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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
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
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  1. Jan 25, 2011
    95
    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.
  2. Feb 24, 2011
    92
    The interaction of great FPS storytelling mixed with light RPG elements has become a very successful formula and created some of my favorite games: System Shock, BioShock, Mass Effect, Half-Life and now Dead Space. The plotline of DS2 is clearly setting up for another sequel, and though I just finished playing this one, I'm already looking forward to the next. Bring it on!
  3. Jan 25, 2011
    91
    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.
  4. Feb 21, 2011
    89
    Forget coffee, Coke or Red Bull. If you never ever want to sleep again, than there's just one thing for you: Dead Space 2! You will be captivated, shocked and frightened right away from the beginning.
  5. PC Format
    Mar 18, 2011
    86
    It's just a huge shame that it's not as terrifying as it should be. [Apr 2011, p.98]
  6. Jan 25, 2011
    85
    Dead Space 2 is a more than worthy successor to the original, adding plenty of oomph to the series and a solid multiplayer experience to boot. We would have preferred more puzzles and a little less linearity, but that doesn't stop us wanting a third Isaac outing.
  7. PC PowerPlay
    Feb 24, 2011
    70
    If you loved the first Dead Space, you'll like this one. Just not as much. [Mar 2011, p.64]

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  1. Negative: 12 out of 180
  1. Apr 27, 2013
    10
    Some games give its sequel demanding expectations to meet, and Dead Space is certainly one of them. In Dead Space 2, the gameplay feels muchSome games give its sequel demanding expectations to meet, and Dead Space is certainly one of them. In Dead Space 2, the gameplay feels much smoother and the controls are more responsive than in its prequel. Isaac Clarke has an entire wardrobe of engineering suits now, each having unique bonuses and advantages in combat. Old weapons are modified and the new weapons bring more excitement into combat. Some of the new enemies will swarm you in a pack, some will charge at you, and some are just overwhelmingly massive, but all present a fun challenge. What really amazes me is that Dead Space 2 still managed to maintain an incredible story. You’ll truly despise some of the characters, but also pray that others survive the necromorph massacre. The graphics are gorgeous and sometimes breathtaking when venturing in space around Saturn. If you enjoyed Dead Space 1, then this is a no-brainer. Expand
  2. Apr 18, 2012
    10
    Dead Space 2 is the best game i have played since the very original DOOM. and i've seen quite a lot of games in all those years.

    the
    Dead Space 2 is the best game i have played since the very original DOOM. and i've seen quite a lot of games in all those years.

    the interiors of the space station are insanely detailed and well constructed, the glass window views to space are breathtaking and combined with the super creepy sound effects you'll find yourself 100% in a space sci-fi universe in no time. the game play is constantly kept interesting by offering different game elements (3rd person shooter, puzzle solving, interactive cut scenes,...) and it tells a really great story (which is usually displayed in HUD / holographic video displays in front of the character - no in-game menus that kill the atmosphere!)

    the balancing is great, it always felt "hard enough" and never got boring or repetitive, which is kind of a hard thing to accomplish in these kind of games. the endgame was pretty hard, which perfectly fitted the story (hero struggling to survive), and - no spoilers - the final moments are quite a masterpiece of story-telling.

    can't wait for a sequel!
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  3. Jan 26, 2011
    10
    This game has an amazing single-player campaign. It's a good length, too(8-10 hours). One of the things I love the most is that IsaacThis game has an amazing single-player campaign. It's a good length, too(8-10 hours). One of the things I love the most is that Isaac actually talks through most of the game this time unlike his former silent protagonist self in the original Dead Space. ciuchina82 was obviously smoking something because he gave a bad review while also rating it a 10. For action and horror fans alike, I recommend you play this. It's one of the best games I've played in a while. Expand
  4. May 23, 2014
    9
    This game truly serves the purpose of being both horror and action game. The new game mechanics make the character able to move more naturallyThis game truly serves the purpose of being both horror and action game. The new game mechanics make the character able to move more naturally and the game is more responsive than the previous one. The game has a lot of cool new features but without sacrificing much of the old content in the previous game. Expand
  5. Oct 28, 2014
    8
    ""The poor space engineer""

    Dead Space 2 is a sequel to 2008's Dead Space. Isaac is back but now as a badass engineer! Dead Space 2 tells
    ""The poor space engineer""

    Dead Space 2 is a sequel to 2008's Dead Space. Isaac is back but now as a
    badass engineer! Dead Space 2 tells Isaac's story in a new way, he is no
    longer a silent protagonist. Here we go.

    STORYLINE

    Three years after Isaac Clarke escaped the USG Ishumira fighting hoards
    of monsters named Necromorphs, he found himself at the Sprawl, a space
    station on the one of planet Jupiter's moon. He soon finds that another
    Necromorph outbreak has spread across the space station, and it's not too
    late for him to stop it. The Marker, the artifact which is turning dead
    bodies in Necromorphs needs to be destroyed in order to stop the outbreak.
    Isaac thought he saw the end of the artifact when he destroyed it back
    in the original Dead Space but things gets too crazy, his dead and annoying
    girlfriend is haunting him in his mind making him hallucinate frequently
    throughout the entire game. Isaac is like "It's time to find a new
    girlfriend!". As Isaac tries to escape the Sprawl, he also finds a few
    survivors, Isaac soon makes up his mind to end The Marker's treat instead
    of escaping, he helps the survivor escapes right after making 1 of them
    his girlfriend and jumps right in front of the Necromorphs like a badass
    as he slays his way to the artifact!

    WORLD

    Uh.... the USG Ishimura, if you have played the original Dead Space game,
    you are gonna miss it. Dead Space 2 takes place on Titan! Jupiter's largest
    moon, so it is a "space zombie outbreak in space". Sprawl is a cool space
    station, people live here which means Sprawl has hospitals, churches or the
    elementary, Dead Space 2 used all these ideas. Dead Space 2 is pretty linear
    but unlike the first one, there is no backtracking. You are going from
    1 side of the narrow, single path map to the other. Unlike the first game,
    this game has many NPCs, I found them very interesting because most of them
    I met throughout the game KILLED THEMSELVES in a minute after I met them, I know
    this is crazy but they really killed themselves because the Marker brainwashed
    them.

    The Church is one of the best level you will find in an horror game, this
    level is extremely decorated, gory and full of Necromorphs. The ambient screams
    will cause you to perform a perfect jumpscare. You will also be able to revisit
    the Ishimura for one last time, and it under reconstruction, as you walk in it,
    it makes you remember of the first mins of the original Dead Space, the tram is
    offline so you have to fly between decks, the Ishimura level is very dark since
    it is under reconstruction and there is no power due to the outbreak, it also
    brings back the original's Dead Space's enemy approach.

    The game also has a few open areas like cargo holds, 3 of the 4 cargo holds I
    found in the game were full of a bird-human hybrid Necromorphs that uses clever
    tactics to finish you for good.
    GAMEPLAY Go there and get this! Dead Space 2's Isaac is a badass when it comes to ripping space zombies off. This iconic Plasma Cutter can be purchased from the store if you have played the original and have a save game of it on your hard drive. The combat in this game is EXCELLENT, unlike the first one, the combat is more fluid and agile. Dismembering the limbs of nasty space zombies work better than ever. After all the great improvements in the combat, I didn't like the way the Necromorphs appoach you, I mean the improved combat is a step away from horror, at the beginning of each fight, you might get scared but when you have sighted you first target, it's like hoard mode, they swarm on you making the game more survival shooter than horror. Dead Space 2 doesn't feature many puzzles unlike the first one, but the puzzles in this one are better than the first game. The new hacking minigame can be fun but once you are interrupted by one of those space zombies, you will lose your hacking progress, things are more complicated and tough on higher difficulties so I recommend clearing all Necromorphs in the room before you focus on the puzzles. SETTINGS The game runs very smooth, the 2 or 3 cutscenes the game has are also well done, the dark visuals makes the game more atmospheric. The game constantly tries to scare you with noises in dark rooms instead of throwing Necromorphs at you. The animations in this game, just like combat has improved a lot, from the gun animations to the unique player death scenes, you remember those right? If you are living under a rock then let me tell what a unique player death is... when you don't concentrate on an Necromorph and if it manages sneaks behind you or near you, it will trigger a unique scene where the Necromorph will try to slice, eat or vaporize Isaac to death, the only way to survive this scene is to spam the "E" button on PC or the "X" button on consoles, otherwise the Necromorph will trigger a cutscene where it kills Isaac, each Necromorph has their own kill cutscene. These cutscenes are so cool that sometimes, you might just wanna be stupid and let the Necromorph kill you so you can just see the cutscene. The game also has no loading screens, once you load the game and you play and complete a chapter, the next chapter doesn't require loading, the game automatically loads it when you are in vents or elevators, it loads to so smooth as you play the game you will never feel that the game is actually loading. The game also features a New Game+ mode which makes the game more replayable on a higher difficulty, you get to keep your weapons, suits and upgrades and the mode also unlocks more of them which pulls you back into the game instantly after your first playthrough. =============================================================================== VERDICT Dead Space 2 is a huge improvement over the first one but the core of the game is still the same, go there, kill stuff, collect loot, solve the puzzle and watch the cool cutscene. This game has it's moments but I didn't like it because the improved combat removed most of the survival horror elements from the game but still I enjoyed it. Dead Space 2 is a MUST BUY game, it took me 10 hours on my first playthrough and I am really looking forward to the series. PROS- + BRUTAL COMBAT + DISMEMBERING + SOME INTENSE MOMENTS + USG ISHUMIRA REVISIT + CHURCH LEVEL + ATMOSPHERIC LEVEL DESIGN + UNIQUE PLAYER DEATHS + NECROMORPH VARIATION + AMBIENT SOUND DESIGN + FUN MULTIPLAYER + CAMPAIGN NEVER FLAWS + ICONIC ENEMY- UBERMORPH + NO LOAD SCREENS CONS- - DULL GO THERE MISSIONS - SAME MECHANICS - FORCES YOU TO SCARE OVERALL SCORE - 8.7 "IMPRESSIVE" ===============================================================================
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  6. Feb 27, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. this game is perfect as a sequel. There are times I was like, "No, they didn't just do that!" It is intense just like the first, but the weapons are much more fun. Weapons from the first also have different Alternate fire than the first game. The best part of this game is revisiting the Ishimura. While the game has improved on many features and graphics, I was really disappointed with the boss fights. They were fewer than the first game and the final boss fight was very anti-climactic. I would wait for this to drop in price to $40 before purchasing as I paid $60 and do not feel that it was worth it. It felt more like an expansion than a sequel. Expand
  7. Aug 17, 2012
    0
    Console port crap. This game suffers badly from consolitis. So much so that you can't even bind your mouse keys, they are assigned toConsole port crap. This game suffers badly from consolitis. So much so that you can't even bind your mouse keys, they are assigned to functions that you have no way of changing. This in itself completely ruins the game. Show me a pc gamer who doesnt bind their mouse keys to either sprint or aim... and EA the creators of this disaster took that option completely away from you. What freaking morons. I'll say it again - Console port crap. Expand

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