Title | Dead Space 2
Platforms | PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Genre | Third Person Horror-Action Shooter
Developer | Visceral Games
Publisher | EA
Release Dates | North America January 25 | Europe January 28
Ratings | PEGI: 18+ | ESRB: M (Mature)
The Dead Space Story Thread (Yes, there are so many unmarked spoilers) can be found here: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=420787 - Enter at your own risk.
The Dead Space 2: Severed Thread can be found here: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=422557 - Gabe and Lexine return!
Retail price: $59.99
Note: The first run of all Playstation 3 editions of the game will come with a full copy of Dead Space: Extraction (originally for the Wii) on the disc coupled with Trophies and Move and Dual Shock 3 Support. This will be referred to as the Limited Edition but it costs the same amount as any other regular edition of the game. Once the first run is exhausted, all subsequent runs of the game will contain only a demo of Extraction.
For more information on the PS3 version of Extraction: Playstation Blog
North American CE: The Dead Space 2 Collector's Edition includes the following:
-Dead Space 2 game (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
-Replica of Isaac's Plasma Cutter with working LED lights
-Downloadable Unitology Suit and Force Gun
-Dead Space 2 Original Soundtrack composed by the BAFTA-winning composer Jason Graves
-Concept Art Lithograph
Retail Price: $79.99
While the Xbox and PC CEs are apparently the same in Europe, the PS3 CE is composed of the following:
-Downloadable Rivet Gun
Sorry, no Plasma Cutter replica for the PS3 CE in Europe.
If you pre-order from any participating retailer (Gamestop, EB Games, Amazon.com, etc.), you should receive a code that will allow you to download Dead Space: Ignition for free. Dead Space: Ignition is a prequel to Dead Space 2 and is composed of three minigames and a comic-style narrative. You can also purchase Ignition for 4.99 on PSN or XBL. Upon completion of Ignition, you will earn the Hacker RIG:
Pre-ordering from Gamestop will let you download the Rivet Gun:
While playing through the first game is not necessary to enjoy Dead Space 2, it may be beneficial to view this video (Excavations) as a quick primer on the Dead Space universe and the first game. Three years ago, Isaac Clarke came to the USG Ishimura for a simple repair job and to catch up with his girlfriend. Suffice it to say... bad things happened and he was never the same. Barely surviving and with his mind in tatters, the next chapter of Isaac's life begins...
Traumatized engineer Isaac Clarke (played by Gunner Wright) returns for another bloodcurdling adventure in the sequel to the critically acclaimed Dead Space. After waking from a coma on a massive space city known as "The Sprawl," the lone survivor of a horrific alien infestation finds himself confronting a catastrophic new nightmare. Battling dementia, hunted by the government, and haunted by visions of his dead girlfriend, Isaac will do whatever it takes to save himself and dominate the gruesome onslaught. With an arsenal of tools to dismember Necromorphs and new determination, an engineer will bring the terror to space in this epic horror tale.
- Chaos Hits "The Sprawl":
Caught in the middle of a horrific infestation thats decimating a massive space city, Isaac Clarke will dismember, impale, and stomp his way across "The Sprawl" while being pursued by the Government and suffering from increasing dementia.
"The Sprawl" is a city built on the remains of Saturn's moon, Titan. As it is a fully functioning city, Isaac will visit multiple unique locations, such as the Solar Array, the Church of Unitology, Titan Apartments, etc.
- Master the Terror:
Familiar as well as all-new grotesque creatures lurk around every corner
Wield a set of devastating tools to bring the terror to space. Impale Necromorphs into the walls with the Javelin, use improved telekinesis to turn limbs into deadly weapons, plant powerful dismembering trip mines, or create a hull-breach to suck a group of monsters out into space
Alternate between terrifying horror and adrenaline-pumping action as Isaac attempts to survive his trek through The Sprawl
Isaac's mind is fracturing, leaving him questioning what is reality and what is insanity destroying his mind, lending a psychological edge (don't you dare try to sue me, Langdell) to the horror that Isaac suffers.
- Tear Through Space In Zero-G:
Fire up Isaac's suit boosters to rocket around in zero gravity like never before. Explore the depths of the Sprawl and encounter new weightless combat and physics-based puzzles with full 360° movement
- Online Multiplayer
For the first time, experience the horror of a Necromorph outbreak with others as you battle online in skirmishes around the Sprawl and strategically dismember your friends
Multiplayer is new to the Dead Space franchise. In Dead Space 2, the multiplayer is team and objective-based. It is 4 vs. 4, Necromorphs vs. Humans. There will be five game types in the final game, three of which have been revealed so far: Escape/Survival, Search, and Outbreak.
Here are a couple of videos of Multiplayer matches to see for yourself how it's played:
Solar Array Multiplayer
Note: This section will be updated as soon as more information on maps/game types is released.
Dead Space 2 Teaser Trailer - "Dementia"
Dead Space 2 E3 Trailer
Chaos on the Sprawl
The Lighting and Atmosphere
Smoke and Mirrors
Evolution of Story
For those who purchase the PS3 edition, you'll get a free copy of Dead Space: Extraction. Here is the Wii Launch Trailer in case you wanna know what that's all about:
Playstation Blog Preview
Giant Bomb - 5/5
IGN - 9.0
PSM3 - 92%
GamePro (Germany) - 9.0
OXM UK - 9.0
Game Informer - 9.0
Edge - 9.0
PlayStation: The Official Magazine - 9.0
Vandal - 9.2
OXM - 9.5
AusGamers - 9.7
Play UK - 9.2
Now Gamer - 9.2/10
Attack of the Fanboy - 10/10
Joystiq - 4/5
Destructoid - 9.5/10
Ars Technica - Very Positive/Buy
Game Arena - 9.5/10
Gamersmint - 4.5/5
Just Push Start - 5/5
Tech2 - 5/5
Game Trailers - 9.0/10
Gamespot - 8.5/10
1up - A-
Eurogamer - 9/10
Gamepro - 5/5
Games Radar - 9/10
Kotaku - Positive
Gamespot (PS3) - 9/10
Interested in the Dead Space universe? Here is a list of the comics, novels, games, and films that the fiction is so far comprised of:
In order of timeline:
Dead Space: Martyr (Novel) - Goes into the origins of Unitology and the Black Marker.
Dead Space: Extraction (Game) - The fate of the original Aegis VII colony, prequel to the first game. On-rails shooter.
Dead Space (Comics/Animated Comics) - Prequel to the first game, events happen at the same time as Extraction.
Dead Space: Downfall (Animated Film) - Immediate prequel to Dead Space, events that occurred on the Ishimura before Isaac's arrival.
Dead Space (Game)
Dead Space: Salvage (Stand-alone Graphic Novel) - Deals with the immediate aftermath of Isaac's journey and the fate of the Ishimura.
Dead Space Aftermath (Animated Film/Released on January 25) - Deals with the aftermath of the Ishimura's retrieval and what's left of Aegis VII.
Dead Space: Ignition (Mini-games/Animated Comics) - Choose your adventure style game composed of comic panels and different mini-games. Immediate prequel to Dead Space 2.
Dead Space 2
Final note: I'll be updating this OT as often as I can. If you come across a new review, post it here or PM me and I'll add it. Also, I'll update Multiplayer, and some other tweaks.