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Dead Space 3 Dev On Why Dementia Is Just So Darn Scary

Dead Space 3 should scare the sh** out of you. And why? Well, partly because dementia is enough to make any rational person's skin crawl.

The cooperative style will be in full effect in the latest horrific iteration of the popular series, as a deadly duo will make their way through the game's campaign as best they can.

But if you're playing with a human partner, there's a twist: One of you might suddenly be struck with hallucinations, which the other can't see. And executive producer Steve Papoutsis told CVG that this is going to be a critical part of how the team generates fear and tension. It's also about utilizing a fresh feature.

"Yeah, so that was one of the things that when we were kicking around the idea of co-op we really wanted to innovate and make it feel different and unique to Dead Space. Dementia has been an undercurrent throughout the Dead Space games: it's always been there and has always been a big cornerstone of the franchise, so we were able to utilize dementia in a way that allows Carver and Isaac to see different things from time to time.

That creates an interesting dynamic when you're sitting in your house, I'm sitting in my house, and now I'm saying, 'What are you doing man? Help me out here - what are you doing!?!' And you're saying, 'Are you crazy? I'm seeing something totally different, you're not seeing this?'

You start to have a little argument and it's like you're having real-life dementia when the characters in the game are having dementia and it's different, nobody's done that. We're very excited to show that off."

Papoutsis went on to describe a few examples of when a character's sanity begins to abandon him. There are times when our partner will indescribably disappear and we're left facing some demonic scene, while that partner can easily see us...and see us totally freaking out. You can't say this wouldn't give you the chills...

Related Game(s): Dead Space 3

Tags: dead space 3, ds3, dead space sequel, dead space 3 coop

12/27/2012 9:34:45 PM Ben Dutka

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Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 11:05:07 PM

I am definitely waiting for this game. Looks awesome and I know that it wont disappoint with the co-op at all. Visceral games is awesome when it comes to making horror games.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 11:22:35 PM

Sounds like a great idea but it should have been done in a co-op themed Dead Space spinoff so the SP didn't get mucked up.

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Friday, December 28, 2012 @ 1:08:15 AM

Except that the single player won't be getting mucked up world. Single player and co-op are one in the same. If you don't want to play co-op it will not mess with the single player and you won't have a partner to babysit like re5.

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Friday, December 28, 2012 @ 2:25:42 AM

Carver is still in the story tagging along as far as I know.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, December 28, 2012 @ 3:25:16 AM

I agree with World on this one. But for different reasons. The devs have said that Carver won't always be with Isaac if you're going solo, so I wouldn't say that it's mucking it up in that sense.

However, if you want to play it completely on your own, you aren't going to see these moments where Carver goes nuts. There isn't going to be that dynamic between two different players and so there will absolutely seem to be something missing.

No matter how they try to spin it, this is sounding more and more like a co-op oriented affair and while I'd say that's a better option than the multiplayer that was tacked on to DS2, it means that the single players are left shortchanged again.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, December 28, 2012 @ 3:29:32 AM

That's actually a really sweet idea. It definitely introduces something new and shows off the creativity that Visceral has (and I felt was downplayed in Dead Space 2). It's just a shame that it looks as though it'll only be in the co-op. I'd love to see Isaac suffering the same thing in the SP, with you having to guess which enemies are real and which are hallucinations. Or better yet, the character seeing monsters and only when they are killed does he realise they were actually innocent civilians. It might touch a societal nerve, but it would make for one hell of a chilling experience and, if done properly, would make you think twice about killing anything in the game unless it was definitely attacking you and even then...

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Friday, December 28, 2012 @ 6:18:44 AM

wouldent call it a cornerstone of the franchise, in fact its one of the things that always disappointed me.
your constantly seeing flashbacks and having hallucination, but it never really leads to something.
whole point of giving a character dementia is to confuse the players into whats real and whats not, like what alan wake did.
in this its just there for the sake of cut scenes, its really not utilized.
they need to do WAY more with it!

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Friday, December 28, 2012 @ 7:06:50 AM

Sooooo cant wait. I'm replaying Dead Space 1 & 2 to get ready for this. I till u one thing the first dead space is showing its age now at least to me its on of my oldest games in my collection

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