I found this title a bit by accident on a gaming website while I was looking for info on something else. After reading the blurb and looking at the screenshots I kinda talked myself into buying it. So after a fair while playing it, here's a simple checklist for you all to follow :
Do you like pretty graphics? If the answer is YES - buy this. It is very pretty, if in some places a little dark - making everything too dark does not increase the scare factor all you game developer guys, it makes it a bit annoying cos the flashlight you get barely illuminates anything. When you can see the graphics it is mighty nice.
Do you like violence and gore? Again, if YES, buy this. Its got lashing of it. Some quite gory scripted moments stand out, and anywhere you go in the game tends to have something dead in it. The weapons (and the whole dismemberbent system) does lend itself to trying to find new and interesting ways to destroy things, which is in itself a hell of a lot of fun.
Do you like a good if somewhat familiar storyline? If YES again, please buy this. Then........ go and get System Shock 2 and Doom 3 on the PC and see where they got most of the ideas from. Oh, and you might want to watch Event Horizon and Alien. Like I said at the start - this aint a bad thing but at many points through the game I got a sense of deja-vu... maybe im just old!
I cannot knock this in any way other than that slight sense of deja-vu, although im sure the developers of the game would prefer to call it "inspiration" at work! It is actually nice to see a few "nods" to other games in there, because at least they have taken inpiration from some decent games rather than just make a cheap rehash of them. There are some very nice touches in there, for example the kinetics and stasis abilities have of course been seen in a lot Star Wars games many moons before this but they do add a little certain something extra to the gameplay. I did very much like the HUD styling and the innovative health bars come to think of it, but a first person view button would have been really cool as I get the feeling im missing out on some pretty gfx here and there. 4 out of 5 stars from me, mainly cos it could have been a little bit better - I still reckon System Shock 2 is scarier and a better all round game with a fuller character progression system rather than the "find a power up, bolt it on your suit, done" approach of DS. Then again, if they had added a fuller character progression system this might as well have been called SystemAliensInEventShockDoomSpaceHorizon and been done with it, and it probably would been pretty damn good, as it is without the extra RPG-bits.
All in all well worth your cash, particularly now it's £25. Get on it... and enjoy the dismemberment!