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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: 75 out of 78
  2. Negative: 0 out of 78
  1. Feb 4, 2011
    100
    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
    95
    Dead Space 2 is the best Survival Horror of this generation.
  3. Play UK
    Jan 24, 2011
    92
    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
    90
    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
    90
    Dead Space 2 is near perfect with its horror trickery and great action.
  6. Mar 24, 2011
    88
    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
    58
    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. Negative: 4 out of 130
  1. Jan 25, 2011
    10
    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. Nov 18, 2011
    10
    ever since i first stepped onboard the usg Ishimura i knew that dead space was a great game filled with lots of thrills and intense atmosphereever since i first stepped onboard the usg Ishimura i knew that dead space was a great game filled with lots of thrills and intense atmosphere along with a great game. Then dead space 2 was announced and I flipped and what seemed like an eternity the, game was finally released and then i played it and here is my review. Dead space 2 puts you back in the boots of isaac clarke but this game there is something worse going on the necromorphs are back and wont go down with out a fight. the gameplay is fairly similar than last time its till the stragetic dismemberment that was in the first game which made dead space2 so compelling. The story will have you on the edge of your feet as you try to hold your sanity together and try to get your ex(nicole) out of your head that appears in hallucinations. now that ive given you a little bit of the story without spoiling too much. Now to the multiplayer. lets just put it this way its good its nothing perfect but it gets the job done. if you like the left 4 deads multiplayer then youll like this one .so if your a big fan of the original then i strongly agree you pick this up. dead space2 recieves a 9/10 Expand
  3. Mar 23, 2011
    10
    This game in 1 word is Awsome, I'm a but fan of Resident evil, and I have to say this game is like RE on steroids. One of the few games I'veThis game in 1 word is Awsome, I'm a but fan of Resident evil, and I have to say this game is like RE on steroids. One of the few games I've actually completed 3 times. Expand
  4. Feb 2, 2011
    9
    My hat is off to the developers and producers. Dead space 2 goes above and beyond the original game in every way. Its atmosphere, scope,My hat is off to the developers and producers. Dead space 2 goes above and beyond the original game in every way. Its atmosphere, scope, storytelling, and user interaction are all flawless. Visceral Games is on fire with this title and i especially give a nod to the team developing the multiplayer experience. great work all around. my only complaint is the difficulty in the game. any gamer capable of keeping a cool head and fire accurately is going to find the default difficulty WAY too easy. The first game suffered from this as well. While its not a major gripe, i feel the lower difficulty takes away from the horror at times. Thankfully the harder settings are ready to go from the start. On a positive note, Visceral did a great job in giving the player a reason to use the collection of weapons they made. In the first Dead Space, the plasma cutter is by far the most powerful weapon and competitive players disregarded the other weapons, selling off other ammo in favor of power nodes and plasma rounds. However, by diversifying enemy types and weaknesses they have given the player viable alternatives which diversifies gameplay and lets the player have a reason to use the otherwise ignored weapons. (which are all very flavorful and very well designed.) great job. definitely a must have. 9/10 Expand
  5. Mar 15, 2018
    9
    It is said that a sequel never defeats the first one... This game was almost perfect, but it lacked something i can´t even describe. Still,It is said that a sequel never defeats the first one... This game was almost perfect, but it lacked something i can´t even describe. Still, hell of a sequel, and one of the best survival horror games i´ve ever played Expand
  6. Oct 26, 2011
    9
    Loved the entire game. However the multiplayer started great and then came the frustrating rape teams that couldn't even let you breathe forLoved the entire game. However the multiplayer started great and then came the frustrating rape teams that couldn't even let you breathe for two seconds before tearing you apart. Still I have to admit it was a great start for a multiplayer design from Dead Space. Expand
  7. Jan 30, 2011
    0
    Extremely linear, extremely shallow, and extremely repetitive. You just walk down hallways and shoot things that run at you, and then wait forExtremely 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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