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 (3,220 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
Helpful customer reviews
556 of 658 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
The scariest thing about this game... Is not the fact that you are stuck in a mining vessel with thousands of space-zombies hunting for you... No it's not the eerie voice singing "Twinkle twinkle little star" in chapter 6 either...

No, my friends, the most alarming, horrifying, ghastly thing about this game... Is the very first thing you see when you start it up...

Posted: May 29
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69 of 71 people (97%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
-Great atmosphere.
-Great sound design.
-Fun story and world.
-Very fun and satisfying game play. The dismemberment is incredibly well realized.
-Monster design
-One of the best minimalist HUD.

-Can feel like one long fetch quest where everything goes wrong.
-Monster diversity.
-Running the game without vsync creates lights flickers due to the high frame rate at which the game runs on modern system. (fix by enabling vsync in the Nvidia control panel, in game vsync limit the game at 30fps)

-Some of the mission objectives can become annoying.

Great game overall, highly recommend it.
Posted: June 22
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65 of 70 people (93%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Clarke's Journal. October 13th, 2508:

Today I recieved an emergency call from USG Ishimura, me and my crew are coming there to find out what's the problem. I'm really happy because this is my chance to finally see my girlfriend, she is working there as a medical officer. I love her very much.

Clarke's Journal. October 14th, 2508:

It didn't go so well. It appears something on the ship has killed everyone. I still hope that my beloved Nicole is alive. I must find her!

Clarke's Journal. October 15th, 2508:

I have made a terrible mistake.
Posted: July 13
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86 of 103 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
When in doubt, shoot.
Posted: May 20
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48 of 53 people (91%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
"The marker must be returned to the planet,IT MUST" and to be honest i was glad that i to returned to this classic game and i really enjoyed losing my sanity all over again.
I played this game when it first came out on the X-BOX 360 and at the time thought it was one of the best games i had ever played and on finishing down loading it i was a little worried and concerned if i was still going to love it as much as i did and if after all this time i would not feel the same way about it ?????
Of course i need not have worried as this game still packs the same punch now as it did then,and still impressed me with both its jump scares and its all together moments of sheer horror i did not see coming the first time round and they still managed to make me jump out of my chair again this time as well.
To most the plot wont need explaining and i wont go into to much detail here lets just say this,the game is set in the year 2508 and the USG Ishimura a "planetcracker" starship sends out a distress signal during a mining operation on the planet Aegis VII.The Concordance Extraction Corporation (CEC) sends the USG Kellion to investigate.After a guidance system malfunction crashes the Kellion into the Ishimura dock (in explosive fashion),the crew sets out and tries to find other means of transport.
As they explore what appears to be an abandoned ship they find out it is'nt that abandoned after all,thats when the horror truely begins for engineer Isaac Clarke, Commander Zach Hammond, and Computer Specialist Kendra Daniels as they encounter things that are (shall we say) no longer what they once were.
The graphics in this game are still as impressive now as they were when the game was first released (and that was 6 years ago-and yet this game can still pack quite a graphical punch),and the enemies and the ship still look as good now as they did then.
The sound and music in game are (not to put to finer point on it) amazing and really do help the scares along and help you feel all together unnerved about your time on this haunted and possesed ship from hell.
The spoken dialogue in game is all delivered with sheer perfection and would'nt sound out of place in a big hollywood SCI-FI blockbuster (Gunner Wright who is the voice of Isaac Clarke really does stand out).
The gameplay has stood the test of time and really does show up some more modern games (especially HORROR) for what they are poor games,i enjoyed solving the puzzles and blowing the limbs of enemies as much this time as i did the very first time i played the game,and for a game to impress me as much now as it did 6 years ago really is a testament to what EA Redwood Shores acheived.
Will you like this game if you have'nt played it,well yes of course you will if you like a well made and top notch game full or horror,suspense and wet your pant moments but if your the sort of person who hides at the sight of "GHOST FACE" from "SCREAM" then i just wouldent bother.
Anyway remember watch your back and oh whats that in the corner of my eye.............................."AARRGGHHHHHHHHHHH" ok its just my wife ????
Posted: September 3
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1,707 of 1,778 people (96%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Best guide ever:
1) Shoot everything that move.
2) Shoot everything that don't move.
3) Shoot everything that may move.
Posted: September 30, 2013
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