battle system that makes you give extra attention to your combat tactics. The real time based display of player’s stats that gives you that neat feeling of sci-fi, and also its conception is clever and adds up to the theme of the game so well.
All in all the game is one new age horror masterpiece!