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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Very Positive (73 reviews) - 93% of the 73 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (5,670 reviews) - 89% of the 5,670 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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Zirtonic
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
My personal favorite horror game of all time. Top to bottom I think this game is pretty much flawless, bar two *exceptions. The gunplay is great, the weapon variety is plenty, and the types of enemies are varied. The dismembering aspect of the game is unique and well executed. Headshots do damage sure, but cut off their ♥♥♥♥ing limbs. Probably the highest point of the game is the music and overall atmosphere. Traditional music cues often mislead one into feeling safe, only to realize that they aren't in the slightest. Add tight corridors, dim lighting, and hearing monsters in the vents and you've got yourself a night of spooks. Highly recommended.

* First is a certain Mini-game you're forced to beat. It just wasn't put togethor very well and is a chore to complete. Only about 15 minutes of gameplay though. Second is that for the majority of the game you're basically an errand boy. I personally don't have a problem with these types of games, but I know many do.
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Mr. Vulcanator
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Freaking uncontrollable garbage. You can't even use the mouse because if you move the camera slows down a ton. If you try to fix it then the camera becomes even worse. And the view is like one inch away from you so that just excaberates the camera problems. Then you can use a gamepad and the game doesn't show it's controls in the options menu.
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Blue_Phantasm
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I bought the game as a bundle with the second one. I was hoping to play through them both but unfortunately for me and apparently for many others the controls on the PC port are completely broken, there is extreme input lag unless you turn v-sync off, the mouse sensitivity is excruciating low and has negative acceleration, meaning I literally couldnt turn a corner unless i picked up my mouse and moved it across the pad several times.

Even with the fixes on the forums that require you alter the files for the game, I experienced freezes in the mouse controls, and glitches with the movement. Finally I hit an invisible wall in the only path forward, meaning I had to quit the game before even the first save point. I didn't bother to try to sit through the unskippable opening cutscene again.

Luckily when i went ahead to the second game I found that none of these problems persisted and I was pleasantly surprised with extremely fluid controls and movement animations. I would only buy this game if you are looking to play through the whole series, because it is likely your game will be broken and you will have to jump through hoops to actually play it. If you are just looking for a bit of the dead space experience skip this one and go for number 2.
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FriendlyNoEnemy
( 21.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
An excellent horror third person game that stills holds up, being a 8 year old good game is not easy, sometimes the graphics and the gameplay becomes generic and bad, but this game is definitely still good, i love the zero-gravity parts of the game and the boss fights are awesome, play it on hard! in medium is not as good, definitely a must buy for only $5 in a steam sale!
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kalron27
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Play this game every Halloween, just to scare the crap out of myself. But only when my wife is home...I'm still too scared to do it alone...

The only one of the series that truely draws you in. The silent narative is what the rest of the series lacks. It definitely Inspires the fear both Aliens the film and System Shock 2 presented as well as the lonelyness of the Metroid series (the original, Gameboy, Super and Prime 1). A game that should not be missed, and played in the dark with headphones...alone...if you can...
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onnion
( 25.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Yes, this game has weird mouse controls. Now, with all the negatives out of the way, this is hands down one of the greatest survival horror games out there -- that is, if you play it on Hard or higher (a strange bug causing your game to suddenly switch difficulty from Hard to Normal has however yet not been resolved and never will be). Love atmospheric survival horror but feel like being unable to defend yourself is not fun? Dead Space has you covered -- in layers of blood. Yes, one or two well placed shots to limbs (great system, headshots make no sense here anyway) can disarm (har har) the enemy, but the same pretty much applies to you -- ignore an enemy and say goodbye to half of your medpacks.
Yes, this game utilizes jumpscares. A lot. But it also loves to fake them with long build-ups that result in a vent cover simply falling off. Together with DS2, this is THE survival horror series of our time. And yes, DS2 has superior gameplay, but it lacks the Alien-like atmosphere of this one. And DS3 lacks the ability to let your wallet intact (don't bother).

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Grand Dragon
( 26.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Amazing game. EA surpassed expectations delivering us a bombastic Sci-fi thriller that will chill your bones and heart at times. Since Doom 3 I've been waiting to feel this spooked and entertained by a Horror game and Dead Space brought it all to the table.
Commands could be a bit easier but I think EA did that on purpose to add to the thrill of it. 10/10
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LiViD
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Couldn't play as the controls were broken. Buy Dead Space 2 if you want to play dead space. Again, the controls were completely broken and the game is unplayable unless you like terrible controls then by all means buy it.
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Eggs
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Great game with great shock and thrilling scares.
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Apegod69
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Ape space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
81 of 90 people (90%) found this review helpful
67 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
-buys this game when he is a kid
-craps himself because it's too scary
-grows older
-buys this game again thinking he can handle it
-craps himself again
9 out of 10 - would crap again
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
The atmosphere of terror and cold of space!
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
The ultimate Sci-Fi survival horror game. Great story and atmosphere. It's like "Event Horizon" meets "Alien I".
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Played this game all the way through and i have to admit its one of the best single player games ive played in years.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Dead Space can be considered a modern classic for survival horror genre or just a bland sci-fi shooter with horror elements. What ever you might think, you can admit that this game does have a decent gameplay and good atmosphere at some points. Weapons and armor look cool and are indeed memorable. Killing necromorphs is fun and sci-fi weapons make it even more fun.

The game still does have a fair share of issues. PC version has poor performance for relatively old game and is buggy, but the amount bugs in play sessions changes. I had a invisible wall when I opened the door (at the first chapter in fact) and I couldn't get through, so I had to change some settings (I can't remember what I did, but you can find out yourself) to fix it. Another bug was in zero-gravity outside the ship where there was asteroids hitting the ship and you had to avoid those by getting into cover. You also had to jump to the walls because of cover and oxygen canisters, but my character somehow didn't land on it and stopped and died for no reason. I had to land much more carefully to avoid it. When I was a bit younger I stopped playing it because of this issue. I didn't understand, what I was suppose to do at the time.

WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!!
This game does have a story which has a lot of clichees. Characters aren't that good and it doesn't help that your main character, Isaac Clarke, is mute. They added voice later on with the sequels gladly, but his personality wasn't that interesting, but still OK. I should still say that the foundation of Dead Space is great. Humanity is lacking resources and for that reason, they built planetcrackers that can go into lightspeed and then grab a huge part of the planet/moon/asteroid to mine it and gather all the resources. There's also a cult with large amounts of members who have their own devious plans. Good setup, but the story of characters is lacking and could've been better.

If you're new to horror genre, this game might be scary to you. Though it's possible that if you're an active gamer, you'll notice the patterns in Dead Space.

This review might sound too cynical to have a recommended status, but I should say that this game is good overall and you should try it if you're into shooters or horror.

I wrote this review because I didn't have anything else to do, so it might be a bit messy. I do hope that my review was readable and easy to understand.
(As always, I might do mistakes when writing text in english, so apologies for any mistakes I made)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
After beating this game, I can honestly say, I have no clean underwear.

There are a few annoyances though with this game on PC.
-You need to cap your FPS at about 120 otherwise you will run into various issues
-using the ingame vsync options creates a HUGE amout of input lag
-the y-axis on your mouse moves slower than your x-axis

Other than the game being just old with issues listed above, the game is amazing. Definitly with going through the fixes to play it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
I was intrigued by the Slim Jim looking monster known as the 'drag tentacle. This deserves a recommendation. Besaides that, the game is scary and badass.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This is hands down one of my all time favorite games. I played all of these games in a mixed order, so this one, the first one, is the last one that I beat. The story was incredibly captivating and kept me on edge. The game play is based on focus and using everything you can to your advantage. Jump scares and intense alien combat are great. Highly reccomended. Personally, my favorite of the series.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Great game with great shock and thrilling scares.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I bought the game as a bundle with the second one. I was hoping to play through them both but unfortunately for me and apparently for many others the controls on the PC port are completely broken, there is extreme input lag unless you turn v-sync off, the mouse sensitivity is excruciating low and has negative acceleration, meaning I literally couldnt turn a corner unless i picked up my mouse and moved it across the pad several times.

Even with the fixes on the forums that require you alter the files for the game, I experienced freezes in the mouse controls, and glitches with the movement. Finally I hit an invisible wall in the only path forward, meaning I had to quit the game before even the first save point. I didn't bother to try to sit through the unskippable opening cutscene again.

Luckily when i went ahead to the second game I found that none of these problems persisted and I was pleasantly surprised with extremely fluid controls and movement animations. I would only buy this game if you are looking to play through the whole series, because it is likely your game will be broken and you will have to jump through hoops to actually play it. If you are just looking for a bit of the dead space experience skip this one and go for number 2.
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