Excerpt: Adding to the short list of Wii titles not concerned with family-friendly themes is Dead Space: Extraction , a game largely concerned with shooting the limbs off of unholy and horribly mutated hordes of resurrected human corpses. Serving as a prequel to 2008’s excellent Dead Space , this rail-shooter stays true to the original’s atmosphere and inserts itself neatly into the franchise’s canon.
Excerpt: Strong Points: Graphically pushes the Wii, easy controls that never caused problems, sound used heavily to add to the already horrific atmosphere. Weak Points: Too easy on standard settings, several glitches and frame rate drops, becomes repetitive at the end. Moral Warnings: Intense, bloody violence and gore, foul language used frequently, nudity tossed in for no apparent reason.
Pros: Graphically pushes the Wii, easy controls that never caused problems, sound used heavily to add to the already horrific atmosphere.
Cons: Too easy on standard settings, several glitches and frame rate drops, becomes repetitive at the end.
Excerpt: In my view, EA’s Dead Space was up there with the best horror games. It was a true high production title, doing fantastic things with visuals and sound, and creating an atmosphere that was as wonderful as it was oppressive. Dead Space Extraction is a prequel and is, in many ways, completely different from the original Xbox 360 and PS3 release, the game that first introduced the horrors of the Ishimura ship.
Summary: A refreshing surprise amongst a sea of unsatisfying Wii adaptations, Dead Space: Extraction’s unfaltering intensity and intriguing storyline makes the game worthy of the Dead Space moniker. New monsters, weapons, and characters expand upon the groundwork laid by the original thriller, and the realistic execution and pace of gameplay makes it easy to forget that you are on rails.
Excerpt: By Kevin "Berserker" Hall Player(s): 1-2 (local only) If you were consumed in the hype for Resident Evil 5 last year and skipped over Dead Space in the process then go get it now. You just skipped over one of the best horror action games of all time. Dead Space used the familiar Resident Evil 4 gameplay engine along with an even creepier atmosphere to make a very memorable action horror that should be played by all horror fans.
Excerpt: The most highly anticipated game in recent history, Spore, was released this month. Why all the excitement? Spore is the latest game from Will Wright, creator of The Sims — the bestselling PC series of all time. Like its predecessor, Spore pushes the boundaries of contemporary game technology, and capitalises on new, novel trends. In Spore , players guide a creature through its evolution as a species.
Excerpt: There’s a reason not many games are ported from Xbox / PS3 to the Wii, the power of everyone’s favourite white box simply isn’t up to handling the graphics of many PS2 games, never mind those of the newest console generation. So it was with some trepidation that we approached Dead Space: Extraction , not so much a straight port of the 2008 Xbox critical hit, but a prequel that converts the gory 3rd person shooter into an old-fashioned on-rails shooting gallery akin to...
Excerpt: I loved Dead Space, the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC horror game that EA released towards the end of 2008. It combined stunning presentation, creepy gameplay and some neat mechanics to earn itself a worthy place in our top 10 games of 2008 list. So, when EA announced that the franchise would be coming to Wii, I got a bit excited. Then I found out it was to be an on-rails shooter and, well, I lost some of that enthusiasm.
Excerpt: You turn a corner, nothing but darkness. You move along slowly, with your breath held, not making a sound. A loud ‘clang’ rings out - you turn, aim your gun and find that it was only a loose metal cover hitting the floor. With a sigh of relief you lower your gun and start to head back on your way, only to come face to face with a vile creature hell-bent on cutting you into a hundred little pieces and devouring your flesh. Welcome to Dead Space: Extraction for the Wii.