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  • Summary: Dead Space 3 embodies deep space terror. Players embark on a ride through space that takes them to a hostile new planet, Tau Volantis. Fortunately, they are not alone this time around. The fully integrated drop-in/drop-out co-op feature gives players the option to play alone or team-up with a friend anytime. Players that choose to take down the terror together experience additional story details, side missions and gameplay mechanics only found when playing as John Carver. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Feb 21, 2013
    91
    With a weak start, enjoyable middle parts and a great ending, Dead Space 3 is a game not to be missed. With such a heavy emphasis on gore, the game could've used a touch of psychological horror. Still, you can't really fault Dead Space 3 for lack of strong atmosphere. [Feb 2013]
  2. Feb 16, 2013
    90
    Dead Space 3 for PC is a good port, with plenty of advanced video options but standard res textures and no DirectX 11 support. That said, the game itself is stunning and the fans will not be disappointed.
  3. Feb 8, 2013
    81
    Dead Space 3, despite its strengths in presentation, atmosphere and sound remained well below the class of its predecessors. Too bad if you consider that this is probably due to targeting a wider audience.
  4. Feb 15, 2013
    79
    In reality, Dead Space 3 could almost be regarded as a stand-alone expansion pack for Dead Space 2. The single player gameplay is largely identical to the previous instalment. But, since I found Dead Space 2 an enjoyable experience, I find no fault with that at all.
  5. Feb 25, 2013
    75
    Sure, it’d be nice to see the kind of PC support title such as Battlefield 3 and Crysis 3 are getting, but Dead Space 3 is more than a straight port and still quite a bit of fun.
  6. Mar 30, 2013
    70
    Dead Space 3 brings refreshing gameplay options without sacrificing the gritty, believable universe, but scares are few and far between. [Apr 2013, p.92]
  7. Feb 15, 2013
    60
    Perfectly decent and enjoyable enough, but the lack of scares hurts it more than you might think.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 193
  1. Feb 6, 2013
    10
    Haters gonna hate. This is just as good as Dead Space 1 2 honestly. The coop is actually a neat addition to the series and the game is still scary if you play it at a higher difficulty setting. Weapon Crafting is handled well and adds a nice layer of customization. For anyone having issues with the FPS being locked to 30: Turn vsync off in the game and force vsync through your GPU control panel. After doing that I was able to play the game maxed out 150fps. Expand
  2. Mar 3, 2013
    9
    just because the game isn't a carbon copy of the first two games doesn't mean its bad the game, the game really holds its own in the series as a game just as cool, and for most levels just as scary Expand
  3. Feb 25, 2013
    9
    I played Dead Space 1 and 2 and as far as I'm concerned, this is a great 3rd installment. I'm now replaying it on "Survival" mode and enjoying it.

    My favourite parts of the game were in orbit above Tau Volantis, going from ship to ship, looking for stuff and the great vista of being in space and above that world.

    I liked the differences between this game and the others making my own weapons, upgrading them with different circuit boards and attatchments. I think this 3rd Dead Space game needed changes otherwise it would just be the same formula all over again. Seems to me the developers did a smashing job of keeping what was really great about the other 2 games and adding in new aspects.

    There were more problems than usual with some glitches, like not being able to pick up ammo or some other things. I recommend not getting the voice "personalities" for the bots it gets really annoying after a while and it's like they never shut up sometimes.

    Considering they made this game in 2 years, compared to Aliens: Colonial Marines" five years well, they did an amazing job. And the Co-op is well implemented thanks Visceral for another great effort, much appreciated !

    Story was okay for me, ending too this is one of the best games I've played this year not sure what people are complaining about. I wonder sometimes if some gamers are becoming way way too demanding and critical jeepers Stop the whining and enjoy this game already :D
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  4. Apr 24, 2014
    7
    Dead Space 3 is a hard game to review, since I enjoyed it but at the same time raged at it's lost potential and ridiculous design decisions. There's some good things it retains and improves from the rest of the series, but there's also so many things that should NOT have been done that drags the game down to being the worst of the series by far.

    Dead Space 3 has the great production values, general creepiness and atmosphere it's become known for, but what it fails to recapture from prior games is the actual fear. Encounters feel as if theyv'e been designed to just give the player a shooting gallery, not scares, and it doesn't even do that very well in most cases. This wouldn't be so bad if it also retained the feeling that you're always short of resources, but you never really are, they are plentiful even on harder difficulties, especially once you make it a little ways into the game. You also seem to be able to go through old areas after loading a game and find new items from places you've already looted, which is ridiculous.

    The addition of "human enemies" also feels very tacked on, like some suit at EA figured it should be more like Call of Duty. Story-wise it's plausible, but feels totally out of place and it's not done well. The ability to crouch and roll just seems wrong for a veteran of the series and both are useless. The human enemies are also dumber than a sack of hammers in terms of their AI.

    Speaking of EA suits (i.e. people that are dumber than a sack of hammers), another major issue is DLC and micro-transactions being thrown in the player's face while IN THE GAME. The awesome real-time interfaces Dead Space uses should not have be marred with constant reminders that you can be nickel and dimed for content that should have been included in the inital price. This is just tacky, and a huge immersion breaker.

    The good things are that the controls are as tight as ever, from general movement, shooting and zero G. The combat itself is just as fun as it always was and of course visually it's the most stunning of the series. The games "weapon crafting" system, is for the most part well done, with lots of combinations of all your favorites. I don't find the addition of co-op to be a bad thing since it's already going with direction they took with the encounter design. The game is a fairly good length, but I really don't like when a game includes "co-op only" content. I didn't find QTE style events too annoying, they were done fairly well. I found the story to be decent and the all the extra audio and text logs to be worth the time to listen to and read.

    All-in-all it's a step back for the series, but it's still worth your time if you can buy it on sale. Hopefully we'll get a sequel or reboot in the future that takes the game back to its root and not more towards the mindless recycled shooter genre.
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  5. May 3, 2013
    6
    The game is good but nothing like the first two games. this sequel is mostly a TPS rather than a survival horror it has its horror moments here and there. I specially didn't like the fact that some missions are locked unless you have a co-op partner (they could of removed those or made them invisible during singlepplayer), also some bosses are reused that gets annoying after a while (spider). Expand
  6. May 6, 2013
    5
    The Dead Space franchise moved forward, and sadly it has also been corrupted by EA's PureGreed engine.
    resources to be grinded for no reason,
    weapon ammo dumbed-down, game pace speed up AGAIN they had already done it on dead space 2 diverging the game even more from the horror roots.

    Weapon crafting system almost nice, but too obviously just a plot to convince people to throw away money to build their perfect weapon, along with an overly long and infinite achievement list to unlock certain weapon parts and armor, again to push no bully the gamer which already purchased the game with an AAA price tag to throw even more money towards EA.

    Worse still, all the hallucination scenes and the last game chapters were seemingly ripped off the base game and tacked on a DLC to gaugue more money from the players, giving the story an odd pace on both the base game with its non-ending, and the 'expansion'.

    The franchise would deserve a better number, but unfortunately it has to be averaged with EA's low rating, making it deserve no more than a 5.
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