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It took me a while to get into Dead Space. I was first introduced to it through a friend, and it looked very dull and seemed as if he was just walking through grey corridors and occasionally things would jump out at him. Very boring.
It wasn't until the game was on sale through steam that I decided to buy it and give it a proper go. Initially I had the same thoughts as when I was first introduced to Dead Space, and it wasn't until I stopped playing after an hour that I found myself thinking about the story and what the FUCK is going on on board that ship!? I had to play more. After seeing more than the standard necromorph, exploring the ship and realising there's an upgrade system, I started to feel like I should've given this game a better chance when it first came out.
The ship looks very boring, but it's fitting for the story as it's a purpose built ship and is not meant to look varied and interesting. It does however, have different sections making it seem like a fuctional space vessel. They also lend themselves very well to being the setting for a survival horror.
The best thing about this game is the atmosphere it creates. This is partially down to the music which serves very well in creating a creepy feeling and compliments the action very well with sudden bursts of intense shrieking stringed instruments as a necromorph jumps out a vent at you, making the shock even more impactful.
Dead Space also does very well in keeping you on your toes. You may see a glimpse of a necromorph or hear something fall, leading you to try to predict the game and guess that something will burst out at you or an even is about to happen, but the game doesn't neccesarily always deliver the satisfaction of something happening, leaving you on the edge of your seat. Sometimes it will deliver false threats though, such as a sudden movement of an object accompanied by a short and sharp burst of music. I've often found myself shooting at a malfuctioning door or something falling over!
The only offputting thing about this game is one part which seemed very out of place where you had to shoot asteroids that are pummeling the ship. It was VERY difficult and I think it ruined the pace of the game. I stopped playing for a few days as I found it too stressful. A few more fails and I may have given up ohn the game completely.
Aside from that I had a great time playing, and I've just purchased Dead Space 2...
Game Traits applied to Dead Space (PC) by neefesto