My Experience of Dead Space

#1 Edited by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -

I'm currently on chapter 9, of which there are 12 chapters. I can reasonably say I have seen most of what Dead Space has to offer, and was wondering if anybody had questions in their buying/rental decision. I will have a user review up tomorrow, with a planned score of 5/5 stars. So go ahead and ask some things, and I will give you an answer.

Edit: Guess since nobody really has any questions I'll actually add my experience, which I should have done in the first place. So far it's pretty interesting, I like the enemy variety and the brutality of the entire package. The backtracking is somewhat of a disappointment, where for example level 8 is the same as level 4 but different events. You also always backtrack through the current level to get back to the tram and move on. I've played for about 7 and a half hours, so the game should clock in at 9-11 hours for me on Easy. Upgrading everything will definitely take more than one playthrough, maybe even 2 or 2 and a half. Hard to tell.

I'm also going through the game with the Plasma Cutter only, for the achievement. It's such a unique weapon and limb dismemberment is incredibly useful, so decimating the game with a single weapon is good stuff.

#2 Posted by ReTarDedFisHy (1070 posts) -

Sounds great. Looks like your making progress, hope you get that achievement soon !
Can't wait to pick this game up !

#3 Posted by HistoryInRust (6397 posts) -
Vinchenzo said:
. Upgrading everything will definitely take more than one playthrough, maybe even 2 or 2 and a half. Hard to tell.
So your equipment rolls over into the second playthrough a la Mass Effect?
#4 Posted by Demilich (2598 posts) -

I just have one question that nobody seems to be able to answer for me;

Is the highest difficulty setting available from the start?

#5 Posted by Shawn (3825 posts) -

$60 worthy?

#6 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -
Demilich said:
"I just have one question that nobody seems to be able to answer for me;

Is the highest difficulty setting available from the start?"
No. "Impossible" requires a play-through.

Shawn said:
"$60 worthy?"
If you have the cash for the holiday season. I'd recommend a rent, but when things die down it's a definite buy.

Sir_Ragnarok said:
"Vinchenzo said:
. Upgrading everything will definitely take more than one playthrough, maybe even 2 or 2 and a half. Hard to tell.
So your equipment rolls over into the second playthrough a la Mass Effect?"
Yes. There is a "New Game+" or w/e. I believe you can also change difficulties, therefore Hard + Upgraded stuff = somewhat easier?
#7 Posted by Discorsi (1390 posts) -

How is the story?

Did any of the parts truly leave you creeped out or scared?

What is the meaning of life?

#8 Posted by Shadow (4988 posts) -

I'm playing through it right now.  Man, hard is HARD.  It probably would have been easier if in the first level, I realized you could destroy green crates to get stuff.  Ammo was in short supply that level.

#9 Posted by Demilich (2598 posts) -
Shadow said:
"I'm playing through it right now.  Man, hard is HARD.  It probably would have been easier if in the first level, I realized you could destroy green crates to get stuff.  Ammo was in short supply that level."
Are you on /v/ right now...?
#10 Posted by get2sammyb (6412 posts) -

I have a question - why do people play their games on easy the first play through? It just makes the experience seem so shallow, not what it should be and makes the game short. I know someone who played MGS4 on easy and just ran through it because he wanted to finish it quicker. Like, why?

Irritates me that does. I'll play through on hard first time - if it really is TOO hard then I'll replay on medium.

Just a thought. Anyway - game looks awesome... I want to be surprised so I'mma ask no questions.

#11 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -
get2sammyb said:
"I have a question - why do people play their games on easy the first play through? It just makes the experience seem so shallow, not what it should be and makes the game short. I know someone who played MGS4 on easy and just ran through it because he wanted to finish it quicker. Like, why?

Irritates me that does. I'll play through on hard first time - if it really is TOO hard then I'll replay on medium.

Just a thought. Anyway - game looks awesome... I want to be surprised so I'mma ask no questions."
The reason I am playing on Easy is because I am doing the "One Gun" run-through. Which means I can only use the plasma cutter. So I was not sure how the game was going to be, how the weapons were, etc.

Discorsi said:
"How is the story?

Did any of the parts truly leave you creeped out or scared?

What is the meaning of life?

"

Story is interesting, but it sometimes annoys me. Honestly, my character gets screwed so many times it's ridiculous. I was also only creeped out the first hour. Now when I see a "dead body" I approach with caution, I aim before I go through a door, and so on. Occasionally you see a nice scripted sequence which is where the main creepiness derives from.
#12 Posted by Subway (971 posts) -

You can destroy the green crates and get stuff?! fuck....


Anyways I'm only on chapter 4, but I love this game, it's like BioShock, with better gameplay and a worse story.

#13 Posted by daniel_beck_90 (3159 posts) -

this game for me is like Bioshock meats Doom meats resident evil 4

#14 Posted by Subway (971 posts) -
daniel_beck_90 said:
"this game for me is like Bioshock meats Doom meats resident evil 4"
Thats actually quite accurate, it takes so many ideas from BioShock its just about funny.
#15 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -
Subway said:
"You can destroy the green crates and get stuff?! fuck....


Anyways I'm only on chapter 4, but I love this game, it's like BioShock, with better gameplay and a worse story."
You should see the ending! Aha... going to write my review right now.
#16 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -

My review is up, so anybody interested in the game should check it out.

#17 Posted by AaronBelfast (1491 posts) -
Vinchenzo said:
"My review is up, so anybody interested in the game should check it out."
Neat layout. The text wasn't too much nor too little. Might get this game, decisions...
#18 Posted by TheGTAvaccine (2884 posts) -

I left some pretty extensive impressions in my blog as well. Great, great game.

#19 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -

I've started an achievement guide, so if you feel like you want to add some information go ahead and message me. For now I am fleshing out the achievements.

#20 Posted by Solid_SnakeXx (1771 posts) -

can you tell me how long is this game ( to beat)
And is there any online mode?
Does it have trophies?  custom soundtracks?

#21 Posted by PenguinNerd (959 posts) -
AaronBelfast said:
"Vinchenzo said:
"My review is up, so anybody interested in the game should check it out."
Neat layout. The text wasn't too much nor too little. Might get this game, decisions..."
No you WILL get this game...Solid_SnakeXx said:
"can you tell me how long is this game ( to beat)
And is there any online mode?
Does it have trophies?  custom soundtracks?"
no online, yes to trophies...pretty sure they are the exact same as achievements and no custom soundtracks...but seriously you sooo don't need it for this game
#22 Posted by jakob187 (21755 posts) -
daniel_beck_90 said:
"this game for me is like Bioshock meats Doom meats resident evil 4"
That's a fairly accurate...if poorly spelled...description of the influences that are used to create the game.  There's also a good style of influence from Event Horizon and a handful of other sci-fi flicks, but gameplay-wise, I think those three are dead on the head of what I had thought in my first play-through.
Vinchenzo said:
"I'm currently on chapter 9, of which there are 12 chapters. I can reasonably say I have seen most of what Dead Space has to offer, and was wondering if anybody had questions in their buying/rental decision. I will have a user review up tomorrow, with a planned score of 5/5 stars. So go ahead and ask some things, and I will give you an answer.

Edit: Guess since nobody really has any questions I'll actually add my experience, which I should have done in the first place. So far it's pretty interesting, I like the enemy variety and the brutality of the entire package. The backtracking is somewhat of a disappointment, where for example level 8 is the same as level 4 but different events. You also always backtrack through the current level to get back to the tram and move on. I've played for about 7 and a half hours, so the game should clock in at 9-11 hours for me on Easy. Upgrading everything will definitely take more than one playthrough, maybe even 2 or 2 and a half. Hard to tell.

I'm also going through the game with the Plasma Cutter only, for the achievement. It's such a unique weapon and limb dismemberment is incredibly useful, so decimating the game with a single weapon is good stuff."
Plasma Cutter can be done on Easy or Medium pretty easily, to be honest.  I've been doing my second playthrough on Medium with my fully upgraded Plasma Cutter, fully upgraded Rig, and fully upgraded Stasis module, and the PC just two and three shots a lot of the early shit.  Even the later durable slicers and shit, they aren't more than 4 or 5 shots.  Plus, a little trick for you:  if you dump all your other weapons into the safe and have ONLY the PC on you, then pretty much all ammo that drops will be energy for your PC.  Therefore, it makes running out of ammo almost impossible.

Personally, I think the PC is the best weapon in the game, which is kind of a shame, given that it's the FIRST weapon in the game and discourages you from playing with most of the others for anything other than vanity purpose and playing around with them.

As for 5/5...I can't give it that, as it's not perfect.  There are some things that drive me insane...but it's definitely a hell of a high-rating game to me.  =  /  I'll have my review up sometime this weekend, hopefully...depending how work goes.
#23 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -
jakob187 said:
 Plasma Cutter can be done on Easy or Medium pretty easily, to be honest.  I've been doing my second playthrough on Medium with my fully upgraded Plasma Cutter, fully upgraded Rig, and fully upgraded Stasis module, and the PC just two and three shots a lot of the early shit.  Even the later durable slicers and shit, they aren't more than 4 or 5 shots.  Plus, a little trick for you:  if you dump all your other weapons into the safe and have ONLY the PC on you, then pretty much all ammo that drops will be energy for your PC.  Therefore, it makes running out of ammo almost impossible.

Personally, I think the PC is the best weapon in the game, which is kind of a shame, given that it's the FIRST weapon in the game and discourages you from playing with most of the others for anything other than vanity purpose and playing around with them.

As for 5/5...I can't give it that, as it's not perfect.  There are some things that drive me insane...but it's definitely a hell of a high-rating game to me.  =  /  I'll have my review up sometime this weekend, hopefully...depending how work goes."
I think it deserves 5 stars. It's a well-made game that is extremely polished. If I gave it a score, I'd say a 8.75 -- it deserves recognition for being a unique game that is just a shitload of fun while it lasts. Hey if Halo can get a 9.5, then a better game can get an appropriate score. The only achievement I'm missing now is beating on Impossible, and it is quite Impossible. Finally finished my achievement guide as well, which is getting a decent amount of hits. A lot from Google surprisingly.
#24 Posted by jakob187 (21755 posts) -

Well, nvm any comments I've made on other threads about secret achievements.  Vinchenzo apparently is a God of achievements, LOL.

To each their own opinion for ratings, as always.  I just can't give it anything perfect.  lol  Hell, only time I ever reviewed anything with a perfect score was Resident Evil 4 on Gamecube (couldn't even give the PS2 one a perfect score, lol).
#25 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -
jakob187 said:
"Well, nvm any comments I've made on other threads about secret achievements.  Vinchenzo apparently is a God of achievements, LOL.
To each their own opinion for ratings, as always.  I just can't give it anything perfect.  lol  Hell, only time I ever reviewed anything with a perfect score was Resident Evil 4 on Gamecube (couldn't even give the PS2 one a perfect score, lol).
"
If you'll remember, 5 stars does not mean it's perfect. It is the general range of "awesome" games. I usually give games a 2 or 3 stars, though.
#26 Posted by jakob187 (21755 posts) -

My review is up.  Hope it helps everyone.

And Vinchenzo, great review, sir.
#27 Posted by Bkorns4 (129 posts) -

I only finished through chapter 3, and overall i freakin LOVE this game. This game is what survivor horror is meant to be (I'm sorry, but RE:4 felt more like an action game than a true survival horror). This game does so many things right. The interface in this game is so clean, it really keeps you in the game rather than be distracted by a clunky interface.

This game seems to me like a mix between Metroid and Bioshock. This seems like a great game for any Metroid fan who has grown up, and is into more mature/dark games.

#28 Posted by clubsandwich (3795 posts) -

fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck, I can't wait to get Dead Space, from what I've heard is one of the greatest survival-horror games in the last years, so that got me even more pumped for this game.

#29 Edited by jakob187 (21755 posts) -
clubsandwich said:
"fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck, I can't wait to get Dead Space, from what I've heard is one of the greatest survival-horror games in the last years, so that got me even more pumped for this game."
One of the greatest survival-horror games in the last years?  No.  Try one of the greatest to ever come into existance.  This game is a very strong debut of an original IP.  People not going out and buying this game is a goddamn shame.
So I'm on my second playthrough of the game still (didn't play much last night), but in the short time I've been playing my second playthrough, I've only clocked about 3 hours onto the time meter and I'm in Chapter 9.  It could easily take another hour or two to beat it a second time, and this is on medium.  Needless to say, that's still a fair amount of replay.

I want to go to Hard, but I don't want to miss out on all my upgrades.  =  (  Vinchenzo, you got any new info on the New Game+ stuff?  
#30 Posted by PenguinNerd (959 posts) -
jakob187 said:
"clubsandwich said:
"fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck, I can't wait to get Dead Space, from what I've heard is one of the greatest survival-horror games in the last years, so that got me even more pumped for this game."
One of the greatest survival-horror games in the last years?  No.  Try one of the greatest to ever come into existance.  This game is a very strong debut of an original IP.  People not going out and buying this game is a goddamn shame.
So I'm on my second playthrough of the game still (didn't play much last night), but in the short time I've been playing my second playthrough, I've only clocked about 3 hours onto the time meter and I'm in Chapter 9.  It could easily take another hour or two to beat it a second time, and this is on medium.  Needless to say, that's still a fair amount of replay.

I want to go to Hard, but I don't want to miss out on all my upgrades.  =  (  Vinchenzo, you got any new info on the New Game+ stuff?  
"
Exactly.  I was just going to rent this but decided to go ahead and buy it when Blockbuster didn't have it.  Now I can't believe I ever considered NOT buying this.  Easily one of the best games I've played this year :D
#31 Posted by DukeTogo (1504 posts) -

In regards to comparisons to Bioshock, the game has much more in common to that games predecessor - System Shock 2.

The storyline is almost a direct ripoff (not meant in a bad way) of SS2 from how the creatures came to be, how they look (generally) and what their motivations are.  Even the betrayal is there (albeit in human form) and the way you organize inventory and power up.  Even the set pieces like the ships, hanging bodies, gore and corpses, scrawled-in-blood messages on walls.  There are points  where it diverges, but it's very clear where the inspiration came from, one of the producers or designers admitted it in a Game Informer article last year.  This is as close to a remake of SS2 you're going to get.  EA owns the SS brand, which is probably why that fan-made SS2 project got squashed by them a year or so ago, because this was already in production.

Bear in mind I love the game and it's about as good as I'd expect in a modern SS game with toned-down complexity.  Just like Bioshock reduced the complexity, it had to evolve or then it's just the same game but prettier.  I do hope a sequel or similarly-themed game is planned.  A few allusions were made in the game that other Markers existed.

I will advise you to play the game first, then check out the comic and DVD after.  The game's story is much more suspenseful when you don't know what happened before you got there.  I'm glad I practiced my usual routine of going into a subject, be it game/movie/book cold, so I'm experiencing the story the way the author intended.

#32 Posted by jakob187 (21755 posts) -
DukeTogo said:
"In regards to comparisons to Bioshock, the game has much more in common to that games predecessor - System Shock 2.

The storyline is almost a direct ripoff (not meant in a bad way) of SS2 from how the creatures came to be, how they look (generally) and what their motivations are.  Even the betrayal is there (albeit in human form) and the way you organize inventory and power up.  Even the set pieces like the ships, hanging bodies, gore and corpses, scrawled-in-blood messages on walls.  There are points  where it diverges, but it's very clear where the inspiration came from, one of the producers or designers admitted it in a Game Informer article last year.  This is as close to a remake of SS2 you're going to get.  EA owns the SS brand, which is probably why that fan-made SS2 project got squashed by them a year or so ago, because this was already in production.

Bear in mind I love the game and it's about as good as I'd expect in a modern SS game with toned-down complexity.  Just like Bioshock reduced the complexity, it had to evolve or then it's just the same game but prettier.  I do hope a sequel or similarly-themed game is planned.  A few allusions were made in the game that other Markers existed.

I will advise you to play the game first, then check out the comic and DVD after.  The game's story is much more suspenseful when you don't know what happened before you got there.  I'm glad I practiced my usual routine of going into a subject, be it game/movie/book cold, so I'm experiencing the story the way the author intended.
"
Seriously, was your whole purpose of joining the forums just to constantly say "Dead Space is SS2 redux"?  People get the point the FIRST time you post it...so you don't have to go to EVERY damn thread and state it.
I'm glad that you love SS2...and I'm glad that you like Dead Space...but posting the same stuff five times is a bit overkill.
#33 Posted by Wolswor (201 posts) -
DukeTogo said:
"In regards to comparisons to Bioshock, the game has much more in common to that games predecessor - System Shock 2.

The storyline is almost a direct ripoff (not meant in a bad way) of SS2 from how the creatures came to be, how they look (generally) and what their motivations are.  Even the betrayal is there (albeit in human form) and the way you organize inventory and power up.  Even the set pieces like the ships, hanging bodies, gore and corpses, scrawled-in-blood messages on walls.  There are points  where it diverges, but it's very clear where the inspiration came from, one of the producers or designers admitted it in a Game Informer article last year.  This is as close to a remake of SS2 you're going to get.  EA owns the SS brand, which is probably why that fan-made SS2 project got squashed by them a year or so ago, because this was already in production.

Bear in mind I love the game and it's about as good as I'd expect in a modern SS game with toned-down complexity.  Just like Bioshock reduced the complexity, it had to evolve or then it's just the same game but prettier.  I do hope a sequel or similarly-themed game is planned.  A few allusions were made in the game that other Markers existed.

I will advise you to play the game first, then check out the comic and DVD after.  The game's story is much more suspenseful when you don't know what happened before you got there.  I'm glad I practiced my usual routine of going into a subject, be it game/movie/book cold, so I'm experiencing the story the way the author intended.
"
Wow, really?  I could friggen link any game using your mentality.  In almost every post you make here you have to mention "OGM DIS IS LIKE SS2!1!!"  By the way, those horror elements are always in horror games because well....there's not really a lot else to do now.

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