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Posted by MiniPato

EA sure knows how to fuck up a third act of a trilogy don't they?

Posted by stryker1121

@jaks said:

Brad you seemed to like it more in the Quick Look.

I am just starting Dead Space 2 now so it will be awhile before I get to this. :O

From my view of the QL, i saw this score coming. Even when Brad was discussing the parts of the game he liked, he still sounded a little sad.

Posted by Pie

Also is this the first full trilogy Giant bomb have reviewed? I must be wrong on that

Posted by ArtisanBreads

Bradley "5 Star" Shoemaker strikes again.

Must be that fat EA check. I wonder where he hides all his gold watches? I know he must wear Gucci belts under those subdued plaid short sleeves.

Posted by iceveiled

@Arthol said:

Was really looking forward to play this one, but it sounds like EA's policy of annualizing their releases has claimed another victim? What a shame.
Except for the part where Dead Space 1-3 have each had 2 years between them.
Posted by Marz
@RichyHahn4 said:

So... I've never played a Dead Space game...and I've seen ,counting the quick look earlier today, probably 1 hour of footage of the entire series. Does anyone recommend me going and picking up all 3 games and just playing through them all in order, as in a marathon of the series?

I would say playing them in order is the way to go.  Dead Space 1 is kind of a classic horror game so jumping into the 2nd and 3rd game first will kind of ruin that experience.
Posted by Pie

Sounds about right which is a real shame after having two of the generation's best games in its series. The whole thing sounds a little unfocused and all over the place much unlike its predecessors which have felt like some the tightest games I have played this generation. Just compare the obvious thought, attention to detail and smoothness of scenes like the first spacewalk scene in DS1 or the scene in DS2 when you meet the unitologists guys and you get that awesome little monster sequence or that first transformation in DS2 or the whole beginning of DS1 up to that chase down the hallway towards the elevator with the first necromorph chasing you, compare these to things like the dumb sounding opening to this game with splosions and shit and the dumb thing in the demo where it tries to be cinematic with the whole walking slowly in the snow but as soon as you aim you go into super hardcore aiming military guy.

The crafting stuff sounds kinda cool and seemed kinda cool in the quick look and demo but I could see myself going mad alan wake thermoses with all the new collectibles. I just don't really understand stuff like the crafting and collectibles anyway. With the whole being able to purchase parts with real money they are pretty much saying "hey collecting all this is a real chore so here is this attractive looking shortcut option for you", why would they put something in the game that they consider to be a chore? The same goes for the side missions. Maybe it's just because I haven't played it but I don't understand why they would have so much secondary content. In the past dead space games I feel like there was very little filler content yet in this they seem to have made stuff that they don't consider good enough content to force you to play through it in the main story, I guess being able to control the pace of the game can be cool but at the same time I would much rather have that tight focus and pacing of the previous two games rather than having to control that pace myself and in doing so miss out on some dumb collectibles.

On the story side, like Brad said in the quick look the dead space story has always been kinda dumb but in the previous games it was never distractingly bad as it was never the main focus of the games, the atmosphere played a much greater role. Also I still find it weird how far removed the Issac is in what I've seen of this and a lot of 2 compared to what I imagined in 1. In 1 you get the image of just a very scared, angry kinda everyman engineer guy but in the subsequent games you start getting a more Nathan Drake character who is a bit too fast on the quips and doesn't completely match that angry scared boot stomping guy from 1.

The stuff with the different unlockable modes does sound really awesome though and I wish more games would do stuff like that.

The reason the stuff with the human enemies sucks is because Issac isn't meant to be good at killing other people and feels uncomfortable doing it but as soon as he gets back to killing mutated monsters he is right back at home and murdering everything with relative ease

Posted by Abendlaender

@Brad said:

@Abendlaender said:

So, I'm not sure if this was mentioned but: Is this game scary? And I don't mean jump scares cause those are pretty easy to do (and pretty lame if I might add). For me, the scariest moments in games are always when there are no enemies around but you don't know that. Walking down dark hallways with sounds of footsteps echoing through the room, that is scary. Having a monster jump out of a closet while the music is suddenly shrieking is....not really scary.

There are jump scares aplenty, but absolutely nothing that comes close to the oppressive tension of, say, revisiting the Ishimura in the second game.

Hmmm...that's too bad. Thanks for the answer.

Posted by Kohlstream

I had some fears for this game after playing the demo. Polygon gave the game a 9.5. I'm assuming that they took off 0.5 because the section they used for the demo was the only negative thing they could find.

Posted by jmic75

Well looks like I'll be holding off till it drops down to 40 or 30 bucks.

Posted by JTMosh

I'm installing this right now, and after loving the demo I can't wait to dive in despite the mixed reviews.

I'm just going to say one thing...Dead Space was NEVER EVER a "survival horror" game.

Posted by bhhawks78

Giantbomb the one gaming outlet left who seems to have the fucking cajones to call EA out on bullshit.

Posted by RichyHahn4

So... I've never played a Dead Space game...and I've seen ,counting the quick look earlier today, probably 1 hour of footage of the entire series. Does anyone recommend me going and picking up all 3 games and just playing through them all in order, as in a marathon of the series?

Posted by Bistromath

Really love the concept of space hulk hopping, but I think I'll wait on this one.

Posted by iceveiled

Holy polarizing game, batman! Review scores running the full spectrum on this one. Guess I'll find out later tonight when I dive into Dead Space 3.

Posted by fiberpay

Sweet sounds like a decent game, add to the fact that i like the dead space vibe, i'll be picking this up asap.

Posted by ThePantheon

"a campaign designed around two-player co-op" - Words I Never Want To Hear Describing A Survival Horror Game.

Posted by TheSouthernDandy

The reviews seem to be all over the map on this one. I'm gonna have to play it myself.

Posted by Nekroskop

Called it in the quicklook.

Posted by Adrian79

Glad I held off on pre-ordering this, guess its a rental for me. I have a horrible feeling colonial marines is gona be a big disappointment too. So far 2013 sucks game-wise.

Posted by MjHealy

OL' BRADLEY "FIVE STAR" SHOEMAKER STRIKES AGAIN!!

Good review, Brad.

Posted by Pixeldemon

Three stars is a respectable score from GB. It means it has flaws and it disappoints in some areas, but can still be a very fun and worthwhile game. If reviewers didn't use their scores to criticize flawed games, then everything would be 4 or 5 stars, and mediocrity would become the new "great". Four and five star reviews should be reserved for "masterful" and extremely fun or inventive games.

That said, I kinda hope that Brad's experience isn't spot-on, and that is a better game than his impressions indicate.

Posted by Lukeweizer

Listening to Brad talk about it right now on the Bombcast. His points about repeating art assets and environments during side missions sounds EXACTLY like Dragon Age 2. Kinda driving me nuts that no one is bringing it up so they can all have a collective eye roll moment.

Posted by Chontamenti

Just like I thought!

Posted by Brad

@Abendlaender said:

So, I'm not sure if this was mentioned but: Is this game scary? And I don't mean jump scares cause those are pretty easy to do (and pretty lame if I might add). For me, the scariest moments in games are always when there are no enemies around but you don't know that. Walking down dark hallways with sounds of footsteps echoing through the room, that is scary. Having a monster jump out of a closet while the music is suddenly shrieking is....not really scary.

There are jump scares aplenty, but absolutely nothing that comes close to the oppressive tension of, say, revisiting the Ishimura in the second game.

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Posted by Zurv

i'm really enjoying the game. I think i'm close to the end now. True, it is way to much FPS (I liked the first game the best) and monster closets are lame. Unless the ending is REALLY bad (which it might be) personally i'm looking @ a 4/5 for me.

(i'd also give DMC 2/5 - but I knew going in that it wasn't my type of game)

It is the weakest game on the series but very much worth playing.

Edited by Vitor

@Arthol said:

Was really looking forward to play this one, but it sounds like EA's policy of annualizing their releases has claimed another victim? What a shame.

lol whut?

Dead Space isn't an annual release. They actually spent over 2 years on this one.

Posted by NellyK

Disappointed to learn that it's not up to par with 1 and 2. Those were some great games.

Posted by Pudge

Is it sad that I'm relieved this game doesn't sound fun? I have a great relationship with EA currently where they keep shoveling out mediocre titles and I don't bother booting up Origin to bother with them. Keep it up!

In all seriousness though, it's too bad Dead Space 2 turned out to be the peak in the series. I couldn't sit through the first one but the second one was amazing. I guess it was just a one off.

Posted by Flacracker

Yes! This shit should be shamed.

Posted by JerichoBlyth

I called that this would be shite.

What is it with EA and the number '3'?

Hopefully Crysis 3 does not suffer from this curse.

Posted by gogosox82

I think I'm gonna skip this one. I've been concerned about it since the e3 demo which really made me just dislike it and I really didn't like the vibe the demo gave other than the upgrading of weapons. Plus with all microtransations and brad basically saying that i need to play co op to get everything out of the game, i'd rather not bother.

Posted by kerse

Pretty conflicted on this, ds1 and 2 are in my top 10 this gen and I feel like I need to play this. But after me3 and ac3 I don't think I can go through that again, maybe I will just play ds 1 and 2 again, haven't played them since theywere released.

Posted by Jost1

Dead Space 3....STARS

Posted by TadThuggish

@OllyOxenFree said:

Posted by MaxOpower

@GaspoweR: Yeah it's not that I'm not interested in Vinnys opinion, just that I don't see him playing it within the near future. I'm not even sure if he played the last two, where as I remember both Patrick and Ryan talking about the first games.

Posted by wsowen02

Great review, Brad. Shame the game turned out like this.

Posted by Box3ru13

Further proof that Brad just gives all Triple A titles 5 stars and then it won't even end up on the end of the year list. /sarcasm

Edited by GaspoweR

@Abendlaender said:

So, I'm not sure if this was mentioned but: Is this game scary? And I don't mean jump scares cause those are pretty easy to do (and pretty lame if I might add). For me, the scariest moments in games are always when there are no enemies around but you don't know that. Walking down dark hallways with sounds of footsteps echoing through the room, that is scary. Having a monster jump out of a closet while the music is suddenly shrieking is....not really scary.

Arthur Gies replied to someone asking the same question on Twitter that the game is more tense than scary most of the time and it still has some scary moments. That's what I felt when playing through DS1 and DS2 so reading that pretty much didn't change how I feel about this game. I'm not a horror purist like Patrick is and I'm not into the horror genre in general so this game pretty much is the right mix for me.

Posted by Jedted

Dead Space never really felt like a trilogy to me. After the first one i thought that would be the end of Issac and the same with DS2. It's kinda sad when a game creates an new and interesting world, which is capable of selling the game itself, but they just stick with the same protagonist because that's the only way they think they can sell the game.

I'll likely still play DS3 at some point down the road. As long as they have some tense zero-g puzzle sequences then i'm sold.

Posted by BombKareshi

Overall I'm getting a "skip this one before I spoil my memories" vibe from this game. That might be difficult since my cousin will probably spend his own limited funds on this game in an attempt to commit me to join him for the co-op. 
 
Guess I'll wait till it's on special and get it cheap, kiss the Dead Space I know and love goodbye, then  sit back and  enjoy the two player action with extreme apathy.

Posted by GaspoweR

@MaxOpower said:

Sooo conflicted on this game. Game informer and Polygon loves it, but now brad doesn't... I'll Probably wait for whatever Jeff and maybe Patrick/Ryan has to say about it.

Same here but I'm waiting for what Vinny thinks of the game. I seem to share similar tastes or feelings on games with him. I kinda share similar opinions regarding shooters with Jeff but with other games, it's Vinny. Sleeping Dogs was also one of my favorite games of last year. :)

Posted by wumbo3000

Seems like the Mass Effect 3 syndrome is hitting all of EA's franchises.

Posted by sandweed

@Arthol said:

Was really looking forward to play this one, but it sounds like EA's policy of annualizing their releases has claimed another victim? What a shame.

I know it's hip to rage on EA, but the last dead space game came out in early 2011, and Dead Space 1 in 2008. This is not annualizing it.

Posted by Abendlaender

So, I'm not sure if this was mentioned but: Is this game scary? And I don't mean jump scares cause those are pretty easy to do (and pretty lame if I might add). For me, the scariest moments in games are always when there are no enemies around but you don't know that. Walking down dark hallways with sounds of footsteps echoing through the room, that is scary. Having a monster jump out of a closet while the music is suddenly shrieking is....not really scary.

Posted by Lifendz
@heatDrive88 said:

I think it's fair to say even though this score still says 3 stars, it's probably still easy to say that this game is still really good - just maybe not as good as Dead Space 2 if that's what you liked.

I'm not even sure Brad knows how he feels about the game after 20 hours of play. He was flip flopping in the QL about how he felt about certain things. 
Posted by mrcraggle

Such a massive contrast to the Polygon review that raved about the game and gave it a 9.5 out of 10. I really enjoyed the past 2 games (2 played better but 1 had a much better atmosphere) but so little about this game has me interested. The demo left me completely indifferent to it all and was just from E3 anyway where it looked over-actiony which isn't the reason I enjoyed Dead Space to begin with. It started out as a series that was doing what Resident Evil couldn't and now it seems like their paths are crossing over just a little too much.

Posted by golguin

I was expecting a 4. Unlike DmC though, I don't think you're going to have people going to bat for this game since the original Dead Space fans were all about the tension and sense of atmosphere.

Posted by Signus

I'm way too invested in Dead Space to have ignored the third game, so it's coming later today, but this review seems to fit my expectations. I'm still going to play it and enjoy it, but I probably won't adore it like I did the previous two games.

Pour one out for yet another great franchise EA stomps into the dirt with it's corporate boot. Hopefully Visceral hangs around and gets another shot at a new IP, because those guys are talented as hell.

Posted by heatDrive88

I think it's fair to say even though this score still says 3 stars, it's probably still easy to say that this game is still really good - just maybe not as good as Dead Space 2 if that's what you liked.