Three times the charm, it seems for most installments, but with Dead Space, it's a kind of must-play that also spawns its own set of problems.
But overall, the ups of Dead Space 3 warrant some time-play, considering that the new take on weaponry and fighting may be a way for new fans to get into the Dead Space wagon.
Why should I buy this game?
After three installments, it would seem as though the only gamers who would buy Dead Space 3 would be avid fans. However, there is something to be had in this horror survival-shooting game.
But now, you're facing an entirely different horde and breed of Necromorphs. Gamespot reports that there are fewer levels to deal with in Dead Space 3, but they sure as hell are fun to take on as a challenge.
Flexibility in the game also gives you almost full control of the environment-but this is also where one of the bad sides takes effect. What should be noted is that this kind of flexibility gives you the feel of evolving with the protagonist, the same way your weapon of choice finds a different function and figure with each customization.
A new weapons system and a new challenge
Say goodbye to the weapons from before, because they're now replaced with a new weapon crafting system, reports Destructoid.
This new in-game currency allows you to construct and improve your own gear and weapons, sort of like a store where you can buy upgrades using money or with the use of the trusty scavenger bots.
You're looking at a top-of-the-line arsenal of weapons that you can tailor to your combat skills.
Sure, the Necromorphs are now faster and more intelligent-they can attack and back away from your attacks at faster speeds, making the shootin' and shreddin' far more challenging than previous games. This gives an edge of fear, and gives you a potential view of how real attacks go.
Play with a partner
Cooperation is a keyword in the game, and it makes every second of the shooting and blasting feel even more exciting, reports Complex.
This particular experience makes up for the lack of terror and psychological horror for Dead Space 3, and what's more, you get to enjoy a type of mission-based shooting ground, something that, while it's a far cry from the original, opens a new door to development.
The mad protagonist with a story that goes on and on and on...
Dead Space 3's main hurdle came from the contrived nature of the main story. As Destructoid reports, Isaac Clarke is still the protagonist who is hell-bent on facing and defeating Necromorphs, and it's already the third time he's going through walking corpses.
Then again, the story does take off from Dead Space 2, where Clarke has become paranoid and is fueled by the fact that Ellie Langford, the protagonist's love interest has gone missing.
Uprooted roots-not the Dead Space original you're looking for
What made Dead Space appeal to fans is the survival horror that is paced just right with the game. In an earlier review, IGN reports that Dead Space is that memorable sci-fi horror game that puts you on survival mode, where you have to figure out how to search for survivors, fix any problems involving the ship, and defend yourself from Necromorphic attacks-a feat that can take up to 12 hours to complete, at the very least.
According to Arstechnica, instead of going back to this pace, Dead Space 3 seems to have let go of the core foundation of the whole game: shooting horrific mutations in space.
Is it over?
Complex reports that, judging from the end of the game, gamers won't meet any conclusion. If anything, they may even expect another installment.
The next crucial question now is if the next Dead Space will head towards a direction that saturate fans, but still retain the flavor that made this installment more or less still worth playing.
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