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Release Date: Jan 25, 2011

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“A monster of a sequel.”
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About This Game

In Dead Space™ 2, you join Isaac Clarke, the Systems Engineer from Dead Space, as he wakes up three years after the horrific events on the USG Ishimura. The Ishimura was a Planetcracker-class starship besieged by grotesque reanimations of its dead crew, known as “Necromorphs.”

After unearthing a strange artifact known as the Marker, Isaac finds himself on the Sprawl, a giant space station in orbit around Saturn. Unable to remember how he got here and plagued with demented visions of his dead girlfriend Nicole, he must survive another nightmarish outbreak of Necromorphs as he fights his way towards an answer he hopes will end all the chaos.

Key Features:

  • Tear through space with full 360 degree movement.
  • Wield a set of devastating tools to bring the terror to space. Impale Necromorphs into the walls with the Javelin, use improved telekinesis to turn limbs into deadly weapons, plant powerful dismembering trip mines, or create a hull-breach to suck a group of monsters out into space.
  • Fire up Isaac’s suit boosters to rocket around in zero gravity like never before. Explore the depths of the Sprawl and encounter new weightless combat and physics-based puzzles with full 360⁰ movement.

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System Requirements

    • Processor: 2.8 GHz processor or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM (XP), 2 GB RAM (Vista or Windows 7)
    • Hard Disk Space: At least 10GB of hard drive space for installation, plus additional space for saved games
    • Video Card: 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), 256MB Video Card and Shader Model 3.0 required
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
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( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
nice game
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Psychedelic Bean
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Total Chapters in Game: 15

Had a very fantastic time playing this game. In my opinion I found this game a lot better than the first but it's mostly due to Isaac finally being able to talk instead of just grunting and groaning. The gameplay has also been improved by the punches actually doing damage, stomping is far more effective and he aims better. We can also now float around and zoom through zero gravity areas. Now, is this game scarier than Dead Space 1? meh not really. for the most part it was just mostly jumpscares. However, there was one part where you visit the setting of the first game (hope you caught on) and that part was the only actually scary part because it was very atmospheric and I had no idea what to expect along with pitch black corridors. For weapons I strongly recommend you get a HIgh Contact Beam as you will need it to easily deafeat some enemies. Starting from Chapter 13 is when I recommend for you to not pay attention to the enemies and use Stasis on them and just run to the next door/objective as too many will appear and you will waste your ammo. Overall 10/10 game :)
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Jarl MizmoMan
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Multiplayer 2/10
SinglePlayer 11/10
Great game.
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Lime Icing
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
If you liked the first game, I guarantee that you're going to love the ♥♥♥♥ out of this one! It's everything the first game was, only richer in every aspect. I love to hate the new enemy types. The story line is great and feels like a natural continuation of the first game. In an attempt to avoid spoilers: It tips its hat to the first game in ways that made me smile (nervously). I liked the first game. I love this game.

TL;DR: If you liked the first game, buy this. Now.
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Alex Reynard
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Bulls#$%. Fake. Difficulty.

I hate it in games. It makes things harder, not by being challenging or clever, but by pulling every cheap, irritating trick possible. Dead space 2 is loaded with the stuff, and it angers me more because I enjoyed the first game so much. Once in a great while, Dead Space 1 would pull something like a monster attacking me just as I left a save point. I'd be startled and think, 'Oh, you goofy guys! Ya got me!'

But when something like that happens SO OFTEN in Dead Space 2, I began to EXPECT to be attacked pretty much any time I was asked to concentrate on moving an item, hacking a lock, or repairing a macguffin. It's not scary. It's not even startling anymore. There's just the cringe of anticipation, the monster pops up, you kill it, then get back to the stupid puzzle you gotta solve so you can move onto the next room with another stupid puzzle and another jack-in-the-box monster.

Worst of all? The enemies are magic and scouting is useless. Meaning, you can visually verify that a room is empty, and enemies will still spawn in. You can back yourself in a corner, and enemies will somehow spawn behind you. You can come from a room that was completely sealed, and enemies will STILL spawn behind you. To the best of my memory, the first game did not do this. Enemies would jump out at you from hiding spots, but once you killed them off, they didn't keep on reappearing just because the room wasn't finished being difficult.

Perfect example: I fought my way through two red rooms that had no less than six enemies spawn in as soon as I turned a corner. Then, at the end of this, there was a LARGE, OPEN, COMPLETELY EMPTY room with a hacking minigame in it. I knew exactly what would happen. Soon as I started the minigame, I was bashed out of it by a gigantic monster that had somehow entered the completely empty room behind me without making a sound.


Maybe if I'd just played DS2 by itself I wouldn't be as disgusted with it. But I just finished DS1 a few days ago and wrote a glowing review. Specifically, I mentioned DS1's immersion. The ship felt like a real ship that existed in physically-possible dimensions. DS2 is simply a long line from start to end. I thought the linearity would just be for the opening chapters until the familiar gameplay kicked in. Nope! Whereas in the first game, each chapter felt like you were accomplishing something, in DS2, all you're doing is scampering around trying to find someone who'll tell you what the hell is going on. It felt for half the game like I was just waiting to get to the part that mattered. And the blatantly-impossible monster spawns further broke any illusion that I was playing in a real world that existed. I wasn't seeing a space station orbiting Saturn: I was seeing a bunch of game devs setting up the next prank-like 'screw you' for the player. I stopped caring about anything that happened and finished the game only to be able to say I didn't quit.

Though to be fair, let me list some positives: Graphics are better. The suits look great. The mall and daycare were visually-interesting designs. I loved the part with the drill machine. All of the zero-G sections were great and much-improved from the first game. And, to my pleasant surprise, there is a character who I grew to truly hate over time, and the game eventually let me murder the living daylights out of them. A small moment of catharsis. Nice.

Overall though, Dead Space 2 is like any number of bad movie sequels. It tries to be better by throwing more action and danger at the story, but utterly fails to spend time appreciating the subtle things that made the first one work.

If one of the best parts of your game is when you basically just replay the original for a few levels, you've screwed up.
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( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Dead Space 2 is a gigantic, flying leap over Dead Space 1 in many ways.
  • Dozens of gameplay refinements from Dead Space 1: Issac moves much easier and aims much faster, with animations getting almost complete overhaul ( for example, Issac's badass backhand is now replaced with a much faster punch, and his stomp comes out way faster and is much easier to spam). You can now pick up Necromorph blades or rods and shoot them into enemies, allowing you to deal with individual foes much easier and save ammo. New enemy types keep combat fresh, like introducing the long-range debuffing Puker or the agile Stalker to keep the player on their toes. New weapons make for a much more interesting combat experience, with interesting ideas like the Javelin Gun or the Detonator alongside classics like the Plasma Cutter, Line Gun and Pulse Rifle.
  • Beautiful graphics and sound: The game, while showing it's currently five year old age in a hell of a lot of places (like ♥♥♥♥♥♥ DRM, and long distance objects looking like crap) has some absolutely beautiful locations- standouts include the Government Sector, the Unitologist Church/Residence and more. Lighting effects are at their prime here, with detailed, colourful mood lighting that adds to the setpieces: having the only light be Issac's helmet glow is an effect that REALLY should have been used more often as it simply looks beautiful.
  • Good Story: Having Issac be voiced is a contentious decision, but I think it works. It helps that his voice acting is pretty good, and the story is much more engaging with him being voiced. Issac being mute in the last game was something I disliked, so it's nice to see him express himself here. The story is much more personal and cinematic this time around, and it has a good resolution at the end.
  • Replayability: Don't let my 7-ish hours ingame fool you- i've beaten DSII at least 4 times- 3 on PS3 and once on PC and it's still a blast! The myriad of weapons, unique combat encounters and wide tools almost demand multiple playthroughs, and the new game plus of this game is on the same tier of Resident Evil 4- just as fun as the first time through, though way easier. My total time with this game has been at least 23 hours total across all the playthroughs, and i've only spent about $20 on this game across buying it twice. It's got a lot of content.
Too much action: The unfortunate side of things is that DSII is rarely scary. While DSI wasn't too scary either, it at least tried. DSII is full on action from start to finish, like Alien to Aliens. However, the truly spooky parts, like the first encounter with the stalkers in the church or the appearance of an old pal from DSI towards the end of the game are very memorable. It's a shame that the relentless action kinda ruins the atmosphere, because the creepy atmosphere in many locations can make your skin crawl.
  • Horrible Install: Despite running very well, the setup process for this game can be a real pain in the ♥♥♥. Seriously, it took me at least half an hour to get it working, and that's with no issues on my end.

Overall: An excellent action horror experience- by cutting off the fluff and refining the core of Dead Space combat, a truly great game was made. A classic everyone should try.
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( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
"RUN" - Hold Shift... I do that, running and running and get killed all the time on normal Level...
Can't play even 1 Minute....
Is that the point of this game or i am missing the humor programmer had during scripting the start mission???

And then it is having Checkpoints... What a stupid thing...
I'll avoid any game that is having Checkpoints in the future... That is so stupid ****!!!
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Stephen Donalds Pompous Anus
( 62.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Amazing 10/10 futuristic garden simulator.

Execpt you water infected corpses, babies, and practically everything that moves.
Oh, and your hose is a gun.

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( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Best Game EVER
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( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
this game makes me rock hard
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Better controls and better graphics than in the original. A step up in regards of action, but a step down in regards of horror. But I understand, if you played the original, you'll probably know what you're getting into with this one and you won't be scared. Isn't that the fate of any monster horror game? The first game gives you the dread of the unknown, but the second game cannot do that so it relies on action. No wonder that Dead Space 3 went all out on the action and left behind the horror. But bottom line is that Dead Space 2 (as well as the original) is a must-have game for your Steam games library!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
This game taught me to at least take 10 seconds everytime to make sure your enemies are DEAD, REALLY DEAD
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Well, I just finished Dead Space 1 and Dead Space 2 in a row on normal. Considering the lack of time I have between work and family, I must say I am surprised.

Played tons of games in the last 30y of gamings ( started with c64) and so I can be picky. I knew Dead Space were good games but I don't usually like horror games but maybe I should revisit this statement as I really enjoyed the ride.

Both games are engaging, both in story and gameplay. It's tense, it's well balanced from beginning to end and if you don't read any spoiler, it feels like a journey.

I do obviously recommend to buy and if you like the FPS where you feel you are engaged like you life depends on it with interesting weapon mechatic, then you'll love this game. The loot & character progression is simple but it works, The maps level are good and the overall fun factor is great. you just have to hide it from your wife and kids if you know what I mean :)

glad I finally decided to give the franchise a try ( summer sale)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
What I liked:
  • Bringing back the Dead Space with more weapons( love the javelin and contact weapon, OMG so good)
  • More suit variety
  • New enemies that offer variety, with returning ones as well
  • No terrible PC port like the first game
  • It's the most similar to the first game, but way better in every single respect( unlike the 3rd game)
What You Need to Know:
  • No issues like the first one, controller works out the gate, and no 30 fps lock
  • I beat the game quicker than most people on their first time would( Already played the game on console)
  • No one plays the multiplayer, so don't get it for that. Plus who really gets this game for the online feature
  • On first launch, it wants to login with your EA account. I did, but don't know what singleplayer things you would miss out on if you don't use it. Think it's for the online feature
  • Does have the hardcore difficulty which is a really nice challenge for the "hardcore" fans, limited save counts :O

Compared to the original:
  • More weapons and new special effects when upgraded enough
  • Zero G is way more awesome now, you can move in 3D space, bringin in new challenges and fun
  • Issac does talk, so with that is more cutscenes, but overall it didn't bother me too much
  • No map, instead the stations are found the same way as the objective
  • Final Boss fight was not as cool as or hard as the first game
  • You can respec your power nodes for whatever reason now
My Score:

Completed in:8 hours( This is alot faster than new players would get)

Games similar:
  • Dead Space 1 only
  • Doom 3
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
As a console peasant I really enjoyed this game. Just replaying it brings back memories. If you're looking for a true horror game this is it. Why? Simply because you aren't left with nothing to defend yourself where you're forced to run. You have to fight your fears and fight your way through hordes of necromorphs. There's no running alternative in this game. No fight or flight option, and that's when we truly panick. Your hands are shaking with each new necromorph that you approach, trying to conserve ammo, trying to keep your will to fight because you know when you have no ammo it's over. This game pits you against monsters you wish you could run from and spam with bullets, but you have to play smart... or you're dead. The true suspense is when it's all died down, but you don't know what vent the next necromorph can come from so you wait for the inevitable.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
dead space is the best space horror game i have ever played.I don't care what anyone says about dead space it's a great game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
I enjoy stumpping those bodies. Splash sounds and cutting limbs stirred me up and then I had an ♥♥♥♥♥♥ ( Seriously ? )

Currently playing my first walkthrough on Zealot difficulty.

Dead Space 2 is really good game, but, you know, nothing is terrifying any more if you can fight back.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Awesome game, had the first one on ps3 and never got around to playing the 2nd and 3rd one. Hopefully can find 3rd on pc as well.
If you have not played the first one, you can still play this one because they explain everything to you anyway. I advise you get the first one though. Good scary games, with lots of action to boot.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
I think that this is a great game because it has a great story, the overall fighting mechanics are great, and the intensity of the game really keeps you wondering what will happen next.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Tak ade la seram sangat sebab dh main yg first punya... Tapi yg second ni x de cliche... Tu yg best tu... Jumpscare anytime la... 9/10 nice game
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