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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] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 78
  2. Negative: 0 out of 78
  1. Feb 4, 2011
    100
    Take the multiplayer for what it is -- a fun digression from the enthralling action on The Sprawl -- and DS2 comfortably sits waiting for the other Game of the Year nominees for 2011.
  2. Jan 25, 2011
    95
    Dead Space 2 is the best Survival Horror of this generation.
  3. Jan 24, 2011
    92
    Dead Space 2 is brilliant - no two ways about it. It's everything a sequel should be and it's a fine, poo-your-pants inclusion to anybody's library. [Issue#201, p.90]
  4. Jan 25, 2011
    90
    Dead Space 2 is bigger, better but less scary than the first episode of Visceral Games' horror franchise. This is not a crime, though, because the game is really awesome. The multiplayer is interesting but looks just like a simple extra to the main game.
  5. Jan 28, 2011
    90
    Dead Space 2 is near perfect with its horror trickery and great action.
  6. Mar 24, 2011
    88
    With this sequel, Visceral Games has masterfully expanded on the first Dead Space. They've revved up the series with tougher guns, a bigger setting, and online multiplayer, but kept the spirit and, most importantly, the scares of the original in tact.
  7. Jan 31, 2011
    58
    Dead Space 2 isn't bad, it simply isn't the evolution it should or could have been. By the time the closing credits roll, don't be surprised if the only dead space you're feeling is the one in the middle of your chest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 98 out of 105
  2. Negative: 4 out of 105
  1. Jan 25, 2011
    10
    I have never been so fully blown away by a sequel!!! amazing but the gun with the collector's edition is a tiny POS
    i had to work @ 8 am but
    I have never been so fully blown away by a sequel!!! amazing but the gun with the collector's edition is a tiny POS
    i had to work @ 8 am but still was able to get 5 chapters in
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  2. May 3, 2011
    10
    Best horror game of the year and the current generation of gaming. A very satisfying story packed with terrifying monsters and scares.Best horror game of the year and the current generation of gaming. A very satisfying story packed with terrifying monsters and scares. Gameplay is tip-top and solid. Online play is addictive, creative and lots of fun. Worth every penny. Expand
  3. Dec 6, 2014
    10
    Absolutely thrilling game. For a game from 2008, the graphics look like it's from 2013.
    Gameplay is addictive and all the weapons are unique
    Absolutely thrilling game. For a game from 2008, the graphics look like it's from 2013.
    Gameplay is addictive and all the weapons are unique enough that you'll want to frequently switch them.
    Story is gripping, especially the plot twist at the end.
    I absolutely love this game and I look forward to playing Dead Space 2
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  4. Feb 2, 2011
    9
    My hat is off to the developers and producers. Dead space 2 goes above and beyond the original game in every way. Its atmosphere, scope,My hat is off to the developers and producers. Dead space 2 goes above and beyond the original game in every way. Its atmosphere, scope, storytelling, and user interaction are all flawless. Visceral Games is on fire with this title and i especially give a nod to the team developing the multiplayer experience. great work all around. my only complaint is the difficulty in the game. any gamer capable of keeping a cool head and fire accurately is going to find the default difficulty WAY too easy. The first game suffered from this as well. While its not a major gripe, i feel the lower difficulty takes away from the horror at times. Thankfully the harder settings are ready to go from the start. On a positive note, Visceral did a great job in giving the player a reason to use the collection of weapons they made. In the first Dead Space, the plasma cutter is by far the most powerful weapon and competitive players disregarded the other weapons, selling off other ammo in favor of power nodes and plasma rounds. However, by diversifying enemy types and weaknesses they have given the player viable alternatives which diversifies gameplay and lets the player have a reason to use the otherwise ignored weapons. (which are all very flavorful and very well designed.) great job. definitely a must have. 9/10 Expand
  5. Nov 7, 2013
    9
    Dead Space 2 gives you a Bioshock feel especially early on. Whereas the Ishimura just gave the feeling of a functional ship, the environmentsDead Space 2 gives you a Bioshock feel especially early on. Whereas the Ishimura just gave the feeling of a functional ship, the environments in 2 feel like the sum of their parts. The sense of loss and the confusion of “what the heck happened here?” like Bioshock is present in Dead Space 2. Games like this can easily fall into a cliché story, but Dead Space 2 does a nice job of being more original than falling into the same story arcs of other horror stories. Nothing is too overplayed: music, enemies popping out of nowhere, etc. Very linear. Might’ve been moreso than the original. Another negative is that as the game progresses, you’ll figure out what enemies and how many will be coming based on the room layout and size. There’s also the occasional problem with the story where it’s the usual “Oh man! Item A broke down, I’ll go fix Item B, so we can progress”. It is not as noticeable as other games, but it gets tiresome in the later chapters. Despite the linearity, the pace is differentiated by varying elements. You’ll have the usual flying in zero gravity as well as feet on the ground sequences. The game is not too long and not too short. Like the original, it is completely up to you how you make your way through. This is welcomed freedom. You can upgrade any weapon, or not even use a weapon at all. In fact, the gameplay is basically a carbon copy of the first. Whereas in other games I’d find this a significant issue, I did not mind. For a price of around $10, this game is definitely worth picking up. Expand
  6. Apr 19, 2011
    9
    I wasn't a big survival horror fan, but when I heard of Dead Space I gave it a shot. Absolutely feel in love with the first game.

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    I wasn't a big survival horror fan, but when I heard of Dead Space I gave it a shot. Absolutely feel in love with the first game.

    What Dead Space 2 offers is a much more fast paced, action based game. Yes, there still are those scary moments that let you know that it's still a survival horror game, but there is a lot more action sequences in this one. The control scheme is very much improved from the first game, and just when you think zero gravity couldn't get better, it does.

    Excellent game.
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  7. Jan 30, 2011
    0
    Extremely linear, extremely shallow, and extremely repetitive. You just walk down hallways and shoot things that run at you, and then wait forExtremely linear, extremely shallow, and extremely repetitive. You just walk down hallways and shoot things that run at you, and then wait for the door to open for the next area (and there are a ton of slow-opening doors in this game), then repeat. And despite what you may have heard, this game isn't challenging. Yes, you will die a lot, but only because it's so cheap. Most of my deaths were because I didn't know what was coming at me, or from where, and by the time I figured it out it was too late.... die and restart at checkpoint, and do it again... it's just trial and error. There is no strategy, no depth, and it's just the same thing over and over, and it's not scary in the least. After about 6 chapters of walking, shooting and waiting for doors to open, I turned it off from extreme boredom. This isn't a game; it's a ridiculously long tech demo with a story, like most of today's "video games". Rent it or forget it. Expand

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