Gamer’s Review: Dead Space (2008)

“Dead Space” was released in 2008 (same year Super Smash Bros Brawl came out) on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It received universal acclaim from critics and gamers alike. Plus, it sold enough copies worldwide. Dead Space spawned two direct-to-video films, a limited comic book series, a spin-off called, “Dead Space Extraction” on the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3, two sequels released in 2011-2013 and a crossover appearance in “PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale” described as “Super Smash Bros” with characters from PlayStation franchises.

A remake of Dead Space is currently in development. It’ll be released in late 2022 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. As I wait for EA’s upcoming retelling of the game, I thought about sharing what’s good or bad about the first installment of the Dead Space series. Unlike “Dead Space 3,” the remake won’t feature microtransactions.

Today’s review doesn’t contain no crucial SPOILERS whatsoever. Is Dead Space labeled as one of the best (if not the best) survival horror games of all time? Let’s find out shall we?

Clean & Messy Aspects

Clean: Voice Actors all did a great job for their respective performances.

Gameplay is presented as a third-person survival horror. You play as space engineer named, Isaac Clarke. Your objective is to reunite with your crew by exploring an isolated spaceship called, “The Ishimura.” Your health is displayed on the back. Your equipped with a suit of armor, limited oxygen supply, a navigation system, a holographic map, stasis slows down an object or enemy and your handy dandy weapons. Use all your skills solving puzzles.

Graphics are gorgeous as they bring many elements to life such as characters models, lighting and environmental locations.

Sound Effects are pretty cool. Especially the guns.

Soundtrack is inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” In one of the levels, a creepy rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is played in the background.

Upon playing for the first time, Scare Factor gave me the heebie jeebies.

Necromorphs are the main enemies. They’re undead zombies taking over slain crew members. They pop out from vents, ceilings and roaming in the shadows. Use your guns to cut their arms/legs/tentacles. Be wary, because they don’t take no for an answer.

To stay alive, you’re gonna need supplies and ammo. Power Nodes allows you to upgrade your suit, weapons and gain access to special areas. It’s best to fully upgrade your suit and weapons. Before you use a workbench, double check for any sign of Necromorphs.

Once the coast is clear, find a nearby vending machine to resupply your health and ammo. If you save enough money, spend wisely for new weapons and increase your armor that’ll help you store more inventory.

Audio Logs are scattered all over the ship. They provide context prior to Isaac’s arrival. The direct-to-video film “Dead Space: Downfall” expands more insight.

The game is told in 12 Chapters.

Issac’s motive other than reuniting with his crew is rescuing his girlfriend, Nicole.

If you die, various kill animations with Isaac are gruesome.

There’s no auto save, look for a save point if you wanna take a break.

The game is good influenced by the “Alien” series, “Event Horizon, “Resident Evil,” “Silent Hill” & John Carpenter’s “The Thing.”

A Plot Twist reveals the fate of a pivotal character. I cannot spill the beans, you’ll have to play and find out.

Once you beat the game, New Game Plus allows you to replay the entire thing retaining all your stuff. Think you’re up for a risky challenge? Be warned, enemies are stronger, supplies and ammo are scarce.

Messy: I couldn’t find any problems with this game. I’m giving the developer an Extra Point for making a flawless game as possible.

The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!

From my perspective, Dead Space is one of the best (if not the best) survival horror video games ever made. Most of the stuff listed on the positive section, indicates why this game is a masterpiece. If you wanna relive the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 era before the remake comes out in late 2022, I strongly recommend it. Don’t forget to replay the second and third games. I hope someday, a fourth installment might come into fruition. I wanna know what happens next.

2 thoughts on “Gamer’s Review: Dead Space (2008)

  1. I love Dead Space. It’s like John Carpenters The Thing meets Ridley Scott’s Alien but with a fling of Event Horizon thrown in there.

    This was my first ps3 game I owned and played it through so many times over again.

    The sequel was equally as awesome


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