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.
Gameplay wise if you disregard some of the open areas and shooter sections, the game is pure Dead Space. There are fantastic set pieces, great story moments and awesome enemy encounters. Much of the story progresses perfectly and has some great moments that truly befit the series. The primary villain of the series, Danik, isn’t as memorable as previous games but does the job admirably well. The game also offers a much needed resolution to the series answering some much needed questions. Plus you get to battle a planetary body, which I know is a spoiler but is just so cool it has to be mentioned.
Graphically the game has the same fidelity as Dead Space 2. While I’ve only played the Xbox 360 version, I’m sure the PS3 version runs just as capably and the PC version will bring various resolution and lighting improvements. If you’ve played Dead Space 2 on either of these consoles you’ll know what to expect from Dead Space 3. There are some minor improvements in lighting and textures but the game mostly looks the same. The character models however seem to have regressed in detail somewhat though the change is not noticeable unless you look too closely. Overall, the game looks and plays greats at a solid frame rate throughout. Keep an eye out as well for the fantastic particle effects from the different weapons you create as they are really things of beauty.
The sound in this game is unparalleled. Whether you are playing in stereo or surround Dead Space 3 does an amazing job of bringing you straight into the action and immersing you in this world. The music is recycled from previous entries with a few new additions that are quite memorable in their own right. The voice acting is superb throughout despite the stilted dialogue and Gunner Wright brings his best performance to date.
Dead Space 3 is not the fitting end to the trilogy gamers wanted from Visceral games but that does not mean it doesn’t hold its true form underneath. Dead Space 3 is bogged down by questionable design decisions and a wholly unnecessary Co-op mode which doesn’t add anything to the story except to aggravate the player. Despite its faults I can’t help but recommend this game if you are a Dead Space fan and while the Co-op mode does take away from its survival horror elements, there isn’t anything inherently broken with it, making a working if unneeded addition. Looking past these issues, there is an amazing game underneath which definitely deserves your attention and while not as good as its prequels, definitely lives up to the Dead Space name.
8 out of 10