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Still my favorite series,
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While there have been many great games over the years, Dead Space is still my favorite series. I have replayed DS1 and DS2 many times. The differences in DS3 take a little getting used to (mainly the crafting), but it's hard to imagine why anyone who really liked the first two wouldn't like DS3.
The crafting bench takes the place of the store and the workbench. In addition to weapons, you craft med kits, stasis, etc., from raw materials -- there is no money in DS3. While you can carry only two weapons, each weapon can be a combination of two weapons. So in effect, you still get to carry four weapons, with the advantage that you can fire one with the trigger and the other with the bumper -- much faster than changing weapons. For example: combine a force gun with a line gun you can knock foes back and before they get up, immediately hit them with the line gun
Unwanted weapons can be deconstructed and, to some extent, the parts used to build a different weapon. You can also "sell" excess med kits, stasis, ammo, etc., for their components.
Like the stores of DS1 & DS2, the crafting bench can also store your excess inventory for later retrieval. The only thing the bench doesn't do is suit upgrades, for which there is a specific machine. Suit upgrades are also crafted from raw materials, however. The same machine also handles upgrading statis, kinesis, and other rig features.
I've never liked the save system of DS compared to games like Fallout and BioShock which let you save at any time and resume from the exact time and space. DS3 is even worse than DS1 & 2. It autosaves at times, but the only way to manually save is to "save and quit", but when you "continue", it acts like you got killed and have to restart from what appears to be the last autosave, meaning that you have to repeat any battles and looting you may have done just prior to saving and quitting.
Another major change which, IMO, takes some of the interest out of the game, is that the same ammo is used (in different ways) for all weapons. Each weapon determines how the ammo comes out. In DS1 and DS2, you may run out of ammo for your favorite weapon and be forced to use some other kind of weapon, which made the game a little more challenging. Not in DS1, and there always seems to be plenty of ammo.
Despite any shortcomings, which every game has, DS3 is a very solid 5 stars for me.
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Initial post: Feb 14, 2013, 9:31:15 PM PST
Well balanced review. I agree with your assessment of the game.
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