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: 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.
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.
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.
Summary: When word first got out that Dead Space Extraction, the Wii-exclusive prequel to last year’s survival horror hit, was going to be an on-rails shooter instead of a third person game, I admit to being pretty disappointed. How could a rail shooter ever be as scary as the first game? Would it be campy like The House of the Dead? Would the presentation live up to the high production values established by Isaac Clarke’s nightmarish journey through the USG Ishimura?
Conclusion: Last but not least, Extraction was hyped pre-released for its visuals and sound. Technical limitations are obvious by now, but DSE really holds its own against a superior older brother. This is encouraging from the standpoint of a Wii game. Most of the textures are well-detailed, and the environments are nearly as intricate as before. Animations are also superb, especially the facial animations of the characters that tag along.