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Dead Space 2
Dead Space 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Isaac Clarke is... *space boots activate* IRON MAN., January 28, 2011
This review is from: Dead Space 2 (Video Game)
Dead space 2 is amazing! There's definitely no denying that. From the moment you start the game you're thrown into a whirlwind of creepiness, action, and dismemberment. Isaac is back to destroy more of what is essentially space zombies, but this time... with rocket boots.

STORY - 4.5/5
The plot in a nutshell: it's been three years since the incident at the USG Ishimura and our hero Isaac Clarke has been held captive on the sprawl (formally known as titan station) at the hands of EarthGov. Another necromorph breakout is at hand and it's up to you to figure out why or how this has happened again while fighting back your increasingly uncontrollable dementia. Throughout your adventure there's never a dull moment between all the interactions with your ex-girlfriend Nicole, the EarthGov, and the random survivors of the sprawl outbreak. There's definitely a driving force that helps you to continue on through all the madness while uncovering the truth behind this new incident and yourself. Isaac with a voice is definitely a welcome addition and as a result his character is very well developed. In fact, he's got quite the humour as well. The only problem I had with the game, and this problem is something I had with the older game as well is that there are still so many unanswered questions regarding the things you encounter.

For the Xbox 360 version, the game is separated into two discs. This is done for a reason and that reason is because this game looks absolutely breathtaking. The environments are amazing. At one point you might be looking out at the remains of what used to be a civilized city while spaceships are zipping across the screen to noticing the high level of detail on the smallest of things in an abandoned apartment. Everything down to each limb or piece of floating debris is ridiculously detailed.

If you liked the game-play of the first game, you're in for a treat. This time, the game shifts its focus from being creepy to being more chaotic. I often found myself being stressed not because of the weary tension that builds when you have necromorphs creeping in the darkness but because it felt like I was constantly being overrun by an army of necromorphs. This by no means is a bad thing because never did I feel like I was unprepared for the attack. Isaac Clarke might be a nerdy Engineer, but not one who doesn't now have a Ph.D in kicking Necromorph butt. (or should I say slicing and dismembering necromorph butts?) This time he's got even more weapons to deal with the old and new strains of necromorphs that stand in your way and oh is it great. An alien outbreak never sounded so good. Isaac himself feels a lot more agile making movement easier than the previous title. He now stomps, and swings with ease! Also, for those of you who love to collect things, throughout the game there are multiple suits to be found that aid Isaac in numerous ways with their own respective and unique aesthetics to go along with them.
The multiplayer is fun enough and a nice touch for those who have completed the campaign. Just think left4dead in space but with literally no respawn timer if you're a necromorph and you get the idea. There are 5 different modes you can play and as you level up you unlock new suits/weapons/necro-perks. Problem with this modes is that they all feel and play the same. Overall, it's a welcome addition, but the fun factor could have been so much more if this aspect of the game was more finely tuned.

SOUND: 5/5
Wow... just wow. The only way to play this game and enjoy it in its full glory is by turning the volume all the way up.

The single player campaign is longer than the first by only 3 hours but I'm overall happy with the standard 10-12 hours of gameplay time the first time through. It's definitely a game where you have to play through twice to get every last drop of detail and "weapon testing" that is to be had, additionally rocket-boots = full of win.

GET THIS GAME, or rent if you're not a big Dead space fan. Either way, no matter who you are, you have to experience this game!

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