Generally favorable reviews - based on 78 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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 31, 2011
    Not only has Dead Space 2 set the bar impossibly high for all future survival horror games, it is one of the few PS3 games that is virtually identical in gameplay and technical quality to the Xbox 360. T
  3. Jan 27, 2011
    There is a new king of survival horror in town, and its name is Dead Space. It's just what the psychologist ordered.
  4. Jan 25, 2011
    The multiplayer doesn't seem especially deep, though, and consequently I suspect it will lose its luster after a week or two. The good news is the campaign alone is worth playing through two or even three times.
  5. Jan 25, 2011
    Anticipation for Dead Space 2 was especially high. It could have gone to the dark side, forgetting about those moments when the tension rises... and nothing is clearly shown. But for the best, it was able to keep its soul intact. And by raising the bar in all aspects (production values, horror, pace), it appears as the definitive master of the survival/horror genre.
  6. Jan 27, 2011
    Dead Space 2 only stumbles a bit with its added multiplayer, but when it comes to single player, if this game could scream out in space, its voice would be heard.
  7. Mar 4, 2011
    The team at Visceral took everything the first game had to offer, vastly improved it and while they were at it, left out all that was bad. It'll scare the pants off of you, even piss you off occasionally, and you'll love it for that.
  8. Feb 14, 2011
    If not for the inclusion of multiplayer (no, it shouldn't have been included), this would be the perfect package -- especially with Extraction, which may not have had its dues on the Wii.
  9. Jan 25, 2011
    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.
  10. Jan 25, 2011
    Dead Space 2 is the best Survival Horror of this generation.
  11. Feb 16, 2011
    While many people will argue that games don't need to pretend that they aren't games, Dead Space 2 is able to hide its seams so well that the total package feels wholly unique.
  12. Jan 25, 2011
    Dead Space, improved. Not just a great sequel, but a great horror game. Isaac's dementia and the underused impaling in combat mechanic are the only disappointments, and they're pretty slight.
  13. Feb 1, 2011
    A game that doesn't skimp on the gore, and makes for one hell of a scary ride.
  14. Jan 25, 2011
    Even with the disappointing multi-player this is one game you simply must own if you are a fan of the genre. I cannot stress enough how incredible the campaign of Dead Space 2 really is. If you even liked the first one, the sequel is a must own on so many levels. The tension will have you gripping the controller and sitting on the edge of your seat for its entirety.
  15. Jan 25, 2011
    In the end, it's a little hard for Dead Space 2 to live up to the breath of fresh air that was the original game, but it manages to follow the same path exceptionally well. Sure, it's not as groundbreaking and shocking as the original was upon release, but the sequel is a tighter, more focused, and scarier excursion into the unknown void of space.
  16. Jan 30, 2011
    This is a brutally gory and entirely oppressive survival horror title. Dead Space 2 is a truly terrifying and claustrophobic experience and it sets a high bar for all the subsequent triple-A releases due out in 2011.
  17. Jan 25, 2011
    There's so much evolution in this sequel that it seems like it's been growing by itself, understanding its own flaws and naturally adjusting. The single player experience is quintessential, delivering pure terror and some unforgettable action pieces. When the credits start rolling, you'll feel like you've actually achieved something, sighing with least, until the next nightmare. On the other hand, mutliplayer still feels unnecessary and hurried.
  18. Jan 25, 2011
    Dead Space 2 is the definition of a "if it's not broken, don't fix it" type of game. A sequel that improves upon its predecessor without changing the winning formula, only improving upon it. It's rewarding, unsettling, addictive, shocking, and other words, a game that your mom would hate.
  19. 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]
  20. Jan 21, 2011
    Years have passed since the first game, and Dead Space 2 doesn't surprise us as much as the original did, but it has reinvented itself very well. The main character and its new situation help create interest and surprises, and offer us much more. And, again, it knows how to create that thrilling tension which makes it a great horror game.
  21. Jan 13, 2011
    It's beautiful, that goes without saying, and a relentless beast in combat. But more than that, it understands how players play - what they look for, listen to, and most of all what they expect. That's why, and this is a considerable achievement, it can genuinely scare you with a common sprinkler system. [Feb 2011, p.82]
  22. Jan 26, 2011
    What a game to start 2011 ... Dead Space 2 may not offer any real innovations compared to its predecessor, but in the end, that doesn't matter at all. Isaac Clarke's second appearance presents itself as a very polished, amazingly frightening Horror- and Action-Masterpiece, that doesn't allow itself any aggravating flaws and is therefore this year's first must-have title.
  23. Jan 25, 2011
    Dead Space 2 is without question a better game than the original despite the fact that the gameplay remains nearly unchanged.
  24. Jan 25, 2011
    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.
  25. Well worth the price of admission to earn yourself a seat. But you'll only really need the edge of it. [Mar 2011, p77]
  26. Feb 25, 2011
    Although Dead Space 2 stumbles in a few minor spots, it makes up for it with its blend of sh.t-your-pants scary atmosphere and non-stop action. It's a game that shoves its Necromorph claws into your eyeballs in the first five minutes and won't pull them out until the end credits roll.
  27. Feb 22, 2011
    Dead Space 2 starts off with a lot of similarities with the original, but soon finds its own identity and raises the bar for sequels everywhere. A very well-polished space adventure.
  28. Feb 14, 2011
    Even if this is your first taste of the franchise, if you like horror, violence, severed limbs and bodies crushed into seeping bloody pulp, then the dark depths of dead space is just the place for you.
  29. Feb 14, 2011
    Dead Space 2 is unlikely to win any prizes for originality and, as a result, despite all the chaos and terror on screen it feels like a very safe sequel. It's still one though that will frequently leave you gasping for breath and, on more than one occasion, take it away; a game that, like the body of a dismembered Necromorph, is the result of some precision execution.
  30. Feb 11, 2011
    Dead Space 2 is one of the most disturbing, grotesque and unsightly games I've ever played...but it's so damn good.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 451 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 104
  2. Negative: 4 out of 104
  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
    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. Feb 5, 2011
    More of the same: terrible level design, cheap enemy spawning, poorly thought-out mechanics (avoiding monsters who are lying down is a snap:More of the same: terrible level design, cheap enemy spawning, poorly thought-out mechanics (avoiding monsters who are lying down is a snap: if you can pull a body toward you with kinesis, it's just a corpse. If for some inexplicable reason your kinesis won't work, it's a necromorph waiting to ambush you), etc. It's frustrating that the overall gameplay and sound design are so excellent, because everything else is complete crap. Full Review »
  3. Apr 8, 2011
    I'm not usually a fan of video games that are very linear, but Dead Space 2 is the exception. If anyone were to get the full experience fromI'm not usually a fan of video games that are very linear, but Dead Space 2 is the exception. If anyone were to get the full experience from this game they would need to play at night with very little lighting (apart from the television) and no company. The asthetics aren't the best, but they suit the game very well. Like most video games it doesn't have a very deep or expansive story, however it is definitely enough to keep you playing. This game will keep you engaged, adrenaline-pumping and on the edge of your seat. If you were ever considering playing it, do yourself a favour and buy it. Full Review »