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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, 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
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  1. Positive: 75 out of 78
  2. Negative: 0 out of 78
  1. Feb 4, 2011
    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
    Dead Space 2 is the best Survival Horror of this generation.
  3. Jan 24, 2011
    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
    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
    Dead Space 2 is near perfect with its horror trickery and great action.
  6. Mar 24, 2011
    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
    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: 96 out of 103
  2. Negative: 4 out of 103
  1. Jan 25, 2011
    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 Expand
  2. May 6, 2011
    what a game dead space 2 is its one awesome game after being blown away by the first one i was blown away again very good level design incredible graphics smart AI isaac with a voice works fine fantastic single player not so much in multi player visceral has improved everything from dead space 1 and has made it better in dead space 2 plus the ps3 version has the move game dead space extraction for free dead space 2 is the best survival horror game ever made Expand
  3. Jan 25, 2011
    To be honest, I wasn't a big fan of the first installment. (Dead Space 1 wasn't bad, just not good). What can I say about Dead Space 2? It meats the true definition of badassery! One of the best sequels I have ever played, and one of the best games. It surpasses the first Dead Space.It even has a pretty good Multiplayer. Truly, this is a must buy, now what are you doing reading this? Go buy Dead Space 2! Expand
  4. Feb 2, 2011
    I have to say that I was a fan of the first Dead Space. While the story was a bit generic, the game played beautifully. What Dead Space 2 brings is more great gameplay and a highly developed world in which the story takes place. I never thought the Dead Space games were so much scary as they were startling. It's not the type of horror game that makes you afraid to open a door because of what might be on the other side, rather it shoves disturbing and gory imagery in your face. Its more Hostel than Paranormal Activity, but I honestly don't mind. I love this game because of the fun gameplay and immersive atmosphere. It also does a good job a creating tense moments, which I find good for horror games. I don't really care about the multiplayer aspect of the game, plus I can't even find a match for some reason. Plus, the PS3 version comes with Dead Space: Extraction, which is pretty fun although a bit awkward using a regular controller. I recommend this game to anyone who played Dead Space or anyone into action games who doesn't mind the gore. Expand
  5. Aug 21, 2013
    This is the game RE6 should have been. It manages to implement Action and Horror, both very effectively.
    The story is set three years after
    the original, and isn't entirely groundbreaking, but is interesting enough to keep you playing. Isaac himself would be that bit more interesting if he didn't look like... Well... an entirely forgettable grey haired guy.
    The gameplay is a nice third person shooter with a twist; it's deliberately slow.
    The game is scary. There are jumpscares, but because of them you are always alert, dreading what's around the next corner.
  6. Mar 21, 2011
    I loved Dead Space. Dead Space 2 takes it to another level. Isaac Clarkes Journey through The Sprawl is Thrilling and captivating. The lighting, music, story, and pacing of the game could not have been better, and to give the game less than 9 is simply blasphemy. What i missed in this game is puzzles. To stop, calm down, and use your brain a little would have given the player a moment to think about what the past level has revealed in terms of the story, and what upgrades would be best to choose to really give those necromorphs a hard time. And to suck in the atmosphere for a while, because it really is a detailed, and beatiful space station. MUST BUY! Expand
  7. Jan 30, 2011
    Extremely 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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