Only the Dead Survive. A massive deep-space mining ship goes dark after unearthing a strange artifact on a distant planet. Engineer Isaac Clarke embarks on the repair mission, only to uncover a nightmarish blood bath — the ship's crew horribly slaughtered and infected by alien scourge.
User reviews: Very Positive (4,284 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 20, 2008

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"One of my favorite horror games of all time. Unlike most horror games, it actually has a very compelling story arc, and pushes you to continue."
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Only the Dead Survive.
A massive deep-space mining ship goes dark after unearthing a strange artifact on a distant planet. Engineer Isaac Clarke embarks on the repair mission, only to uncover a nightmarish blood bath — the ship's crew horribly slaughtered and infected by alien scourge. Now Isaac is cut off, trapped, and engaged in a desperate fight for survival.

  • Strategically dismember the Necromorph enemies limb by bloody limb.
  • Zero gravity combat means terror can strike from anywhere.
  • Uncover the horrific truth of this shocking thriller.

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Microsoft Windows® XP SP2 or Vista
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM or more for Windows XP (2 GB for Vista)
    • Graphics: DirectX® 9.0c compatible video card, Shader Model 3.0 required, 256 MB or better, NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or better (7300, 7600 GS, and 8500 are below minimum system requirements), ATI X1600 Pro or better (X1300, X1300 Pro and HD2400 are below minimum system requirements)
    • Hard Drive: 7.5 GB free space
    • Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compatible sound card
    • INTERNET CONNECTION, ONLINE AUTHENTICATION AND ACCEPTANCE OF END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT REQUIRED TO PLAY. EA MAY RETIRE ONLINE FEATURES AFTER 30 DAYS NOTICE POSTED ON WWW.EA.COM.
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29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Yep, I'm 6 years late to the party with Dead Space, and even though it is that old, it still holds up well to being one of the most well-made games I have ever had the pleasure of playing. This is one of the few games that I was able to carry on straight into a second play through after finishing the first one.

This is a third person, action, horror survival game, and you play the ever mute engineer Isaac Clarke.

The scariness of the game is very much factor that dwindles as you play more and more. To begin with, every little noise kept me from turning a corner, but towards the end, the jump factor worse thin on most things.

Even though the game is 6 years old, it still looks absolutely stunning, giving you plenty of chances to show off that lens flare in screenshots. The combat can seem very difficult to get to grips with at first, but I bloody love how each part of the aliens can just blow up and be removed from the

The game is locked at 30 fps until you turn off v-sync, which is on by default for some reason, although once you do turn it off, your mouse controls become very slow and the only way I could get round this was by turning my DPI settings all the way up to max on my mouse itself.

All in all, Dead Space is one of the past decades classic must play titles.

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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
9/10
Overview: Survival Horror-Third Person Shooter

The Good:

+Graphics

+Lighting

+Atmosphere

+No HUD makes things more immersive

+I love that once you gain control of the main character, you never lose control, there are no cutscenes, cgi or anything that takes away control of the character. All the action takes place from the characters perspective and that provides an extra layer of immersion.

+The game provides a great sense of pacing, slowly introducing new enemies, gameplay mechanics, locations and puzzles to keep you second guessing what's around the next corner.

+Variety of weapons

+Finding nodes throughout the ship as well as purchasing it in the store allows you to upgrade your weapons and suit

+Combat, shooting limbs off enemies is satisfying

+Monsters look, feel and act scary along with good diversity to keep combat engaging.

+Variety of death animations

+Sound effects


The Average:

Disappointing last boss

The story can be very predictable

A few crashes


The Bad

- The game has some technical issues that you should be aware about specifically regarding vsync, mouse lag, frame rates. Turn off vsync to get the best possible experience.


Conclusion

This is arguably one of the best horror games to come out in the last decade. It does so many things right in the genre. I STRONGLY recommend this game to anybody who either loves survival horror games or third person shooters.
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23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
This game cured my constipation.

10/10
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Steven King, that very prolific author, delineates three types of fear. First is the gross-out, or disgust; the thing you want to get away from. The second is horror, the unkown; an aversion to things that you do not quite understand. And finally there is terror, the creepiness; when something is so close to being normal, but off by a tiny bit that makes it completely uncomfortable to look at. Dead Space wants to be scary, so it taps into all three fears. However, it ultimately relies more on disgust and the jump-scare than anything else.

Dead Space is a third person survival shooter set in space. You play Isaac Clarke, an engineer sent to repair the deep-space mining craft 'Ishimura'. Unfortunately, the ship is overrun with space-zombies called necromorphs and something really shifty is going on there so your job quickly becomes to get off that metal hunk before you're brutally murdered.

As mentioned earlier, Dead Space is more like a shooter than a horror game. The trope of horror is invoked, with the shadows creeping along the walls and monsters scurrying in the vents while you can only hope they don't jump you when you're looking the other way. When the horror subsides the gross-out takes over as the monsters are disgusting amalgamtions of bodyparts with claws where hands used to be and tentacles from every orifice looking to turn you into deli-meat if you don't shred them before they get in your face. Is the game terrifying at any time? Once, in a cutscene for a second or so, but when you do the math, Dead Space is a survival disgust shooter.

The reason why it isn't horror is because you get a good glimpse and understanding of your foes. The necromorphs all waddle toward you and they'll let you pick them off. Dead Space does not work quite like most zombie games. Necromorphs are completely unimpressed when you behead them. No, you have to dismember them; tear them limb from limb. This creates for some cool gameplay mechanics where you'll aim for the legs to slow them down and then tear their arms off to finish the job. Yet, some enemies require a more measured approach where you have to get around them or prevent them from falling in the first place, otherwise they'll spawn more trouble. Occasionally one will get the drop on you, but you're not scared of the creeps; you're spooked, anxious and thrilled, but not fearful. You're armed to the teeth to such an extent that you only really fear for your life, and that is classified as suspense.

Dead Space plays much like Resident Evil 4 and 5 in terms of controls. You aim with a laser pointer and use your ammo conservatively. You can use special powerups to slow enemies down or to throw the set pieces at them. You're a veritable slayer of monsters and everytime you gear up with new tools you start to look the part as well. What also helps the suspenseful atmosphere is the intergrated HUD. You don't have a screen overlay; your health and ammo are displayed on your character's model and interacting with the world is done in the same manner. It creates a keen level of immersion that not many shooters can attain.

When all is said and done, Dead Space makes good use of its atmosphere and lighting to build suspense and to release that tension at the best moments. You're on the edge of your seat, holding on for dear life as you fight off the hordes of disgusting creatures. Even the bossfights are a well measured and carefully calculated ordeal that keep you sucked in and fighting for survival without resorting to cheap set-pieces or quick-time events. Dead Space is an amazingly atmospheric thrill shooter that needs to played if only for its amazing presentation.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
I got this game years ago on another... online... game distrobution platform. A friend told me to play because I love horror games. I played the first few chapters and was so stressed out I ended up taking a break for over a year! I finally finished the game a few months before Dead Space 2 came out. It still stands out as THE most stressful, scary, and panic inducing games I have ever played.

Even though it's "old" it has aged well and even through all the blood and gore, it's still beautiful. Dig into the story and you'll enjoy this even more. Dead Space is the only game series that I've geeked out hard enough to read books about, it's that good. I hold the DS series at the top of my list of best games, right along with the Half-Life, Portal, and Mass Effect games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Well, first of all, let's say, that entering Dead Space universe is kinda risky, because it can hold you for a looooong time.
Dead Space is a some kind of masterpiece for me. I played it alot on pirated version, when i didn't even have a Steam, so don't pay too much attention about play time, just replayed it one more time on the hardest difficulty.

So, what is this game?

- First of all. NECROMORPHS! Yus, they are the key feature of this game, you will love them alot. They are very, very interesting, funny, lovely, and cute. But to be honest, ugly as hell, and sometimes Ishimura reminds hell really nice.
- Atmosphere. It has amazing sounds, scenes, and environment. Just don't forget to listen to sounds a little more, and you will feel yourself uncomfortable.
- Effort, length. Dayum, this game is longer, than 50% of our time's horrors. And very, very well made. Reading and listening to every note is making a wonderful feeling of very deep atmosphere.
- Great OST. I don't have any words for it. Had a feeling, that actually it's not a music, but real sounds.

Why i didn't say anything negative about game?
Because... Urgh, don't even know. I don't think, that this game has something to let people ragequit, except jumpscares.

Well. I'm giving to it 10\10, beause it's playable unreally good in our time too. Graphics are good enough. xD
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Good storyline and sci-fi atmosphere. And the gameplay also good.
The lights, decorations characters, and actors did good job.
I recommended this game those all who's liking the mystic sci-fi stories and games.

Good things:
-Good visuals.
-Good playthrough.
-Good sotry.

Bad Things:
I didn't find.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Dead Space is a 3rd Person, Survival Horror game unlike any other I have previously experienced. In many other horror genres I'd be able to call all the pop-up scares and gruesome mishaps...but not dead space. You can still see some coming, don't get me wrong, but there will be more times in which you just feel like screaming "NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE" the entire time something comes flying out to kill you when you are not looking.

In Dead Space, you play as the engineer known as Isaac Clarke who boards a deep space mining vessel to try to fix it up. However, just looking at the title, things do not go according to plan, and soon Isaac and his two other companions are having to fight for their lives aboard a vessel of the living dead. These creatures are not your normal run-of-the-mill zombies...they come in a variety of deadly shapes and sizes, all wanting your flesh. Oh, and when I say you and your two companions must fight, I mean YOU (Isaac) must fight; they provide you with objectives to the next area where things that want to kill you in the most gruesome ways imaginable reside.

Dead Space is a disturbing, gore-filled game that mainly the mature should purchase and play. It possesses an enthralling and suspenseful story as you must try to put together all the pieces to a nightmare brought to life. I cannot wait to play Dead Space 2 now as a result, and I highly recommend purchasing this game if you are up for a good scare every now and then. I must say that the game probably lacks some replay value (unless you play on the higher difficulty for the challenge). Not because it is a bad game by any means, but because the "scares" are never quite as good as your first runthrough of a horror game, especially when enemies have set spawn points and are not randomly placed. That being said, Dead Space constantly introduces new enemies, various weapons, upgrades, and fast-paced life-or-death scenarios throughout the entire gameplay that will keep you wide awake with a twitchy trigger finger.

I'd easily give this game a solid 9 out of 10. So pick it up in the steam sales the next time you are up for experiencing something new or would just like a good scare. Oh, and I do hope you enjoy your stay aboard the USG Ishimura if you do: http://youtu.be/WFUNguAX9d8?t=36s :)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
SCARY. That is the short review. Since its been a while since I played it, that is the overrall tone of the game. You play as Isaac, an engineer who just can't catch a break. You go to investigate a ship that has gone dark and is in need of repair. Boy does it need repair. The game has jump scares which I don't find to be a negative because there is tons of others stuff that should creep you out. The ship is a character, as you piece the story together through various videos, documents, and audio journals. It is a creepy story. Also, you feel very alone. Even though you arrive with a small team, it quickly becomes apparent that no one can really help you. I like to think of the monsters as space zombies, and man are they freaky. Instead of the normal pop them in the head method, you have to take care of the limbs instead. There is a nice variety of weapons and armor to keep you on par with the nightmares you face. This is a game meant for playing after 10 PM with a good set of headphones. The ending is great and creepy and gets you ready for Dead Space 2. Even though it relies on shooting and blasting your way through, you will be on pins and needles the whole way through, wondering if your gun is enough to get you through in one piece.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
33.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
- 10 hours gameplay
- Reeeeeeeeal nice gameplay [no blind shooting, you need to aim well and shoot of the limbs]
-> Not always shooting, at times it´s just quiet ´n creepy. Also there´s always a couple of easy, fun puzzles
- Reeeeeeeeal nice gore
- Awesome [creepy] Atmosphere

There ain´t no big negatives, truly a good game, the sequels all rock, too.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Finally started to play this game yesterday, and damn, what a ride.

I liked the characters and voice acting, minus the overdone jesus freak with an accent.

The atmosphere was great, I loved the UI/HUD, it made immersion much better.

I recommend eating a pot brownie like I did and playing the ♥♥♥♥ out of this game.

Easily a 9/10 at the least.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Don't let my low hours fool you. I have played through this game a number of times on my Xbox 360, but since I've stopped using my 360 (but still wanted to play this game), I bought it on Steam.

Now, I thought I should address this issue first:

I have heard a lot of people complain about the mouse and keyboard controls in this game. My advice: buy yourself a wired Xbox 360 controller, download the drivers for it, and use that. Apparently bad keyboard/mouse controls aside, this game does feel like it was made for controller, and the controler settings are solid.

Now onto the actual game:

The Positives:

-- The story itself is good and I enjoyed it, but I felt like the story sometimes was a bit too far in the background (meaning I felt you were focusing purely on the objective and the story didn't really have much play in said objective). But overall, good story and despite the aforementioned, it was generally well implemented throughout the game. There are also twists, turns and little suprises that make it an awesome experience. Also, the ending was done really well!

-- The atmosphere is fantastic! The got the lighting right, the sound effects right, crew logs, everything! It was just done so right!

-- There are plenty of solid scares. There are some jump scares throughout the game and I know a lot of people hate those. But I'll be honest: jump scares really do work in this game.

-- The weapons are very well done; although there are some weapon and general game mechanics that really do lend the player to using the basic starting weapon throughout the game (not that this is necessarilly a bad thing).

-- Thought there is a realively straight forward (and argueably easy) way to play the game, there are so many other ways to play it. This ranges from weapons to the different modules (Stasis, Kenisis) to whether or not (and how) you use the object in the environment.

-- There is enough variety in the enemies to make it interesting, but few enough to keep the game consistent ( if that makes sense). and as the above point suggests, there is more than one way to fight each enemy (with the possible exception of the boss fights). I was say the enemies are very well done and always fun to fight.

-- Boss fights are very well done, and the bosses are very cool!

-- I know this is techincally part of the atmosphere of the game, but it is definitely worth mentioning on its own that the got creepy right! A lot of horror games get jump scares and maybe a few solid scares down-packed, but they never get the creepy element right enough to actually be creepy. This game does, and it does it well!


The Negatives:

-- The thumb-stick controls can sometimes feel a bit slow. It does feel like it should be a bit more twitchy. That being said, the controls do work rather well, so this negative isn't all that bad.

-- Picking up items can be annoying in a select few situations. For example, an item maybe under a Stasis recharge point and instead of picking up the item, it will constantly engage the recharge point instead. That being said, there are other ways to pick up that item, but still....

-- Save points are not disabled during combat. Intead of picking up ammo during a fight that I desperately needed, the game instead activated the save point and I died. To be honest, this has only ever happened once (and I've done three run throughs of this game on normal and my third attempt at doing it on hard).


Overall, this dismemberment simulator is a very solid game with pretty much everything done right!

9/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Ever wanted to play a game where you can stomp the ♥♥♥♥ out of alien scumbags? Then search no longer because this is the game for you. In this game you mainly beat the crap out of everything that moves. Sometimes, if you actually have ammo you can shoot..
10/10
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
Что-ж, перепройдя эту игру, я несколько изменил свое мнение в сторону ее "мрачности".

Ишимура не будет пугать вас скримерами, гигалитрами крови и тоннами кишок, жуткой музыкой и темнотой. Она оставит впечатление покинутости, заброшенности. Это одна из тех немногих игр, весь ужас происходящегося в которых раскрывается через дневники и записи. И раскрывается настолько, что от представления описанных в очередном докладе событий холодеют ноги. Вы можете пройти ее, как шутер: убивая всех подряд, проводя часы в ходках по магазинам, но я все-таки рекомендую вам читать найденные дневники, сопоставляя происходящее там с тем, что творится на экране. Игра безумно мрачная.

Определенно рекомендуется к прохождению.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Daddy space
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
This game is so special for me. I can't describe how much I do love it, but I think it's my favorite game of all the time!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
It's ok~~~
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Got pulled into a hole by a worm-like creature with a staph infection
10/10
would get pulled into a hole by a worm-like creature with a staph infection again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
I loved this game ever since it came out, the horror aspect of it can't be compared to another game and the thrill of having to use melee on an enemy that blocks everything. This game is best played by yourself in the dark with good headphones. The horror, combat and basically dialog of the entire game was just beyond amazing. If you have doubts to play this game, don't. I got this on sale, but I would of still dropped the regular amount of money if i had to.

combat 10/10
horror 11/10
crapping your pants 1/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
20/15
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