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  • Summary: Hero Isaac Clarke returns for another heart-pounding adventure, taking the fight to the Necromorphs in this thrilling action-horror experience. New tools to gruesomely slice and dismember the Necromorphs complement Isaac's signature Plasma Cutter, empowering him as he meets new characters,Hero Isaac Clarke returns for another heart-pounding adventure, taking the fight to the Necromorphs in this thrilling action-horror experience. New tools to gruesomely slice and dismember the Necromorphs complement Isaac's signature Plasma Cutter, empowering him as he meets new characters, explores epic Zero-G environments, and fights against a relentless necromorph onslaught. Survival isn't the only thing on Isaac's mind in Dead Space 2 – this time, he calls the shots. [Electronic Arts] Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Jan 25, 2011
    95
    Many horror games are able to deliver shocks during play, but none does it as well as Dead Space 2. Isaac's inner struggle in the tense setting of "Sprawl" provides an unforgettable atomsphere, making Dead Space 2 one of the most terrifying and unmissable horror games this generation and the benchmark for others to follow.
  2. Feb 24, 2011
    92
    The interaction of great FPS storytelling mixed with light RPG elements has become a very successful formula and created some of my favorite games: System Shock, BioShock, Mass Effect, Half-Life and now Dead Space. The plotline of DS2 is clearly setting up for another sequel, and though I just finished playing this one, I'm already looking forward to the next. Bring it on!
  3. Jan 25, 2011
    91
    Take away the interface tweaks and improved mechanics behind how Isaac moves and feels, and examine the overall structure, you don't have a "good game and then a better game," you have two different games: a creepy sci-fi horror game with some damn good action versus a damn good sci-fi shooter with some creepy parts.
  4. Feb 21, 2011
    89
    Forget coffee, Coke or Red Bull. If you never ever want to sleep again, than there's just one thing for you: Dead Space 2! You will be captivated, shocked and frightened right away from the beginning.
  5. PC Format
    Mar 18, 2011
    86
    It's just a huge shame that it's not as terrifying as it should be. [Apr 2011, p.98]
  6. Jan 25, 2011
    85
    Dead Space 2 is a more than worthy successor to the original, adding plenty of oomph to the series and a solid multiplayer experience to boot. We would have preferred more puzzles and a little less linearity, but that doesn't stop us wanting a third Isaac outing.
  7. PC PowerPlay
    Feb 24, 2011
    70
    If you loved the first Dead Space, you'll like this one. Just not as much. [Mar 2011, p.64]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 165
  1. May 15, 2012
    10
    Epic CAMPAIGN BUT LIMITED MULTIPLAYER
  2. Jan 26, 2011
    10
    This game has an amazing single-player campaign. It's a good length, too(8-10 hours). One of the things I love the most is that IsaacThis game has an amazing single-player campaign. It's a good length, too(8-10 hours). One of the things I love the most is that Isaac actually talks through most of the game this time unlike his former silent protagonist self in the original Dead Space. ciuchina82 was obviously smoking something because he gave a bad review while also rating it a 10. For action and horror fans alike, I recommend you play this. It's one of the best games I've played in a while. Expand
  3. Nov 13, 2013
    9
    A step up from the first Dead Space. The controls are fluid and responsive. Graphic are crisp and look amazing. The only downside that I hadA step up from the first Dead Space. The controls are fluid and responsive. Graphic are crisp and look amazing. The only downside that I had was it felt more like a running and gunning game instead of a horror game. Sure there are moments that made me jump, but not many. If you played the Dead Space, you'll probably know what your getting into, and soon you'll be "numbed" to what going on. Playing through the game, all I was saying was, "Ah these guys again" Expand
  4. Feb 27, 2012
    9
    With some PC performance and port issues aside, the game is a ton of fun that will leave you wanting more. Graphics and sound are top notch,With some PC performance and port issues aside, the game is a ton of fun that will leave you wanting more. Graphics and sound are top notch, play in a dark room and you will certainly have some jumps. The real unique aspect of the game is just how I felt that each enemy encounter genuinely felt like it was a fight for dear life. I never had the feeling of feeling over powerful, you will get into a ton of dirty knuckle situations. Easily one of my favorite games of 2011. So why not a 10/10, as I said earlier you will be left with wanting more. The single player campaign is a tad on the short side. Expand
  5. Nov 11, 2013
    8
    Everything a sequel should be. Continues the story and adds to the game play that made the original great with out straying too far. Any fanEverything a sequel should be. Continues the story and adds to the game play that made the original great with out straying too far. Any fan of the original must play this and continue the journey. Expand
  6. Jan 28, 2011
    7
    Dead Space was pussified. As the developers stated in an interview, the first game was deemed "too scary" for mainstream audience, and theyDead Space was pussified. As the developers stated in an interview, the first game was deemed "too scary" for mainstream audience, and they considered that the reason behind the mediocre sales of the masterpiece that is Dead Space 1. In other words, Dead Space 1 was too good to be successful.

    Now, what made me love DS1 was exactly that, as a seasoned horror fan, it's very hard to find something to gave me real shivers, be it in movies or games. And DS1 delivered, as no movie or game in recent memory could do - maybe with the exception of Silent Hill 2.

    Yes, there were recycled levels, and yes, they ripped off lots of stuff from other games. But, as Picasso reportedly said, the mediocre artist copies, the great artist steals. Critics called DS1 "unoriginal", but that's missing the point completely. It was worthy not because the script, storytelling or game mechanics (despite dismemberment being original). It was worthy for achieving a overwhelmingly macabre feel that no one on cinema, lest gaming industry, today manage to achieve. Dead Space 2 is just not scary. I played it on the level above normal, got killed a lot of times. Still, I couldn't feel that impressing sensation of imminent danger that made DS1 into the game I loved. Some critics talked about the jump from Alien to Aliens, Ridley Scott to David Big Cheese Cameron. So, it's like having your favorite cult movie being re-shot in a generic commercial way by a Hollywood studio - or, more specifically, a Hollywood studio accidentally releasing a masterpiece and "correcting" it later.

    Now, DS2 has its merits as a game. Combat is still very satisfying, the script is a lot less generic, with Isaac turning into a person with his own will, not a generic vessel of suffering. It deserves the 7 I'm giving for those merits, and for that I'm excluding my comparison with DS1. Fortunately, it's not easier than DS1, maybe harder. On the down side, it's too linear - I really don't see the point of critics in hailing that as an advantage. Worse still, one of the new monsters, the stalker, caught my attention as a symptom of dumbification - it's supposed to hide at corners to suprise-attack you, but it actually sticks its head from the corners so you can peek it every time before it predictably charging head-on for you to cut his legs. The stalker actually playing peek-a-boo with you - I suppose that's adequate for the public they had in mind.

    Maybe it's not the developers' fault or executive meddling, maybe they set the bar too high, or it's just impossible for one to get the same scare twice - see Silent Hill after 2. Still, I'd wait for the price go down a little before acquiring it, not expecting it to be Dead Space, but just a competent monster shooter, a little soulless, but funny still.
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  7. May 18, 2011
    0
    **** graphics, multiplayer always lost connection
    **** graphics, multiplayer always lost connection
    **** graphics, multiplayer always lost
    **** graphics, multiplayer always lost connection
    **** graphics, multiplayer always lost connection
    **** graphics, multiplayer always lost connection
    **** graphics, multiplayer always lost connection
    **** graphics, multiplayer always lost connection
    **** graphics, multiplayer always lost connection
    **** graphics, multiplayer always lost connection
    **** graphics, multiplayer always lost connection
    **** graphics, multiplayer always lost connection
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