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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A.G.B.
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Pros: Memorable, and through Zero G also creative, level design. Atmospheric. Strong attention to detail and vast scope. Lives up to some aspects of its inspirations. Great RPG elements. Dismembering enemies is a cool idea.

Cons: Boring and frustrating: shooting/walking/map-reading/etc. Plot is uninteresting. The horror is jumpscare-driven, lacks contrasting "safe" times, and doesn't use build-up. Gameplay offers little new and isn't that fun. Terrible control scheme. Character takes up half the screen.

My recommendation: If you genuinely think the aforementioned pros outweigh those cons - you can enjoy some of this.
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Pharaoh
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
I had to buy this game, oh the nostalgia. I highly reccomend this game, this is the kind of horror I love. The Oh ♥♥♥♥ don't make go over there type horror, the Holy ♥♥♥♥ it's behind me horror, the god damnit I just ♥♥♥♥♥♥ myself horror.
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brucifer
( 35.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Resident Evil in space, but with better mechanics. One of the better Action FPS' out there.
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lrgb
( 55.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Very good game . It's a extremely good mix of FPS and RPG.
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Berzerker
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
For the price, this is a good game, set on horror and a bit of action here and there. I would definitely recommend picking this up.
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f0ba
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
The only actual scary one in the series, the sequels just keep pushing your panic buttons
8/10
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Luvdoctor
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Tried to be like System Shock and Resident evil combined, but failed. Plot is boring and predictable. POV is terrible, 1/3 of your screen is taken up by your charaters back. Most of your time is spent trying to orient your view, just so you can see the enemy in the space not occupied by terrrain our your character. It could have been better, but simply isn't. Not worth playing.

I gave it a try for just over 2 hours, and now STEAM will not refund my money. Buy something else, I wish I had.
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Kyle
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
It's one of those games that was very unique for its time. It's a bit cringy in some parts but it's pretty good for it being one of the first of its kind and I understand that. Go buy this game if you haven't tried it, it's worth your while.
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PIMP DADDY D
( 21.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
I highly recommend this game at first glance it appears just a basic plot but i found myself wanting to know what happened next after every single objective i completed, this game has an suspensful eerie feel around every corner because the atmosphere is on point and the monsters pop out when you least expect it and when you do expect it they dont pop out. Because of this i found myself jumping everytime they'd pop out and be carefully looking around each corner. Im excited to check the rest of the series cause i really enjoyed this game 8/10
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FasterThanFTL
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Recommended.

10/10
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ElGringoBandito
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
This game is hands down one of my favorite horror/sci-fi things of all time. From sweet, sweet gore, to ♥♥♥♥♥in' space Lovecraft stuff, Dead Space has got it all. Plus, not enough games give you alt-fire these days, and that's something I really appreciate.
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[TREK] IndigoRaptor
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
Played this game when i was 9, ♥♥♥♥ my self.
Played this game today and i'm 17, ♥♥♥♥ my self.
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Pencil Pusher
( 16.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
The amount of times I said "ow" to myself when Isaac gets brutally killed is off the charts.
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Nexiu
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Back when EA made good games.
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ClutchoBoy & DaddyOh
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
I recommend this game.
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Slade Wilson
( 26.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
Dead Space 1

In Space, no one can hear you squeal like a little B*tch!
~Dead Space is one of the First Horror games that i really wanted to complete simply because of the story, although, as you read, it has more to understand than just a Abandoned Space Ship with Monsters....
~This Game is the Defining Space Horror Game, more action packed than something like Alien: Isolation but the Environment coupled with the Smart Mechanics and Formidable Enemy AI are the strong points of this EA Game!
Alright let’s get Started on The Good Aspects first:

Pros:
+The Story is Immersive and Deep on the Scale of 3 games. There’s much to understand, the whole cause of chaos experience in the Ishimura is not only explained in DS1 but also in other forms of media such as Books, Animated Movies, Graphics novels, a Wii Game and even a little Mobile game (How cute). No Spoilers here but there are many things that contribute to the Plot such as that Universe's Primary "religion" (AKA- Cult) called Unitology.
+Speaking of Story, a Bulk of the Backstory, is found from Logs within the Levels (Well Hidden of course.) This really Helps the Player understand Many Characters, Events and even teaches them how to play Zero-G Basketball!!
+The HUD is very Realistic; it is Projected outwards in front of Isaac's face when he walks. Want to Rummage through Ammo while a battle is happening? You will most likely Die...
+The Difficulties are very balanced for the types of gamer out there, from a simple run and gun easy difficulty with lots of supplies (Almost too many) to the Impossible mode which has fewer checkpoints, OP Enemies, hardly any Supplies (Just the way i like it), Bad Starting Suits, Few upgrades and a loss of that checkpoint instantly if you close/exit the game at all. That’s for the Hard-core Gamer who prefers a true horror Experience.
+Loading Times? Where?
+Atmosphere is undoubtedly the game’s biggest Strong Point. an almost empty ships filled with Necromorphs ( which are actually the ships deceased crew that, due to an Alien Virus, have Transformed into Bloodthirsty Necromorphs!..Its complicated.) that seem to be around every dark corner (There’s quite a few!) The Metallic Clang of Claws in a vent above you, or the Creaking of the Hull, or Heavy Thuds from the Asteroid belt pelting the ship are all some prime examples of how well the game deals with the unique atmosphere. It’s a Mix of Event Horizon, The Thing and even System Shock 2!
+Scares a-plenty!
+Extremely Innovative targeting Mechanic= Strategic Dismemberment, go for the Limbs..
+Sound is Very Realistic and Proportional, some moments you have to stand still and be quiet to hear where the necromorph is crawling... -----
+Weapon Options are plentiful
+Interesting Currency and requirements to get some Credits
+Upgradable Suits (up to 6 levels!)
+HUD is very informative, you will hardly ever get lost with the 3D map Design
+New Game Plus Ability (Definietely Worth it)
+Boss Battles are Excellent and each are around the right length as well.
Huge Alien Creatures vs Puny Engineer with a Bulky Suit but Heavy Weapons and
Badass "Gadgets"= Interesting/Gory Results!
+Death Animations, Mortal Kombat meets the Thing! Blood will be spilled, then
poured and then Splashed! (R18 for this reason!)

Cons:

-The Story is handled very slowly, which is bad for fast paced gamers. Easy to
Normal Mode should be the Right speed for most players.
-By Default, the Mouse Sensitivity and Smoothing is Very awkward and irregular.
-Crashes during Big Battles, with lots on the screen. Very rare though.
-Linear Levels with little Variaton. Although you are on the Ship it would be
nice to see differently themed levels.
-Lack of Interactive Items in levels
-Many Collectibles can be too Difficult to find in 1 or even 2 playthroughs,
guide recommended.
-Save File can be Overwritten Accidentally due to placement when you are
saving!!
-Characters are hardly touched apon in detail. Little Emotional Connection
between the Player and Isaac! (Which is not good, because of his Motivations)
-No Co-op, would have added a slightly more action feel. (Good and Bad)
-No Achievements, Minor really.
-Graphics issues include: Stuttering,Frame Drops and bad resolution by default.
-Backtracking during the early parts up the Middle is really irritating!

Final Thoughts?
It has lots of replay value with suits and upgrades to try out
But id recommend buying during a sale since its been out for about 8 Years!!
(Already??)
Its a Good Game just By Itself without the Sequels to steer the Underlying
Plot. (This is Because the other 2 PC games are more action orientated)
Definetely a Wise choice for a Horror game Fan/Collector.
It has aged well too, using many innovative features that would be on the level
of many horror games today!
Isaac Clarke the Everyday Engineer turned Space-Hero, has a Realistic Feel to
it that fits well with the Plot.

Final Score: 8/10!...Now wheres that Peng?
-Kyle
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I Abuse Fat Kids
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
One of my favourite, nostalgic horror games out there. Highly recommend this to everyone, I always seem to find myself coming back to it.
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SnQQpy
( 31.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
Well what can I say - its Dead Space and a classic!

Dead Space is probably the best Survival Horror game ever released. While it released in 2008 it has stood the test of time and nothing has come close to beating it IMHO. It always ran well on a mediocre PC and if you play it today you wont be disappointed because graphically it still looks good even for its time.

I wont give any spoilers away but there is a huge Lore surrounding the games premise. Essentially you follow the journey of Isaac Clarke who is no marine ♥♥♥ kicker, he's an engineer that finds himself caught up in a living nightmare. As Isaac you'll have to fight your way through the horrors he uncovers while investigating the USG Ishimura, a Planet Cracker mining vessel.

There are psychological stresses and aberrations to face, as well as the physical nightmare of encountering the horrors on-board the Ishimura. The atmosphere of the game is deeply effective and you'll quickly find yourself wanting to know more about what has occurred aboard this ship. You are charged with various engineering tasks in order to save the ship and ultimately yourself. This is a game that will draw you in very quickly and provide a complete immersive experience.

Apart from the visual scares and frights, there are sound effects which will still be making you jump after many many playthroughs. Its one of those games that manage to pace itself extremely well, getting harder and more difficult as you progress. There is no hand holding in this game and making mistakes early on will soon end your journey. Be prepared to die often especially if you play on hard. This isn't a game for the faint hearted and if you want a game that requires thought at every level and the accomplishment of surviving this horror will be reward enough I assure you!

Isaac Clarke remains mute all through the game and while this appears strange, you will soon realise that this somehow adds to the intrigue and experience. To get the most from this game search areas thoroughly and read and listen to everthing you find even though it will be ♥♥♥♥-scary, you will be rewarded for your efforts. Play late in the evening with the lights off and headphones on and if you thought you've played horror before you'll soon realise that this tops anything you've previously encountered.

11/10
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Flavvy
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
One of the best games I've ever played--and I'm not especially a horror fan (not before I played this, anyway). It’s the compelling and intriguing story that does it for me. I don't think I've ever experienced a game that made me want to find out so much about itself. The attention to detail and care that obviously went into making this universe and its lore are a big part of why I love this game so much. The novel way to tackle enemies is also a very important part of what makes Dead Space what it is, of course.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Dead Space 1

In Space, no one can hear you squeal like a little B*tch!
~Dead Space is one of the First Horror games that i really wanted to complete simply because of the story, although, as you read, it has more to understand than just a Abandoned Space Ship with Monsters....
~This Game is the Defining Space Horror Game, more action packed than something like Alien: Isolation but the Environment coupled with the Smart Mechanics and Formidable Enemy AI are the strong points of this EA Game!
Alright let’s get Started on The Good Aspects first:

Pros:
+The Story is Immersive and Deep on the Scale of 3 games. There’s much to understand, the whole cause of chaos experience in the Ishimura is not only explained in DS1 but also in other forms of media such as Books, Animated Movies, Graphics novels, a Wii Game and even a little Mobile game (How cute). No Spoilers here but there are many things that contribute to the Plot such as that Universe's Primary "religion" (AKA- Cult) called Unitology.
+Speaking of Story, a Bulk of the Backstory, is found from Logs within the Levels (Well Hidden of course.) This really Helps the Player understand Many Characters, Events and even teaches them how to play Zero-G Basketball!!
+The HUD is very Realistic; it is Projected outwards in front of Isaac's face when he walks. Want to Rummage through Ammo while a battle is happening? You will most likely Die...
+The Difficulties are very balanced for the types of gamer out there, from a simple run and gun easy difficulty with lots of supplies (Almost too many) to the Impossible mode which has fewer checkpoints, OP Enemies, hardly any Supplies (Just the way i like it), Bad Starting Suits, Few upgrades and a loss of that checkpoint instantly if you close/exit the game at all. That’s for the Hard-core Gamer who prefers a true horror Experience.
+Loading Times? Where?
+Atmosphere is undoubtedly the game’s biggest Strong Point. an almost empty ships filled with Necromorphs ( which are actually the ships deceased crew that, due to an Alien Virus, have Transformed into Bloodthirsty Necromorphs!..Its complicated.) that seem to be around every dark corner (There’s quite a few!) The Metallic Clang of Claws in a vent above you, or the Creaking of the Hull, or Heavy Thuds from the Asteroid belt pelting the ship are all some prime examples of how well the game deals with the unique atmosphere. It’s a Mix of Event Horizon, The Thing and even System Shock 2!
+Scares a-plenty!
+Extremely Innovative targeting Mechanic= Strategic Dismemberment, go for the Limbs..
+Sound is Very Realistic and Proportional, some moments you have to stand still and be quiet to hear where the necromorph is crawling... -----
+Weapon Options are plentiful
+Interesting Currency and requirements to get some Credits
+Upgradable Suits (up to 6 levels!)
+HUD is very informative, you will hardly ever get lost with the 3D map Design
+New Game Plus Ability (Definietely Worth it)
+Boss Battles are Excellent and each are around the right length as well.
Huge Alien Creatures vs Puny Engineer with a Bulky Suit but Heavy Weapons and
Badass "Gadgets"= Interesting/Gory Results!
+Death Animations, Mortal Kombat meets the Thing! Blood will be spilled, then
poured and then Splashed! (R18 for this reason!)

Cons:

-The Story is handled very slowly, which is bad for fast paced gamers. Easy to
Normal Mode should be the Right speed for most players.
-By Default, the Mouse Sensitivity and Smoothing is Very awkward and irregular.
-Crashes during Big Battles, with lots on the screen. Very rare though.
-Linear Levels with little Variaton. Although you are on the Ship it would be
nice to see differently themed levels.
-Lack of Interactive Items in levels
-Many Collectibles can be too Difficult to find in 1 or even 2 playthroughs,
guide recommended.
-Save File can be Overwritten Accidentally due to placement when you are
saving!!
-Characters are hardly touched apon in detail. Little Emotional Connection
between the Player and Isaac! (Which is not good, because of his Motivations)
-No Co-op, would have added a slightly more action feel. (Good and Bad)
-No Achievements, Minor really.
-Graphics issues include: Stuttering,Frame Drops and bad resolution by default.
-Backtracking during the early parts up the Middle is really irritating!

Final Thoughts?
It has lots of replay value with suits and upgrades to try out
But id recommend buying during a sale since its been out for about 8 Years!!
(Already??)
Its a Good Game just By Itself without the Sequels to steer the Underlying
Plot. (This is Because the other 2 PC games are more action orientated)
Definetely a Wise choice for a Horror game Fan/Collector.
It has aged well too, using many innovative features that would be on the level
of many horror games today!
Isaac Clarke the Everyday Engineer turned Space-Hero, has a Realistic Feel to
it that fits well with the Plot.

Final Score: 8/10!...Now wheres that Peng?
-Kyle
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Back when EA made good games.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
I highly recommend this game at first glance it appears just a basic plot but i found myself wanting to know what happened next after every single objective i completed, this game has an suspensful eerie feel around every corner because the atmosphere is on point and the monsters pop out when you least expect it and when you do expect it they dont pop out. Because of this i found myself jumping everytime they'd pop out and be carefully looking around each corner. Im excited to check the rest of the series cause i really enjoyed this game 8/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
When people say that only the japanese can make good survival horror, I slap them and tell them to play this game. It's EA before they got greedy, and Visceral before they started making mediocre action games. While it's relatively short and light on exploration, it tells a great story and is truly a horrifying experience if played in the dark with headphones in.

Make yourself whole, buy this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
One of my favourite, nostalgic horror games out there. Highly recommend this to everyone, I always seem to find myself coming back to it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Played this game when i was 9, ♥♥♥♥ my self.
Played this game today and i'm 17, ♥♥♥♥ my self.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Pros: Memorable, and through Zero G also creative, level design. Atmospheric. Strong attention to detail and vast scope. Lives up to some aspects of its inspirations. Great RPG elements. Dismembering enemies is a cool idea.

Cons: Boring and frustrating: shooting/walking/map-reading/etc. Plot is uninteresting. The horror is jumpscare-driven, lacks contrasting "safe" times, and doesn't use build-up. Gameplay offers little new and isn't that fun. Terrible control scheme. Character takes up half the screen.

My recommendation: If you genuinely think the aforementioned pros outweigh those cons - you can enjoy some of this.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Pros:
Dismemberment is fun
Challenging, intense and satisfying combat
Terrifying enemies


Cons:
Lack of variety when it comes to objectives
V-sync caps frame rate at 30 FPS
Anti-aliasing blurs visuals


*PRO TIP*
Limb-chopping is a go, headshotting is a no so save ammo

7/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
I remember the unique feel when I first played this game.It has a really well made atmosphere , sound and decent story.I love this game and I think it's a must for gamers searching games of this type/ganre.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
spooked me real hard, 7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
This really is a fantastic game. I picked it up a few years ago and lost my saves about a third of the way in. I couldn't bring myself to start from the beginning again for about three years. I finally got round to it.

Great game, make sure you play with the lights down. It is very atmospheric.

Well worth picking up the second and third games as well.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
I really feel like this game must be played on hard difficulty because medium just feels like a casual third person shooter, you get tons of ammo and the necromorphs are easy to kill. Hard genuinely feels like a survival horror game. The monsters feel like a real threat because they are challenging and you have to conserve your ammo which creates alot of tension during the fights. I don't think the game is scary at all however. The atmosphere and setting is great but the scares themselves i didn't find effective at all.
I can think of two reasons why the scares don't work, guns and third person. When an enemy jumps out you have a way of defending yourself by shooting them so that vulnerability factor is lessened because of that. This is why games like layers of fear and amnesia work so well at being scary because you have no way of defending yourself. Even a game like Fear works so well, even though its a first person shooter the scares are supernatural and unkillable which is what makes it so effective. Because the game is in third person the monsters don't jump out in your face like they would in first person. The scares are at a distance from you because you are positioned behind the character you are playing. I don't think the game needs to be scary to work though it's still a great game because of its amazing atmosphere and sound effects and the game is just fun to play.
8/10 (Great)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Still great graphics even for today's standards, difficult AI good storytelling overall good game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Oozing with so much attention to detail it's astonishing that this game was published by EA.

If you value yourself a fan of science fiction and survival-horror, do not skip this one.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Scary game is scary 10/10 IGN
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1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Since seeing the first advertisements for Dead Space, I knew I was going to love this game. And I was right.
It has all the right elements to making a good science fiction game: the lighting, a little bit of actual science thrown in for that hard sci-fi feel, the dirtiness of the environment, and of course, the creeping music.
The game was so dark and intense I found I had to take a break a few times per chapter and psyche myself up before going back in.
I heartily recommend this game for any fan of good, grungy science fiction and horror.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
great game real scary
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
Installed Dead Space >>> Invisible wall doesn't let me out of the second room

11/10
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