Dead Space 3 Single Player Xbox 360 Review
Isaac Clarke’s story continues for the last time this console generation and this time he’s bringing a friend.
I loved Dead Space and I loved its sequel. I really believe these two games picked up the ball that Resident Evil dropped this console generation and gave us highly enjoyable single player campaigns that while not pushing the gaming envelope, offered solid experiences with some fantastic graphical touches.
Dead Space 3 brings a new Co-op mode to the series by introducing John Carver. John Carver is essentially what Isaac Clarke would be in a Michael Bay movie, a solider type with stilted dialogue, wholly unnecessary to the storyline and dropping needless f-bombs every couple of minutes.
Given my love of the series I will not be talking about the Co-op in this review. The Co-op section is serviceable but also serves to remove any claustrophobic and survival horror elements that the original two games had boiling it down to a shooting match with really idiotic story branches. As you can tell I am not a fan. Thankfully, Co-op doesn’t ruin Dead Space 3 but oh boy does it try.
Now onto the real review
Dead Space 3 follows Isaac again on one of the Earthgov Colonies. After the end of Dead Space 2, he began a romantic relationship with Ellie (another survivor from the same game) which fails miserably. The game starts with Isaac moping about his now failed relationship when John Carver and his Captain, Robert Norton bust in to save/recruit Isaac from the Unitologists.
The Unitologists are headed by Danik who is voiced by Simon Templeton (who voiced Kain from Legacy of Kain, a big plus in my book) now have a militia which has freed the markers from the control of Earthgov and are intentionally causing convergence events throughout the galaxy. Convergence meaning turning human beings into fleshy monsters with spikes all over.
They want Isaac dead as he is a threat to the markers and has destroyed two before. Norton and Carver want him to save Ellie by going to Tau Volantis. A planet where a marker infestation was stopped before it could spread. Ellie was sent there to investigate the claims and has disappeared. So your journey begins.
The first hour of Dead Space 3 is quite frankly a horrible experience. The game has a small prologue on Tau Volantis which in itself is fine. But once you are in Isaacs shoes the problems begin. First off the introduction to the game is a bit of a mess. The dialogue is clunky at best and the initial combat sequences are very much third person shooterish rather than survival horror making you wonder if you are actually playing the right game at all.