Excerpt: To get loot in Assassin's Creed , you gently pat the pockets of the dude whose throat you just sliced. In Bioshock , you open a corpse in much the same perfunctory way you'd open one of the game's crates or desk drawers.
Excerpt: The problem with writing about Dead Space 2 is that nothing really sticks out enough for me to focus on. I’ll get my fanboyish dribbling out of the way early; the first Dead Space was a masterclass in ambient horror.
Excerpt: The original Dead Space ended with a frightening visit from Isaac’s dead girlfriend and the beginning of Dead Space 2 keeps that intensity right from the outset. To begin the game, Isaac Clarke is helplessly strapped in a strait-jacket, while a horde of necromorphs close in on him.
Review: Dead Space 2: Severed (Microsoft Xbox 360)
16 March 2011
Excerpt: If anyone knows how to make the best of DLC content, it’s Electronic Arts. While some folks have taken umbrage with their DLC practices in some instances, the company sure does know how to get their people behind the idea of cranking out DLC for their games, keeping older games flush with content...
Excerpt: Despite it's streamlined scares and action-heavy focus, Severed is an enjoyable, if familiar trip back to the Sprawl
Pros: Dead Space 2's taut gameplay remains wonderfully intact and it's an interesting switch to take on the role of a heavier-duty solider; occasional deviations and "aftermath" changes within recycled levels make for fun twists.
Conclusion: Severed delivers more Dead Space combat, pure and simple, and that is no bad thing. This return to the Sprawl offers up a quick fix of action that maintains a high level of intensity and doesn't overstay its welcome.
Pros: Maintains a gripping intensity for its brief duration, Return of twitcher necromorphs is welcome, Characteristically excellent visuals and sound.
Cons: Unsatisfying story, Uses mostly recycled locations, A bit overpriced at $7.
Excerpt: Having experienced Isaac Clarke’s horror-soaked escape from the Sprawl in Dead Space 2, it’s nice to take an alternate path with different characters trapped in the same Necromorph-fueled madness.
Pros: + More of the creepy, monster-slaying action of the main game in a bite-sized chunk., + Interesting side-story for those deep into the mythos of the Dead Space universe.
Cons: - Offers no new gameplay or environments; it’s rather short., ? Who’s leaving all this Peng lying around? Litterbug!