So I got to chapter 10 last night in Dead Space 2. While I'm having a reasonably good time with it, I feel it's a big step down for several reasons:
- The game is not nearly as scary. Like many modern PG-13 horror films, the game seems to rely on jump scares as opposed to implanting a deep feel of horror, like the first game did so well. It feels more like an action game as opposed to an action/horror game.
- The Sprawl is nowhere nearly as intriguing, scary or as well designed as the Ishimura. Big step down in environments here.
- The story is not as good as it was in the first game. Where as the first game has so much mystery, and it's this fear of the unknown that really kicks the suspense up into overdrive, this story feels thrown together. I played Dead Space two years ago, and still remember so many parts of that game vividly. I've been playing Dead Space 2 for just a few days, and I'm already finding the game and the plot to be very forgettable. Something with Issac having hallucinations and a big, evil corporation trying to stop him? Lame. The story in the first game was much, much better.
- The new weapons, with the exception of the proximity mines, are a big let down. A sniper rifle??? Really? The javelin gun sucks too, and this was the one I was looking forward to the most. I'm using the plasma cutter, line gun, and pulse rifle, just like I did in the last game.
Dead Space 2, however, does a few things better than the first game. The graphics and sound have taken a step up, which is pretty cool considering how good the first game still looks and sounds. I really like the way they refined the zero gravity areas, and made telekinesis much easier to use. And being able to respec your guns is nice too.
Overall, I like Dead Space 2 just fine, and I'll finish the game, but I can't help but feel that this game was thrown together. The story feels dialed in, and it seems the devs got lazy with the scares, opting for cheap "GOTCHA!!' scare tactics as opposed to actually making the gamer feel scared constantly. Dead Space 2 is a fine action game, but it feels like a big step down from the first game, which I consider to be a masterpiece.
Anyone else feel the same?
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