Summary: Dead Space 3 takes the fantastic alien dismembering gameplay in deep space the series is known for and gives you a partner to enjoy it with. This is a good thing, of course, because co-op makes just about everything better. Horror game fans had worried that co-op might make the game less scary but, truth be told, Dead Space hasn't been all that scary for a while now. It is, and has been, a sci-fi action game with horror elements.
Excerpt: The mind games have returned. As a Dead Space fan, that’s possibly the best news you’ve heard all day. For myself, the first two installments in the franchise simply wowed me with the amount of content that you experienced which actually only happened in your head. It was the staple of the franchise, or so I thought, until the release of Dead Space 3 which was largely lacking in that area. Luckily for us hardcore Dead Space fans, Awakened is a succulent treat.
Conclusion: You should absolutely play Awakened if you’ve already beaten Dead Space 3. It’s one of the more original and memorable parts of Isaac’s story… which says as much about Dead Space 3 as a game as it does the quality of this DLC. The creepy atmosphere, the dementia, and the bite-sized story of devotion gone wrong stand out strongly against some of the more phoned-in story beats of the main game. Playing it did make me wonder why this style didn’t show up in the main story.
Excerpt: The survival-horror genre gets such a bad rap these days that it’s tempting to overlook them for games with a frantic gunplay, co-op multiplayer elements, customizable weapons or … wait, that’s actually what Dead Space 3 offers. Not often one to take franchise risks, EA made a massive gamble years ago on an untested studio with an unknown IP in a survival-horror genre that had been seemingly owned by Konami for eons.
Summary: Dead Space 3 was never a game lacking for content. Between a 15- to 20-hour campaign built around a deep weapon-crafting system and numerous unlockable game modes, there was plenty to keep your attention in Isaac Clarke's most recent adventure. So what's the incentive to drop $10 on Awakened, Dead Space 3's first downloadable add-on? It all comes down to story.
Pros: New cultist enemies are super creepy
Cons: Mostly recycled environments, Brief, unsatisfying story, No new gameplay outside a single boss fight
Excerpt: Isaac Clarke and John Carver are back in action. How can they be roaming the barren wastes of Tau Volantis after the bleak, deck-clearing finale of Dead Space 3 ? That mystery gets Awakened off to a promising start; if only the intrigue lasted through the rest of the adventure. As a two-hour epilogue to Dead Space 3 ’s campaign, Awakened keeps the story ball rolling; it just doesn’t land anywhere all that interesting.
Cons: ? What’s Ellie doing while all this is going on?
Dead Space 3 is a disturbing ride from beginning to end (review)
25 February 2013
Excerpt: Dead Space 3 starts with a break up. You might think that’s weird for a game that involves meticulously cutting off the limbs of alien zombies who want to kill you. But the Dead Space series has seen more unusual changes over the last few years. Available today for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, Visceral Game’s third entry of its sci-fi themed survival-horror franchise takes hero Isaac Clarke through a galaxy-hopping adventure as he tries to stop undead creatures...
Pros: The limb-chopping combat receives a facelift with the new workbenches, which you can use to craft your own weapons. You start by picking a compact frame (one-handed) or a heavy frame (two-handed) and choosing an upper tool and a lower tool. These tools dictate what kind of firepower you’re using. If you attach the military engine, you can create standard weapons like machine guns, revolvers, and a sniper rifle. One of my favorite combinations early on was a rivet-shoo...