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.
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Release Date: Oct 20, 2008

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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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vagon
7.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 23
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ZL198814
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I have played Dead Space across three separate platforms (PS3, XB360 and PC) clocking in over 300+ hours. One might say I have an obsession with the series and I can say with certainty that this game is worth buying, especially during a sale

Positives:
- A compelling story which begins the epic franchise that has spanned 5 games (including Extraction and Dead Space IOS), 2 movies, 2 novels and 2 graphic novels
- Fully immersive game mechanics. No HUDs, no pause while looking through inventory, all character data is displayed on Isaac Clarke's RIG in real-time, all 'cut scenes' happen in real time
- Diverse weapons each with a primary and secondary fire mode, plus two tools to help in combat; Kinesis, which allows you to pick up and hurl objects; and Stasis, which slows enemies and dangerous objects
- A terrifying and grotesque foe who are as varied as they are aggressive, who are capable of tactical adaption
- Zero Gravity environments that change the dynamics of gameplay and how you fight
- Rich and detailed environments with atmospheric ambient noises and music
- New Game + which allows you to carry on your fight with all your previous gear and upgrades
- The option to run game higher than 30fps on PC - please see below for issues however

Negatives:
- The port is not without faults. You are either locked to 30fps or, by disabling Vsync, unlimited fps but with physics issues
- Poor M/KB compatibility and what appears to be command delay for controllers
- Linear gameplay that begins to stagnate after one or two playthroughs
- New Game + does not allow you to change difficulty level
- DLC available on console absent from Steam. While not necessary I dislike content exclusivity

Solutions:
- Both of the first two negatives can be fixed, please consult the Steam Forum for solutions

Conclusion:
An absolute must for fans of great third person action games but especially for fans of Horror. Horror is a niche market in video games these days with fewer and fewer contributions to its genre. This might be from a previous generation of games but it still stands tall with the best of them in my opinion
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obiWanted
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
PRO: A few minor jump scares, but when you get close to the part where you assemble stuff it get's spooky then even more spooky and I like this about this game.

CON: Just not enough ammo, also not enough time to think your way out of a situation even with the device that slows down time.

I am enjoying the game but I had to rage quit because I am realizing at the part I am at I cannot miss a shot or I will be up all....night frustrated.
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epicdude113
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
once i rage quitted because i realised that my game was on medium lol but i play this to much nowadays
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Raikenzi
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Can't sleep tonight. Someone hug me...
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porphiron
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
unsure which is worse, the jump scares or the controls.....both bloody awful.
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Yodason
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Does not work with modern computers and/or operating systems. DO NOT BUY!
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DoomDash
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
As a long time Resident Evil fan, Dead Space really hit the spot. If you like survival horror or action horror, this game is extremely solid. It has some great UI, a good sci-fi story + setting, and the limb system adds it's own unique taste to the genre. Extremely bad ♥♥♥.

9/10.

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Frodo Baggins
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Dead Space. It's a game I've played through multiple times on Xbox 360. On PC, it works great with my Xbox One controller.

I haven't played in about 2 years, but coming back feels like coming home. That is, if your home is lined with blood, corpses, necromorphs, and a sense of dread. And I love it. Even when I know a scare is coming, it *still* gets me. If you like horror, you'll love Dead Space. It has a claustrophobic feel to it, and when I play it, it feels like I'm always being watched. It's tense, and sometimes I need to take a break from it to get my blood pressure back to normal, but it's one of my favorite games ever.
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Kale_Fellblade
42.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Terrifying until you get the ripper. Then it's a charnel house of gore, and the necros are now the prey.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
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  • Developers: EA Redwood Shores
  • Publishers: Electronic Arts
  • Initial release: Oct 2008
  • Genre: Action, Horror
  • #Worth/NotWorth: #Worth
Exposition, Concurrence and Summation

Dead Space is a horror game. In where you play as our reluctant and intrepid hero Issac Clarke, a technician. Sent to the USG Ishimura, a Planet-Cracker class ship designed for mining. Upon arrival, Issac and friends have a bit of a tift actually docking with the Ishimura. After avoiding near death almost immediately upon introduction. We find ourselves upon the ship ready to get to work; Only no one is responding to our radio hails. Entrance into the first room, we are attacked by monsters later given the name Necromorphs and being the consummate professional that Issac is we decide to continue to repair the ship regardless of it's now infested alien presence.

And so it begins...

It's not a terribly in depth game. It is indeed your basic walk through hallways and shoot anything that moves sort of affair. But it's an effective and atmospheric one even still today. Is it contrived that in a world that requires you to dismember enemies you're given a plasma cutter that is effective at range and presumably your character would know not only how to use it but an expert in his field? Yes, it is.

The story is more in depth, I feel, than most horror. Creating a universe rather than “an experience”. Without saying anything specific, the game makes commentary on the frivolity of desperation in the creation of a new religion based almost exclusively on not knowing something. The game does feature what I'd consider “insanity effects” but they are more scripted than ambient.

Throughout the game Issac does not speak. Sometimes awkwardly not saying anything but mostly this is reminiscent of the Gordon Freeman effect wherein it allows the player to place themselves more into the role. Now, at this point I should mention this is my 3rd play-through of this game and that I have also completed the rest of the trilogy. The series takes a direction that I am both happy with and thought could have been better. But that is neither here nor there. This is the beginning of that adventure.

Mechanically, it's a shooter with a camera made popular by Gears of War and Resident Evil 4. It was also made in a time that “immersion” was all the rage. The HUD appears entirely “in-game” meaning that all feedback normally given to the player (Health, power for abilities, ammo count, inventory) are all made visible in-world to the characters themselves. You collect power nodes used for upgrading either your suit or weapons.

The big mechanically unique thing regarding this game is the Zero-gravity areas. They are interesting, at the time they may have been more impressive but they stand to be a pretty standard element.

Sound design is excellent, walking into the vacuum of space is always an incredible feeling hearing only the muffled shuffles within your own suit.

Now, there is a section of this game that is borderline game breaking. It's one of the more egregiously needless frustrating sections of a game I've ever seen. Which incidentally speaks volumes to the rest of the game. I don't want to say exactly what it is, I get that it's supposed to be a stressful situation but I know a number of people that actually stopped playing the game because of that section.

Addressing more topical issues, the game has full gamepad support and there is no issue with this. However, if you desire to use mouse and keyboard you'll notice that even at max sensitivity the controls are as though they are stuck in quickly hardening mud. (I used a 1600DPI mouse at max sensitivity and moved the mouse roughly 1ft actual space and turned about 90° in game) However, there is a simple solution to these issues. For whatever reason EA forgot to and didn't patch the fact the game V-sync doesn't include the mouse (console ports huh), so you'll have to force enable it through the video card control panel. The v-sync works as expected otherwise.

THE GIST
Atmospheric, weight-y and heavy combat with a great narrative universe.


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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Dead Space is a fun horror survival game I have owned numours times and enjoyed replaying. I first bought this game on the PS3 and put almost 2 days worth into playing it both for achievements and the experience. Dead Space's atmosphere is great and does a beautiful job of creating a spooky sci-fi horror on top of third person survival shooting. The game's story starts off as players playing as an engineer named Isac Clark who knows how to fix EVERYTHING and his team who were sent to fix a planet cracker ship called the Ishimurra. Clark's wife named Nicole was working on the Ishimurra untill something went wrong with their dig site and sent out a distress call for help. As Clark's team enters the Ishimurra they uncover the horrorfying necromorphs in the ship and try to desperatly escape. This game offers hours of fun from straight replayability to the experimenting with gear and tactics used to help you survive. The equipment in Dead Space is upgradable consisting of your suit (RIG), Stasis, Kenisis Module, and a total of 6 guns to use; 5 of them purchasable in game. These upgrades require nodes found in game or purchased at the store to upgrade their arsenal. In order to kill these necromorphs players are forced to shoot/cut thier limbs off instead of just shooting their head or torso bringing a new formula to survival shooting. Shooting thier legs off will only make them crawl towards players and shooting their heads off will make them swing wildly and aimlessly. The horror in this game is good and provides good jump scares even to people who replay the game. There are small mini games in Dead Space both rewarding prizes that aid the player in upgrading equipment or selling to the store. Dead Space is a great horror survival shooter with replayability both for higher difficulty and new game + to experiment with new weapons or simply play again with current equipment. I would not recommend purchasing this game on its own purchasing the Dead Space 1 & 2 bundle is a better price and more bang for your buck as the sequel is equally if not better than the original Dead Space.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
This is the one that started it all.

Join engineer Isaac Clarke on his creepy space adventure, wherein you must fight your way through an infestation of horrid undead abominations and face off against a fanatical death cult.

In order to get the game to work correctly I would highly suggest looking up what other users have done to tweak the game’s settings, as it suffers from horrible console port-itus. Here’s a quick reference for ya.

pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Dead_Space

Don’t let this dissuade you from playing it however, as it is a highly entertaining, monster filled romp through the bowels of the USG Ishimura, a gunmetal grey and black mining ship that literally rips out the cores of planets for relentless human resource consumption.

If you like futuristic space horror, this is one of the best.

For a full length review, in which I detail how much of a wuss I was at the start of this game, followed by my signature long, rambling analysis, just click the link below.

http://www.opinionatedslant.com/dead-space-review
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Hey you like DOOM 3 and resident evil 4, well this is the game for you.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
I don't actually have a review, I played the game when I was 14 years old, which, despite my anime avatar, complete lack of an actual sense of humor and the fact that I use the phrase "dank memes" unironically, is quite some years ago.

I just want to say that there is a bug in this game which changes your difficulty from [literally anything] to hard and there is (or back then at least there was) no way to resolve it. So I never got to play through the game. I assume the ending is really good tho!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Great atmosphere! Great toilets! Great spooky noises! Gud game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
I Love this game,

Enemeies are gruseome but somewhat repititve in appearance, they make up for this for being incredibly powerful, they often try to outsmart you or outnumber you.

The Guns are interesting , and get increasing powerful at the cost of items. Soem are OP , others are retardly useless.
the range of weapons is limited by the ammount of ammo you will need stocked, and the ammount yopu want to carry, oh... don't forget the health items!

Puzzles, there aren't that many in this game but they are certainly risk, and careful decision making, for example a door locked a by a rare item, may only contain cash, but another may contain two of those same items.

Story, Although rather simplistic , it is told in a way that motivates you to keep playing, the enviornment seems to grow worse as the story goes on.



the only part I hate is thae damn asteroid shoot... Why? Why did they include that?

7/10...2 points lost due to above
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Can't sleep tonight. Someone hug me...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
I didn't play it straight through as I like to play later at night or whatever to set the atmosphere, but I did eventually get through the whole thing. (this won't be a thorough review because of this and since its been a little while).

The horror aspect was well intigrated into the work: actually a legitimate tense horror game by my taste, without really overdoing anything. And, the shooter aspect of the game was not overexagerated.
It was difficult at times, but as a whole it was just the right amount of challenging ^-^

I haven't gotten into the after beating the game stuff, but I really have nothing to complain about with this one.
The closest thing I have to a regret on this one is not buying the second in the same sale xD,
but if I ever need another horror game, I know where I might start.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful