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A surprisingly solid shooter for your Fire!
on January 7, 2012
Important note: Dead Space is for mature audiences. Expect jump-scares, hallucinations, gruesome enemies, gore, and...well, cutting off the limbs of said enemies.
The game follows Vandal, a separate character from the main Dead Space games on consoles. He's an engineer who is sent in to make some simple repairs. The scenario quickly escalates after the repairs are complete when he discovers he has been essentially left for dead to an invasion of necromorphs: gruesome, mutated, zombie-looking monstrosities that are endlessly hungry for humans. The game is about Vandal's struggle to escape the necromorphs while battling his own sanity.
I was both surprised and impressed by just how easy it was to play. The left thumb handles movement (basically forward if it's on top of the screen, backward if it's on the bottom) while the right thumb handles the aiming of weapons and abilities (slide right to aim right, left to aim left, etc, tap to fire). The game is fully rendered in 3D and runs smooth like butter. Occasionally, it can be unresponsive with taps to pick up items or open doors, but I've never felt the controls have hindered me in keeping my character alive. Battles are all about stopping necromorphs from ripping you apart by ripping them apart first. The only effective way to kill a necromorph is to shoot (or cut, depending on your weapon) its limbs off piece by piece until it's dead. Anyone familiar with Dead Space or Resident Evil will feel right at home. The dismemberment mechanic adds real intensity to fights by forcing you to aim carefully but quickly as danger approaches.
For me, this game felt like an absolute steal on sale at $0.99, but I would be just as satisfied paying the full $6.99 for it.