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Scheduled release date:

January 25, 2011

Publisher:

EA

Developer:

Visceral Games

Number Of Players:

1-2

Genre:

Action/Survival/Horror

Dead Space is still one of the generation’s best and ever since that horrifically enlightening experience (I say “enlightening” because we all sort of envisioned survival/horror in one certain way prior to this game), we’ve been anxiously awaiting a sequel. Well, that sequel is less than a month away and if you’re on the fence about a purchase, you can download the demo on the PSN. It’s not long but it offers you a taste of the edge-of-your-seat experience that should be just as satisfying as the original. In playing this sample, one thing becomes abundantly clear: while Visceral wasn’t stupid enough to mess with a winning formula, they did take a few progressive steps that make the gameplay even more riveting. The visuals also seem to be tighter and more impressive, although I admit I haven’t played the first title in over two years so my memory might be off.

At any rate, Dead Space 2 boasts the return of Isaac, the highly capable engineer who barely survived his first harrowing adventure on the Ishimura. This is a direct follow-up to the first story, in that Isaac has the benefit of a sleeker, more efficient suit, but he also suffers from some sort of mind problem caused by his extensive dealings with the rampaging Necromorphs. We get a glimpse of that issue at the start of this demo, and we also get a chance to check out various elements of the enticing gameplay design. It’s not just a freaky third-person shooter; Isaac has his extremely useful Stasis skill that is essential for certain puzzles and obstacles. It also helps greatly to keep your targets semi-stationary for a time. To top it all off, you can expect the return of zero-grav environments that were fantastic for altering the feel and flow of the original. In short, the DS2 demo is a microcosm of the awesomeness that will be the final product.

Several familiar weapons are at your disposal, including the handy-dandy Plasma Cutter and that invaluable Line Gun. Another crowd favorite – if used appropriately – is a weapon that pins nasty foes to the wall with a few well-placed spikes/spears. One of my favorite parts of Dead Space was the weapon selection and I can tell it’s going to be even better in the sequel. I also love the strategic aspect: the juggling of available ammo, health, and Stasis; one must assess one’s resources before engaging the enemy, and that sort of micromanagement is great. Plus, that highly reliable and responsive control has returned. It’s both accessible and beautifully mapped to the controller: the L1 and R1 buttons aim and fire respectively, you can sprint with the L2 button, cycle through your weapons (four can be equipped at once) with the directional buttons, use your Stasis ability with the Triangle button, and use R2 to stomp the snot out of corpses to yield goodies.

It just solidifies the theory in my mind: Dead Space 2 will be a must-play. They won’t be skimping on the atmospheric intensity, either, and that’s the primary reason to go through this white-knuckle quest. Visceral proved themselves with the first and they’ll further establish themselves as a top-tier developer with the second. Some of the horror purists may not like this supposed emphasis on third-person shooting but as far as I’m concerned, this sort of blending is exactly what the sub-genre of survival/horror needed. So take what you see – and feel – in the demo and multiply that by 10…I’m willing to bet that’s what the end product will be like. January 25 is the day and along with LittleBigPlanet 2 (which launches one week earlier), Dead Space 2 will be one of 2011’s first stellar titles.

12/30/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (43 posts)

Mr Bubbles IGR
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 9:38:31 PM
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already preordered the collectors edition...since its only an extra $20....

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 11:58:06 PM

time to shoot your dog with that plasma cutter

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 10:09:33 PM
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Sadly I haven't finished the first one yet. I love it but I got really sidetracked by new releases and I think I'll restart my campaign when I get back to it so I don't need to get DS2 right away. But it will make it into my hands. Visceral is at the top of their game and all I want now is Dante's Inferno II: Purgatory. Give it Visceral!

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Alienange
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 10:51:57 PM

What?!!

They should tar and feather you for that! Put DS in your PS3 tonight and get 'er done.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 11:42:07 PM

I might actually do that since Enslaved only took about 5 minutes to beat I'm only playing one game now.

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Jawknee
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:37:54 AM

I did notice you got through Enslaved rather quickly. It only seemed like a few days ago that I first saw you playing it.

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Silent_J
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 9:47:17 AM

I had gotten sidetracked too and left it for months but I finally got through it. Definitely worth playing to the end.

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Shams
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 10:41:09 PM
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Loved the first, so the 2nd's a done deal. Deadspace was my first horror-survival title, actually, and the 2nd should will be a thrill with my new gaming headset.

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Alienange
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 10:53:26 PM
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The original Dead Space is easily classified as an unexpected surprise. Playing that was just great. I almost stopped getting in elevators after that game. EA really has something good with this series.

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TheUglyBassist
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 11:42:20 PM
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This comes out on my birthday. Hopefully someone will buy it for me. I played the crap out of the original. Scared the crap out of me, but I was hooked. After playing the demo, I'm sure DS2 will be no different.

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BTNwarrior
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:00:06 AM
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yes dead space totally put RE to shame and made me a die hard fan, and after playing at my friends house (who has a badass sound system) and getting the sh** scared out of me in the demo. I am looking forward to DS2 with a passion

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:14:52 AM

I sold RE5, and I almost never sell games.

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Jawknee
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:37:17 AM

LOL! Even I haven't sold RE5 yet. I may go back to it one day because the only fun aspect of the game was trying to beat it with a friend online in 3 hours or less.

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bigrailer19
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 3:54:11 AM

I re bought RE5 when the gold edition hit so i could try it with move. I wont sell it or get rid of it now its a lot of fun with move. Im Not saying its a good RE game but i did enjoy it regardless.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 3:02:22 PM

I only got 15 bucks for it, *shakes head*

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Jawknee
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:08:13 AM
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Dead Space was a nice surprise. I will be getting the second one though I a little later. To many better games coming out.

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Qubex
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:30:46 AM

Tough one for me. I have played both demos, DS1 and DS2. I know there is a difference between demo releases and final releases, but for some strange reason, the game never took to me. Maybe I am just not much into survival horror...

Granted, technically, they are well made. DS2 looks exceptionally well done and oozes a great amount of atmosphere... sadly, because of the genre, it will probably not make it into the collection.

Those $60 dollars are going toward a game like Last Guardian :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Jawknee
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:34:55 AM

The demo for the first game(played it when it was first released on PSN)made Dead Space a day one purchase for me. I can't say the same about the Dead Space 2 demo. It felt like the same exact game, which isn't a bad thing but it certainly didn't have the same affect on me as the first demo.

I suspect I'll be picking Dead Space 2 up when I'm done playing most of the exclusive day ones I have my eye for 2011. The multiplats will serve as a nice drought gaming period.

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Qubex
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 11:39:53 AM

That is a fair point Jawk... ultimately, if it is fun playing the games you have bought, and appreciate the artistry and work that has gone into them... means you have made the right decision... in the end, that is all that counts... your satisfaction with investment made in the purchased product...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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___________
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:09:21 AM
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soooooooooo cant wait for this game, the demo was sweet!
its as i feared, dead space has turned into a shooter instead of a horror game but eh.
the horror genre is dead, so i guess its time to move on.
as the saying goes if you cant beat them, join them.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:15:28 AM

Then please join us in reality soon.

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Jawknee
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:36:14 AM

Dead Space 2 feels exactly like Dead Space. So...it hasn't turned into anything. It only "always was".

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MadPowerBomber
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 5:28:43 AM

Uh. Yeah, Jawknee got it right. It's Dead Space. Same as before. And Dead Space wasn't a "shooter".

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___________
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 9:28:03 AM

no its not the same as DS1.
it feels completley different, issac feels much more powerful than what he did in the previous game.
he feels allot nimbler too, something i was really disappointed with.
the original had a heavy sluggish feel to him, made him feel like his suit was really heavy and really added to the games tension.
now it feels like as if his suit is made out of a feather!

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BTNwarrior
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 11:51:53 AM

have you even played the demo, or are you basing your opinions on those old articles where they said they were putting isaac on the offensive? because when I played the demo I ran out of ammo pretty quick when I stopped taking my time and running around. And you can die just as easily and run just as fast, only difference is that you have a jet pack for zero g portions

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aaronisbla
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 1:32:18 PM

he's pulling complaints out of his ass

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MadPowerBomber
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 6:36:58 AM

Yeah, it is, dude. I played the holy crap outta Dead Space, forwards, backwards and sideways. Stepping into the demo for Dead Space 2 was seamless and it felt just the same as the previous game to a T. All the controls were the same, all the movement and animations were spot on; and Isaac doesn't feel more powerful or anything of the sort. I don't know where you're pulling this from.

The interviews and comments made by the game's devteam were bastardized into something they weren't meant to be. Isaac is playing the Ellen Ripley role in this series, he's messed with this stuff before, and he's going on the offensive more in this one because he's handled the necromorphs more. It doesn't really change the dynamic of his character except building upon what has already been laid down. Like Ripley from Alien to Aliens -- although Dead Space 2 is still focussed on the horror more so than the action, which isn't what James Cameron did with Aliens.

Go back and play Dead Space, then play the demo again, you'll see they haven't changed much. Not to mention that this demo drops you somewhere in the middle of the game. You
re not playing the opening level at all, so if there is any increase in what is going on with the Isaac character, it can be attributed to that, or your own familiarity with the necromorphs and the fiction that Visceral is trying to tell.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 1:01:19 AM
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Ah, demos. I don't need it for this game. Regardless of the idea that it has turned into a shooter, the lack of good horror games is a sore point with me. The first barely made me jump, but it resonated with me for some reason. This may just be a D1P, if it's possible, based on the quality of the original.
Peace.

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Jawknee
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 1:21:07 AM

From the demo I didn't find it anymore "shooter" than the first game. As long as they keep the scares, the game will be worth it.

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bigrailer19
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 3:46:52 AM
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I got dead space for Christmas and jist finished it. And its another game im mad i didnt play earlier. It was so good. And i was so surprised i likednit as much as i did! I had a blast with it. As soon as the ending hit i knew dead space 2 was a day 1 purchase for me!

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Jawknee
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 3:53:41 AM

"jist" Thats twice tonight. iPhone woes again? ;)

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bigrailer19
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 3:55:26 AM

Dude its terrible. Its just when its this late its much easier to get on the iphone while im lying down. I feel for the readers though ugh its gotta be annoying!

See atleast i caught this error and was able to edit it!

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Jawknee
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 4:34:07 AM

Nah, I'm just giving you a hard time. I know it is...believe me. At least it's not as bad as some of the other cell phone OS's out there. Some will predict words that don't even exist. haha

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Jawknee
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 4:48:36 AM

aaah, see...should be "I know how it is." Ha.

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MadPowerBomber
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 5:30:24 AM
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I so can't wait for this. Twenty six days!

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HighLife
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 5:37:57 AM
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I will be getting Dead Space 2 a little later. My backlog is just to big right now and I want LBP2.

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Nsho
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 6:00:39 AM
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well i was in the beta and i gotta tell you...
its really cooperative!!! you wont survive more than a minute alone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZnUI8tfKjg

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Silent_J
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 9:52:23 AM
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I'll be getting dead space 2 after I pick up KillZone 3.Dead Space 2 demo was great ,I liked how they improved on his melee attack and of course the weapons.

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dveisalive
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 4:08:44 PM
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There was this one part on the demo that scared the living S**T out of me and my bro(Giant Necromorph fell from the ceiling). Thats what I love about the Dead Space series its what reisdent evil should of been, but way creepier in outa Space xD.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 9:31:27 PM
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Just an FYI to keep your save from Dead Space 1

Dead Space save file unlocks original plasma cutter in Dead Space 2


Here's a nice bonus for fans of the original Dead Space. If you have any save file9completed or not) from the first title, you'll unlock the original plasma cutter right off the bat for use in the upcoming sequel.
Hardcore players should be more than familiar with the gun, thanks to an Achievement that forces players to complete an entire play-through using only that gun.

But don't expect the plasma cutter to give you much of an advantage at the beginning of the Dead Space 2 campaign.
Although you'll get access to the gun, Visceral Games' Louis Gascoigne told us that the upgrades you purchased for the weapon won't carry over into the sequel. Isaac Clarke just can't get a break, can he?

http://www.joystiq.com/2011/01/01/dead-space-save-file-unlocks-original-plasma-cutter-in-dead-spac/

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FM23
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 @ 7:03:14 PM
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I want this, but I will wait until the price comes down. My money is going to ME2. Dead Space 2 will be a summer purchase.

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