Being a huge Dead Space fan, I have played both the previous games to bits, the original one being completed 100%, so I know the franchise very well.
Gameplay wise i was not so keen on the more action orientated approach of 2, and even more so the 3rd game but I had to buy this anyways as a fan.
What I have seen so far, and im about halfway through first completion, is another cracking addition to the series.
Yes, it is defo more action than the first but not too over the top.
The crucial thing is the atmosphere, and its here in droves, its not quite the balls out horror of the first but the scares are there and there are some AMAZING set pieces, the game starts off brill and never lets up, the opening prologue was ace, graphically its a new high point for the series.
Sound design is always a strong point and it shines here, the music is amazing and has a real Alien feel to it with the fading/echoey string sections, also I love the reverb on the clanking metal or bangs and creaks as you enter some rooms.
What I love is the continuity of the series, they all look related, as they should, and feel linked which can only help the story, which I like so far!!!
Overall, this is a great title, yes I wish thay would do a pure survival horror like DS1, but for now this will do.
If u like the DS series than go buy this, for me it makes up for the huge disappointment I felt when I bought Aliens Colonial Marines only to discover a good but not great game.