Worth a look still?

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#1 Posted by MightyDuck (1521 posts) -

Dead Space was a game that I never really got around to playing. I was a huge fan of the original Resident Evils as well as RE4 and 5, so I guess that makes me a supposed fan of "survival horror?" Is this game still worth a look after almost 4 years?

#2 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7071 posts) -

Absolutely. It's still fantastic.

#3 Posted by valrog (3671 posts) -

Yes, yes it is.

#4 Posted by believer258 (11775 posts) -

Yes, I didn't get the first one until very late last year and upon finishing it immediately picked up the second. Also, go in expecting an action game with a horror coat of paint and not the other way around; it's not really scary. It can be somewhat scary some of the time but not most of the time. This does not diminish how fantastic the games are.

#5 Posted by Yummylee (21470 posts) -

Yes, absolutely.

@believer258 said:

Yes, I didn't get the first one until very late last year and upon finishing it immediately picked up the second. Also, go in expecting an action game with a horror coat of paint and not the other way around; it's not really scary. It can be somewhat scary some of the time but not most of the time. This does not diminish how fantastic the games are.

I'll agree to this, but playing on the hardest difficulty (impossible mode, I think?), now that was genuinely pretty frightening. You could die just by like 1 or 2 hits if I recall.

#6 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19321 posts) -

I got the first Dead Space and the second one in a Steam bundle this year. I've played about 5 or so hours of Dead Space 1 but it keeps on freezing on me during certain moments (and my PC is pretty good), so it's basically forced me to stop playing it. A pity, but I'd recommend it on what I've played alone.

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#7 Posted by believer258 (11775 posts) -

@Yummylee said:

Yes, absolutely.

@believer258 said:

Yes, I didn't get the first one until very late last year and upon finishing it immediately picked up the second. Also, go in expecting an action game with a horror coat of paint and not the other way around; it's not really scary. It can be somewhat scary some of the time but not most of the time. This does not diminish how fantastic the games are.

I'll agree to this, but playing on the hardest difficulty (impossible mode, I think?), now that was genuinely pretty frightening. You could die just by like 1 or 2 hits if I recall.

Well, in that case I guess I should mention that I have not played on the hardest difficulty yet.

#8 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10827 posts) -

Yes. And then play the second one once you finish the first! Both are excellent.

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#9 Posted by natetodamax (19191 posts) -

Yes, yes, yes. Dead Space 1 and 2 are excellent games.

#10 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

Yes. I just finished the first and it was quite amazing.

#11 Posted by wjb (1653 posts) -

Yes.

#12 Posted by Grixxel (763 posts) -

Yes. By yourself. With headphones on. In a dark room.

Enjoy~

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#13 Posted by Kedi2 (246 posts) -

Yes, it's a fantastic game. I'm not sure what platform you plan on getting it on, but it's only $20 on Xbox Live if you want to go that route.

#14 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

Great atmosphere, voice acting, graphics, pacing, sound and gameplay. Play with a sweet pair of 5.1 headphones, best Resident Evil this generation.

#15 Posted by frankfartmouth (1016 posts) -

Yes, awesome game. Some people say it's not that scary. Maybe not, but at the very least it's freaky and unnerving. Either way, it's very well done.

#16 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5140 posts) -

YES

#17 Posted by RobotHamster (4171 posts) -

Yes, I might actually go play through it again now.

#18 Posted by SoldierG654342 (1758 posts) -

Personally, I thought the game was astoundingly boring in both the "survival" and "horror" department.

#19 Posted by Sackmanjones (4682 posts) -
@MariachiMacabre said:
Absolutely. It's still fantastic.
#20 Posted by Shookems (474 posts) -

If I played five or so hours of this game months ago, should I go back to it and finish it first or just jump right into the second game?

#21 Edited by snowninja845 (43 posts) -

I say yes pick it up, it is a fantastic game. The game stops being scary if you are an all powerful engineer with a maxed plasma cutter.

#22 Posted by bibamatt (1086 posts) -

@Shookems: Go back and finish it! You've seen nothing yet. It's worth finishing before playing the sequel to put things into story perspective. You'll enjoy DS2 more that way.

#23 Posted by Yummylee (21470 posts) -

@believer258 said:

@Yummylee said:

Yes, absolutely.

@believer258 said:

Yes, I didn't get the first one until very late last year and upon finishing it immediately picked up the second. Also, go in expecting an action game with a horror coat of paint and not the other way around; it's not really scary. It can be somewhat scary some of the time but not most of the time. This does not diminish how fantastic the games are.

I'll agree to this, but playing on the hardest difficulty (impossible mode, I think?), now that was genuinely pretty frightening. You could die just by like 1 or 2 hits if I recall.

Well, in that case I guess I should mention that I have not played on the hardest difficulty yet.

I'd advise you give it a go sometime. It's pretty much the 'definite' way to play the game I think. It's gosh damn hard like you'd expect, which adds to the fear, but because the shooting is still so smooth it never felt cheap. It acts as the perfect counterbalance considering how much ammunition and health items you often tend to have in the game.

#24 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

rabsolutely.

#25 Posted by theodacourt (523 posts) -

yessss

#26 Posted by bslayer (222 posts) -

Buy this game.

#27 Posted by Phatmac (5724 posts) -

YES.

#28 Posted by Jeust (10537 posts) -

Best horror game I played this generation.

#29 Posted by Shookems (474 posts) -

@bibamatt: word. I think I got to the boss that looks like a giant space sarlacc

#30 Edited by Jeust (10537 posts) -
@Grixxel said:

Yes. By yourself. With headphones on. In a dark room.

Enjoy~

This is the best way to play it for a fan of the genre.
#31 Posted by Spoonman671 (4588 posts) -

Sorry if I'm going off on a completely unrelated tangent, guys, but you should play Dead Space.

#32 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

Yeeeeeees! Dead Space is super awesome.

#33 Posted by big_jon (5723 posts) -

Hell yeah it is.

#34 Posted by natetodamax (19191 posts) -
@Yummylee

@believer258 said:

@Yummylee said:

Yes, absolutely.

@believer258 said:

Yes, I didn't get the first one until very late last year and upon finishing it immediately picked up the second. Also, go in expecting an action game with a horror coat of paint and not the other way around; it's not really scary. It can be somewhat scary some of the time but not most of the time. This does not diminish how fantastic the games are.

I'll agree to this, but playing on the hardest difficulty (impossible mode, I think?), now that was genuinely pretty frightening. You could die just by like 1 or 2 hits if I recall.

Well, in that case I guess I should mention that I have not played on the hardest difficulty yet.

I'd advise you give it a go sometime. It's pretty much the 'definite' way to play the game I think. It's gosh damn hard like you'd expect, which adds to the fear, but because the shooting is still so smooth it never felt cheap. It acts as the perfect counterbalance considering how much ammunition and health items you often tend to have in the game.

I'm gonna say that depends on the person playing. I'm working my way through Dead Soace 2 for the first time and I started on Survivalist but had to turn it down to Normal because I started to get frustrated with a certain part of the game. It most definitely adds to the fear (every fight on Survivalist, which isn't even the hardest difficulty, was immensely stressful and pretty frightening in an exciting way), but I eventually got the point where I just wanted to move on.

I might give it another go sometime, but I wouldn't recommend it on a first playthrough. But again, it depends on the person playing.
#35 Posted by Yummylee (21470 posts) -

@Voxel: I guess you're right. I brought it up specifically so as to prove that Dead Space can be a lot more tense under the right circumstances (more so than just the requisite headphones w/ light off) than most people give it credit for. I too played through Dead Space 2 on survivalist on my first run and saw it to the end. I felt it was a nice fit for me, though I will agree that some sections (basically when the game devolves into lazy arena combat nearing the end) did get pretty frustrating.

It's how I always like to play action-horror games though, like Dead Space along with Resident Evil 4--playing it on professional mode was my favourite way to play. Because then the action part can be supplemented with a small degree of survival-horror, forcing me to take better care of my supplies and such.

#36 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@MariachiMacabre said:

Absolutely. It's still fantastic.
#37 Edited by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

If you liked the games you mentioned, then you'll probably enjoy Dead Space 1. I'm not a huge fan, but I still think it's a decent game... if a little long. My preferred survival/horror subgenre is the open world style like Stalker.

#38 Posted by DoctorWelch (2774 posts) -

Yes, definitely worth it. It's really a great horror game which the second one didn't deliver on as much. Honestly one of my favorite games of this console generation.

#39 Posted by DoctorWelch (2774 posts) -

@Shookems said:

If I played five or so hours of this game months ago, should I go back to it and finish it first or just jump right into the second game?

No, the first one is way better in terms of atmosphere and even gameplay. The second one isn't a bad game, just more average because the atmosphere and horror element is pretty much gone. It's like the transition from Alien to Aliens, except in a world where Aliens was made about 50 times already before that.

#40 Posted by RIDEBIRD (1232 posts) -

Very much so. It's excellent.

#41 Posted by krazy_kyle (716 posts) -

Definitely, even more so now since it's relatively cheap to buy.

#42 Posted by natetodamax (19191 posts) -
@Yummylee My weaknesses on the harder difficulty were close quarters combat and the limited amount of ammo that was available. That game can get pretty rough when being swarmed by enemies in a tight area, and I get too panicky when I run out of ammo to make intelligent decisions mid-combat (stuff like utilizing the environment).
#43 Posted by PandaBear (1344 posts) -

Nah, wait for the HD HD HD 4K remake

#44 Posted by NegativeCero (2988 posts) -

Yes, you should. It was in my backlog for a while but when I finally got to it, I couldn't stop until I finished. Still need to play 2 though.

Here's hoping that 3 is good despite their changes.

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#45 Edited by NTM (7320 posts) -

Yes, Dead Space is still a very fantastic game. I suggest first playing it on easy or normal, but then on hard. Also, if you find yourself not liking it at first, trust me, play through it. I got a little less than half way through it when I bought it on release date, I didn't really have any idea as to what it was other than it being a game that's kind of like RE4 (or at least that's what I was expecting before buying it), and I didn't play it for a few months after that because I didn't like it, but when I decided to go back to it I thought "well I bought it, I should probably beat it."

I did, and to my surprise it turned out to be my favorite, or one of my top favorite games ever made, so I beat it about ten more times from then to the release of two, once on PC, and nine or so times on PS3. Also, Dead Space 2 isn't scary, but I think that's still fantastic as well. For Dead Space to change my view on almost all things sci-fi, I'd consider it pretty special. If it wasn't for Dead Space, I probably wouldn't even have a Prometheus icon here. From then on, I've always replayed games I didn't like at first to see if I'll like them in time, and it's happened. For me personally though, Dead Space is special.

Oh, and some advice, to make it more scary, when you play on Impossible, take it slow, soak up all of the atmosphere you can. Also, I don't want to be the person, but... ask me anything about Dead Space if you have questions about it.

#46 Edited by Schmollian (260 posts) -

Well considering I am playing through it again for the... 5th? time or so (I recently watched Prometheus. For some reason that made me want to play Dead Space again).

You should play Dead Space. Its very VERY good. The sequel is good too if you enjoy the story and universe they put together.

#47 Posted by JeanLuc (3577 posts) -

Both Dead Space games are two of my favorite games this generation. The first one holds up very well.

#48 Posted by demonbear (1859 posts) -

@Grixxel said:

Yes. By yourself. With headphones on. In a dark room.

Enjoy~

This.

#49 Posted by TooWalrus (13153 posts) -

I was gonna write somethin', but just throw my name in the 'yes' pile. Dead Space is great. You should play Dead Space.

#50 Posted by MightyDuck (1521 posts) -

@NTM: That's how I sort of was with RE5. It took me a few hours to get into it and now I really enjoy it.

I think the thing that held me off of Dead Space for so long was that it seemed really over the top and grotesque. However, it sounds like I may be off base with that one. I'll definitely give this one a look then.

Thanks everyone!

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