Though it’s not due to be released to the gaming masses until next year, Dead Space 2 is already getting its fans pumped up for another fright-fest set on a faraway, off-world mining colony. So far, we’ve seen plenty of the survival horror action we can expect at the core of Dead Space 2’s single player experience. But the innovative approach to multiplayer is only being revealed now.
You don’t often see competitive multiplayer modes in games like this, because it would too easily break the fiction. Why would a bunch of space miners be fighting each other over some flags or something? Instead, the lonely haunted spaceships of Dead Space 2 only set up a conflict between humans and the nasty Necromorphs, therefore you will be fighting both against and -- prepare yourself -- as the zombie-like creatures.
Also keeping with the fiction is the lack of any type of silly multiplayer endeavor like capturing flags or skulls or simply seeing who can kill the most enemies. In Dead Space 2’s multiplayer, you will have four space miners like Isaac (though you can make them all look a bit different with custom armors and gear) fighting against relentless waves of player-controlled Necromorphs as the miners work to complete a series of objectives. It’s sort of like playing a co-op level with three of your friends while four of your other friends do whatever they can to mess it up.
Strategically dismembering your friends will seem natural if you’re playing as one of the miners – pretty much all of their weapons and equipment carries over from the single player experience. But the Necromorph team, while lacking in any firepower – can use the specific abilities of the different Necromorph types to stalk, trap and devour the miners. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the way multiplayer works in Left 4 Dead, though in Dead Space 2, you have a few more options in terms of chooising your Necromorph and your spawn location.
Five objective-based maps will be available to play upon release of Dead Space 2 this upcoming January, but more could be made available through download.