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  • Summary: In the bold and often-bloody Dead Space gamers step into a third-person sci-fi survival horror experience that delivers psychological thrills and gruesome action. Set in the cold blackness of deep space, the atmosphere is soaked with a feeling of tension, dread and sheer terror. In Dead Space, players step into the role of engineer Isaac Clarke – an ordinary man on a seemingly routine mission to fix the communications systems aboard a deep space mining ship. It is not long before Isaac awakes to a living nightmare when he learns that the ship's crew has been ravaged by a vicious alien infestation. He must fight through the dead silence and darkness of deep space to stay alive. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 76 out of 79
  2. Negative: 0 out of 79
  1. Gruesome. Visceral. Engrossing. Stunning. There are just so many words you can use to describe Dead Space and not one would be negative. EA has excelled itself on both technical and mechanical levels, pushing Dead Space up from ‘one to watch’ to ‘one of the best games of the year, nay generation’. Just go ahead and try not to be impressed by it. We dare you.
  2. In a season relying so heavily on sequels and spin-offs to deliver its hits, EA earns kudos for taking a chance on an original IP that'll no doubt be remembered when it comes time to hand out game-of-the-year awards.
  3. Dead Space is essentially your opportunity to play through a sci-fi horror flick; which is just about every gamer’s fantasy. It is a near-perfect package for those looking for to get their survival horror fix.
  4. This is a highly recommended game for science fiction and survival horror fans, with its claustrophobic atmosphere and horrible creatures.
  5. If you’re a fan of science fiction or horror, you owe it to yourself to have Dead Space in your collection.
  6. Dead Space is a fairly linear affair that will take most gamers a little over ten hours to complete. However, it is one hell of a ride.
  7. A few standard scare tactics (dramatic music, flickering lights) and gory battles may satisfy hardened fans of horror, but loot-hunting and taxi missions will likely haunt your dreams more than the given monstrosities of death.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 136
  1. Sep 15, 2010
    I think that the atmosphere in this game does it all. The sound effects are simply amazing and the enemies never stop to surprise me when I am playing. The graphics are really well done and I often found myself completly "in character" because of this. Everything is top notch! I cannot wait for the sequel. Expand
  2. GR
    Oct 28, 2008
    This game is extremely underrated. It's one of the best games I've played on the 360. The story is incredibly well told, the gameplay is well-paced, and the graphics are gorgeous. Doesn't get any better than that. Expand
  3. Mar 12, 2011
    First off I didn't really fancy Dead Space hence its took me this long to play it. Its a total breathe of fresh air which the survival horror genre needed so much a different take on the classic genre which has been dominated by Resident evil personal favorite of mine. As for the game well the graphics are brilliant and the atmosphere is the best ive come across in any game from the sound effects to the lighting it has everything going for it. The game just feels so complete and very fluid, you can tell they spared no expense with this title a must buy for any console owner. And if your put off because the game is scary well you sort of adapt to the game as you progress and get use to the random scares and monsters you encounter. Expand
  4. MichaelS.
    Oct 28, 2008
    This is a must buy. Dead Space has great gameplay, is extremely immersive, has thought-provoking puzzle and RPG elements, and has a very strong and well told story. The only minor issue keeping this game from a 10 is the repetitive nature of the missions; however, the repetition makes sense due to the story because of the protagonist's occupation. Expand
  5. Feb 11, 2011
    This is the first game I've played in a while. It was cool being 'into' a game again. The story line was good, and the graphics and levels were great. Very good controls and audio. My only thing with it was maybe a little bit drawn out, but after beating it, it didn't seem so bad. I really liked the safe/inventory feature. I'm working on unlocking all the achievements now. I don't count on getting all of them! Looking forward to playing the sequel. Expand
  6. Feb 10, 2013
    Instant classic for any fan of horror sci-fi. The setting, tone and sound design are superb, and the graphics for the time were top notch. However I will say the pitfalls of this game really stood out after Dead Space 2 was released. With a 'mute' Isaac, you get no sense of character and story which Dead Space 2 and 3 really focused on, which is a real shame because there was a lot of potential there. On top of this the game play feels a little wonky as well, but these are things you can quickly get over on another play through. Despite that, this is still a great game and definitely worth playing. Expand
  7. Mar 3, 2011
    Not scary, rip's off just about every horror ever made, the gameplay didn't make it for me, and it's trying to make us feel sorry for someone with a bucket on their head and their mouth's taped shut.
    What a pathetic escuse for a horror-game.

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