Dead Space 3 Limited Edition Review for PlayStation 3

In Dead Space 3, players can “uncover the past and embark on a thrilling expedition to save mankind”.

Dead Space 3

The Hype

Prepare yourself to scavenge the violent wilderness, build devastating weapons, and take down the terror together. Isaac Clarke and the hard-nosed soldier John Carver unite in the struggle against the Necromorph outbreak.

Dead Space 3 Carver

Dead Space 3 brings Isaac Clarke and merciless soldier, John Carver, on a journey across space to discover the source of the Necromorph outbreak. Crash-landed on the frozen planet of Tau Volantis, the pair must comb the harsh environment for raw materials and scavenged parts. Isaac will then put his engineering skills to the ultimate test to create and customize weapons and survival tools. The ice planet holds the key to ending the Necromorph plague forever, but first the team must overcome avalanches, treacherous ice-climbs, and the violent wilderness. Facing deadlier evolved enemies and the brutal elements, the unlikely pair must work together to save mankind from the impending apocalypse.

Key Game Features

Play the full campaign in online co-op or single player. Easy drop-in and dropout play. Discover underworld cities and accept side missions. Explore the frozen terrain and search abandoned encampment. Discover the source of the Necromorph terror and fight to fend off the extinction of the human race

  •  New Cover System – Enjoy a new cover system that allows you to utilize any tagged item
  •  A Whole New Planet – Discover a world of mysteries hidden on the frozen planet, Tau Volantis

The Reality

This survival, sci-fi sequel again focuses on teaming up as engineer Isaac Clarke and new character John Carver, voice by Ricardo Chavira (TV’s Desperate Housewives) battle the game series’ familiar antagonists – the Necromorphs who are basically human experiments gone bad.

The third person shooter action occurs on the icy planet Tau Volantis. Developers create some amazing backgrounds and breathtaking environments here that can really enact the emotional core during gameplay. Equipment holds up surprisingly well considering the conditions as players choose among four difficulty levels beginning at casual.

The thrills have not gone as the action elements ramp up. A mysterious entity initiates even more endless waves of enemies, which include new human enemies, new creatures, and various environmental hazards like falling debris.

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Oxygen amounts remain a vitally important variable while zero gravity, dementia, and Tau Volantis’ unique moon are also important elements. Character relationships include one between Issac Clarke, voiced again by Gunner Wright, and Ellie Langford, voice again by Sonita Henry, while the strong voice acting anchors the plot well.

The impressive and familiar resource integration gear (RIG) suit provides a helpful resource window amid the horror based action. Other bonus suits include a witness suit, first combat suit, and even a Mass Effect 3 suit.

Aim with L1 button then hold it and shoot with R1 button. The new stasis ability packs a punch while the new controlled actions allow Isaac and Carver to roll and take cover, which adds nice evasion options amid the often intense fighting. The cover functions impresses because players do not need to press a button to activate the cover action, which also works naturally without any frustrating hiccups. Use the R3 button for direct crouches too.

The kinesis ability remains with a lessened impact due to the increased action elements. Players often won’t have time to use kinesis though it still provides a nice way to save ammunition. New, creative ways to use kinesis could have enhanced the tension, actions, and overall emotions during gameplay. Players can still fight off baddies with melee (R1 when not holding L1) and stomp (R2).

Dead Space 3 weapon

The weapons system and weapons bench encourage experimentation. Players can collect parts then build, customize, and modify their own weapons for use and to share. This system has thousands of combinations, so the possibilities are endless.

Begin weapons building with a compact or heavy tool frame then continues customizing the upper tool, adapter, upper adapter, lower tool, lower adapter, and two attachments. Players can also modify existing blueprints, which includes some familiar classic weapons from the two previous installments in this quality game series. Crafted weapons can also be shared in co-op mode.

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The drop-in/drop-out online co-op campaign mode works well (chat option available and online pass required) and includes additional surprises, so players have incentive to experience it, especially as Sgt. John Carver. This mode also adds considerable replay value and saves players from backtracking and/or playing catch-up.

Dead Space 3 has great options and gameplay flexibility with genuinely energetic moments like an outstanding crash sequence. Plan on long gameplay sessions amid sporadic save stations, which fits well into the cinematic plot. James Hannigan and Dead Space 2 composer James Graves continue the team theme in their work on the memorable musical scores that enhance the entire experience in just the right spots.

Announced add-on content includes Dead Space 3 Awakened (available in March $9.99/800 MS points), which promises to add more scares and thrills, with more releasing soon.

This limited edition of Dead Space 3 includes two bonus suits and two bonus weapons. Dead Space 3 is also available on PC and Xbox 360 with Kinect capabilities including reloading and quick heal. No PlayStation Move support for this PlayStation 3 version.

Review: Dead Space 3 Limited Edition

Where to Buy: Amazon and other stores

Price: $59.99

What I Like: expanded online co-op campaign, high replay value, environment variety, weapons crafting system, solid single-player campaign experience, high production values, higher action focus, upcoming add-on content to increase replay value

What Needs Improvement: more developed storylines, a few underwhelming sequences/boss fights, creative way to increase the diminished kinesis abilities

Source: Reviewer copy provided by publisher

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