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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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  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. 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. 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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  1. Nov 13, 2012
    10
    Dead Space 2 is a worthy successor to Dead Space 1. More enemies, more guns, more stories (Isaac becoming a character is a plus!), more hatredDead Space 2 is a worthy successor to Dead Space 1. More enemies, more guns, more stories (Isaac becoming a character is a plus!), more hatred for the Unitologists- the only downside is that you don't actually get to fight the religious zealots themselves. This game is intense, gruesome, and overall incredible. It's got lots of replayability in trying out different weapons on higher difficulties. Expand
  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. Aug 8, 2013
    9
    I'm not an easy fan of the horror genre. I prefer horror games a bunch over horror movies, simply because I like to have control over how II'm not an easy fan of the horror genre. I prefer horror games a bunch over horror movies, simply because I like to have control over how I deal with certain fears. When I played other horror games, like "Amnesia: the Dark Descend" or "Resident Evil", the feeling of control got to a certain point where it wasn't horrifying anymore, but more like a 'do this, prevent that' kind of thing. Putting out your lantern and hiding behind a barrel could easily get you further or stocking up on herbs and ammo was basically the key to survival although the atmosphere was top notch, the game failed to scare toy on the moments you least expected it to do so. In "Dead Space 2" however, I do believe I shat my pantaloons multiple times in rapid succession before the first hour even passed. Maybe it's a beat of the classic steam blow and sudden explosion that made me jump like crazy, but the fear you get when four enemies come screaming and clawing towards you is terrifying at its highest level. You often need tactics, but you panic, and therefore you create an extra difficulty that hides within the human mind itself. The visuals look great, the story is immersive, and the space ship feels believable. A top notch horror game that definately is my favorite of its genre. 9/10 Expand
  4. Feb 13, 2011
    9
    Dead Space 2 is in some way indentical to Dead Space 1, but it has a number of new things that manage to uplift Dead Space 2 from Dead SpaceDead Space 2 is in some way indentical to Dead Space 1, but it has a number of new things that manage to uplift Dead Space 2 from Dead Space 1. One thing that really made the game for me where those interactive cutscene things, just amazingly well-made. The sounds and music are downright spectacular. Pretty much the same weapons and a few new ones, a talking Isaac and new armor also make this game more interesting that its predecessor. The animations are silky smooth and the voice acting is very convincing. It has some downright disturbing moments and plenty of very tense and hectic fighting. The enemies are... interesting in a way i guess. Most of them very disturbing and freaky, good variety too, you need different approaches for different enemies. Great game, not too different in terms of gameplay but it does the job of providing a new and very interesting successor of Dead Space 1. Thank you Visceral Games, roll on Dead Space 3. Expand
  5. sft
    May 22, 2013
    8
    Isaac hunts again

    The controls for the PC version of DS1 were awful. The good news is that these have been improved in DEAD SPACE 2 and are
    Isaac hunts again

    The controls for the PC version of DS1 were awful. The good news is that these have been improved in DEAD SPACE 2 and are no longer the issue they were in the original. (There are still some problems with camera angles when boxed into a corner but these are an irritation rather than a deal breaker.) DS2 also handles zero gravity in a far more intuitive, and enjoyable way, with none of the crazy hopping from one surface to another as in the first game. Now you can move freely, as you would expect. Also improved in DS2 is Isaac’s level of interaction. Now he speaks! This actually improves the experience more than might be expected, as it gives a greater sense that you’re involved in an unfolding story. The graphics are above average quality though not outstanding. The gameplay is improved by the introduction of more varied environments (although this is still very much a corridor shooter), and there are still plenty of tense moments when battling with enemies, some of which will be familiar if you played DS1, and some of which are new. When compared with the original DS2 is basically more of the same but with a number of welcome improvements and enhcncements. On a final note: I found it a little easier than the first, but that might be because of the improved controls and my familiarity with the gameplay second time around. Anyhoo, there’s still plenty of nerve-jangling fun to be had. Recommended, especially if you liked the original.
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  6. Feb 10, 2012
    7
    Dead Space 2 is a third-person shooter that follows in foot steps of Dead Space 1 and continues the story of engineer Isaac Clark and his deadDead Space 2 is a third-person shooter that follows in foot steps of Dead Space 1 and continues the story of engineer Isaac Clark and his dead wife that has decided to haunt him as he busts out of a mental ward onboard a space station. The usual suspects are there; scary noises, ugly aliens that tear people apart and a whole lot of blood and dismemberment. Dead Space 2 is exactly like Dead Space 1 only more predictable and perhaps a little bit more frustrating. They still insist on Claarke covering 1/5th of the screen and they still insist on you not knowing what's going on when Claarke is pushed to the ground with his health meter obscured. Most of the time I die it's because I can't tell if I pushed the health button hard or often enough because I'm cornered wondering why my statis-field isn't triggering while the some mutant charges me. They also added these movie sequences where you're never quite sure if you have to do something. I died a lot of times thinking I was in a movie, causing me to sit back and enjoy the spectacle just to realize that the loading screen I am looking at didn't mean level transition but rather rolling back to a previous save point because I somehow failed a quick-time event that I didn't know was a quick time event because there were no indications or they were obscured by the Claarke and his big hiney. It does this right up to the end where the credits start rolling! I didn't fall for it that time, though. Other than that; Dead Space 2 is just fun despite it rubbing in your face just how inferior console shooters really are at every chance it gets. I also thought the writing was pretty good despite there being some very stereotypical and somewhat underdeveloped characters. EA also decided to throw in a lot of the guns and armour right from the start on the PC version. Instead of delivering the DLC in stages, you can access it right from the start possibly giving the player a very big advantage that wasn't intended at all. Of course, you can choose not to use it but EA should just have been less sloppy and respect PC gamers. Expand
  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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