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.
Conclusion: Dead Space: Extraction is everything EA promised Wii owners. Rather than getting a dumbed down experience, the developers were able to play to the console's strengths, bringing an electric, scary, and polished mature entry to the platform. While I'm sure some will downplay the game's excellence, it is a worthwhile title that non-Wii-owning fans of the franchise will be loathe to miss.
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.
Summary: When the original Dead Space was released on the PS3 and Xbox 360 it was a real surprise hit and received a huge amount of praise. As with most games which are re-made for the Wii I was not expecting anything like what I had previously played. What I got however was a game which although differs from previous versions in terms of gameplay it certainly does not fail in the tension packed, enjoyable and fright filled stakes.
Summary: EA took a shot at bringing this game to the Wii and I can’t recommend this game enough. It’s an engaging story that sets things up for the original with great narration, excellent graphics and enough of a spook-factor to keep you on your toes. With Halloween upon us, it’s a perfect time to give Dead Space Extraction a go, assuming you haven’t already.
Summary: Extract yourself for another (on rails) trip into Dead Space.
Pros: The most intensely gruesome action you can find on the Wii; superb graphics; scary presentation; convincing voice acting; excellent storyline; cool unlockables; awesome arsenal of weapons; 2 player co-op is a blast; great Wii-mote controls.
Cons: Not a ton of replay value; campaign is pretty short;
Excerpt: When EA unleashed Dead Space on an unsuspecting gaming public late last year, it took some flack for what some considered certain cliché sensibilities. This was despite garnering generally enthusiastic reviews across the board. Yet, for whatever reason, its release bred some nitpicking over, say, design lifted straight out of Resident Evil 4 , or how much the aesthetic ripped off Aliens —this of course ignoring the fact that all successful media is inevitably and...
Excerpt: The grim thing about prequels is, before you start, you already know how they end. Those aboard the USG Ishimura are fated to become the gruesome enemies from Dead Space, but the story of their final hours is told in such rich detail that the story may be the best part of Dead Space Extraction. The game plays more like an action shooter than its survival-horror predecessor.
Conclusion: Dead Space Extraction is a worthy successor or precursor to the original game, it truly shows what the Wii is capable of. It offers a very different experience than the original game, but it works well. It’s also worthwhile to own as it brings some more adult elements to the Wii library of titles. When I first started playing Extraction I was a bit let down by the whole being on rails thing, but after a while you get accustomed to it and it works for this game.
Pros: Excellent graphics, Great game overall, A must have Wii title