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 (3,382 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.
Helpful customer reviews
30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Holy jeez this game scared the crap out of me! I love everything about this game, from the terryfying scenes to the hardcore gameplay. I really enjoyed the way the camera angles and mouse set up really lent to the scariness of the game. It causes a certain degree of panic when you know there is an enemy, but you can't find him unless you stay calm and move slowly without panicing. I really liked this game a lot and I definitely approve!!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
One of the best triple A titles I have ever played. You are Isaac Clarke, an engineer who has traveled to a Planet Cracker class ship to fix a communication relay, your motivation, the woman you love.

Things aren't so hunky dorey when you get there and what ensues is one of the best, albeit frustrating at times, survival-horror games ever made.

+The game still looks beautiful 6 years after release and there are plenty of opportunities for great screenshots
+Combat occasionally feels clunky but very satisfying when you dismember enemies
+Overall gameplay is good and rewarding
+Challenging boss fights
+Resource management is challenging but adds another level of gameplay to Dead Space
+When you complete the game you can start over with all of your items as well as some rewards for completing the game

+/-The plot, while the storyline itself is excellent, especially the twist at the end, some parts of the game are incredibly frustrating, e.g. 'Oh great you managed to find that thing which will save us! Oh but I just realised actually it won't be good enough, go find something else'
+/-Even medium difficulty is challenging at times, personally I like this but others may not
+/-Creepy enemies but not a particularly scary game especially compared to DS2

-Aiming while using matter cannons or while suspended by a 'large' necromorph is absolutely appalling even with a controller, very difficult to tell which way you need to move the weapon in order to get it in the right position
-Mouse controls aren't great and controller sensitivity can't be changed
-When using the steam overlay your normal mouse may appear in the game after using the mouse in the overlay
-No achievements

This is easily one of my favourite games and I'm so glad I played it to completion.

The verdict:
8.5
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Hadn't felt such a good sense of survival horror ever since the late 90s Residnt Evil games.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
This game is even more horrorfic and scary than Miley Cyrus herself! 11/10. A horror masterpiece!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
This game is truly a horror masterpiece. The special about it is that Isaac isn't a soldier trained to kick ♥♥♥ but an engineer trained for fixing stuff. Going into a battle for survival against aggressive Necromorphs is always a terrifying experience. Do yourself a favor by playing Dead Space only in a dark room with headphones to experience the true horror. The only part I dislike about it is that it makes you feel edgy almost all the time knowing that danger lies around every corner.

P.S. Playing the game with a controller is strongly recommended (for smoother aiming) and also hard difficulty.

Overall: 9/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Took me about 9 hours to complete. It is a little scary and has a couple of jump scares in it. It is a survival horror/3rd person shooter. About halfway through I became a powerhouse and was just mowing down enemies. It has some puzzles in it that were solved quickly but brought a good change of pace when needed. The zero gravity rooms were cool and also disorienting. The checkpoints were very forgiving. If you can get it for 5 bucks when it is on sale it is very worth it. 8/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Great horror. Not recomended on LSD..

10/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Best stomping simulator

10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
A walking, talking Francis Bacon painting that a few sessions of marriage guidance could've have sorted out before take-off.

- Completed 12 chapters on 'normal' in around 9hrs unrushed -- was not bored for a single minute, and chalking this up as one of my favourite gaming experiences ever, on a par with Half Life 2 -- well worth the full price but a no-brainer on Steam sale.
- Dont let the mouse problem put you off -- it's easy to resolve (dont use controller)
- Dont let the 2008 date put you off -- it's well ahead of its time.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
I was "jumped" by naked mutant children.








11/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Finished the game on Medium difficulty.

One of the best action-horror games I've played.

+Interesting story w/ good twists
+Great pacing - constant feeling of tension.
+Great sound - you will hear things you can't see, like creepy whispers, things crawling around, and creepy growls/shrieks.
+Great action - the dismemberment system is a lot of fun. Forces you to carefully aim in tense situations.
+Feeling of progression - upgradeable equipment/armor.
+Little to no backtracking.

-This is a personal complaint, but a 180 degree turn like in the action Resident Evil games would've been helpful.
-Vsync forces 30fps. I get about 350+ fps w/ vsync off with my gtx 970, causing horrible screentearing. Vsync w/ nvidia control panel didn't work so I used D3DOverrider to force vsync at 60fps. A small annoying step, but it's easy to do and IMO necessary to get the best experience.

+/- Graphics - played this 2008 game in 2014. Sometimes the graphics look very good, sometimes it looks dated. However, it never took away from the immersion.
+/- You might not like how much of the game is in a confined space. I liked it b/c it made things more tense.
+/- The field of view might be too limited for you. I thought it was fine and never noticed it until I read complaints.

TL;DR - Buy if you want a sci-fi game that scares you, but still gives you the power to kill everything.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
I find it easier to write reviews in a Pro and Con list style, as I find it's a more effective way to get my meaning across, so please bare with me if it's not to your tastes.

The Pro's

-Good graphics, even with things like AA and other advanced settings off.

-Great atmosphere, especially with the music score at its full intensity and also by letting your imagination wander while playing.

-As I just touched upon, the sound design is fantastic, constant bangs, clunks, moans, and rattles give the effect that you are indeed aboard a decaying ship, with monsters moving throughout it. Fleshy bits make an appropriate "squish" when shot, and guns have an appropriate "oomph" to them.

-Good variety of enemies, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. For example, Slashers are fast, but have exposed legs, Pregnomorphs are slow, but hard to take down without spilling their "cargo" all over the floor, etc. Other types of enemies have other weaknesses.

-The A.I. is pretty good. Enemies will charge you if you turn your back, pop out of vents that are close to you, swarm you all at once rather than one at a time, etc.

-The story is good, but it does have its issues, as I will state in the Con's section.

-Voice acting is good, none of the actor's sound like they "phoned it in." While the main protagonist Isaac Clarke doesn't talk, he does make grunts, yells, and appropriately heavy breathing noises when necessary.

-Environmental design is great, cargo rooms and mechanical stations are open, crew rooms are more enclosed, with tighter corridors, etc. Rooms are in places that make sense (i.e, no engine room on the opposite end of the ship from where the engines are.)

-They story is pretty decently lengthed, I've beaten this game several times (mainly on console) and it still takes me around 8 hours or so. I'd imagine it would probably take a newer player around 10-12 hours to beat.

-Character design is good, no one is stereotypical, and each character is decently memorable.

-I enjoyed the audio and video log collecting, which helped expand on the backstory and helps determine just what happened aboard the Ishimura (the name of the ship you board.)

-There's a good variety of weapons, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. There's also different suit levels you can get, which work well and look cool at the same time.

-You can upgrade your weapons, armor, Statis unit (slows down enemies and objects), and kinesis unit (pick up objects from a distance) using "Power Nodes" you find throughout this ship or bought through the Store aboard the ship.

-Each weapon also has an "alt fire" mode to it. The plasma cutter changes from horizontal to vertical shooting (more useful than you might think) the Pulse Rifle fires in a circle, etc.

-Anti-gravity areas are cool, but could have been done better. (They are done better in Dead Space 2 and 3.)

-There's more positive aspects, but that covers most of the main bits.

-The game also likes to mess with you in small ways, areas that were safe most of the game may not be safe anymore, some enemies come out of unexpected areas, the game tenses you up for a scare that doesn't happen (but it's done well, and on purpose.)

The Con's

-Aiming is a bit iffy with a mouse and keyboard, turning of V-Sync helps, which you have to do both in the in-game settings and in the .cfg files for it to actually work. However, I'd recommend playing with a controller if possible, if not, you can still play the game quite well with a M/KB.

-While I stated earlier that the story was pretty good, it's not without flaws. For the most part you are the secondary protagonists *itch for most of the game, doing something or other for them, sometimes when it's something they could do themselves. Not to say they sit on their butts all game, but still.

-This game also follows the horror game trope of magically seperating you from you allies when a situation arises. Granted, it doesn't do it as often as other games and sometimes you even meet up with them. (Who'da thunk it?)

-As I said, this game has a cool variety of weapons, but for a more skilled player, they are unnecessary. I can make it through this game with just the Plasma Cutter and the Pulse Rifle as my weapons, not even touching the others. On console, I've even done an entire run through of the game with only the Plasma Cutter.

-The A.I. is good, but it does have its..... moments. I've seen Necromorphs pop out of vents, only to hop right back in and pop out somewhere farther away from me. I've also seen the A.I. not want to walk through doorways that lead out of the area, but are willing to hop in a vent and pop out of a vent that is in that new area, for reasons I assume that involve the games pathfinding.

-The game also can get repetitive after a while, not that it's not fun, but some Necromorph encounters do get predictable (mainly entering a new area and Necromorphs almost immediately showing up.)

-The game has puzzles (not that I mind), but almost all of them are pretty basic and easy (at least to me) and don't offer much challenge.

-Controls are tanky (much like Resident Evil 4), which is fine, but in some areas of the game (mainly anti-grav and space areas) these controls can get semi-annoying and cumbersome.

-The game just isn't that scary for me, it's pretty decently thrilling the first time you play it, and its got its tense moments, but I was never crapping my pants in horror or dreading to go in the next room. I am also hard to scare however, while some people are quite the opposite.

Nitpicks and Personal Annoyances

-The amount of settings are decent, but nothing to write home about, and I was disappointed by some options that were missing.

-The game isn't very optimized, I can play Dead Space 2 with higher settings than this one and run higher frames, yet I play this game with the same settings and get noticeably lower frames per second.

-Another reason to turn V-Sync off (as if there weren't enough already) is that it causes a noticeably annoying "dragging" feel to your mouse, this is especially present in the Main Menu and the Pause Menu.

-This isn't an annoyance, but playing this game with headphones is a good idea, it helps you find enemies easier, helps you get more enthralled in the atmosphere, and just makes it an overall better experience.


If I had to give this game a number review it would probably be a 9/10. (It'd be higher without the wonky V-Sync and mild control problems.)

And finally: TL:DR -MUST PLAY, BUT 2 SPOOKY 4 ME.







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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Played this game as hot-seat coop with a friend when it came out. Cool-creepy horror space FPS with RPG elements.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
DEAD SPACE
Without a doubt this has been one of the most enjoyable FPS horror games I have ever played. Intense atmosphere and great jump scares make this game a thoroughly memorable experience. The Scfi genre generally lacks good horror games, but this game is worth every single penny.

Replay value: There is very little replay value since all the jump scares are scripted and predictable, however, new game plus makes for an interesting experience.

Final Verdict: Can you really say you are a respectable gamer until you have played this game? NO you cannot not. BUY IT! PLAY IT! You will love it or we will find you....

Score
8.9/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I really wanted to like this game but the mouse controls were too wonky. It wasn't as frightening as I had heard it was. The enemies jump out at you so frequently that you become immune to suprise. I really didn't get that far into it. I couldn't get over the bad controls. Maybe it plays better with a game controler.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
5 minutes into the game I encountered a game breaking bug whereby I couldn't progress further. This in a 6 year old game. Yes there are 'work arounds' but given the severity I won't recommend this to anyone.
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16 of 34 people (47%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I SO SCARE! 900/800
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Without a doubt one of the best survival horror games ever.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
not recommending mostly because it CONSTANTLY crashes so while it says that i have over 100 minutes ive spent at least 50 replaying the same part because of the crashing
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Literally the worst pc port ever. Would not reccomend.
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