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.
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.
Summary: Dead Space 3 provided protagonist Isaac Clarke with a new stage on which to dismember his necromorph enemies, presenting him with tight corridors that clashed with the wide-open arctic expanses of Tau Volantis, the ice planet holding secrets vital to combating the alien threat; Awakened follows in...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cons: ? What’s Ellie doing while all this is going on?