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Dead Space

Released on 24 October 2008

Rating: 18+ (BBFC)

5.0 out of 5 (232 customer reviews) | Write a review

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In the future, Earth's appetite for resources has become a major motivator for deep space exploration. Immense, privately-owned and operated mining ships called "planetcrackers" orbit planets and use sophisticated equipment to carve out entire city-sized chunks of rock, and reduce them to component elements and raw ore.

Communications with one of these planetcrackers, the USG Ishimura, have ceased while the ship is engaged in deep space mining operations.

The company's top engineer, Isaac Clarke, is sent to discover the problem and fix it. Once onboard the vessel, Clarke discovers that a terrifying alien presence has taken over the ship, and has horribly killed the crew. Weaponless and terrified, this lone engineer is burdened with much more than simple survival - he holds the fate of all mankind in his hands.
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.

Dismemberment: This game's core mechanic is the strategic dismemberment of alien appendages. In true survival horror fashion, you must conserve ammo - in true Hollywood horror fashion, it's all about seeing bone fragments and arterial spray fly across the room. Enemies in the game are resilient. The conventional wisdom that a headshot will stop an alien is thrown out in Dead Space.

    Setting and atmosphere: Dead Space is an immersive, interactive horror movie experience. An emergent, panic-inducing audio system, an innovative Minority Report-style HUD, and a nuanced, scary pace that will sink you into the game experience.

      Unique weaponry: Stasis Gun is used to slow charging aliens and to help solve puzzles. The Gravity Gun and unique projectile-based weaponry are mining tools - your ability to upgrade weapons increases as you progress through the game.

        Zero gravity: Survive and destroy the aliens in Zero G environments. Manipulate gravity with Havok physics to solve puzzles and fight enemies.

        customer Reviews

         Average rating (232 reviews)

         Excellent survival/horror shooter

        | | See all Palantir's reviews (14)

        I've been looking forward to this for a long time and was happy to find it worth the wait.

        I've always liked the Resident Evil and Silent Hill games and this is a similar style of game, perhaps a little more action and less horror - although very gory in places.

        Controls are easy to pick up, gameplay is fluid and tense and a very absorbing game.

        Graphics and sound are some of the best on the PSX3 and the game plays equally well as the 360. Recommend you definitely play with the lights off and sound up - a great game for Halloween and the cold winter nights ahead

        Highly recommend to fans of shooters and survival horror alike.

        Also has trophies for those who like to collect those.


        | | See all DuncanEdwards's reviews (153)

        After just an hour of playing this the first impression of this game is excellent. It has a Res Evil type camera angle, amazing graphics and packs of atmosphere. It feels and plays like Res Evil , although fantastic landscapes and hordes of zombies, etc have been replaced with scary dimly lit corridors on an abandonded spaceship and some very very scary aliens.
        Definately worth a purchase!!!!!!!!!!!

         Not 5 star

        | | See all visorboy's reviews (9)

        Fail to see why people rave about this so much. When I think of survival/horror I imediately think of the old Resident Evil games, Dead Space has none of the tension or shock factor of RE, only a child could find it scary. Its basically a long drawn out shoot 'em up, going through endless corridoors and elevators shooting unimpressive monsters, and I can't believe people are still making games with end of level 'bosses', very boring. Everything is very easy to work out and requires no thought. The graphics may be excellent but the game play is uninteresting. Easy to forget.

         The redefinition of survival horror

        | | See all Spartan20's reviews (24)

        If Resident Evil 4 was the defining S.H game of the last generation, then Dead Space serves that purpose for this one (and yes, I am taking the much-hyped R.E 5 into account.) I approached this game with low expectations, in the beginning. Primarily, because it belonged to the EA stable, and after the over-commercialisation of their recent output, I didn't hold much hope for Dead Space to offer somethign new. But, something has happened of late in the EA camp that I had begun to think was an impossibility, given the slew of pop-culture friendly Madden and Need For Speed titles; they are beginning to think outside of the box of their own making. Mirror's Edge hinted at this, and Dead Space exemplifies it. This isn't just the best of EA's output, or the best S.H game of this generation, but one of the best games this side of the millennium. Relentlessly adult from the outset, already bucking modern EA sensibilities, and opening with a sequence of unanticipated intensity that immediately rouses your perceptions out of any jaded lethargy, Dead Space starts as it means to go on. Honourably borrowing, as opposed to plagiarising, Resident Evil 4's patented 'over-the-shoulder' gameplay system, whilst also making very logical additional features (walking and shooting, to name one of the most obvious), it works much better here, because of the greater intimacy of the environments and sadistically conceived aliens/demons (depends on your perspective on the game's remarkable narrative). The game makes no bones about the extremely mature content, and neither the story nor the gameplay patronise what it clearly assumes to be a primarily adult audience. Forget uber-violence and gore just for the sake of it, and instead think about subversion of human form (Hellraiser would serve as an example of this) and the human condition itself, for Jacob's Ladder and Event Horizon are blatant inspirations to this game. At anything other than the lowest difficulty, Dead Space assaults both your thumbs, and your senses, as any good S.H should, recalling just what made Resident Evil and another Jacob's Ladder inspired game, Silent Hill, so damnably involving. Enemies come at you from all sides here, very often without clear warning, leaving it to you and your instincts to survive. And that's entirely what the game is about; Survival. Pay attention, maintain focus, adapt to your enemy and you'll get through. Slip, though, and you're in for some of the nastiest death animations you'll see this gen. The game allows generous armament and a substantial sense of empowerment, but it's what you do with it those that determines supremacy, or a very, very painful game-over. EA understood that Resident Evil 4's engine as a template was the best-suited to this new endeavour, but also foresaw that that engine as it was could not hold up to accelerated action and intensity (a problem evident in the aforementioned R.E 5, unfortunately). Dead Space is never cheap, or unforgiving, but it is very unkind to the unprepared, as evidenced in certain QTE sequences that I won't spoil for you here, but those who have played it will know precisely what I'm talking about. And so, the story. Like the gameplay, it evolves steadily, and probes dark places indeed, holding back only that which is left to your perception, taking certain old contrivances and making them fresh with a greater degree of mental involvement. There's a twist to it that you may, or may not, see coming, but the impact is felt nontheless. Put simply, a sequel to this is high on my wishlist. So, if S.H is your bag, or you're looking for an introduction to the genre, getting the game shouldn't be the question; only how long before you pluck up the courage to do so...


        | | See all Umbraahk's reviews (47)

        Top 100 Games Reviewer

        Seriously, don't play this in the dark, at night and by yourself, you will scare yourself.

        The atmosphere that made films like Alien, The Thing and Event Horizon what they are is present here. This game has to be the creepiest I own.
        The feeling that's built up when you play the game is so intense, you don't know when you're going to be attacked (especially on your first play through) I was on tenter hooks the whole time, and when something jumped out to attack it really shook me up. THe game does a good job of drawing you in to the fiction.

        If its not the incredibly creepy sounds and voices you hear in the distance when walking down a barely-lit corridor, or the scuttle of something above you in the air vents that will get your heart beating, then seeing a horde of necromorphs charge towards you will. These things are seriously creepy and will redefine horror for you in ways you couldn't imagine.

        If you don't like horror movies because you don't like being scared then seriously, don't buy this game, to put it bluntly, this game will mess you up, you'll be a nervous wreck after playing it, paranoid that things are going to jump out and get you at any moment (in the game that is, not in real life :P)

        But if you are like me and love all of that, and welcome the horror genre with open, bloody arms, then seriously buy this game.
        The freaky visuals coupled with the amazing sounds and voice acting will leave you wanting more.

        The game also has replay value like that of Resident Evil 4, you can go back and start over with the weapons you had and upgrade them through the game's Store, or you could just trade them in for different weapons and change your experience.

        As for weapons; this games has a great variety of them, I won't spoil it for you but "strategic dismemberment" is awesome.

        You can also purchase weapon upgrades in the Playstation Store on PSN, as well as new suits of armour to help you in the game, such as the Obsidian suit, exclusive to Playstation 3.

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        Rating18+ (BBFC)