Excerpt: Dead Space 3 had me worried long before it ever hit the store shelves, or “the cloud” as the cool kids would put it. I approached it with the same trepidation experienced when bracing oneself moments before ending up in a highway car pileup. Don't get me wrong, this isn't because I have a strong dislike for the franchise.
Summary: The months leading to Dead Space 3 's launch have been trying for fans of the series. From early rumors that it would be a first-person shooter to the eventual reveal of online co-op , Kinect support , cover-based shooting segments, and highly controversial microtransactions , Dead Space 3 's run of worrying news has been enough to test the loyalties and patience of any follower.
Excerpt: The genre of survival horror has seen some major changes during this console generation. Heavy stalwarts like Resident Evil and Silent Hill were given action packed makeovers to try and compete with a wider audience. New franchises have sprouted, each bringing its different take to the act of scaring the user, and each one succumbing to a different level of success. One of the most impressively strong newcomers is Dead Space.
Conclusion: Misfires and all, it’s at least commendable that Dead Space 3 makes an effort to exhibit some fresh experimentation into what has become a truly bloated media franchise; plus the combat still shines for the most part. Sadly though, better elements like the crafting system are lamentably set against a mundane and lifeless backdrop that rarely excites, let alone spooks, on the grand level of previous games in the series.
Summary: Maybe it’s not the choice I would have made, but it provides a startling premise for the events of the first two games (and the expanded universe) and pulls it together with enough point-and-shoot variety that I was never disinterested.
Pros: A shining example of how to make a third-person sci-fi shooter
Excerpt: Rather controversially, Dead Space 3 is a cooperative game. The previous two games in the series skipped having this option included, so many fans were obviously a little worried about it being tossed into the mix in this third game. Luckily, it doesn’t feel forced on you all that much, although there is some bonus content for those who do decide to play in a team.
Excerpt: Dead Space 3 doesn't want to take sides in the debate over what constitutes a true survival horror game. It would rather leave the choice up to you. This is a game rife with options and flexibility, building on the strengths of the franchise with clever new ideas that let you tailor the experience to your liking. It hits a few sour notes in its story and struggles at times when it steps away from the core combat, but Dead Space 3 is a thrilling and worthwhile sequel.
Pros: Excellent weapon crafting system adds flexibility to combat, Outstanding sense of atmosphere, Great amount of environmental variety, Co-op makes for a fun alternate approach to the campaign
Cons: Convoluted story, Some gameplay sequences fall flat