Dead Space 3 Video Game ReviewWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
This survival, sci-fi sequel again pits engineer Isaac Clarke and Sergeant John Carver against endless waves of human experiments gone bad called Necromorphs. Isaac is a familiar character, so, of course, developers give players some nice incentives for playing as John, a relentless warrior. The third person shooter action takes place on the icy planet Tau Volantis where the Necromorphs are reanimated by the Marker, a mysterious alien entity. New baddies include an insect-like Nexus and the Waster, which adapts its combat in unique ways based on its body state. The boss battles underwhelm at times while the unique game ending has striking originality.
New features include a special weapons crafting system using collected items. These weapons can be shared in the drop in/drop out, two player co-op campaign (online pass required) where players can invite a friend or chat it up with someone new. Sharp graphics and a more action-based focus anchor an approximately 20-hour single player campaign. The online co-op campaign depends on the partner, so playing through the single player campaign is highly recommended.
The impressive heads up display (HUD) provides a nice window to the horror-filled action while the familiar resource integration gear (RIG) suit helps players manage their resources. Oxygen amounts, weather condition, and the constant antagonist threat provide ample tension. Unlockable weapons, side missions and clothing items are great pick-ups along the way.
A solid thrill-filled sequel has fantastic moments, flexible gameplay, and several options and is also available in a limited edition version. Additional bonuses include a witness suit, a first combat suit and even a Mass Effect 3 bonus. Purchased add on content will include Dead Space 3 Awakened pack coming this March (***, also available on PC and Xbox 360, rated M for intense violence, strong language, and blood and gore). Special note: The Xbox version has Kinect support, but this PS3 version has no PS Move support.