Dead Space 2 is the follow on from the original Dead Space, a survival horror action game. The game was released in 2011. The plot is set three years after the events of Dead Space 1, and we are playing again as Isaac Clarke. This time we get to hear his voice though!
Like the original, you play in a third-person perspective looking just over the right hand shoulder. Pretty much everything gameplay wise is identical to the original too. The only change I did come across is that all of the weapons and suite upgrades are all unlocked from the start which I thought was a little odd, I just stuck with a trusty pulse rifle rather than gungho with a flamethrower... The hacking system is again done very well here, slightly different to #1 but still just as compelling and simple enough to complete.
The graphics are also slightly better here; this game is made using the Visceral Engine (unlike the first), which some may be familiar with if they have played the Battlefield series of games. This game does look phenomenal though; even now at four years old.
Story wise follows on from the first game, I would say you need to play the original if you want to understand what is happening as I think it would leave you with lots of unanswered questions if you don't. I'm not sure what else they can do with the story; however I will surely find out when I play the third in the series soon. That being said; I finished the game in two sittings which for me that is quite an achievement and means the story had me immersed straight away.
As Dead Space 1 had, Dead Space 2 has amazing audio too; jump scares, screams, music changes, all of it adds up to make this a horror experience you won't forget in a long time. If you don't find jump scares frightening, you probably won't find any other aspect of the game scary though.
We have a couple of difficulty settings; I would not recommend Easy mode unless you are purely playing for the story as you will not die when playing. Once you complete the game you also unlock an even harder mode to playthrough.
All of the levels are well designed and include lots of corridors swarming with activity in for you to explore for extra pickups and ammo. Some of the areas are the same ones as in the first, but this is very minimal and only used for story reasons.
A full playthrough of Dead Space 2 took me about thirteen hours, which is a similar time to the first. I am perfectly happy with the amount of content the game has to offer, it is a linear story mode so I wouldn't expect any more time wise. There is a hint of replay-ability with new game+ modes, but realistically I don't see there being another reason to play it more than once.
No massive technical problems while playing; the only issue I had was the game plays at 30 fps. However this can be changed using nVidia or AMD card options,a link to this how to guide here:http://solidlystated.com/software/dead-space-2-30-fps-limit-bypass/
I would also note that the Steam store for this game says it uses a 3rd party DRM called Tages, however I do not think it is used anymore, I have no software installed, nor do I get any prompts for it in game. I think it is safe to ignore that warning now.
In conclusion, Dead Space 2 is an absolutely stunning sequel in the Dead Space series; I loved this game just as much as the first. I really recommend people give this game ago if they haven't already.
Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Only recommended when on sale
4) Highly recommended 5) This is a must play
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