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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Remember. In Space, No one can hear you scream...

I have decided to make a return to the blogging scene. Why? Simply put, I want money but I don't want a real job. HA. So now I come to you today with more video game knowledge than you last seen me. As well as some  more motivation to blog and check up on blogs. Go me right?

Today, I come to you all with probably one of the most shocking and mind taxing games I have ever had the chance to play.

Warning: Incoming Gore. If you are weak at heart, leave now.

Isaac being his bad ass self
First off, Dead Space is a survival horror action adventure scifi game. You take on the role of the engineer, Isaac Clarke, who is part of an emergency response team on board the USG Kellion. The beginning of the game starts out with a cryptic message from Isaac's girlfriend being played and The Kellion attempting to land on the Space Cracker Class USG Ishimura (if someone knows what Ishimura means, lemme know. Assuming it means something.) Unfortunately, someone doesn't know how to drive and ends up beaching your ship onto the Ishimura. 

Shit. If things get any worse, Isaac might need a cigarette.

Well things do get worse. When investigating the ship for no more than about two minutes, Isaac gets locked in room and is essentially forced to watch his crew get slaughtered by these crazy looking monsters (which you find out later are called Necromorphs). When I say slaughtered that is kind of an understatement. I would have to say...they are...ripped apart. As Isaac you are like "FUUUUCK" because at this time you have no weapon. Now what the hell do you do with that? Luckily, in the next room you get a plasma cutter and if you are a smart player, on the wall you will read a clue on how to kill the creatures.

If Necromorphs ever invade earth, I will an hero.
When I first started playing this, I thought this was probably the MOST messed up way to kill a creature in a video game. To remove the limbs. Head shots? Nothing. Instead when these creatures attack you, you are forced to take out both arms and legs (on higher difficulties you must take everything out. Lower, about one or two limbs). What I really liked about Dead Space was the fact that some of the monster play opossum. They will make you think they are dead until you get close. Then they just try to tear your head off like all other creatures. You will also learn quickly that there isn't as much ammo in this game as you would like. So you will often find that you are selling extra health packs or ammo to weapons you don't use to keep stocked up.

This is the view you will see most of the time.
Remember how I called this game taxing before? Well that is because the creatures are remotely smart and will use shadows and such to lure you into areas packed full of enemies or you will be upgrading your items and get attacked while you are in the menu. Just remember. In Dead Space, you are never safe. Following Resident Evil 4 and 5, if you set the controller down because you think that you are safe, you will most likely see a "You're Dead" screen. Always be on your toes unless the game is off. In which case you are safe.

Let's talk about something fun now. In the event you do die, you will be shown a clip of Isaac brutally getting killed because of your inability to heal him or because you were stupid and walked him into an instant kill creature. Here are some examples. (may want to turn your volume down. Shit was loud on my computer)


This game was crazy hard at first. But once I figured out how to kill the Necromorphs it got easy...until about midway through the game where they start throwing more Necromorphs at you. Yay. Not only will you be low on ammo, but you will be forced to make decisions like "do I fight or run?" or "Which piece of equipment should I purchase with my power node". I didn't explain it before, but power nodes are what you use to upgrade your equipment. You find a few here and there but they are hidden quite well. Always in a Blue box on the wall however, once you see them you won't miss them.

Dead Space is not a game for cheap scares either. Like most of the time you are left guessing when and how they are going to attempt to scare you next. The cheesiest by far however is the body on the floor springing to life and attacking you. This happens a few times but luckily they don't over use it. Which is good.

Overall
Dead Space is a game you just have to experience for yourself. If you loved the psychological aspects of Silent Hill and the action of Resident Evil 4 and the scares of say...Fatal Frame, you will love Dead Space. To be honest, after playing this game it quickly shot up into my top 5 games. This game is not for the faint of heart however. There are many scenes with decapitation, dismemberment and other such violent imagery. The only thing that could make this game better? Actual boobs. None of that 3-d stuff (I am looking at you God of War) I have to say I give this game an 8.9 just because at times controlling Isaac felt slightly clunky. Lots of violence, a good plot to keep you asking "what the hell is going on here", and psychological thrills. If that doesn't sound like a good time to you, then you probably hate America.

Expect a review of the Second Game and the iPhone version of the game as well once I play and complete both.

Regh out.

4 comments:

  1. This game is epic! The graphics are out of this world!

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  2. Cooperlife, Your mother will hate this game.

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