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Will Dead Space 3 be scary or not? It's not quite clear yet. But if it is, if it manages to make some of you scream, then something might just happen in-game—if you happen to be playing on Kinect, that is. According to a CVG interview with DS3 executive producer Steve Papoutsis, it works like this:
"We actually have some commands that people will need to figure out," he explains, "But there are commands where you might be in a certain situation and you might yell a specific expletive and it might behave in a way that you want it to."
So if you're the type of person that goes all SH*T F*CK F*CK PISS or whatever after something scares or frustrates you, your potty mouth might result in something beneficial instead of just making other people uncomfortable.
That's not the only curious usage the Kinect will see with Dead Space 3. The game features co-op, and you can give voice commands to do basic stuff like sharing ammo. Not all of these actions are so kindhearted, though. You can grief, but "just your friends!" according to Papoutsis.
These are certainly some of the more amusing uses of the Kinect that I've heard about.
Dead Space 3's demo version will be available via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network on Jan. 22, though a news release from Electronic Arts this morning says that a limited number of Xbox Live gamers can get access to the demo a week early.
Early access will be awarded through the site demo.deadspace.com. The news release said codes would be given out "while quantities last," up to Jan. 14, and that the early access code expires Jan. 22. An Origin account, or registering one, is necessary to get an early demo code. Oh, and you must be 13 or older, which is interesting, as this is an M-rated game.
Anyway, the demo will feature Isaac Clarke and new co-op companion Sgt. John Carver battling necromorphs on an ice planet, sounding similar to what EA showed off way back at E3 in June. Co-op play will be a feature of the demo, EA said.
The demo news accompanied this trailer, a recap of the events in the first two games. It still gets you current without giving away too much from them, but for those still playing through, I guess this gets a qualified spoiler alert.
There's some kind of preorder bonus at the end of the trailer. Skip ahead to 3:27 if you're interested in it but don't want to see the series recap.
He looks... well, pretty amazing. Not to mention warm, all tucked up in that nice fluffy jacket. The lighting effects you see come from LEDs in his helmet, backpack and gloves, while he's also kind of poseable, with a joint in his neck.
The action sequences, the background music, the dramatic sliced-up dialogue... it all feels like something I should be watching with sour patch kids in hand while waiting for my movie to start. It's not necessarily a good or bad thing. Just my feeling.
But the video above is not a movie trailer. It's the latest trailer for EA/Visceral Games' next title in the Dead Space series. For those concerned that Dead Space 3 will be too actiony, this trailer won't really convince you otherwise. But the appearance of hallucinations and mentions of mindfucks feels like a nod in the right direction.
Just last month our own Stephen Totilo lamented that we still haven't seen enough of this game. EA is keeping relatively tight-lipped on this one. This trailer isn't much, but it's at least two-minutes' worth of Necromorphs and space suits.
But in designing the world of Dead Space, it was handy to see what things were like before the bad stuff went down, when people were breathing and working and smiling and not crawling out of air vents trying to eat you.
These pieces, by artist Jason Courtney, are sometimes concerned with just that. Which might be why some of them don't look much like the Dead Space you know and love.
If that confuses you, don't worry, there are plenty of images that do look like Dead Space. You can tell because of all the blood and bits and junk.
You can see more of Jason's work at his personal site.
The latest third-person horror/shooter adventures of space miner Isaac Clarke could be wonderful. They could be terrible. It's impossible to tell.
The latest parts of Dead Space 3, revealed in a chopped up demo that I recently played at an EA showcase:
What kind of game does this add up to in your mind? So far, Dead Space is a Rorschach blot. It's another dimly lit, slightly scary game. It's a bolder-than-ever shooter. It's an expansive adventure on a snowy world with off-planet offshoots. It's less linear. It's more mainstream.
The only thing we can be sure of at the moment is that Dead Space 3 is not a cart racer.
The last few Dead Spaces were pretty good. Sometimes too hard. Sometimes too in love with the same handful of enemies. But all were graphically impressive and punctuated with some amazing low-gravity action. Maybe this also describes Dead Space 3. We'll find out when the game releases in February.
Isaac Clarke's return to consoles may have co-op missions waiting for players when Dead Space 3 comes out next year. But EA still wants us to think that the third entry in their sci-fi horror franchise is going to be a frightening experience. Hence, these screens. I don't know if shivers are running down your spines but the prospect of more out-of-ship sequences would a welcome addition.