4.5 1st Class Intersteller Terror!! Nicofett | 27/06/2010 | See all Nicofett's reviews (35) If you, like me are one of those gamers who sometimes let great games pass you by due to the amount of games on the market only to find later on, maybe months or years even that you can finally get around to playing or buying one of those games then this review is for you.If you loved the claustrophobic tension of Alien, the eerie atmosphere of Event Horizon, the crucifying paranoia of Pandorum and the horrific shape shifting body horror of The Thing then you will love Dead Space.Essentially, Dead Space is Resident Evil in space but that compliment in itself can seem like a put down if taken out of context. Dead Space is actually a refreshingly great game.Its close inspirational relationship with the movies mentioned above is no accident and the complete look of the mining spaceship the USG Ishimura where you play out the events of the story vaguely resembles locations featured in all these movies. To say the games developers have ripped off these elements is too harsh when in fact what they have cleverly done is to take the best elements of what made these movies great in terms of presentation and invoking the fear factor in the audience and translate that to the gaming world to create something reminiscent but also unique. This works excellently when coupled with an intelligent lighting system and a brilliantly eerie orchestral score to bring you a creepy, seemingly deserted, derelict playing area which you as a gamer find yourself sometimes hesitating to turn a corner or enter a room for fear of what might be waiting for you.Although to hardened gamers Dead Space brings with it much of what you have seen before in terms of game play within the crowded survival horror genre it does have its own innovations such as zero gravity and vacuum environments as well as high radiation areas. These alone bring their own set of problems for your character to overcome.If you buy Dead Space on the PS3 then you should consider also buying the Blue Ray version of the animated prequel movie Dead Space Downfall to fully understand the origins of the games antagonists the Necromorphs. The movie is an ultra violent ultra gory Anime style prequel that ends where the game begins and details how the Ishimuras crew became infected with an alien virus-like micro organism turning them into shape shifting zombie monstrosities with two things on their minds. Feeding and reproducing.On the whole this is a refreshing entry into the survival horror genre and is as close as you are going to get to playing a sci-fi/horror movie like those mentioned. The sequel, Dead Space 2 is due for release soon and we can only hope that it is as good if not better than its predecessor with its own little surprises and touches that continue to make Dead Space unique and stand out against its rivals. Buy it now at such a great and reasonable price.