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
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Wile. E. Coyote
15.4 hrs
Posted: August 29
The best horror game - ever.
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142.7 hrs
Posted: August 29
Great blend of survival horror and action shooter, lots of atmosphere, an interesting lore, varied weapons, stasis, kinesis. I racked up several playthroughs on the trot and still loved slicing limbs off the necromorphs.
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20.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Worth a purchase at a much reduced price like $5. The plot line is absolutely atrocious although I have to remind myself that with how old this is, it might have just been growing pains of a genre. It felt like someone opened the trope/McGuffin book and was racing to get as many in as they could before the game ended. I started to keep a running tally, mocking the story to my friends as I went chapter by chapter. But I played it all of the way to the end. I even hypothesized why I didnt quit this like I did many other lackluster games in my Steam library. After fixing the mouse issue, the game controls perfectly like it should for a horror game. Just methodical enough for you to agonize if you are going to make the shot towards the monster charging at you. The setting, level design (although its repeated), and above all the atmosphere are top notch. The light RPG customization, zero G fights, the variations of QTEs, bosses, and regular minion waves that you can run right by. The story setpieces almost detract from the moment to moment of playing the game. I made to the end happy for the silly story to be over but appreciative of everything else. It was worth the time to finish it, and I havent finished a game in a very long time.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
good game, that being said, i am also too much of a puss to play it too.
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8.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
Dead Space is probably the best survival horror shooter set in space(At least that I've played).

It puts you in the place of Isaac Clarke, a spaceship engineer that sees his life turned into a space nightmare with lots of gore, dismemberment and screams.

This game is brutal, even to this day. The death animations and monsters are really well made and gruesome. The atmosphere of the game is absolutely incredible. The sound is really immersive and dismembering Necromorphs with your plasma cutter feels extremely satisfying.

There's nothing better than playing this game at night with the lights turned off and using a headphone.
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5.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
Good premise and game mechanics are somewhat refreshing. but overall a straight forward FPS
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3.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
the first time i played this game back in 2008 i ♥♥♥♥♥ed all over my desk when the first monster came out, i cried and couldnt sleep...great
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4.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
If you're purely looking for a good survival horror I'd let this one pass - unless you've never played any survival horror games before. Haven't found any of it frightening in the slightest so don't go in expecting Silent Hill in space or you'll be thoroughly disappointed. The look and music are quite nice but together they just don't create a nervewracking atmosphere. Decent action and story. Monster design is quite cool but not scary. Controls are a bit OHFIHP)HY)HY$G)U and the over-the-shoulder perspective is annoying at first but you do get used to the latter. Don't think it is something I'd play more than once though happy enough to say it's worth buying.
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4.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
I Love necrophilia
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The Titus
19.7 hrs
Posted: August 25
Would 100% recommend this game to anyone who enjoys thrilling third person shooters. I originally bought this game on xbox 360 and I cannot recall how many times I have played it on new game plus. During my first playthrough the suspense aspects of the game truly shined and kept me on edge the whole time. Of course the scares become less effective the more times I replayed it but the action and secrets within kept me interested.

9/10 - Cheese On Crackers
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
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.

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

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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
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.

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.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Totallly recommended, especially if you liked RE4.

+Great atmosphere( I think only Silent Hill beats DS1 in this aspect)
+Original weapons( <3 Force gun secondary fire)
+Badass main character
+Interesting story
+Cool zero-G and vacuum sections.

-Short story mode
-Only one game mode
-Not a lot of replay value(should have achievements)

If you like horror games get this, you won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Good story. Creepy. Gets a little tiring knowing that you are going to be exploring the ship from stem to stern to find the required widget to open a door incessantly.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Dead Space is a third person, linear story-drivien, single player horror game. Gameplay focuses on third person shooting with some light puzzel solving.

Oh, Dead Space, why did I wait so long to play you? This title has been in my backlog since 2010. I can't believe it took this long for me to play it, but I'm glad I finally did. The graphics hold up and in many cases still look amazing, but the real draw here is the ambiance. EA redwood Shores completely nails the derelict spaceship atmosphere. I'd like to put the sound design on a pedestal here as well. The 5.1 surround sound mix will instill a deep paranoia within you, making your walks through the ship extremely tense. Another stand out here is the HUD, or lack thereof. All the elements of a traditional HUD you would find in another game are here, but they are cleverly presented in a fashion (mostly through holograms) that fits the game world. You're left with a third person perspective that feels incredibly immersive and cinematic.

I liked how most of the weapons had a utilitarian use (cutting, mining, torching, etc) that fit within the game world rather than just being military in design. The zero-g sections of the game did a good job of distorting your perspective and in a couple cases gave me that weird feeling in your gut like you're falling. It reminded me of Prey (2006). There's some solid Sci-Fi elements to be found here too.

If there's a weak point, it comes from the story. It's not bad, but certainly not great. It doesn't bring anything new to the table and that's not necessarily a bad thing, just a little disappointing. What it does bring though, comes with competence, at least at first. The setup is perfect. You're there to investigate a communications black out. It was intriguing to unravel the mystery of what happened on the USG Ishimura. But near the end of the game, all the typical tropes and cliches of the genre surface and you're left scratching your head as to some character motivations and the would-be twists that you saw coming a mile away. Had the story been less typical and more interesting, I would call this a must play title. But it misses that mark for me.

Near the end of the game I grew weary of the tasks and the "but first you need to do this" missions. I spent about fifteen hours for my play-through on normal difficulty and around hour ten I seemed to have built up a tolerance for the jump scares. My fear dropped a couple notches down to anxiety, but I'd say that's probably normal for most people and just the nature of repetition.

Still, it's easy to forgive any negative points when you're having such a great time. The game lives up to the atmosphere of titles like BioShock and Resident Evil: Remastered. It's one of those games I'll buy the art book for. It's scary and well crafted throughout.

TL;DR: Play this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Dead Space is one of my all-time favorites, and in a true sense a masterpiece. I bought and played it upon its original release, and it was pretty much bug free and stable out of the box, even if it pushed my trusty old Core2Duo I had then pretty hard.

The design choices, story line (augmented by a couple of animated movies ,"Dead Space: Downfall" and "Dead Space: Aftermath"), atmosphere, and gritty industrial Sci-Fi environment, make this a memorable, terrifying, and unique experience. Think of it as an amalgamation of Aliens, Event Horizon, The Thing, and Pandorum. It does have some jump scares, but mainly all the adversaries are manageable, especially since you get to upgrade your gear throughout.

You definitely get the feeling of being in space, in particularly due to the very, very awesome Zero-G sequences, and your requirement for Oxygen and the ability to magnetize your boots. This is pretty unique in games, and certainly was a novelty back when Dead Space was released. This is probably the fourth time I've bought the game, for one due to DRM-freeness, and because it's worth it. Of all the games published by EA over the years, the Dead Space (and Mass Effect) franchises are certainly one of the best games ever made.

In fact, the only negative I have to say about Dead Space is the ridiculous control/button assignments. Being left handed I do not use WASD, I use the cursor, and surrounding keys, and Dead Space isn't very helpful there. I had to get a program called GlovePIE which I've had to use a few times since. Once setup though, everything works just fine.

In conclusion, if you are a Sci-Fi/Horror fan, enjoy a good third person shooter style experience, and enjoy roaming around in beautiful, atmospheric environments, then this is for you! And remember: In space, no one can hear you scream!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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

- 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

- 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

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

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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