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PC Game Review: Dead Space

Dead Space

Dead Space is a third-person shoot-em-up released in 2008.  Set in the year 2508, you control Isaac Clarke, a ships system engineer and traverse the USG Ishimura. Getting trapped there after answering a distress call to another ship, it is soon discovered to be swarming with Necromorphs, mutated human corpses.

As you might have guessed, this is an adult-themed game, with an 18-rating. This is one of the things that makes the game so excellent. The visuals graphics are outstanding and look good today, even though it was released in 2008.

The score is disturbingly atmospheric and really adds to the haunting aura.

Answering a distress call, you are not initially armed. Therefore, all weapons are to be found in the game and a designed to be repurposed tools. These can be upgraded using power nodes, which are scattered throughout the game.

The ship is excellently designed to bring back memories of ships from movies like Alien, unfriendly behemoths shrouded in darkness, making noises all of its own, as if it were alive.

If ever a game was intended to be played in the dark, then this is it. Playing this with headphones is a very intense experience. It is claustrophobic and the wiliness of the monsters means you are always on edge. Full of tension, it took a couple of attempts before I could work my way through the first level.

Whilst I am not a big gamer, I found this to be a fantastic experience with a great story and I thoroughly recommend it, though it is not for those with of a nervous disposition.

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