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Dead Space 2: Horror Will Never Be The Same Again

When the original Dead Space launched, it redefined the sub-genre we know as "survival/horror." Some say it fit better into the standard action or third-person shooter category but in truth, it was an evolutionary take on an aging category of gaming.

You will see our review of the sequel within the next couple of days but in the meantime, we can tell you that once again, we're forced to think about horror in games in a whole new way. The core gameplay mechanic remains the same, but developer Visceral has taken the next step, and we just dare you to play Dead Space 2 at about 2 a.m. with all the lights turned off. In the past, Resident Evil and Silent Hill have given us memorable and terrifying experiences, but Dead Space switches up the pacing and simply won't let you rest. In the older survival/horror games, there were always instances of anxiety and fear but when you start to play DS2, you'll start to notice that you're never relaxed.

Even when you're coming down from the latest high, the next is likely right around the corner. Pacing is important in any entertainment product that wishes to instill fear in the participant, and it's also essential to understand basic human nature. In-your-face gore soon becomes little more than tiresome and disgusting; it's why Silent Hill always succeeded at creeping up our spines. It didn't rely entirely on gore; it was more about a scraping and a shuffling off in the fog and darkness...we didn't know what it was, and that was the worst part. And while it's true DS2 has a lot more gore, Visceral still keeps such elements alive. And this is why games designed to scare people will never be the same again.

"I think it'll make a person become insane." "This game is an atrocity." Those are two quotes from the horrified mothers who were shown snippets of Dead Space 2 and while it's easy for the desensitized gamers to scoff, we can almost guarantee that DS2 will show you a little something you've never seen before...

Related Game(s): Dead Space 2

Tags: dead space 2, ds2, ea, survival horror

1/24/2011 9:14:05 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (69 posts)

PasteNuggs
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 9:28:10 PM
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I'm holding off on this until I get moved into my house and have my ceiling and wall speakers installed. I can't wait though.

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GuernicaReborn
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 11:02:47 AM

Those speakers are a must for games like this... Your patience will pay off bud!

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slugga_status
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 1:19:04 PM

Sounds like a good idea man.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 9:45:53 PM
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Less than 3 hrs for me, w00h00!

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BikerSaint
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 9:59:55 PM
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Gotta play this in the dark with a 5.1 or 7.1 Surround sound system.

I just gotta make sure to buy all my neighbor's large super-industrial-absorbant sized box of "Depends" before they start hearing the screaming coming out of their walls at 3 AM.

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GuernicaReborn
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 11:04:52 AM

Exactly biker. The sound is almost as important as graphics and gameplay to really get sucked into the world of Dead Space. It's some of the best audio of the generation in terms of atmosphere.

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Nlayer
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 2:33:22 PM

I really hope this game will be true 7.1 surround sound. I just upgraded to a 7.1 system with a 120'' projector screen. I'm going to lose a lot of sleep!

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Snaaaake
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 10:05:34 PM
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Because of how gaming are today, the only thing that can be "Horror" is the game atmosphere.
Demon's Souls has some creepy environment, I'm a scaredy cat so some places creeps me out.

That is where RE5 failed, you can't have survival horror in a sunny day.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 10:07:03 PM

I bet a talented developer could find a way, but Capcom, hmmm...

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 12:26:34 AM

Capcom NOT talented? There's a ton of games that prove otherwise...

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 12:47:07 AM

You're right Porky, and all those games are from a decade ago.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 1:16:44 AM

i missed your posts LV, and that was a spot on zinger!

After loving RE4 when it first came out, then hearing about RE5 being in sunlight, i had a bit of faith in capcom back then. But the more i played and seen from them this gen, the more my faith dwindled. By the time RE5 was released, my expectations were very low for it, unfortunately the game turned out worse than i thought it would

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 1:19:25 AM

Boomshakalaka :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 10:05:44 PM
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Love playing a good horror game late at night. I think if you just sit back and watch clips you can probably try to call it a TPS but it really is all about the freaky factor.

Hang on, I think I heard something shuffling this way...

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 12:47:41 AM

Just me with the popcorn and washcloth.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 10:00:33 AM

I don't even want to know what the washcloth is for.

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Zorigo
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 3:14:16 PM

to me clean me up... sorry guys.

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jaynet333
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 10:23:36 PM
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I'm really glad Dead Space is a successful franchise. I love the survival horror genre, but it seems like twich gaming is too easy a road to go down for developers due to its popularity, i.e. RE5. Visceral did find a good balance with Dead Space to keep the action going but still immerse us in a creepy atmosphere. I'm also looking forward to the next Silent Hill game. I hope that franchise gets back on track.

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MadKatBebop
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 10:39:09 PM
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I never cared to much for the survival horror genre, but I love Dead Space!. And I can't wait for Dead Space 2!.

I'm gonna play it at night with the lights off, wish me luck!.

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CHAOS THEORY X
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 10:46:31 PM
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I enjoyed the demo a lot. My roommate won't split the cost of the game because he said the first one sucked... he is really closed minded though and won't spend time on the demo. I'll just have to wait then!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 10:01:48 AM

Tell him he can't play it after you buy it.

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AcHiLLiA
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 11:18:49 PM
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Dead space is one of those games to play in total darkness to really experience the thrill. I also plug in my headphones cause I don't want to wake up the neighbors, hahaha.
DS2 come and get me if you dare.

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Shams
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 11:27:21 PM

Deadspace was my first actual horror-survival. And Deadspace 2 is the real reason why I got a decent gaming head set (i played the first one with ear-buds).

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AcHiLLiA
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 11:41:05 PM

Enjoy the Ride.

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bigrailer19
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 11:35:48 PM
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Can't wait! gotta wait a few days maybe next week before I get it, gotta pay for school and my roommate and I are picking up two worlds two. But I will be getting this game!

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FxTales
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 11:47:02 PM
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Will stick to watching a survival horror game rather than playing one. Saves me from messing my pants you see.

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Jed
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 11:56:01 PM
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I really want to get this game right now, but i must save some money to get my HDTV replaced. I feel like I've been missing out on the beauty of my games since the HD Toshiba crapped out. Anyway, I can't wait to play DS2!

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 12:48:14 AM

That sucks dude, just do the 2year no interest thing at Sears or BestBuy. It's a lifesaver.

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ABUrabad
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 12:55:45 AM

I know your pain , since I had once to try using standard TV to play my PS3 for a while till i get my HDTV replaced . that was a pretty awful experience .

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MadPowerBomber
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 4:27:26 AM

I know how you feel, man. But... at least your HDTV died. I killed mine with a freak accident with a controller. :(

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Akuma07
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 5:31:44 AM

HAHAHAHA

'freak' accident....

Something like those Wii-TV videos on youtube... but more hardcore? XD

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GuernicaReborn
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 11:02:04 AM

Thats why the move controllers have the rubber ball on top... padding for the HDTV's they'll be thrown at.

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MadPowerBomber
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 1:38:37 AM

Yeah, something like that. In a fit of nerdrage, I threw the controller on the ground -- something I hadn't done since NES days, so I don't know what was going on in my brain meats -- and the bastard thing just HAD to bounce and smack the TV's screen. Killed it instantly.

Poor TV.

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ABUrabad
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 12:50:39 AM
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Im sure EA will do a great job at this sequel , the first game was so great ,I bought it even at day 1 , but since Sony has a very busy schedule this year I dont think I will buy this game any soon , but still it would be experience no one should ever miss , hopefully I will be able to buy it later .

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 1:21:08 AM

I generally don't Day1 purchase console games but the Survival genre is bare as hell and the original Dead Space deserved more sales than it received so DS2 is a Day1 for me.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 1:42:18 AM
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The only thing that makes me a tad leery is the fast pace and seeming focus on showing us what should be thought. Imagination is the most powerful tool that humanity has, but it is so rare that it is forced to be used. Can't wait to do a double Dead Space run through. DS, then DS2 in a two week period. The room will stink of fear.
Peace.

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___________
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 1:55:06 AM
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why do people keep calling DS survival horror?
IT IS NOT SURVIVAL HORROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
when you can kill your enemy in one freaking shot, and have heaps of ammo, and kit that is not freaking survival horror!
survival horror is the original RE games where you had one bullet, one gun, no medikits, no tools, and had to kill a boss who took 1000 bullets to kill!
THAT is survival horror, not the action crap DS serves up!

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 2:00:54 AM

Hmm....lets see it has a horror setting, full of dark areas, scary monsters, and an ominous feeling of dread.

...and you're thrust into the setting and forced to SURVIVE using anything at your disposal.


ya...DeadSpace isn't survival horror.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 2:16:54 AM

The minimalism found in the original survival horror games won't really work today, as people want more options, more sights, etc, etc. It's an evolution, not an extinction.

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MadPowerBomber
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 4:26:09 AM

Well, since "survival horror" is pretty much a made up genre of video games -- one invented by Capcom for its Resident Evil and DinoCrisis series of games -- I'm going to agree with you.

Dead Space isn't survival horror at all.

It's just horror. And that's more than enough for me.

I can get into specifics, but it'd be a really long post if I did so. I kinda consider myself to be an authority on horror, but that's just my over inflated ego talking. I am always up to throw around my knowledge of horror, though. :D

However, I would like to know what game YOU were playing. I don't recall being able to kill things with one shot and having plenty of ammo throughout Dead Space UNLESS you had the DLC weapons and were playing on the feather weak difficulty setting. Even with the Heavy Damage weapns, the DLC suits, and the cheats in place, the guns weren't fully upgraded enough on the medium difficulty setting until about halfway through to kill anything in one shot. Well, unless you were using that charge weapon.

You're very inconsistent in your rants and raves about Dead Space, I've noticed. One week you're praising it and hoping they keep all the horror from the first one in it, then you turn around and say that DS2, from the demo, was changed so drastically to include differences in gameplay and a more "action orientated" gameplay style, then to it not being horror at all and not even being that scary, to ... this one.

It's kinda weird, dude.

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Akuma07
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 5:24:37 AM

I have played every RE in existance.

I have played DS

DS shares alot with the original RE games. Try playing it on a harder difficulty, I guarantee you will start to feel that survival thing.

But, with ANY survival/horror game, the difficulty setting depends on how easy that survival is. On the easiest setting, enemies will take one shot to kill, and theres plenty of ammo, on hard though, you get maybe 6 bullets for a whole section, and simply too many enemies to kill.

I think thats why they made you play DS on the hardest setting if you wanted the platinum, to truely experience the game.

RE was like shoot the zombie until its head explodes. DS is about strategic dismemberment, yeah sure, you can blast away at the zombie, but it wont die until your clip is empty, OR you can take off an arm and a leg and be done with it.

If you actually DID play DS, maybe you played it on an easy setting?

@MadPowerBomber
He's from western sydney, you can't trust his opinion! hahahaha I kid i kid

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Shams
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 7:36:04 AM

If it's the "survival" element that one is worried about, I do remember that due to the limits and kinds of ammo available, one had to pick your shots (and fights) carefully and correctly. Seeing as how a lot of the same weapons are making a return, I think we should be all set.

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crunchy_nut_kid
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 8:17:17 AM

if it's not a survival horror, what the f*** is it then?!?! because people dont sh*t them selves in fear while playing grand turismo 5!! if dead space isn't horror, then next time you play it, try last 5 minutes without being scared.

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___________
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 8:27:35 AM

dead space is not survival horror, the enemies are far too weak and you have far too many weapons.
where are the chainsaw guys or the anvil guys from RE?
RE was a proper survival horror game because you were a small fish in a big pond, you were a ant versus jesus freaking christ!
in DS its kinda the other way around, your the supped up junkie not your enemies.
im not saying DS is not hard, it certainly can be but it does not have the 100000 shot boss battles that RE has.
hell, even RE5 the first chainsaw guy you fight takes forever to take down!
dead space has NOTHING like that!
i would not even call DS horror, maybe its because im use to horror games but it did not scare me at all.
F.E.A.R had me cowering like a little girl, but dead space was faaaaaaaar too predictable to be scary!

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SvenMD
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 8:29:01 AM

I'm guessing you didn't play Dead Space on Impossible difficulty....because if you killed any necromorph in 1 shot on impossible you're just a plain liar.

And if you found "heeps of ammo" laying around on Impossible, then I want your copy of the game....cause it wasn't freakin' that easy.

You've taken beef with DS2 ever since the devs came out and said there would be more action, so why don't you play the game and then decide.....

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 9:51:28 AM

Wow.

Never knew survival/horror was defined by how many guns are available and how strong the enemies are.

That's...interesting.

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GuernicaReborn
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 11:00:53 AM

None of the bosses took 1000 bullets to kill in the RE games, unless you're referring to Nemesis, but he was virtually immortal. And hell, even dead space had the unkillable monster following you around.

I think the problem here is that you're remembering RE to be harder than it actually was. I might have had ammo problems a couple times in each game, but I almost never ran out. The biggest problem in RE 1-3 was the inventory thing. Especially RE1. I always used Jill because she had eight inventory spaces.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 3:09:56 PM

Herbs in RE = medkits. I don't even think you ever played any games mr. blank.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 5:16:07 PM

_____________,

<<you were a ant versus Jesus freaking Christ!>>

I can see it all now, you keep on using the Lord's name in vain & you'll experience some real survivor horror when that lightening bolt from Heaven strikes you right in your gonads.
And then St. Peter refuses you a entrance through his Pearly Gates.

Then ho ya gonna call? Certainly not GhostBusteres...Maybe "Satan"????
I hear he just loves ripping the flesh off of "Crispy Critters(they probably taste like chicken).

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MadPowerBomber
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 1:57:10 AM

AHEM. Lemme climb atop my podium for a second, mingle around my papers, and put my professor hat on.

HORROR isn't scary. You're thinking of Scary movies, and while Scary movies are all horror, all horror isn't scary. It's disturbing, it's discomforting, it's unpleasant. Horror is more of an emotion than it ever was a genre of literature, cinema, or even video games. Or, for the sake of accuracy, it's a complex combination of emotions, of which fear is but one of them.

Dead Space is all of those things.

I've found that when people don't think something is "scary" it's because they didn't allow themselves the feel the vulnerability that is necessary for any and all works of horror to be effective. If you're watching a horror flick or playing a horror game in broad daylight, or with all the lights on, or in a crowded theater sometimes, you're removing yourself from the emotional aspects of the horror that works it's nasty little fingers into your brainmeat.

As for the comparisons to Resident Evil, are you serious? There's the monster that doesn't die always chasing you, always in the same room as you, etc., etc. There are the Brute monsters that you can't effectively damage from the front. There are the snot/sh*t frog things that come at you in massive groups that can whittle you down to nothing in no time. There's the darkened versions of every monster that just punish the crap out of you, so on and so forth. Not to mention that you can't effectively do anything to the monsters by just shooting them as you would in a normal game. On the harder difficulties, even dismembering them takes two or three shots for one limb. This one shot one death thing only happens on feather soft difficulty and on normal if you're using maxed out weapons or the DL weapons EA likes to put out there. I think your memory of Resident Evil is stronger than the actuality of Resident Evil. I tried playing the second one recently on my PSP, and it's little to do with the difficulty or durable enemies and everything to do with lack of proper aiming and the stop and shoot control mechanics (which ARE not bad in my opinion, 'cause it makes you feel helpless adding more horror to the titles).

And to completely render your argument and complaints moot: there's a hardcore mode on Dead Space 2 that's unlockable after you beat the game that takes away a metric sh*tton of ammo and health items, only allows you to save THREE times in the game, and every time you die you go back to your last save point.

Which is pretty close to my idealized version of "survival" horror.

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spiderboi
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 3:31:45 AM
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May get thumbed down for this, but I probably won't get this game for the main reason of its greatness. I play at late nights, and usually think of the last things i did durign the day before i doze off. If i play dead space, i won't be able to sleep (o.o)

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sirbob6
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 2:58:14 PM

I had that problem when I used to read Stephen King just before I slept.
Worst... Idea... Ever...

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MadPowerBomber
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 4:35:22 AM
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These kinds of posts make me giggle. Softly. Like a maniacal doll with a sharp stick, ready to stick it in your soft parts while you sleep.

they really go the distance of reminding me that not everyone has read what I've read or seen what I've seen, and since I'm a gorehound, horror nut, horror writer, and lover of all things Splatterpunk; challenging me to do something like playing this game in the middle of the night in the dark, is like challenging an alcoholic to another drink.

I just can't wait. Bring the darkness, bring the gore, bring the scares, and bring the horror.

I'm'a have a corrupt and deviant little smile on my face the entire time.

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Akuma07
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 5:26:26 AM
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It doesn't matter how gorey, how violent, how corrupted a game is.

It is JUST A GAME.

I will ALWAYS see them as such.

I LOVED the airport level in MW2, I LOVE running around in normal games like Half-Life and 'accidently' shooting my companions in the head.

Why?......ITS VERY SIMPLE....

Because I can.

EDIT: I have this view, because I have 2 parents who made sure that I knew the different between reality, and entertainment. And because I simply know the difference between right and wrong. Maybe some parents out there should take a hint, stop blaiming other people for their bad parenting, and teach their child some ethics.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 5:50:26 AM

That's what I've been saying!!!
Come on, how can letting a kid playing violent video game will turn him into a psychopath?
If he does goes on a rampage, that means he's always been a psychopath, just needed something to unleash the beast within.

I have a cousin who was 8 when I taught him how to play GTA:VC, 7 years later he's not a mindless killer, he's an athlete in his school.

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SvenMD
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 8:30:45 AM

Great statement.

People need to realize that games are entertainment....and I don't care if I'm the one controlling the character or I'm watching it in a movie....IT'S NOT REAL....it's just FUN!

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Nickjcal
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 7:12:49 AM
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Getting it today right after school! Can't wait. I may start with multiplayer and start the campaign this weekend when I can play while its very dark

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sunspider13
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 7:45:31 AM
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Happy Birthday to me :) This was a good way to kick off my bday getting DS2 at midnight. I played to the beginning of chapter 2 and I had to put it down to get some sleep for work.

From what i played so far the controls seem tighter and the game looks good. And the sounds yikes! Can't wait to get back in it.

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TheUglyBassist
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 7:57:46 AM

Well, Happy Birthday, man. It's my birthday, too. 8) Happy Dead Space 2 for all!

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Lotusflow3r
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 8:09:47 AM
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The game is just grotesque, not scary.

Yes, it creates atmosphere at times, has suspense and build ups etc, but the game is too open to be scary, it's not intimate enough...something creators never realise. I don't mean, big environments btw, i mean intimacy with everything, it doesn't carry it just like every other "scary" game this gen.

Also, Siren still remains the scariest game this gen despite that even having flaws. That game never let you rest. It carried with it some of the correct tools to truly create dread...but it also came with today's common mistakes.

Truth is, no game is truly terrifying this gen because none realise what it is that truly scares us, no, not gore, not cheap jumps, grotesque monsters and fake suspense. It's tapping into the psychological side of things to mix up emotions and create illusions, all the while keeping the pacing to a mere trot and remaining intimate to everything seen. No orchestra soundtracks, no synthesisers or what not, just ambiance with ambient music, making sure it marrys everything from camera angles, environments or character movements (which all should be slow and sluggish, no screaming and running) Only one game ever achieved the title "truly terrifying" and we know which game and it's THREE follow ups it is.

Horror games today are just like hollywood horror films, eye candy, no substance. However, the games can be fun to play as is with Dead Space 2. But, i do sure get upset at missed opportunities.

David Cage might be one to watch. HR slowed down further to include all what i said in a psychological horror theme would absolutely win.

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crunchy_nut_kid
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 8:18:38 AM

true dat.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 10:04:50 AM

People who say Dead Space is just about cheap jumps and startles usually have little experience with the game or aren't remembering the nuance present. Everything you described there that a survival horror game should have is present and effective in Dead Space. I don't have the second one, but I assume it's there as well.

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SvenMD
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 2:39:53 PM

I gotta agree with World here - Dead Space had all those things. And I was very intimate with my game...

I've never played Siren, so I don't fully know what you're comparing DS too, but I think it has alot more substance than just being grotesque.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 3:12:31 PM

I played some of Siren, it is a heavier experience overall, but that doesn't dilute DS at all. I think some folks just can't get past the Sci Fi of it to see that this is more akin to the movie "Alien" than anything else. If you recall that was essentially a horror movie in space with the sequels being action-sci fi.

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Lairfan
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 9:14:33 PM

Dude, Dead Space is anything but eye candy. Stop throwing that term around like it describes every game you don't like.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 12:52:27 AM

hmmm.... Alien...

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 9:38:20 AM

It's very hard to explain what i mean using text. You could read my words, interpret that your own way and associate it with DS. Having played all through DS and a lot of DS2, i can tell you it features little of what i mean.

Also, perhaps i should of put more of my positive thoughts on DS out there as it does seem like im hating on it completely. It's a good game and a much better horror game than almost all else this gen.....actually that about sums it up.

I really wish i could show you guys what i mean though.

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Alienange
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 3:11:04 PM
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Looking forward to your review. If there's something new that I haven't seen before in DS2 then I'm all for it. First one was crazy good. Only a fool would miss the second one.

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