The story line
Issac Clarke is back for a third installment, this time he is on a mission like no other. The thrilling story continues with merciless soldier John Carver in tow having crash-landed on the treacherous frozen ice planet of Tau Volantis they begin their nerve shredding journey to discover the true source of the Necromorph outbreak. What is lucky..in a way..is that Issac is an engineer, this means he can combine raw materials and scavenged parts together in order to create and customise not only survival tools, which is a given why they are required, but also survival tools. Perhaps think a somewhat similar extreme version of Minecraft.
This game is action-oriented game-play and set in a classic space environment, in the brutal wildness you come across mortal enemies where you can not let them embrace you. Although from judging what they look like (no offence but they do look horrifying) you would not like them to anyways. Although fellow gamers are wondering if EA have abandoned ‘scary’ in favor of a more ‘shooty’ approach. Creative director Ben Wanat has stated that “horror is a personal and a company obsession.” Please note as the game has just been released today in North America (5th February 2013) we will have to wait for the reviews to see if the horror that we are expecting is there. Although with research for this game done on ‘mummified’ corpses and his love for horror films there probably will be something haunting about ‘Dead Space 3’. Although on PC there is a muddy texture quality, for the most it does not look bad in action. There are several quality settings available which, on low quality, the dark shadows can appear light, which in a dark game like this make a huge difference.
Back to the story, you are also out to destroy as you drift through space equipped with an eva suit every shot counts. You must collect and build your arsenal very cleverly to flee in what is set to be a nerve shattering expedition where danger is everywhere.
New co-op feature
There is set to be more steady pacing in this game, instead of the safe room where you can catch your breath, you now keep playing to a (hopefully) thrilling perfect pace where the action, horror and terrifying scenes will have a much greater impact on the player. This game does look to be visually stunning, captivating, although frighting images to some.
There is a new co-operative mode! Unlike the other two games you can now decide to play on your own or with a friend. What is positive about this feature is the friend can join and leave at any checkpoint, this allows you to continue playing the game rather than waiting for them, although you can do that if you wish. There could also be a benefit of helping each other out fending off attacks as danger is set to be everywhere. Stated on the ‘Dead Space’ website;
“…playing the co-op version of Dead Space 3’s campaign, you will uncover additional story elements, cut-scenes, and battle strategies that are exclusive to this mode.”
Dead Space 3 is available from today on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for North America and available from 8th February for Europe. (Although it is available now in Europe on PC)
If you would like to see some game play for yourself here is the official trailer from when the game was announced at last years E3.
If you have never played Dead Space before and would like to play Dead Space 3, or want a recap here is a video from IGN titled “Dead Space in 5 minutes”
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