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Dead Space 2
Dead Space 2
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unrivaled Survival Horror -- A Perfect Blend of the Cerebral and Macabre, October 11, 2011
This review is from: Dead Space 2 (Video Game)
2510. Saturn. Orbiting city, "The Sprawl."

Wake Up Isaac. Make us whole, please, Isaac?

Your memory muddled, your heart racing, you awaken to the gruesome impalement of a man you don't even know trying to release you from the bonds of a straight jacket. His blood drowning your eyesight from the horror around you, his screams flooding your ears with an unrelenting agony, you quickly snap-to and see them in the room ahead.


Run Isaac. You need to make us whole.

And so it begins. Dead Space is pulse pounding action, from the very moment you press "New Game."

Set 3 years after the original Dead Space, you play engineer Isaac Clarke. No longer a corpse-stomping, limb chopping mute, Isaac has finally found his voice, and is now caught in yet another do or die situation: trapped in the hospital wing of "The Sprawl", Isaac must escape a horde of invading blood thirsty, flesh rending Necromorphs--all while being stuck in a straight jacket.

Haunted by visions of Nicole, Isaac has lost his grip on reality. What and who is real? Who is friend, who is foe? Why Isaac? What did he do to deserve this?

Staying true to its roots, Dead Space 2 delivers on something that was already incredible, and explodes it 10 fold into something much more refined, polished, and enjoyable.

The atmosphere, while somewhat similar to DS1, is flooded with amazing sounds and ambient lighting. You never know which sound is a Necromorph making his way towards you, or what is simply ambiance in the background. You never fully see the threat until it is inches away from you, threatening to take you away from The Sprawl dismembered into tiny pieces. Visceral has done an incredible job on the sequel, adding in plenty of moments that will genuinely creep you out. You can no longer really predict when something will pop out at you, like you could in DS1. Now, the surprises are truly surprises. Where, before, you might expect a Lurker waiting for you behind a door, you instead get a pitch black hallway, where in the midst of this blackness you are attacked by a loud, ear-shattering hallucination of Nicole. And she's pissed.

The horror in DS1 is not so much visual, as it is in the audio and the psychology of Isaac Clarke. There will definitely be scenes that make you say "Holy S&*7" (like failing the Eye machine scene in Chapter 14). You will hang upside down from a cable while battling hordes of Necromorphs and a Brute with only limited ammo, battle your way through a crazy train derailment scene. You will pilot an escape pod in zero gravity through a debris field in space--your body being split into many pieces if you fail.

This game is intense.

The replay value is definitely up there, with 4 difficulties(5 if you include the unlockable Hard Core) and many trophies requiring subsequent play throughs, you will find your self replaying DS2, not because you NEED to(if you're a trophy whore like myself), but because it's just that damn good. Survival Horror hasn't been this good since Silent Hill. And if you're someone who likes a challenge, Hard Core will meet your expectations with flying colors. 14 Hour game, 3 saves, and when you die, you revert back to your last save--NOT last checkpoint. Credits in hardcore, are reduced to just a mere fraction of what you'd get in the Veteran and Zealot modes. Save your ammo AND game wisely. Sometimes, you'll have no choice but to run.

DS2 has so far been my favorite game of the year. I'm also a Resident Evil 5 junkie so if you're seeking a game that delivers MORE fun than RE5, but stays true to the Survival Horror genre, look no further and pick up DS2.

Graphics: 9/10
Atmosphere: 10/10 -- Especially the final boss fight. Wow, the use of filters make this one of the most enjoyable boss fights I've encountered visually and artistically.
Sound: 9.5/10 -- Fantastic use of garbage cans rattling, lights going out, screams in the distance, necromorphs growling/shrieking(especially The Pack, they sound like demented children), and sometimes loud noises are all used to near perfection.
Controls: 10/10 -- This is one of DS2's best features. The controls are fluid and enjoyable. Not a pain in the a$$ to get used to like RE5. Plus, you can run and gun--but only while aiming, and aiming slows down your speed considerably.
Gameplay: 10/10 -- Campaign is just amazing, with a gripping story line that will keep you engaged.
Multiplayer: 7/10 -- I really found MP to be lacking to be quite honest. Lag will lead to some frustration, and the imbalance between powers really makes the Necromorph a very weak character selection. If you have a RiG character with half a brain, you can stasis globs of Necro players and obliterate them. Also, there's not really a variety in game modes, which lead to a stale MP after a while.
Replayability: 10/10 -- 4 Different difficulties, many trophies dependent upon replay, and an unlockable Hard Core mode that will test your patience and situational strategic reasoning. Immensely fun and well rewarding for the stoicly fortuitous gamer.

Overall: 9.35/10 -- 93.5% -- A

For 20$, you won't get a better bang for your buck if you're a horror buff.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purple Kisses, May 2, 2009
This review is from: Love/Hate (Audio CD)
Album is on point. If you like ballads in the style of J. Holiday(think of the production on Bed), you're in for a huge treat. Purple Kisses is enough of an excuse in itself to go cop this album. The rotation on this album will never tire you.. expect the unexpected and get ready for one of the best R&B albums you've heard in a very long time.. Also, for those hating on Shawty is a 10.. that is a terrible song. You need to hear Shawty is Da Sh!#, just like the rest of The Dream's music, all of the radio edits COMPLETELY butcher his style of music.. so if you hated shawty is a 10, give this album another chance. Oneluv

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