Thursday, September 08, 2011

Dead Space - Xbox 360



Why has it taken me so long to actually getting round to playing this game? My middle ginger, Martin, the only other passionate console gamer and survival horror fan in my house, gave it a huge thumbs up when it was released back in 2008. He reported that it delivered scares and mindless gaming fun in equal measure, with plenty of gore and explosions along the way! The critics gave it scores in the eighties and nineties, and even it's offshoot game, Dead Space Extraction for the Wii, received favourable reviews despite being an "on rails shooter", a seemingly dated medium through which to expand on the core story.

But it's taken me sooooo long to get started on it, and it's only within recent days that I've played it with any consistency. I'm within sight of the finishing line now, and as the story begins to reach it's conclusion, I've only just concluded that I rather like it! Various elements have conspired to stifle my enjoyment of the game until now. Silly things that really shouldn't have bothered me. The main protagonist for a start, he has no personality. Compare him to Gordon Freeman (Half Life) or Leon Kennedy (Resident Evil) or even Jack Wade (Headhunter), and he's a no-one. Faceless and forgetful. I can't even remember if we know his name, and I'm up to the middle of Chapter 10 of 12. That's got to be THE worst 'costume' for any alien slaughtering hero to date. It's so boring, souless even - and it looks shit! Like it's made out of sellotape. I'm only up to the level 4 suit, so if the level 5 suit turns out to be pimped out, bling-tastic and super-cool looking, I apologise.

Then there's the stark and austere surroundings of the ship. Compare it to the varied and spectacular backdrops of games such as Resident Evil (Gamecube/Wii) or Resident Evil 4 (Gamecube/PS2/Wii) or even the other worldly vistas of Half Life (PS2/PC) and you'll understand why Dead Space doesn't cut the visual mustard.

*FK takes a small break from writing which strteches into a week's break...*


Still, the whole Dead Space experience creeps up on you... I've now finished the game and It's only then that you see our protagonist's face. I think his elusive air of mystery was very much intended to be juxtaposed to his bare faced and open humanity at the end of the game... or something like that.

What's great about the game is shooting hideously grotesque mutants with a variety of space age weapons and then stamping on their entrails till they pop! That is essentially the best element of the game. My son Martin was genuinely scared by the experience... I wasn't at any point. I felt the game was very playable and apart from final boss I found it fairly plain sailing.

Now, whilst this game shows I have slipped back onto the 360, it doesn't mean my commitment to the Wii is over. Far from it! In fact I only wanted to complete it because:

a.) I started playing Ocarina of time on the Wii's Virtual Console and I realised it was such a huge game, that I should tie up a few loose ends in terms of unfinished games before I fully embarked on it...

b.) I have received Dead Space Extraction in the post and I thought I should finish the main game in the IP before I played an offshoot game...

There has been a slight problem though... playing 'Extraction', an on-rails light gun shooter, is very strange after freely exploring the environment of the doomed space ship, the USG Ishimura, on the Xbox! I'll be reporting on that pretty soon.!

34 comments:

The Elderly said...

Excellent review FK, and you are indeed right about the soul-less protagonist, the producers only managing to call him "Clarke" and the suit...:(

Having been hooked by Ridley Scott's Alien, I must admit I'm a sucker for abandoned spaceships, so I may be biassed when saying the setting greatly added to tension, and damn but those monsters were freaky.

On completion, went straight for a replay on a higher difficulty and couldn't get past the first level....Frustrating..

Oddly Dead Space 2 has been out for quite some time and I haven't been tempted to pick up a copy.... maybe the frustration I felt lingers on, or I believe they'll never recreate the experience I had during my first playthrough....

Looking forward to hearing about the Wii version... and that reminds EA have at least two Dead Space animated movies out... got the first, nothing to write home about.

....now where'd you put the kettle?

gnome said...

Excellent review Father, excellent! Seems the appropriate buttons have indeed been pressed. And you've described a game I'm rather interested too. Still undecided mind...

The Elderly said...

(gently pushes gnome closer to the controller....dims the lights..turns up the volume)

gnome said...

Is there a plan? I mean, I have no problem being pushed and stuff, but, well, I'd love to know.

Junlee said...

I really enjoyed Dead Space. It's not a scary game in the sense of a Silent Hill or early Resident Evil but the music is absolutely awesome. It has the best sound effects in a horror game this gen, in my opinion. The jump scares got me at first but after a while, they did get old and predictable.

The second one has it's moments (like one really awesome part at the end of Chapter 13...you need to play it) and I enjoyed it but it didn't have the same effect on me. I just finished it and moved on. I still think it's worth a play, though.

What I really right now is a game that is truly terrifying. I'm tired of action horror games that focus much more on the action and less and less on the horror. I haven't been truly scared of playing a game since Fatal Frame.

The Elderly said...

Ditto Junlee with Fatal Frame,there's one part at the start of the game, where without any warning someone walks into and out of your frame of vision, dropped the contoller 8(

@Gnome, Plan? nope, no plan, just a chance to perchance experience the game again in a differnt light... change your mind..ahem!!

I'll get you a nice cup of tea and some chocolate chip cookies..

(prepares syringe containing psycothropic enhancer)

The Elderly said...

(enters eagerly looking for FK...)

:(

(pulls up spare carpet, settles in for the night..)

Too late to go home now..

(soon the elderly lemon is fast asleep, trespassing admitedly..)

The Elderly said...

lots to tell you, Gnome's taken up with Frida the bondage expert, Gaming ales has opened it's comment box, oh and the leprechauns body is missing...

The Elderly said...

The leprechauns gone missing :(

gnome said...

And so has Father. And Frida. Hmmm...

The Elderly said...

right Gnome we'll just have to start all over again....

(head off to get stepladder...)

The Elderly said...

..darn Gnomes disappeared again..

right nothing for it, anyway what could possibly go wrong..

(positions stepladder close to the blogg button array....climbs up ladder....)

The Elderly said...

...now it's not that button, or that one.. it might be this one, or the one above it...

(consult blogger guide...)

The Elderly said...

Someone took the leprechaun's corpse and Gnome is up to something "BIG"

The Elderly said...

The leprechauns back post porn again :(

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