Summary: The original Dead Space rocked the survival horror genre by being one of the most accessible and polished horror games ever. Dead Space 2 improves on that winning formula, but takes baby steps instead of giant leaps of improvement.
Excerpt: It’s been a couple of years since the emergence of critically acclaimed Sci-Fi, survival horror, Dead Space appearing on the shelves in 2008. Taking a risk on new IP during an economic crisis paid dividends for this title as the game’s quality in production and design propelled Dead Space to the...
Conclusion: As a sequel to one of the most honed and focussed experiences you can play on the current crop of consoles, Dead Space 2 is a success; it looks and sounds incredible and those hankering for more of the same are serviced well enough.
Excerpt: Of the three years since the events of the original Dead Space, Isaac Clarke remembers nothing, and finds himself in a straight-jacket on a station on Saturn’s Moon: Titan. Although not much actually happened in these three years (bar the events of Dead Space Aftermath), Isaac soon finds himself in...
Very scary shooter with severe violence, gore, and cussing.
Common Sense Media
8 April 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Dead Space 2 is not only very scary -- with disturbing-looking creatures who can jump out of the dark at you -- but there is also plenty of violence, blood (and bile), and gore. It is an M-rated game that earns its rating and is not meant for kids or teens.
Conclusion: Dead Space 2 had quite a lot to live up to, and it certainly meets if not exceeded those demands. The story is great and well told, the combat is just as interesting as it was in 2008, and the inclusion of a multiplayer mode that though flawed, still adds a good amount of replay value to the game.
Excerpt: Dead Space 2 made me angry. Not actual anger, obviously, but that particular variation of it that's reserved for video games. I spent a lot of time shouting at my television screen, and after a few hours, I wasn't playing out of curiosity, accomplishment, or excitement; it was pure stubborn...
Conclusion: Dead Space 2 is everything you want it to be with a mediocre multiplayer package thrown in. The single player is still the king when it comes to atmosphere and survival horror. The sound design is amazing. Dead Space 2 is a worthy follow up to one of the best games of this generation. Go and buy it.