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 (3,228 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
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
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!!
Posted: October 24
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
One of the greatest horror games of the last generation, for sure. Dead Space builds up suspense and tension, using a sci-fi environment, a creepy atmosphere, and lots of blood. You play as engineer Isaac Clarke, who goes on a routine mission to repair a damaged spaceship. Obviously the mission isn't so routine, and it's up to Isaac to find his girlfriend Nicole and escape with the rest of his crew. The enemies are known as the Necromorphs - humans who have changed into hideous creatures. Over the course of the game you will find new weapons, armor, and upgrades to help you along the way. Just be sure to stop playing the series at two; Dead Space 3 is a whole new kind of monster...
Posted: October 14
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
my favorite game, also my first horror :)
Posted: October 4
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Event Horizon : The game
Posted: October 4
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Overall score = 8/10

Dead Space is a wonderful game combining many genres, third person shooter, survival, action, and horror, all into on. While some games fail when trying to do too much, Dead Space is able to do all of these parts well and deliver a satisfying experience from start to finish.

Dead Space progresses very nicely from start to finish. The story is intriguing and, while horrifying space creatures is nothing new, presents a well rounded and detail/lore filled experience that took some thought to follow. The opening sequence leads very nicely right into the action, immediately making you want to find out just what happened to that ship.

As far as firefights go, this game offers some intense sequences. Whenever I overcame a hoard of enemies I felt like a badass, but I always hoped that an engagement like that wouldn't happen again. This may be what Dead Space does best: present you in an environment that makes you uncomfortable, leave you feeling exposed at all times, and give you just enough to get the job done if you do it right and think on your feet.

That being said, I found the biggest flaws in the game to also center around the combat situations. While there are plenty of action sequences in the game, it is not as smooth as other action games, which is of course fine as this isn't the initial purpose. However, some sequences and enemies felt cheap to me when you meet them. The enemies are varied, challenging, and interesting as a whole, but some sequences are downright frustrating. Often this happens when an objective is not fully clear or your purpose is not adequately explained. I don't expect a game to hold my hand, but when it isn't clear what that button you just pressed does, but swarms of enemies come out of the vents, it can become exhasperating. Fortunately, this doesn't happen too often.

The progression system in Dead Space is very good and rewarding. You can build your loadout to your playstyle and upgrade equipment to suit your strengths. Dead Space offers a variety of weapons to use and tactics to implement to keep battles fresh and fun.

I would definitely recommend Dead Space, even though it is a few years old. It is still a great game, and at a discount during Christmas or summer for $5 simply can't be missed.
Posted: October 8
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
I've learned something from this game if I want money just stomp on some body THANKS DEAD SPACE!!!!! 10/10
Posted: September 28
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
If you smoke cigars, use furniture and your favourite yogurt flavour is strawberry, studies show you are 63% likely to enjoy playing this game.
Posted: October 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
so not gonna lie before getting it- I thought it was a sci fi shooter >.> BUT a while back NikonPunch gave me a free copy, and after not touching it for ever I finally pushed myself to do a blind start to finish stream of it, 10 hours 15 minutes of awesomeness. I admit it gave me a refreshing memory of playing RE4 for the first time, the adreniliene in the beginning from not knowing what was going on. To the excitement as I progressed, then the bittersweet story and it's climax. Dead Space- one of the shocking new favorites, thought I'd be eh ok one and done, but nope I think I'll go back in the future to do many replays
Posted: October 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
this Isaac has some serious problems...
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Eerie mood, and an interesting combat mechanic (needing to dismember the Necromorphs) make for a startling and compelling game.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Probably the best recent Survival Horror game to come out. More like RE4 than RE2 this game still has amazing horror elements. Don't be misguided by the more action oriented sequels. This game came out before EA grabed their hands on it.
Posted: October 2
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
FUUN
Posted: October 12
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
The first of Isaac Clarke's first necromorph-stomping, limb-dismebering and main-character-never-talks-but-only-spells-a-single-phrase-in-the-whole-game cliche filled adventures!

Plus, Isaac is looking for her girlfriend only so they can be back on their romantic dates again.

11/10, would stop talking again.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
EA used to make good games? WHAT MADNESS IS THIS?!
Posted: October 16
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
isaac dies at the end.
Posted: September 24
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Very atmospheric game with many different challenging sections.

Also its scary as balls
Posted: October 13
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
24.3 hrs on record
My pants were filled with the ♥♥♥♥ of fear. Also, maybe poop.
Posted: October 14
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Being third person shooter with inaccurate controls and a tiny FoV where your character takes up a quarter of you screen is not a good way to make a game scarry.
Posted: September 26
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Very medicore, full of jump scares, and pretty boring. Visually great!
Posted: September 29
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Ugh, I don't get all the glowing reviews for this one. You walk your slow guy around following the blue lines on the floor. The music gets dramatic! Creeps jump out at you! Kill them, find objective, press E. Then trudge around some more and do it again. That's the game.

The combat is pretty mindless. You don't have enough room to find a good tactical angle for shooting; most of the enemies just magically spawn up close right after you trigger some scripted event. Also, your movement speed is very slow and switching from a melee attack to gun takes forever. So it's stressful in that you have to shoot accurately quickly, but there's very little you can do with your positioning.

In my five hours, I've yet to have fun or look forward to a new play session, so I'm going to stop now.
Posted: October 13
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