Sort of a letdown in my opinion...

#1 Posted by AlwaysAngry (2924 posts) -

I mean, the game was fun and all, but I'm so disappointed by the lack of horror. Sure, the game's jumpy, but with everybody saying that this was the scariest game they've ever played and all, I was disappointed. I was hoping for scares, you know, SCARES. This game is sure jumpy, but once I turn it off I don't have the "ZOMG I NEED TO TURN ON THE LIGHTS NOW!!!" feeling I would get from Silent Hill or other games. I don't know, is it just me? Sure, this is a great game, but it sure wasn't what I was expecting. I do like this game, I really, do, but I wanted a scary game and it didn't deliver. 5 star for sure though, as it did what Resi 5 did for me. It's a good action game, but dude...why are you guys so scared by this!?

#2 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

Agree. I loved the game. But it relies on surprise tactics. I am yet to encounter a "Scary" game. 
 
I also did not buy it for scares. I love sci-fi space stuff. So this was a no brainier for me

#3 Edited by Canberra (1065 posts) -

Maybe space just doesn't do it for you? Different strokes for different folks. 
 I did enjoy it because it wasn't too scary, if it was i'd have never been able to finish it.    

#4 Posted by Gabriel (4067 posts) -

The game was all right, but Resident Evil 4 was better.

#5 Posted by Atomasist (2818 posts) -

What made this game great for me was the sound and atmosphere.

#6 Posted by ShaneDev (1696 posts) -

I got it for 10 euro it was not that scary certain bits were but i mainly enjoy the space Sci-fi setting, great game overall apart from alot of back tracking.

#7 Posted by jkz (4039 posts) -

I agree, I didn't find it scary at all. In fact, I can never play the game for more than 30 minutes at a time, because it becomes so monotonous in spots. I've yet to get very far into the game. 
 
I have to say, I'd recommend you try F.E.A.R 2 if you're looking for scares. So many people dismiss it as typical Japanese horror, but it had one of the most disquieting atmospheres in any game I've played, and it's that that made it frightening, not when Alma jumped at your screen. 
 
It's an odd choice, but that's the only game that has ever genuinely "scared" me, and as a result it's one of my favorite games of last year.

#8 Posted by AlwaysAngry (2924 posts) -
@jukezypoo said:
" I agree, I didn't find it scary at all. In fact, I can never play the game for more than 30 minutes at a time, because it becomes so monotonous in spots. I've yet to get very far into the game.  I have to say, I'd recommend you try F.E.A.R 2 if you're looking for scares. So many people dismiss it as typical Japanese horror, but it had one of the most disquieting atmospheres in any game I've played, and it's that that made it frightening, not when Alma jumped at your screen.  It's an odd choice, but that's the only game that has ever genuinely "scared" me, and as a result it's one of my favorite games of last year. "
Well, I played the demo 3 times until I could finally play it through...with a friend. Yeah, it seemed pretty scary. Do you know anything about Condemned? The first one is on the marketplace for $19.99, and I enjoyed the demo for the second one.
#9 Posted by MikkaQ (10316 posts) -

This game was pretty freaky in some spots. The horror has jump scares sure, but it was more the atmosphere and weird creatures I found to be more frightening and fun. That game has a sense of atmosphere like nothing else in the genre to be certain. 
 
I hated Resi Evil 4, but this one did enough things right.

#10 Edited by AlwaysAngry (2924 posts) -
@XII_Sniper said:

" This game was pretty freaky in some spots. The horror has jump scares sure, but it was more the atmosphere and weird creatures I found to be more frightening and fun. That game has a sense of atmosphere like nothing else in the genre to be certain.  I hated Resi Evil 4, but this one did enough things right. "

I would beg to differ. When I played Silent Hill 2, it did something. It made me feel completely alone. Me, the town, and a fellow with geometry for a face. 
  
In Dead Space, I felt like any real atmospheric part of the game was just ruined by a random jump scare.
#11 Posted by sixghost (1679 posts) -

That's weird, I actually loved the game because of it's lack of jump scares. I thought the only 2 jump scares on the game were the two worms that popped out of the wall. The sound design alone was enough to freak me out for 90% of the game.

#12 Posted by CornontheCobbe (2645 posts) -

I feel the exact same way! I bought this game with anticipation of it being scary. Was i wrong though. Although the game-play is pretty fun.   

Resident Evil has not been scary since Resident Evil: Code Veronica in my opinion.
 
The only game that scared me was F.E.A.R. strangely enough.

#13 Posted by jkz (4039 posts) -
@AlwaysAngry said:
" @jukezypoo said:
" I agree, I didn't find it scary at all. In fact, I can never play the game for more than 30 minutes at a time, because it becomes so monotonous in spots. I've yet to get very far into the game.  I have to say, I'd recommend you try F.E.A.R 2 if you're looking for scares. So many people dismiss it as typical Japanese horror, but it had one of the most disquieting atmospheres in any game I've played, and it's that that made it frightening, not when Alma jumped at your screen.  It's an odd choice, but that's the only game that has ever genuinely "scared" me, and as a result it's one of my favorite games of last year. "
Well, I played the demo 3 times until I could finally play it through...with a friend. Yeah, it seemed pretty scary. Do you know anything about Condemned? The first one is on the marketplace for $19.99, and I enjoyed the demo for the second one. "
I liked condemned, and it was the same type of "atmospheric" scary, but I never got that same sort of tension that I did with F.E.A.R. 
 
On a gameplay level, it holds up alright, but it's a little clunky all the same. That's a game I would suggest renting, but others I know have felt much differently (in that they thought it was outstanding), so your mileage may vary.
#14 Posted by AlwaysAngry (2924 posts) -
@jukezypoo said:
" @AlwaysAngry said:
" @jukezypoo said:
" I agree, I didn't find it scary at all. In fact, I can never play the game for more than 30 minutes at a time, because it becomes so monotonous in spots. I've yet to get very far into the game.  I have to say, I'd recommend you try F.E.A.R 2 if you're looking for scares. So many people dismiss it as typical Japanese horror, but it had one of the most disquieting atmospheres in any game I've played, and it's that that made it frightening, not when Alma jumped at your screen.  It's an odd choice, but that's the only game that has ever genuinely "scared" me, and as a result it's one of my favorite games of last year. "
Well, I played the demo 3 times until I could finally play it through...with a friend. Yeah, it seemed pretty scary. Do you know anything about Condemned? The first one is on the marketplace for $19.99, and I enjoyed the demo for the second one. "
I liked condemned, and it was the same type of "atmospheric" scary, but I never got that same sort of tension that I did with F.E.A.R.  On a gameplay level, it holds up alright, but it's a little clunky all the same. That's a game I would suggest renting, but others I know have felt much differently (in that they thought it was outstanding), so your mileage may vary. "
Hmmm...maybe I'll check it out. I can get whatever I want for free, you know.
#15 Posted by clubsandwich (3795 posts) -

I beg to differ.

#16 Posted by Roflwaffles (184 posts) -

It's hard to be scared when you can just pull out your Plasma Cutter and cut the enemy to pieces.

#17 Posted by Yummylee (22039 posts) -

Scary? Maybe not, but it's got a memorably creepy atmosphere at least.
#18 Posted by ArcLyte (887 posts) -

we're gonna have to agree to disagree.
#19 Posted by AlwaysAngry (2924 posts) -
@Roflwaffles said:
" It's hard to be scared when you can just pull out your Plasma Cutter and cut the enemy to pieces. "
RIGHT!
#20 Edited by MythDarK (552 posts) -

I think most people get more tolerant to horror and fear in general with age and also by playing/watching media with these themes. Dead Space is a great horror game,but because of my higher tolerance I didn't get scared that much. The only game I'm still getting scared of by playing is System Shock 2. I guess I've got some kind of mental trauma since I first played it though. But that game is sick as hell.

#21 Posted by Jazz (2288 posts) -

I thought it was awful. 
After the awesome pre-release comic video the complete lack of narrative drive, the horrendously boring enemies and monotonous atmosphere got the better of me and i stopped on level 6. 
I just didn't care any more. 
That said, what they did with the inventory was very clever, and the beacon light thing was also very clever. 
To be honest I loathe Visceral as game designers. Dante's Inferno is among the worst games i have ever played...and I've played Armoured Core 4. 
 
Its good that some people got some enjoyment out of it though

#22 Posted by AlwaysAngry (2924 posts) -
@MythDarK said:
" I think most people get more tolerant to horror and fear in general with age and also by playing/watching media with these themes. Dead Space is a great horror game,but because of my higher tolerance I didn't get scared that much. The only game I'm still getting scared of by playing is System Shock 2. I guess I've got some kind of mental trauma since I first played it though. But that game is sick as hell. "
Well, I recently got Silent Hill 2 and that's scaring me alot, so I don't think it has to do with tolerance too much.
#23 Posted by MythDarK (552 posts) -
@AlwaysAngry said:
" @MythDarK said:
" I think most people get more tolerant to horror and fear in general with age and also by playing/watching media with these themes. Dead Space is a great horror game,but because of my higher tolerance I didn't get scared that much. The only game I'm still getting scared of by playing is System Shock 2. I guess I've got some kind of mental trauma since I first played it though. But that game is sick as hell. "
Well, I recently got Silent Hill 2 and that's scaring me alot, so I don't think it has to do with tolerance too much. "
If Silent Hill 2 would have been the very first horror game you ever played, don't you think it could scare you even more?
I think tolerance has a lot to do with it, but the amount of tolerance differs from person to person. 
#24 Posted by AlwaysAngry (2924 posts) -
@MythDarK said:
" @AlwaysAngry said:
" @MythDarK said:
" I think most people get more tolerant to horror and fear in general with age and also by playing/watching media with these themes. Dead Space is a great horror game,but because of my higher tolerance I didn't get scared that much. The only game I'm still getting scared of by playing is System Shock 2. I guess I've got some kind of mental trauma since I first played it though. But that game is sick as hell. "
Well, I recently got Silent Hill 2 and that's scaring me alot, so I don't think it has to do with tolerance too much. "
If Silent Hill 2 would have been the very first horror game you ever played, don't you think it could scare you even more? "
...It is.
#25 Edited by MythDarK (552 posts) -
@AlwaysAngry said:

" @MythDarK said:

" @AlwaysAngry said:

" @MythDarK said:

" I think most people get more tolerant to horror and fear in general with age and also by playing/watching media with these themes. Dead Space is a great horror game,but because of my higher tolerance I didn't get scared that much. The only game I'm still getting scared of by playing is System Shock 2. I guess I've got some kind of mental trauma since I first played it though. But that game is sick as hell. "
Well, I recently got Silent Hill 2 and that's scaring me alot, so I don't think it has to do with tolerance too much. "
If Silent Hill 2 would have been the very first horror game you ever played, don't you think it could scare you even more? "
...It is. "
Oh ok. What about other horror themed media? 
Still, the tolerance can differ a lot depending who you ask. The fact that some people thinks that Dead Space is a scary game, or even the scariest game they played, shows that some are less tolerant. Some may get more tolerance than others by consuming more horror themed media, others get less or even non, no matter how much or often they do. This can also be developed through events in real life of course. 
The tolerance isn't a value on a static line. It can also differ a lot depending on the different atmosphere. Horror that takes place in a medical environment can scare some people more than one that takes place in a abandoned house.
#26 Edited by xyzygy (10028 posts) -

If you want a game that will scare you from more than just jumps, play Silent Hill 2. It's actually depressing, yet so so awesome in its sadness. 
 
EDIT: Now that I see you're playing through it, good job. Amazing game, one of my favorites.

#27 Posted by Yummylee (22039 posts) -
@xyzygy said:
"If you want a game that will scare you from more than just jumps, play Silent Hill 2. It's actually depressing, yet so so awesome in its sadness. "

With one of Silent Hill's best soundtracks too.
#28 Edited by Andheez (586 posts) -

I think how you play the game plays a large part.  Yes Dead Space is not a disturbing, I'm going to have nightmares and sleepless nights torturing this in my head kind of scary, but if you play alone, in the dark, with the sound blasting......it can get to you.   Then again if you play it in the middle of the day, with the sun shining surrounded by talking friends or family, its not going to carry as much weight.

#29 Posted by lead_farmer (1041 posts) -

I think Dead Space was good because I did feel like I was alone on that ship aside from all the xenomorphs.

#30 Posted by Tornac (134 posts) -

I know what you mean. It makes you jumpy, because you don't know what to expect, but it never gets inside your head and really fucks with you like, say, Silent Hill 2 or Eternal Darkness. Anyway, I still love the game, and I definitely can't wait for the sequel.

#31 Posted by c1337us (5751 posts) -

I didnt find the game to be scary. But it was pretty intense and creepy as hell. The only game that has ever given me some genuine scare was Silent Hill 2.

#32 Posted by PillClinton (3291 posts) -

Yeah, it wasn't as consistently scary as it could have been, but there were definitely moments where I was genuinely tense and just kind of stressed out from the impending doom around every corner.

#33 Posted by RE_Player1 (7563 posts) -

This game is near perfect for me. This is my first ever 100% game on the ps3:)

#34 Edited by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -
@AlwaysAngry: I agree man. I played the game probably 15 times through. I never jumped or got scared by anything. After I beat it, I started seeing posts about how scary it was and was baffled. Was I supposed to be scared by this game? I had no idea. I even played it in the dark (I play most games in the dark anyway). However, I loved the game. I liked the story, the atmosphere, and the action. The anti-gravity gimmick had absolutely no affect on me, either.
 
Edit: Oh yeah. I saw some kid saying the ambient vent noises were scary. For me, as soon as some background noise was triggered, my gamer brain instantly told me that it was just ambient noise. If anything, the vent noises irritated me, because of their repetitiveness or obviousness.
#35 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) -

Yeah, I too thought Dead Space was a waste of time. After the end of chapter one when you realise the gimmicks, it becomes a full on grind.

#36 Posted by Hourai (2795 posts) -

Dead Space is sort of like Resident Evil 4. It's not really scary, but there's a lot of "oh shit!" moments and the atmosphere is grim and even a little macabre at times.

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