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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Gerach
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Good horror, but sadly it is locked on 30 fps
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BLAZINGwaffle56
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
I am playing this on Windows 8.1 and it runs perfectly fine. Granted Im using a controller because it was made with controller in mind so I don't have these mouse problems everybody else is having. Will update if any gamebreaking bugs appear but I doubt that will happen. Still looks good and holds up against some games nowadays. Honestly If you love horror, and I dont mean Fnaf or any Jump scare crap like that, then this game will satisfy you and you will play through it at least 3 times. The first one is the Best for horror,The second game is best for Graphics and a little less horror,and dont even buy the third.

And thats it!
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Based Cookie
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Bought it trying to relive the nostalgia I had from when I played it on the 360. Turns out I can't get past the second door in the very beggining and I've tried multiple times.

Also the controls were quite possibly the worst thing I've ever had to deal with on the computer.

Don't buy it
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Abdurrahman
( 20.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Pros:
- This game allows you to do what you always wished the protagonist of every horror movie\game\book in existence would do... STOMP POTENTIAL ENEMIES TO PIECES!

- A fresh take on the zombie genre: Headshots are a waste of bullets and health, to kill your enemies you must shoot off their flailing limbs.

- This game gives a valid reason why the nerdy protagonist lives while hundreds of trained specialists die (unlike a certain valve game)... CAUSE HE'S AN ENGINEER!
Military armor is designed to resist human firearms while Engineer armor is resistent to cuts, slashes and small explosions (necromorph attacks). Military weapons are about damaging the enemy until his body gives up (necromorphs don't feel pain... do they?!) while Engineer makeshift weapons are about disabling the enemy entirely (the only effective attack against necromorphs).

- Zero-G emphasizes "Ender's Game"'s concept of "my upside-down is the enemy's right-side up".


Cons:
- Nobody to point out to you how insane you look stomping corpses in every room you enter, then you realise you may not be so different from the crazy survivors you meet after all.

- Most weapons besides the plasma cutter are awesome but impractical.
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Crobo Co
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
If you plan to buy this game, I would implore you to reconsider:

I bought this game 2 years ago and have tried to play it on 3 different computers. All of them have above recommended specifications. One computer can handle Fallout 4 and the other two are capable of playing Crysis, Global Offensive and Saints Row 4 all at their highest visual display settings. Two of these computers use AMD chips with AMD GPU and one uses Intel with sufficient HD integrated graphics. Realistically, this game should work on all of these, or at the very least, one of them.

I am but one small voice, though. Searching Google for "Dead Space crashing" will show you that the amount of the people with this problem is not small.

It should be noted that there has been no official attempt by developers to make the game actually compatible. The developers have abandoned creating patches for this game and I don't have any evidence to support that they might resurrect it.

This is a great game, but it would seem that if you bought it on PC you wasted your money.
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Fratos
( 22.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
While I have long since grown tired of horror games using HP Lovecraft's "At The Mountains of Madness" like a formula for plot, I'll grudgingly admit that, after taking some time to simmer on the game and replay it, there are SOME elements of Dead Space which earn some praise. The set pieces within the game itself are very cohesive and make sense within the design of the USG Ishimura (even if it is basically the same levels as System Shock 2's Rickenbacker). The user interface is very well made, and even adds to the inescapable darkness of the game by providing weak, almost timid glows around the holograms. The weapons themselves are shaky, because if you really want to scare someone you shouldn't make sure they have a ridiculous cushion of firepower to hide behind the second things get out of hand, but Dead Space finds an odd middle ground. See, by adopting the same firing style as Resident Evil 4, the game forces actually using your weapon to be a challenging balance of coordination and time management, because missing a shot with even the most overpowered weapon can mean a game over. Combat in the game is an illusory safety if you're not playing on the easiest setting. Also, the ease in spotting where enemies will likely spawn makes the player paranoid, because you're never sure which vent or hall window will burst if you get too close.
The only real problem with the game is that the soundtrack tries too hard to play catch-up with the game, sounding like the orchestra is being tazed whenever an enemy jumps out. A good horror soundtrack acts as a supplement to the media, only stepping in when the silence actually needs to be filled or when unease is necessary that the game can't create on its own. As it is, the best way to play the game is with the soundtrack muted so that the silence really does hammer home the claustrophobia of the game, which is a shame because Jason Graves has some great music in here.

Overall, it's a solid 6 out of 10. Not the best if you're looking for a really stellar horror game, but it shows that at least it's trying.
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GimliHadAnAxe
( 15.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
I started watching X-files (1993) because of the sci-fi/horror aspect of this game
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Seagull
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Don't bother trying to play this on Windows 10. It bugs before the first checkpoint, so even if you find an unofficial fix you still need to spaff 20 minutes up the wall before you can check if it worked. Mouse cursor flickers all over the screen. Sensitivity is completely off. Unplayable with a trackball. Anti-aliasing looks dreadful and the framerate is only lifted if you turn v-sync off, which you need. 0/10
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Tviky
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Just because It's not moving doesn't mean It's dead.
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Carlos
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
I don't understand why this game is well-rated on Steam. Don't get me wrong - Dead Space 1 is a great game on consoles, but on PC, they f**ked the port up in a number of ways.
1) Framerate is locked to 30FPS when you have VSYNC enabled in-game
2) Keyboard and mouse control is like steering a boat through jelly. Takes a big movement to register anything (seems to have a large 'dead-zone'), and the sensitivity is way down. You will be scrolling your mouse across your whole desk to turn a full circle in-game. If you turn the sensitivity to max, it's slightly better, but then the cursor flies all over the navigation menus. It's crazy.

People have written guides on how to attempt to remedy this and some people have good success, those with ATI graphics cards have to do additioanl tweaking to get it working if they can get it working at all. None of this is the point though, you shouldn't have to trawl forums and run through trouble-shooting just to fix something that should have been immediately obvious to the developers in testing - the controls are broken.

Either play with a gamepad, or just play this on console - you will have a much simpler-to-enjoy experience either way.
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JohnnyZhu
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Best horror game ever, must have played once in your lifetime!
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( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
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death grips alram clock: easy
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Z_Slayer6460
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
super big fan of the series love the blood and the violence it brings still wish they would remastered this game soon
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Flexi the Border Collie
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Don't play this game without controller. Mouse controls makes this game almost impossible to play because of how slow it is. You can have maximum mouse sensitivity and it still takes you a frikking hour to turn around.

Okay now to the atmosphere of the game. It has its own climate, jumpscares appears from time to time, it has quite interesting combat mechanics. I can't tell anything about the story because, well, I don't have controller so I don't want to mess around for now. From what I heard it might be interesting
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mud
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
the world's most over qualified engineer vs cthulhu: revengeance
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Isaac
( 15.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
I encountered a invisible door at the start of the game it's great to know that i spent 10 bucks on this game and no way of fixing the problem
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j0ny_brav0
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 16
A Good Game.
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Ozone
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Survival Horror and Sci Fi that's thoroughly a quality game.
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Azrael
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
I tried this game on a recommendation from my brother, but I wasn't able to get over how poorly the camera was controlled by the mouse. It did not have a smooth acceleration, so when I would move it would start slowly and then snap around, causing me to often over look where I was trying to aim.

Maybe that works for console, but definitely not for PC. I move the mouse, I expect the camera to follow the movements precisely.
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undead003
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Damn noisy game. And it's fun.

The title "Dead Space" sounds very lonely, and that's what this is. There aren't many friendlies, so it's easier to feel emphatic. The game makes up for the lack of initial ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t with having lots and lots of enemies & obstacles, so much that it feels unnecessary at times, but the progression doesn't dull one bit. Most things are very straightforward, which makes Dead Space all the more motivating.

In fact, Dead Space is pretty simple. It does feel like a movie. It's a trip through all of the crap that Isaac moves, shoots, pummels, you name it. But there's one element that this game has, which makes it a game - your control. Go ahead, take control of Isaac, see what the Ishimura's up to.
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37 of 38 people (97%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Be an engineer they said...
It would be fun they said...
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8 of 9 people (89%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Best horror game ever, must have played once in your lifetime!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
I started watching X-files (1993) because of the sci-fi/horror aspect of this game
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Back when EA made good games.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
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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2 of 2 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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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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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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Great game from 2008.
Took me exactly 9 hours to complete story on easy with exploring almost every room.

Enemies got me scared a lot and I got several goosebumps.

Pros:
+ Zero-G movement added a new level of movement to the game
+ Story is good
+ Difficulty Easy is very easy and you can focus on Story
+ HUD is embedded in gameplay, like a hologram your character is seeing

Cons:
- Sometimes mouse controls are a bit laggy
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27 of 36 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Recommend for Casual Gamer
Not recommend for Hardcore Gamer

First 3 hours experince:
*The control feel like Resident Evil, have to be very accurate aim

After 3 hours experince:
*The space is so dead, just like Event Horizon movie

After 6 hours experince:
*Monster is really dangerous, never under estimate them

After 9 hours experince:
*Running back and forth same area, because need to get save station & store purchase

After 11 hours experince:
*I beat the game with very careful play style!

Enjoyment: 8/10

+Work well in keyboard, mouse
+Very quick loading on modern PC
+Super high quality graphic for 2008, but still decent!
+Realistic sound & graphic effect = Scary
+Dead Space atmosphere + Jump scare!
+Headshot is not lethal anymore
+Dead body can be dismember
+Ammo can be sell = earn money more quick
+Useful weapon upgrade
+Allowed to play in a heavy space turret
+Informative map & waypoint guide
+Gameplay Ability: Stasis Module = Make a monster slowmo
+Gameplay Ability: Kinesis Module = Move an object without touching
+Good story, especially ending. But story been dragged too long, i perfer a short version.
+After the end of the story, player is able to restart the game with all upgraded
+No cloud save, that mean able to load other player saved files

-Need to find a save station to save game
-Most of the time stuck in the same spaceship, lack of exploration area.
-Melee attack animation wait 2.5 sec before player can change weapon or run away
-Cannot look above 90 degree, because player is wearing a space helmet
-No cloud save, need to backup save file manually
-Graphic issue during audio log reading (Very rare)

GAME MODE:
= Linear story (12 Chapters)
= No Coop mode
= No Multiplayer
= No Steam Achievement

Replay value?
*Recommend for gamer that looking forward to maximum upgrade on weapon & suit.
*Player able carry upgraded gear in new game, but remain same difficult. Unless download other player saved files.

Worth buying?
*Yes, for normal price; Or wait for sale, there will be 75% off
*No, don't buy if you don't have enough money.
*Is a good collection for horror game fan.

Control tweak? Yes, solved:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=232050455
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
awesome game. sweet graphics and cool storyline 10/10
for people who have problems with the controls just follow this guide


http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=232050455
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