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On a city street at the start of Dead Space 3, there’s a poster for a film called Tools Of Terror. It features a man in a tuxedo pulling a James Bond pose, but instead of a pistol he’s holding a wrench. He is, it’s fairly obvious, both an action hero and a blue-collar guy, and despite the fact this film is a spoof – or perhaps because of it – he’s also an accurate symbolic representation of Dead Space hero Isaac Clarke as he appears in this latest game. Isaac is an engineer. It’s the thing that made him such an unusual protagonist in the original game – he didn’t talk, he fixed things and had weapons that could conceivably have been used to fix things, if they weren’t busy dismembering the reanimated dead. He was a high-functioning spanner in a space suit, but he returned the John McClane of religious hysteria and viral outbreaks in Dead Space 2. How could the same shit happen to the same guy twice? And how could he suddenly be so good at it?
The “Previously, on Dead Space” video is a nice touch, though it reminds me how similar Dead Space 2’s premise and gameplay are to the last one. This time Isaac Clarke awakens on a facility on Saturn’s moon Titan, three years after the rescue-mission-gone-awry on the mining ship Ishimura, and finds a very familiar situation: Titan is overrun with space zombies called Necromorphs that have set about the meticulous dismemberment of everyone in sight—and he’s still having hallucinations of his dead girlfriend. It also highlights that DS2 is a better sci-fi horror game, in a lot of subtle but important ways.
Dead Space 2 is a few weeks away, but we still don't know much about the huge space city in which it takes place. Fortunately, the latest Dead Space 2 gives us a tour of the haunted metropolis known as the Sprawl, which comes complete with suspicious bloodstains, flaming train cars and mad scrawls on the ceilings. And to think it used to be such a nice neighbourhood. The video is posted below.
The new Dead Space 2 trailer is bringing the scares. Don't Visceral Games know that Halloween is over? Judging by the horrible rendition of an old nursery rhyme they've used as a soundtrack to this video, evidently not. The trailer is embedded below, prepare to be a little bit creeped out.
Dead Space 2 isn't out until January 25th, but somehow the launch trailer is so exciting that it's managed to travel back in time. You'll find explosions, aliens and exploding aliens in the video, embedded below.
Yesterday, we mentioned a certain area of Dead Space 3 where players can generate an endless bounty of crafting supplies and health kits for constructing the best weapons. Faster than a lunging Slasher, EA sent along a clarification that it's perfectly fine with the grind.
Leaving no vacuum between the game's release and the first DLC plug, EA and Visceral announced today that Dead Space 3 Awakened will release on Origin next month for $10. There are no other details on the DLC except Executive Producer Steve Papoutsis' tease that we'll experience "some of the most disturbing content" we've ever seen in a Dead Space game. As it already sounds like an ESRB descriptor, we'll tentatively define "disturbing content" as Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Strong Language, and possibly Sudden Decapitation.
The next Dead Space game finds that Isaac Clarke has finally escaped doomed starships and space stations, and is safe and sound on a nice, homey ice planet. OR IS HE? Probably not, according to a Siliconera report spotted by Eurogamer. The report comes from a source which previously revealed accurate information about EA's upcoming Syndicate game. According the leaked info, Clarke survives a crash-landing on an ice planet and initially believes he is the sole survivor. However, he finds a wounded survivor who tells him that a number of others headed off to another facility, including Ellie (a major character from the second game). Clarke tries to join up with them. The report also details a sequence where Isaac and his companions are scaling a mountain while possibly being hunted, and the enemies are being referred to as "the hive mind." The new setting is a shift for Dead Space, but as The Thing scientifically proved, isolated arctic research stations are the creepiest.
EA are doing their press conference right now, and they've just revealed that Dead Space 2 will be out early next year. It'll launch on the 25th January in the US and the 28th of January in the EU. We saw more zero-G flying, scary bio-matter growing on a ship and spitting out flying bombs, and we heard Isaac talk. He isn't supposed to talk! What happened to being the strong, silent, kill you with laser beams type?
Dismemberment is not a nice word. But when dealing with dead humans, peeled apart and reassembled, all their wobbly, fatty, shiny bits on display, you get to feel comfortable with lasering their limbs off until you can stomp them to death. That was Dead Space. Gory, grim survival horror.
At E3 this June, EA seemed pretty eager to suggest that Dead Space has changed. Out with the murky space hulks and claustrophobic corridors. In with a huge ice planet built of open spaces, freezing winds, and an unpleasant drilling machine that comes with a taste for human blood. Look left, and there’s a huge snow beast boss with handy glowing joints to shoot off. Look right, and there’s a gruff co-op partner named Sergeant John Carver. He’s a hard ass, apparently, and very probably a badass too. His wife and kid were killed by the Necromorphs, and he isn’t here to make friends, dammit.
EA seem set to introduce optional microtransactions into Dead Space 3's campaign. Eurogamer spotted mention of downloadable content in the game's crafting screen, suggesting that the sci-fi shooter won't just rely on the series' previous resource gathering tactic of stomping mutant corpses into a thin paste. Attempt to craft a weapon add-on without the required materials, and the game will display a message saying, "Cannot craft. Additional resources required," along with a hotkey allowing players to purchase them as DLC.
Three games in and the Dead Space series has got problems. And I’m not referring to the fact that protagonist Isaac Clarke has cleverly managed to crash-land on an inhospitable ice planet that may hold the horrible secret to the entire Necromorph space-zombie menace. The problem is the Necromorph menace itself. Or rather, the fact that, after all this exposure in the Dead Space games, it isn’t really that menacing any more. The resurrected space-dead are still pretty ghastly, perhaps, with their spider’s legs, collapsed faces and that nasty ability to sprout tangles of gristle from the least likely of places, but we’ve been looking them straight in their oozing dead eyes for a couple of games now, and over time you can become immune to just about anything.
Dead Space 2 is now available to pre-purchase on Steam. Once bought, the game can be pre-downloaded to give you instant access when it's released tomorrow. To celebrate, the original Dead Space is currently on sale with 66% off. If you pre-order Dead Space 2 that discount rises to 75%. Not a bad deal for a sizeable chunk of interstellar horror.
Antony Johnston, the writer behind the original fright-filled Dead Space, spoke with NowGamer on the more action-heavy tone in the just-released Dead Space 3. Though he prefers fear over firepower, Johnston believes the increased action is "a necessary evil" to ensure growth of the series.
Dead Space 3's Isaac Clarke isn't averse to staying in shape while combating the nightmarish forces of OH GOD WHY. All it takes is a suitable trigger for cranking up the cardio -- in this case, a friendly message of discouragement adorned upon a wall in "revulsion red" color. Off Isaac goes, soaking in a spiritually cleansing (and oxygen-depriving) spacewalk after hurling himself out the nearest airlock. A short followup jog through a hallway seemingly ripped directly from a Q-Zar arena keeps that pulse pumping. Check out shots from Isaac's refreshing regimen inside.
EA have stated outright that the two-mission DLC pack 'Severed' for Dead Space 2 will not be available on PC. In a simple statement to VG247, EA said: “Dead Space 2: Severed will not be available on the PC” The pack contains two missions where players take on the roles of the protagonists from Dead Space: Extraction, in a story that runs parallel to the Dead Space 2 narrative. EA offered no explanation as to why the DLC would be console exclusive.
AARGH! IT'S HIDEOUS! KILL IT, ISAAC! KILL IT WITH FIRE! It's... it's Phil Collins. We're all doomed! That's right, the latest trailer for Dead Space 3 inexplicably features hairless irritant (and actually quite good Genesis drummer) Phil Collins, marking the scariest thing to come out of the Dead Space franchise to date. You see, we laugh and we mock when trailers go wub-heavy, but when this is the alternative?