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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 202
  1. Aug 12, 2011
    10
    The second part of the game amazed me a little much better than the first one. They've left everything what was good and added a few newThe second part of the game amazed me a little much better than the first one. They've left everything what was good and added a few new tricky situations. Locations are much more unique. I like it. Expand
  2. 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
  3. Jul 8, 2014
    9
    This game improves upon its predecessor in almost every way, while still sticking to the formula that made it great. Dead Space 2 has anThis game improves upon its predecessor in almost every way, while still sticking to the formula that made it great. Dead Space 2 has an amazing setting and atmosphere and some impressive graphics for the age of the engine that was used. Not quite as relentlessly frightening as Dead Space, but it still has well crafted horror elements, coupled with the constant pressure of resource management. Titan Station provides a much larger and richer setting than the Ishimaru and allows the story more scope and depth. To me its one of the best and most fully realized sci-fi environments in any game. Isaac also graduates from silent protagonist to fully voiced character which adds greatly to the story. My only complaint is that the game comes in a bit short at around 8-9 hours. I think that games which are sold as mainly single player experiences should be at least over 10 hours, this isn't COD. Expand
  4. Oct 29, 2011
    9
    Scary? No. Fun? Hell yes.
    Let me start by saying this is one of the most beautiful games I have ever played. I could spend a half hour just
    Scary? No. Fun? Hell yes.
    Let me start by saying this is one of the most beautiful games I have ever played. I could spend a half hour just looking out the windows onto the city. But Dead Space 2 can take you from awe to terror in just a few seconds. The necromorphs are grotesquely designed, and the action is perfectly choreographed. Sure, there are plenty of jump out of the closet scares, but I would NOT call this a survival horror game, simply because you're a walking gun cabinet. Necromorphs end up falling apart after a few credits are spent on upgrades. But for the most part, watching your enemies being torn to shreds compensates for those false claims. The hardest thing for me is to identify any faults. If I had to complain about anything, it would be the multiplayer. Although it looks good on paper, I found it to be very dry and uninteresting, as if Visceral missed a few key elements in designing it. All in all, the singleplayer alone is still worth the $60 I paid.
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  5. Mar 15, 2011
    8
    A very pleasant surprise, and a sequel that's actually better than the original. They fixed or improved the problems with Dead Space 1. DS2 isA very pleasant surprise, and a sequel that's actually better than the original. They fixed or improved the problems with Dead Space 1. DS2 is more action oriented, which suits me fine, but still has a lot of moments that made me jump and laugh. It was only after finishing the game on every difficulty level that I placed it on the shelf - and I'll still be going back to it in the months ahead. Stellar graphics, intense combat, thrilling cutscenes, decent story. One of the few games that's come out in the past few months that's actually worth the money. Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2019
    8
    compared to dead space its not alien feeling game but it has great space action horror game. new suits feels great like "Captain Power and thecompared to dead space its not alien feeling game but it has great space action horror game. new suits feels great like "Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future " suits or espcialy advance cover suit look like saber rider cartoon lol. after company close thiking dead space game how it was beyond the time still is but dead space 2 want to more action packed style and managed too but this maybe was a mistake for future dead space we understand now. people overreact dead space 2 when rlease this makes dead space 3 more action packed and lost. in dead space 2 saturn settings makes game great again you kinda like in space bespin in titan which fits. ı wish there was a dead space game europa with jupiter sky settnig but all we have now. actualy in dead space 3 space sections they try little open word that sections better than dead space 2 more scary there is a single first dead space misson for example. no one playing dead space 2 multiplayer which is lame. if dead space is 9 dead space 2 8 sure. ı am big fan of first dead space imposbbile mode there is a zeolot mode in ds 2 but you can save only 3 times which hard to play also you cant start zeolot in steam version even you changes game comleted mod = 1 in ini file. ı try 100 saves still not work zeolot in start steam version.
    online seems to places in first game eras sorf of and its realy fun ı rememmber game magazins talking about dead space 2 online was not good and mess its totaly not true. even online part little more scary like first game but seems hard to find paly online all time but its good.
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  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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