I’m about half way through Chapter 3 in Dead Space and so far, it’s pretty good. To me, this is what Resident Evil 4 should have been. It’s fast-paced action fights yet with an eerie, disturbing feel. The controls are very tight and smooth; jumping between the different weapons on the fly is quick and easy which comes in handy when you’re surrounded by enemies.
I love having full control of the camera and being able to move it around. Though even with complete control, the game still manages to put you on the edge with limited visibility due to areas being dark or full of fog, making you feel paranoid because you never know if something is leaking in the shadows.
However, Dead Space takes a different approach to horror. It has a lot of Eastern elements to it (things jumping out at you, dead bodies on the ground not really being dead…), but it also tries to mess with your head by making you believe you’re completely f**ked. The developers try to thrive on the idea of ‘no one can hear you scream in space’.
Shortly after the game starts, the ship you were on explodes, leaving you abandoned on the infected ship with the last two survivors of your crew separated from you. The game more or less tries to make you panic more and tries to scare you by making you think you’re going to die by requiring you to shoot specific parts of the enemies in order to kill them and throwing a bunch of enemies at you at once with limited ammo and health.
The game is also very pretty. The environments are rich in detail though I do wish they were a bit more interactive. I was running around swinging my weapon around trying to break things on tables or kick things that were laying around, but most of the background items were “glued” in place which made me a bit sad. I also was slightly disappointed to see the lack of detail in effects with certain likes, like when water was falling on me, it just went through me instead of having any effect. But I will say this…The suit looks amazing. It really looks like it was made out of a heavy duty, tough material.
So so far…I’ve enjoyed it. It still hasn’t made my palms sweat or my heart race really fast, but I’ve jumped a time or two and have had some “WTF?” moments.