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Dead Space Don'ts

A video guide for how not to play Dead Space.

Not pictured: me cowering behind my sofa. Don't judge me!
It's a well-documented fact that, when it comes to horror games, I'm an unapologetic pansy. Save for Hostel-style torture porn, which just makes me squeamish, I'm generally a fan of horror movies, though they rarely get much of a jump out of me. There's something about actually being in control of the potentially doomed main character that just puts me on edge. I could only play Resident Evil 4 when it was light out, and preferably with another person around. Even then, it was only in short bursts, largely because the constant tension was so friggin' emotionally exhausting.

With all this in mind, I still went ahead and picked up Dead Space last week, simply because it looks so damn good, and I enjoy some good visceral dismemberment. I haven't had any available daylight hours to play it during, so it remains untouched. Thankfully, some kind soul has put together an 11-minute video running through every way you can be brutally, graphically murdered in EA's space-zombie game, allowing me to enjoy some of the game from a safer distance. Take note that it's chock-fulla spoilers, and also severely awesome.

  


Ironically, I remain quite excited about Left 4 Dead, though I suspect that the cooperative nature of that game will diffuse some of its girly-scream-inducing potential.
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Posted by Ryan
Not pictured: me cowering behind my sofa. Don't judge me!
It's a well-documented fact that, when it comes to horror games, I'm an unapologetic pansy. Save for Hostel-style torture porn, which just makes me squeamish, I'm generally a fan of horror movies, though they rarely get much of a jump out of me. There's something about actually being in control of the potentially doomed main character that just puts me on edge. I could only play Resident Evil 4 when it was light out, and preferably with another person around. Even then, it was only in short bursts, largely because the constant tension was so friggin' emotionally exhausting.

With all this in mind, I still went ahead and picked up Dead Space last week, simply because it looks so damn good, and I enjoy some good visceral dismemberment. I haven't had any available daylight hours to play it during, so it remains untouched. Thankfully, some kind soul has put together an 11-minute video running through every way you can be brutally, graphically murdered in EA's space-zombie game, allowing me to enjoy some of the game from a safer distance. Take note that it's chock-fulla spoilers, and also severely awesome.

  


Ironically, I remain quite excited about Left 4 Dead, though I suspect that the cooperative nature of that game will diffuse some of its girly-scream-inducing potential.
Posted by DavidSnakes

Wow, already?  The RE5 deaths video will be out before the game at this rate.

Posted by DualReaver

..what?

Posted by Kontrapunkt

hmm no unless i missed it no torso rips like this 0|-    -< surprising

Posted by neoepoch

Yeah a lot of the death sequences are pretty gruesome. That is why I avoided dying at all costs :p

Posted by Ryan_

wow! there's only so many times that you can see the same person die before you start to become troubled

Posted by English

Oh man, don't want to even try and imagine some of those..

Posted by Tarsier

On second thought, maybe I won't get this game. O_O

Posted by gzl5000

I'm the exact same way with all horror games. Couldn't get past the first 10 minutes in any Resident Evil game.

Posted by Junpei

Personally, having every single death cause you to lose your head or leg regardless of how much you were hit (or what you were hit by) kinda got old after a while. Maybe it's just the video though. Still intend on checking it out eventually, just too many other good things out I need to get first.

Posted by bgenso

Not going to watch that one hahaha. Im so excited for this game and want to keep all the surprises and a surprise, but wow this gets me more excited lol.

Posted by keyhunter

This game appears terrifying.

Posted by CleverLoginName

Maybe invest in some more armor, Isaac.

Posted by Meltbrain

Man that's fucking brutal. I can't wait to get this game, I'll probably shit my pants too but hey I dig getting scared.

Posted by Joseppie

Well the heads certainly do roll...and the arms and the legs and the torsos...

Posted by TripMasterMunky

I was gonna get this game eventually, now I'm not so sure lol.

Posted by ThrustMuscle

Wicked thanks for putting this up.  Just beat the game and didn't get to see most of these death sequences.

Posted by Gamblor

What's that suit good for anyhow? It doesn't seem to protect him at all. Might just as well be running around naked.

Posted by HiddenTofu

They should totally throw in a Mega Man model to replace Issac .

:D

Posted by ShadowDoGG

Flawless victory!

F-A-T-A-L-I-T-Y

Posted by Rockmanneo12

ouch* shouldn't of ate breakfast before watching.

Posted by kappamerc

I'm pretty sure you only die like that if you are low on health and then get hit.  It isn't 'normally' a 1 hit kill.  <('-'<).  Definitely worth getting.  I'm only on Chapter 4 but I have yet to actually die >.< - The game is fun!

I'm kinda cheating cause I'm on easy ;).  I can't play horror games for long, much less when they are hard as crap to play :D.

Posted by Dark_Spartan796

His screaming sounds so agonizing when he's electrocuted. They really did a great job with this. He's an engineer, he's never seen any of this shit before, and you can hear him screaming when those tentacles grab him. Really convinces you that your character is as scared as you are. The deaths in Dead Space are some of the most brutal and visceral I've ever seen. It's absolutely horrifying.

I've never seen death this well-done before. Fine job.

Posted by Sharpshooter

I get the feeling that I'll experience most if not all of those my first time through. But I suppose its that good looking a game why should I care.

Posted by Media_Master

Well now I won't buy it

Posted by jhosaphat

I play with surround sound headphones on, so it's really easy for me to get completely enveloped in the tension and atmosphere of Dead Space. I'm with Ryan on it being emotionally exausting. I can only play for about two hours at a time.  I can distinctly remember last night running wildly around in a room with flashing lights, no way to get out, and multiple baddies, all the while having to listen to tense, fast music. This is a great game!

Posted by TyrellOCP

yeah i'm defiantly not playing that

it looks amazing and all but i know that 5 minutes playing that and i'll be skrewd up good and proper

Posted by ep_driver

7:45-7:50...fuck that, i'm not going anywhere near this game. I just soiled my shorts.

Posted by Alphazero

I gotta tell you, Bioshock had me so tense I saved every five to ten seconds... and that's a game with almost no death penalty.  I pre-read the walkthrough for Doom 3 for every section just so I'd be slightly less startled by the monster closets.

I'm going to play Dead Space, but I will prepare myself with emergency underwear.

Isaac Clarke = Isaac Asimov + Arthur C. Clarke, right? Have they come out and admitted that yet?

Posted by Milkman

That kind ruined some of the boss fights for me but it was worth it. I'm on chapter 6 now and I can confirm, this game is amazing.

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Posted by RHCPfan24

I remember there was a RE4 version of this.  I'm not going to watch it now, but this game looks great.

Posted by scottp

the part where the little head craws into the guy and he turns into a zombie thing is fucked...

Posted by Vigorousjammer

they forgot the death where he gets eaten by that smaller enemy...

Posted by Link

Oh my...
This will be one of the types in which I need someone to hold my hand to play it.

Posted by Demyx

Lots, and lots of head flying action apparently.

had to practically force myself to watch all 11 minutes. Looks gruesome.

Posted by Ghost_of_Perdition

This made me smile.

I must have this game!

Posted by Darkstorn

Hahaha. That's funny.