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Dead Space 3

Rating: 8.2

Genre: Shooter/Action
Platforms: X Box 360, PS3, and PC
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Written by: Zac Contafi

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Dead Space 3 brings Isaac Clarke and merciless soldier John Carver on a journey across space to discover the source of the Necromorph outbreak. Crash-landed on the frozen planet of Tau Volantis, Isaac must comb the harsh environment for raw materials and scavenged parts. He will then put his engineering skills to the ultimate test to create and customize weapons and survival tools. The ice planet holds the key to ending the Necromorph plague forever, but first Isaac must overcome avalanches, treacherous ice-climbs, and the violent wilderness. Facing deadlier evolved enemies and the brutal elements, Isaac can choose to team up, not only for his own survival, but for that of mankind's. Play together with a friend or go it alone as Isaac Clarke using the seamless new drop in, drop out co-op functionality. Each mode offers unique story elements and gameplay.

Story: The game begins with Isaac Clarke, paired with soldier John Carver, off to find his lost girlfriend, Ellie, from Dead Space 3. From here the story has you in a variety of places, from space shuttles, to warehouses on a frozen planet, to inside an enormous deceased Necromorph; all in the effort to save mankind. As this huge change of scenery does make the game differ from the original Dead Space, it gives the game a fresh feel throughout the storyline. At times the story does seem forced, but overall the story is a very strong one that is redefined with Co-op. As the story doesn’t differ much between solo to Co-op campaign, Co-op campaign does change the game play and feel as you fend for your lives against Necromorphs together. But whether you’re playing solo or co-op there are optional missions along the storyline that truly put more depth into the game. These optional missions tell the stories of the deceased that were there before you, and can be helpful with the rewards that are given after completing them. The campaign along with all the optional missions will take around 17 hours. But after your first play through, new game modes are unlocked that evolve around the same storyline, but add a twist to the gameplay.
Rating: 7.5

Gameplay: The controls of the game along with the cut scenes are very fluent and the combat is very satisfying, yet, overall the game isn’t a difficult one. But the terror of the game truly depends on the game mode and difficulty you set. The harder the difficultly, the less resources that will be found, which makes the game scarier in a sense as you struggle to stay alive with the lack of health packs and ammo (In which both can be created, with the recourses that you scavenge from bodies and such, along with weapons in the very open weapon creation and customization design in the game). But overall the game isn’t as scary as the original or even the sequel, as there is more of a contact with other humans and more of a sense of security, which does take away from its survival horror theme. Another aspect that hinders the game, is the music that is played just before an enemy surprise attack or some other event. This makes the game too predictable at times. But the environment is one thing that falls short of predictable.
Rating: 8

Graphics/Sound: The environment of the game truly reveals the games high end graphics. The lighting of the environment and shear detail put in every little thing, truly makes this game special from others.  And along with Dead Space’s top notch sound design this game is a very appealing and immersive one. The graphics and sound set the mood of game so well that it in a way it makes up for the flaws of the game.
Rating: 9

Pros:
Dot
Overall strong in-depth story
DotFluency
DotSatisfying combat
DotVivid graphics and sound

Cons:
DotRepetitive gameplay
DotPredictable events
DotLack of overall terror

In conclusion this game is very entertaining and though has its flaws, is very satisfying and I would highly recommend giving this game a go even if you’re new to the Dead Space series. So pair up with friend and experience Dead Space for yourself.

FOR WINDOWS XP (SP3), Vista (SP1), WINDOWS 7 or 8:
2.8 GHz processor or equivalent
1 GB RAM (XP), 2 GB RAM (Vista, 7 or 8)
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or better (7300, 7600 GS, and 8500 are below minimum system requirements)
ATI X1600 Pro or better (X1300, X1300 Pro and HD2400 are below minimum system requirements)
256MB Video Card and Shader Model 3.0 required * The latest version of DirectX 9.0c
At least 10GB of hard drive space for installation, plus additional space for saved games.
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