Product Type: Electronic Arts Xbox 360 games
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Dead Space (Xbox 360)
Member Name: mchitty
Dead Space (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Great graphics, immersive atmosphere, lots of gameplay variety
Disadvantages: Not very original
I wasn't sure what to expect from Dead Space. Let's face it, when a 3rd person shooter is released that isn't part of some major franchise, and it has some sort of sci-fi horror theme, it's probably a reasonable expectation that it's probably rubbish.
Well, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with Dead Space, and how utterly un-rubbish it showed itself to be right from the start.
The storyline is cliched - basically it contrives that you, Issac Clark, a nobody on a spaceship, ends up on board another vessel which has been infested by aliens and of course their reanimated human zombie pals.
The first thing here that's amazing is the graphics. There have been many, many attempts at capturing the sci fi horror atmosphere, with its flickering lights, ominous steam vents and sparking broken electricity cables. But aside from maybe Bioshock, due to its fantastic design, there are very few games that come even close to Dead Space. The graphics and the dark atmosphere they produce may not be particularly original, but they are absolutely stunning, and to add to this, the frame rate is smooth all the time. When beasties are jumping out of the shadows, however, this is a requirement.
One interesting aspect of the game is the interface, or lack of it. Your health bar and other such meters can be found on the back of your protective suit. Further to this, menus etc. can be accessed with nifty looking 3D holograms beaming out in front of you. This may all sound a bit dodgy, and yes there are frustrating points when you can't really see your health bar, or you'd rather you could just have a conventional system. However for the most part, the removal of an interface as such is an immersive and an ambitious step.
Dead Space is jam packed with different features. Stasis involves slowing down time to your advantage, for example, and Kinesis, which is a bit like the gravity gun on Half Life. These features aren't particularly original, but having them all put together into one game is nice and adds for plenty of variety in gameplay.
Overall, I found that I really enjoyed Dead Space, the gameplay is really fun, the graphics are excellent and immersive, and there are moments that will truly make you jump out of your skin! An unexpectedly great game for the Xbox 360.
Summary: One of the best 3rd person shooters