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A Fun Rail-Shooter That Precedes the First Dead Space
on June 7, 2014
For those who are not entirely familiar with the Dead Space series, Dead Space is a sci-fi action-horror game with an intricate storyline about how humanity had invented giant, commercialized space ships in the future with the purpose of harvesting valuable minerals from other planets, or "planet-cracking", but discovers an alien artifact that reanimates dead matter into monstrous beasts. It goes beyond that, but I don't want to explain it all here. As stated, this game precedes the first one that was released for both the Xbox 360 and PS3 featuring a storyline taking place before the events of the first game. The game centers around four main characters who were alive during the USG Ishimura incident with cameos by integral characters from the first game. Unlike the first game, which was a TPS or third-person shooter, Dead Space Extraction is a light-gun game akin to the ones you would play at the arcade, like House of the Dead. It is a linear and cinematic experience with some interactivity sprinkled in.
Gameplay wise, you use the Wii motion controller as you would if it was a gun along with the nunchuck. The game would also require you to perform gestures, puzzles in-game, and shake the Wii remote and nunchuck from time to time. Shooting is great, but in my opinion, I felt that the gestures were too gimmicky and the puzzles were annoying, as they require pin-point accuracy much of the time, which is difficult to achieve with the Wii remote. Also, when the game does require you to shake the Wii remote or nunchuck, it won't register the motion accurately. There are four difficulties: Normal, Hard, Hardest, and Impossible. The game is Wii Zapper compatible and features drop in/drop out co-op.
Content wise, it has an excellent, and fairly lengthy campaign with replay value consisting of completing chapters for better scores and upgrading weapons. There is an unlock-able challenge mode and the game also features a motion comic complete with voice acting and a plot that coincides the game. Otherwise, the game has little replay value.
For the casual gamer, there is some fun to be found within Dead Space Extraction, but is short-lived once you beat the game. Although, it is a game all Dead Space fans must experience as it helps one learn more about the series' story. All in all, I would only recommend this to Dead Space fans and those looking for a short, but enjoyable experience.
- Excellent story
- Fun rail-shooter
- Couch co-op
- Expands and explains more of the series' story
- Low replay value
- Wonky motion controls
- Gimmicky gameplay