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On to the games the games are fun and creepy. I enjoy suspense, horror, sci-fi games and these games fit the bill. I plan to purchase Dead Space 3 when it becomes cheaper. i do not have much time to play games right now due to school and work so when I can get a great deal on games I want I go ahead and get them. What I have played so far I have enjoyed.
There is a certain unique style to Dead Space that I've grown to like. The over-the-shoulder third person view that doesn't break, even for story or menus, does wonders for the immersion. It felt like I was always in the thick of the action, even when I had to check my inventory. Newtonian zero-gravity? Fighting off monsters in vacuum? Exploring an abandoned space hulk? I'm sold! All of it helped me feel like I was genuinely in the shoes of the main character, Isaac Clarke. This feeling was all the more rewarding in the second game when I felt some of the same PTSD as Isaac as he struggled his way through Titan Station.
The major gripe I have with the games is predictability. While they certainly execute part of it well, sometimes it's painfully predictable when you're going to get hit with a jump scare or mobbed by enemies. "Oh, just found a room full of ammo and health packs? Guess who's gonna get ganked the next room over!"
Another facet of the predictability is the formula of each chapter (in both games) follow the same pattern to a T with few exceptions. Isaac is sent somewhere to fix something/escape somewhere. An "unforseen" obstacle prevents him from reaching said goal. Isaac must fix two or three other things to bypass obstacle and reach goal. It became mildly irritating, because I was able to predict what was going to happen next.Read more ›
• Get separated from the group and watch them get killed thru plexi-glass
• Crew mutated by virus or alien artifact
• Video/Audio/Text Diaries scattered around to slowly fill in the story
• Sick Bays / Experiment Rooms with body parts, tools, and blood everywhere
• Ship turning into an alien or living entity (ok, this didn’t happen but sure looked like it in several sections)
• To repair the ship/escape pod, you need Part A, Part B, and Part C, all scattered around the area
• Heavy Religious or Demonic overtones
Then there was the very obvious triggered events that had Doom 3 written all over it: Step past a hidden line, hallway goes dark and creature kills you from behind. Restore from Save, tip-toe to the hidden trigger, turn and shoot. Variations of this were everywhere, and every time you hit a large open room, or a long hallway, you began to watch for where that hidden trigger might be.
But here’s the thing: After the first couple chapters, I was able to ignore most of the mechanics and clichés and enjoy it for being a darn good game. The graphics and the sound certainly went a long way, but the gameplay was actually fun, and when it was all put together, there were several wow moments.Read more ›
I use a wireless Xbox 360 controller with my computer and both games work perfectly fine, no issues (unlike many Ubisoft PC games). Graphically, both games look fantastic despite not being the kind of games that push your graphics card hard.
Please note that Dead Space 2 does use DRM that only allows it to be activated on about 5 computers, but it does have a deactivation tool.
As for the games themselves, they are modern survival horror classics (although a bit more action-oriented than classic games are). Dead Space 2 obviously benefited from a bigger budget and has much better story-telling and set pieces. Overall though, you can't go wrong on these games if you are even a remote fan of the genre.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This bundle falls slightly short by not including Dead Space 3, but the first two games are just as great! I bought this bundle on sale, and was not disappointed. Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by Insert_name_here
Great value, great games. Both seem to run pretty good on my laptop. The games seem to have a great story and I'm going to try to play through them when I can handle being freaked... Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by shawn smith
Game one loaded and played beautifully? Game two would not load, install properly and is not playable. Tech support no help...EA Games no help! :(Published on July 10, 2013 by Patricia Becker
4 stars, is a great series.One of the few things EA didn't, mess up...do not feel like writing... five more words are requiredPublished on June 25, 2013 by Kurt
Hands down 5 stars, playing though these titles around hour 3 you will be paranoid and jumpy; haven't felt that way since the first Resident EvilPublished on June 22, 2013 by Tim
I bought this game at 7.99$ and it works in Origin. Steam version also discount, but price was more than 12$. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by cha
Terrible keyboard functions. can't modify movement keys to the arrow keys that many prefer. Poor support from Electronic Arts.
I'm glad I only wasted $8 on it.
I'm not here to review the quality of the game. As can be seen by the many other reviews, this is a great game series. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Alex
The controls on the PC port of Dead Space 1 are a complete joke. If you are thinking,"Maybe this guy doesn't know what he's talking about," check my grammar, punctuation... Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Jack L. Ellison