Nursery rhymes sung by the ghost of your dead girlfriend, and disfigured aliens jumping from air vents. If any of the above rings a bell, then you must know that Dead Space 3 is making its way to you very soon, complete with guns and very hungry monsters. The only difference is, this time you’re going to have a partner in crime.
There has been a running theme in Dead Space, and the third title in the series looks to explore this theme further; dementia. Isaac Clarke is a tough cookie, but seeing the ghost of your dead girlfriend everywhere you look, and being constantly harassed by aliens who want to devour your limbs is enough to drive anyone to partial insanity. Throw in the alien markers, which are designed to do just that, and Isaac’s brain is probably a pile of mush. At any moment he could just sit himself in the corner of the room, and start rocking back and forth like a baby.
This entry in the series sees Isaac embark on perhaps his biggest and most terrifying mission ever. He still hasn’t uncovered the secret of the necromorphs, or what on earth is going on with that evil marker, but as he traipses across the universe, he’s looking for answers, even if those answers might make him lose his mind even more, or perhaps get him killed for good. Perhaps it is good then that Isaac is to be joined by another human being this time, someone else to share the crazy with.
Dead Space has always been about survival, about being alone. Anyone who played Dead Space 2 will remember the slight feeling of ‘no, that’s not right’ as the game introduced other characters into the mix. Sure, you hardly ever got to actually interact with them as they were always conveniently trapped behind a pane of glass, in complete and utter peril, but they were still there, removing some of that element that survival horror fans live off.
Dead Space 3 takes it one step further however, and introduces an actual co-op partner, and this time he’s not behind an unbreakable pane of glass. Sergeant John Carver joins you on your journey through the deadly ice planet of Tau Volantis.
I can hear all survival horror fans booing at the very thought of having a co-op partner in Dead Space. ‘But they ruined Resident Evil with co-op!’ I hear you cry. Fear not my die-hard survival horror fans, for co-op is merely an option in Dead Space 3. If you would rather go it alone, then Isaac will plod on, his brain full of alien marker nonsense, and will likely have his limbs dragged through air vents upon many occasions. However, if you do decide to go it alone you will miss out on some interesting plot developments that both Isaac and Carver go through during their time with each other.
If you do decide to give co-op a quick bash, you can opt to play as Carver, instead of playing as Isaac. This will no doubt bring an entirely new element to the game, which some will find interesting.
Another potential risky element that has been added this third installment is the built-in Kinect features. Once again I can hear the anti-Kinect fans foaming with rage in the back of my head, screaming that Kinect simply won’t work in Dead Space. Calm yourselves my friends, as it is only voice recognition that is being utilized here, arguably the only real use for Kinect, but that’s for an entirely different story.
Weapon crafting will also take an entirely new route, allowing you to make your own unique weapons. You can first select your frame, lightweight for swifter combat, or heavy duty for a much harder punch. You can then choose your upper tool, the main piece of destruction dealing, and then your upper adaptor, picking the way in which your projectiles will be fired. Add various other elements to your weapon for a truly unique creation, much more interesting than simply upgrading what you already have.
For those who can’t wait to get their hands on the game, a demo for Dead Space 3 will be hitting the Xbox Live Marketplace, and the PSN on January 22nd.
Dead Space 3 will be released on February 8th, 2013, and even though it’s taking an entirely different route than before, it’s a must for any fan of this seriously scary series.