Dead Space 2 - Xbox 360

Game Description: Dead Space 2 for Xbox 360 features the return of engineer turned alien-killer Isaac Clarke in this next installment of EA's survival horror series. Dead Space 2 features an exciting new collection of necromorphs that Isaac will have to battle.
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First Impressions of Dead Space 2

First Impressions of Dead Space 2

By Tom Price - Posted May 13, 2010

Dead Space 2

If I told you that Dead Space 2 doesn’t reinvent the wheel, and is a lot like the original Dead Space when it comes down to it, would you really be all that disappointed? The critically-acclaimed 2008 title fostered a near cult-like following among those who played it and were instantly addicted to the deep space setting, and survival/horror type gameplay. So saying that Dead Space 2 looks like more of that good stuff with a new setting, new weapons, and new aliens should be good news for fans of the burgeoning series.

The main objective of the developers at Visceral Games was to refine and improve the first game, and not make any complete departures from what made it great. Making the game better begins with making the main character Isaac better. He may have been a lowly engineer at the beginning of the first game, but now he’s seen some things, man, and he’s a lot more grizzled and tough. He’s more in charge now, with better command of his suit and equipment’s power, which provides a greater sense of control and more abilities to play with. That includes increased kinetic powers -- which can turn al kinds of debris and body parts into flying weapons -- and increased agility in your new line of space suits you’ll unlock as you play the game. It’s like Isaac 2.0.

Dead Space 2

There’s a new setting for the game as well, though deep space is once again the overall background. This time around, the action takes Isaac to a sprawling mining colony on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, where a large city has sprung up around the mine. Instead of exploring one single enormous space ship, you’ll experience diverse environments on Titan, from clean modern building interiors to cavernous mineshafts. In all of these locales, an improved graphics engine renders spooky lighting and shadows that generate the same sense of tension and dread we experienced in the first game. Maybe even more so. But don’t forget that you're still in outer space, and if the glass is breakable, you might not want to shoot it.

The gameplay still revolves around the concept of strategic dismemberment and the flexibility to kill enemies in a number of distinct ways. The new enemies offer new ways to kill (and be killed) as well. The Stalker is a timid monster that won’t confront you one-on-one, but will slowly try and get around behind you with a flanking maneuver. The Crawler, on the other hand, will charge you head-on and detonate near you, causing quite a mess. The Pack is another enemy that likes to charge you too, but they do it in a group, surrounding you with a bunch of small but fast-moving humanoids that look like a gang of zombie kids. Helpful here is the new Javelin weapon's area effect, which shoots an electrically-charged bolt that can spread its electro-shock across a wider area if shot in a group. Finally, there’s the Cyst, which is more of a non-sentient hazard that looks like an organic mine. Of course, avoiding the Cyst is key, but with your advanced kinetic abilities and improvisational skills, you can easily turn it against other enemies.

Dead Space 2

A lot of other details about Dead Space 2 are being held close to the vest, including changes to the store and workbench functions, as well as what the final HUD will look like. But the overall impression so far is of a game that will deliver the same chills and thrills that the first one did, but with enough new stuff to feel like a true sequel. Dead Space 2 will be available for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC sometime this year.

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  • Psychotine

    This Year!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    Posted: May 13, 2010 3:07 PM
  • Lawrence123

    awesome write up Mr. Price , everything you mentioned is what I wanted to hear be in the second game .

    Posted: May 13, 2010 1:03 PM
  • Cathartic Denoument

    I can't wait!!!

    Posted: May 13, 2010 12:56 PM
  • Doug Otto

    Adding Dead Space 2 to the must buy list.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 12:51 PM
  • alexkidd3d

    Wow, excited about this. The first dead space kind of slipped by me, I picked it up about a month ago in a bargain bin for like 10 bucks.... Outstanding game. I hope this sequel stays true to the original. Little touches like the interface just get you so immersed.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 11:59 AM
  • PiMD360

    As long as they change the hud, I am in. I hated the map hud at bench etc.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 11:56 AM
  • UNrealx007

    So does this mean Isaac didn't die at the end of the first one. Cuz im pretty sure he did. idk hopfully they will explain what happened at the end of the first game then.

    Other than what i said above i can't wait for this it's going to be the greatests game EVER!!

    Posted: May 13, 2010 8:30 AM
  • capthavic

    Isaac wasn't a miner, he was an engineer sent to fix the Ishimura.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 7:25 AM
  • uelia

    This game and The Last Guardian are the only games that might get my money this year. I'm tired of the same old shooters, rehashed again and again just to make a buck. There is a universe of posssible game scenaros out there but all we get is repetition. Where is the imagination? The creativity? I'll tell you where. It is in the same place that Hollywood keeps it. The idea is that if you show lots of action, explosions and pretty colors the average mentality will come running, and they're right. That is why we keep getting the same boring stuff. Don't except mediocrity, demand excellence!

    Posted: May 13, 2010 3:46 AM
  • revistinha1

    not this year...next year

    Posted: May 13, 2010 3:12 AM
  • holidaybob

    I love the first one so much, i still play it from time to time. As long as the keep the core mechanics the same, which it sounds like they are, this will be a day one purchase for me. I wonder if gamestop is taking pre orders yet?

    Posted: May 13, 2010 2:06 AM

    sounds fun i never bought the frist one but i played it at my friends house and really wanted to so im glad that this is coming out and will most likely be picking it up

    Posted: May 13, 2010 1:53 AM
  • Ender_IF_

    Sounds perfect. I want a deeper storyline and a bit more variety in the scenarios. Just with that plus everything the first one great, I'm sure as hell gonna buy it when it comes out!

    Posted: May 13, 2010 1:36 AM