Excerpt: It’s a difficult balancing act for a work of horror to capture the grotesque without also becoming so. Dead Space 3 has nearly become the grotesque, a flashy and bloated genre piece. Sure, following up the generation’s most defining horror with a resolution is an unenviable task but it’s also just a simple, cinematic action sequel.
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.
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.
Review: Dead Space 3: Awakened (Microsoft Xbox 360)
22 March 2013
Summary: : Dead Space 3: Awakened is one of the better pieces of DLC created, in general, in that it’s designed in a way that will appeal to anyone who owns Dead Space 3 , whether their opinion of the game was high or low. It wraps up the plot of the game in a less ambiguous, more sequel friendly, more interesting fashion, keeps the elements of the game that were generally fine intact, and changes the focus of the game to what gained the series its fans in the first place without...
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?
Excerpt: I’ll just cut to the chase and immediately tell you I didn’t play the first two Dead Space games. That’s not much of an issue, however, as Dead Space 3 starts with a recap of what happened in the first two parts, as well as giving a short story on events that occured 200 years ago, to then bring us to the present where engineer Isaac Clarke seems to have become the Die Hard John McClane of Dead Space.