*REVIEW* Dead Space 3
Dead Space 3 is a horror third-person shooter that really pulls you into the experience through its awesome sound design and graphics.
The game starts off a few months after Dead Space 2, and once again you jump into the roll of Isaac Clark, an engineer living in a Lunar Colony. Though I did not play 2 I easily got the gist that Isaac is regretting loosing his girlfriend Ellie Langford, who he had escaped from the Sprawl with in the last game. He is forced into battle again against the Makers and the Necromorphs by Captain Norton in the hopes to rescue Ellie and win her back. You have to use Clark's engineering abilities to battle the Makers and eliminate them for good.
Dead Space 3 offers a co-operative gameplay where you can have a friend jump in online and play alongside you as John Carver. With a buddy you can unlock additional story lines and cool gameplay mechanics. Both characters experience the story differently due to the change in point of view. A very interesting way to see a narrative play out.
Now I have to confess, I don't play scary games well. I had to have all the lights on and play the game in the daytime so that I wouldn't be jumping at every Necromorph that crept up at me. At first, I found the controls a little difficult to get my head around, but after the first chapter they became second nature.
The visuals in the game are beautiful. The first time you go into space was jaw dropping. I came across a few glitches (such as part of a box being stuck through my arm once I had broken it apart) but nothing that didn't rectify itself after moving around. The sound design in the game is what really gives it that eerie feeling. If you have surround sound, do turn it way up to really immerse yourself in the experience.
Playing with the Kinect proved to be very helpful. There are speech commands designed into the game that allow you to say "reload weapon" without having to press a button. I found this really useful for pulling up my navigation path since I always found myself going off track to hunt for supplies.
To sum it all up, I really enjoyed Dead Space 3 and would jump on playing the next iteration.