Dead Space 3’s Microtransactions Exploited Away Already

EA employees attack yet another customer.

Here’s what’s great about reality: people are great at breaking stupid stuff. So as Dead Space 3 launched yesterday in the Americas, people smarter than I had already figured out a glitch in the game to acquire all the items EA had hoped you’d pay for. Game Front have posted a video explaining how, which I’ve diligently included below.

It’s not until chapter 8 of the game, but once you’re there, with a little bit of farming you can gather all the “resources” you need to make whatever weapons you like. Also, why is this even a thing in a shooter?

It’s a shame that this’ll likely be patched out by the time the game reaches the rest of the world, but hopefully another cunning sort will discover something else by then. EA, the lesson here is: STOP IT.


  1. Mario Figueiredo says:

    There’s no stopping EA.

    • Makariel says:

      EA, EA never changes…

    • three60mafia says:

      People were afraid of “Press X to not die” QTE’s in games?

      In Battlefield 4…

      “Would you like to pay $0.99 to not die? Add $1 extra to your purchase to instead kill your enemy! and not die”

      • Droopy The Dog says:

        I do vaguely remember an interview with one of the EA guys where he said they’ve genuinely thought about charging real money to reload your gun after letting them play half a dozen hours without charging, “To get them invested”…

        Even the morally bankrupt man in the suit immediately said “But it’s not gouging!” unprompted, because it was that painfully obvious that’s exactly what everyone was thinking.

        • Rumpel says:

          that “guy” was onle the ceo, speaking during a shareholders meeting. he goes on to talk about how consumers could spend 5.000 bucks a year on this kind of thing: link to

  2. gibb3h says:

    whats to stop you using a good old HEX manipulator?

    • yonsito says:

      My thoughts exactly.
      What about e.g. ArtMoney?

    • Trithne says:


      I mean, I’m just assuming here, but do PC gamers actually play this?

      • ThinkMcFlyThink says:

        Enough of them must play it for EA to keep releasing it. It’s not like it’s a new IP and they’re taking a risk.

      • GunnerMcCaffrey says:

        Yes, we play it at recess, unless milk and cookies made us sleepy and we needed a nap.

    • Dr_Barnowl says:

      You can foil hex editing to a certain extent by encrypting or putting a cryptographic signature on game save files. Or store them only in the cloud where they can’t be edited.

      But even if you do put these obstacles in the way, it’s just another form of DRM that will be cracked eventually.

      • TechnicalBen says:

        Yes, for EA forbid, we should let a player own even their save file!

    • RvLeshrac says:

      Origin. They’ll ban you from the rest of your single-player games.

  3. DrAmateurScience says:

    I imagine there’s something of a scramble at EA towers to get this fixed.

  4. Jackablade says:

    While I’m no fan of micro-transactions, particularly in this instance, isn’t posting a way to circumvent them and advocating its use rather dubious at best and potentially drifting into some murky legal grey areas?

    • NathanH says:

      It’s not a sneaky way of unlocking the microtransaction abilities, just a bug exploit that achieves similar results. So it’s just exploiting bugs in a single-player game.

    • Souldark says:

      There’s no circumvention involved, it’s the exact same bug as was present in a few of the Node rooms in Deadspace 2 – an item spawn replenishes on area transition. There’s nothing legally grey about it.

    • Strabo says:

      He’s just reporting bugs so he won’t get banned for not reporting them.

    • smb says:

      If cheating in a single-player game is murky grey legal area, I would have been in jail by age 10. How could they expect me to “catch ’em all” when they conveniently left out 12 of them?

    • sirdavies says:

      Taking into account that the most obvious way to circumvent them is playing the actual game, no, not gray at all. I’d say the existence of microtransactions in a 60 dollar title is much grayer.

      • Corb says:

        There’s nothing gray about it, it’s bad design and an attempt to squeeze all the money they can out of you. I bet the design even adjusts drop/collection rates in order to push you into buying things (just like D3 did with the AH). Frankly, EA was stupid and didn’t do a proper bug fix between versions, their loss. FARM ALL THE RESOURCES!!!(for free!)

    • PopeBob says:

      Why, aren’t you just the most precious thing? Coochie coochie coo. Couldn’t read the article or view the video, who’s a big boy? Who’s a big boy?

      • grundus says:

        Is it me? I think it’s me isn’t it?

        Oh GO ON then, who is it?

  5. Moni says:

    Tomorrow’s announcement: Dead Space 4 out next year, will require constant internet connection.

    • Mario Figueiredo says:

      Made me laugh out loud and have people raise their eyebrows at me.

    • dee says:

      Dead Space 5 to require reverse Onlive stream to live EA customer care enforcement agent.

      • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

        Nah, in Dead Space 5 they match you with a professional EA Game Facilitator to play it for you and stream it to your browser. You can give the EA Game Facilitator requests by SMS to a premium rate number.

        • Guvornator says:

          ” Hi, I’m [processing] TODD and I’ve been your EA Games Facilitator today. Have you enjoyed your Upay-WiPlay experience today?”

          “You selected ‘No'”. This answer is [processing] “INCORRECT!”. It will be discarded and the DNA sample we collected as part of your Origin download (please see terms and conditions) will be used to hunt you down and kill you.

          Please note: EA respects the rights of all its customers. Therefore your body will be dissolved in acid, preserving your right to privacy and sparing your loved ones from seeing your mutilated corpse. Thank you and have a nice day.”

          • Thermal Ions says:

            Hollywood wants to talk to you about writing the script for Gamer 2.0

      • mike2R says:

        Dead Space 6: Cancelled due to reviewers and customers failing to understand the genius of Dead Space 5.

        • Vorphalack says:

          Corpse Void: A Death in Space, released approximately a year after the tragic new that Dead Space 6 was canned due to all the critics going full retard simultaneously, and totally not a stealth reboot in any way.

        • tobecooper says:

          It was mainly canceled because of being too realistic. The consumers couldn’t handle all the MP5s and AK47s.

      • InternetBatman says:

        Dead Space 5, only available on Divx.

        • ucfalumknight says:

          Official Press Release: With EA’s recent acquisition of BetaMax, Dead Space 6 will only be available on Beta. No need for controls as your input will be extremely limited.

          • Dr_Barnowl says:

            Stasis effect is controlled with “Pause” key. Highly realistic temporal flickering will occur.

    • Raiyan 1.0 says:

      Dead Space: Origin – The FPS reboot.

  6. SanguineAngel says:

    John Walker! Are you not risking access to all your games on your origin account?!

  7. mikmanner says:

    Wouldn’t put it past EA to start banning / killing people for doing this.

    • SanguineAngel says:

      Hah, EA ninjas as pouring from the windows of Castle EA as we speak, spreading out into the world to carry out their nefarious work.

  8. WoundedBum says:

    As long as I can play it without having to buy anything extra to be able to effectively craft stuff I’m happy enough.

    The crafting system is actually really good, I wish it was in DS1 + 2

    • WoundedBum says:

      Oh yeah, true, I guess what I meant was not necessarily the whole crafting system, but just how detailed you can go when creating weapons. Not sure it would fit in DS1/2 after all.

    • Morlock says:

      Now you have to conserve real world money…. looking forward to the crafting system in Dragon Age 3.

    • Corb says:

      Honestly, can you even consider this survival/horror anymore? It truly just looks like “Zombies!!! The Pew Pew Game (now with co-op to make it even less scary and serious!)”

  9. Ansob says:

    So expect this to be treated as a critical issue and be patched out within the next 48 hours, then?

    Unlike actual bugs in games that don’t have microtransactions, that is.

  10. caddyB says:

    Incoming origin account bans

  11. Chizu says:

    Still waiting for the UK release :v
    Still I never had any intention of using the microtransactions, and from what I’ve heard in the standard playthrough you should have no issue gaining enough resources to have 2 powerful weapons come the end game.
    And I’ve never really used more than 2 weapons per play-through of the previous dead space games.
    And with no incentive to change guns because everything uses universal ammo in 3 (A most ridiculous idea in my opinion), I see little reason to bother.

  12. abandonhope says:

    Cool. There’s another exploit I’ve heard about that gives you $60 in out-of-game currency.

  13. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    Hello gamer! I’m a horror game.

    Those necromorphs, they eat your bullets like candy, but what they really want is your sweet, sweet corpse, to make necromorphic love to as your eyeballs explode in the pitiless howling vacuum of outer space. Even the architecture has a disturbing rib-cage aesthetic, making sure you never escape the oppressive atmosphere of dread. All you have is a half-charged plasma cutter and a small medpack that might help if you cut yourself shaving.

    Just take a second. Feel that?

    That’s tension. That’s fear. That’s horror. Savour the feeling that you’re in over your head, your weapons are pitiful, and that surviving this is going to take a miracle.

    Got that?

    Now grab your credit card, imma sell you a machine gun with infinite ammo.

    • SanguineAngel says:

      Beautiful work

      Also, you perfectly captured why I loved Dead Space the first.

    • Bhazor says:

      While we process your order please enjoy some banter with your ai partner’s “banter DLC” pack.

  14. Mario Figueiredo says:

    Please do review how you feel about these things, alright? And let’s stop these type of arguments.

    There’s something really disturbing I cannot put my finger on (yet) about not advocating piracy by the act of pirating. But even more about people who feel it’s ok to publicly announce to the world they are filthy thieves.

    You do what you want to do. But spare everyone else your hypocrisy.

    • kud13 says:

      Piracy=Copyright infringement

      Copyright infringement=/=theft

      therefore, piracy =/=theft

    • virtualmatrix258 says:

      Because you’ve never downloaded anything without paying. Please, get off your high horse. Jackass.

  15. Bhazor says:

    “Scavenger bots” seriously? Seriously?


    When you need to automate a part of your game to avoid tedium then you should probably just give up right there.

    • RobinOttens says:

      No, because you can charge consumers more money to take away the tedium, see. Smart, right?

    • Kitsuninc says:

      I got an email the other day trying to sell me discount “Speed enhancers”, maybe I should dig that out of my spam box after all.

  16. suibhne says:

    “I am not in any way an advocate of pirating games but in this case I did. I’m glad I did”

    The goggles, they do nothing.

  17. RobinOttens says:

    Wait, underpowered weapons sound like a good thing for a game that’s calling itself a horror game. And what’s wrong with a straight up port? The past two games were pretty straightforward ports and they were just fine.

    Anyway, I’m fine with using pirated copies as a demo of sorts before going out to buy the full game. But you are pretty much advocating piracy here, despite what you said.

    • D3xter says:

      Except apparently EA expects people to insert money to “overpower” their weapons, at least that is what I take from all this:
      link to

      Bot Capacity Upgrade $4.99
      Bot Personality Pack $4.99
      First Contact Pack Free
      Marauder Pack $4.99
      Sharpshooter Pack $4.99
      Tundra Recon Pack $4.99
      Witness the Truth Pack $4.99
      Bot Accelerator $4.99
      Epic Weapon & Resource Pack $2.99
      Online Pass $9.99
      Ultra Weapon & Resource Pack $1.99
      Resource Pack $0.99

      Microtransactions in general seem very scammy, but this even moreso…

      • D3xter says:

        Sometimes I’m kinda hoping that the state would jump in and regulate this sort of thing similar to gambling, like is starting to happen in some countries e.g.: link to

        Otherwise publishers and developers will likely get inspirational ideas and overdo it: link to
        But till anything like that happens they will likely push and push to see what they can get away with and make the most of it as long as they can…

    • Guvornator says:

      Just a thought – do the micro-transactions work in the pirated game?

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:

      Of course, in this case there is actually a genuine demo (regardless of how good that is).

  18. Lekker says:

    No biggie. Trainers which can give you any amount of resources you want are floating on the internet from 2nd of February (yes game could be unlocked early by simply changing your OS date to 5th). EA only threw away more money for implementing their pitiful microtransactions feature.

  19. Mathute87 says:

    I’m playing on Hard and I’m having no trouble at all with the ammo or the medkits… And I hate that.

    Thing is, I haven’t pirated a game since San Andreas (I was in a different country, where getting new games was pretty much impossible), but I’m sick of EA and I did download this game. I’m not proud of it, but I’m not that much demagogue to say it’s the worst thing ever. For a moment I thought “Visceral doesn’t deserve this”, but that moment fade away when I started thinking in how much I loathed DS2 and how much a generic third person shooter this has became. Plus all the fucking DLC/Microtransaction bullshit EA makes these developers to apply to their games. And that’s EA’s and Visceral’s and DICE’s and Bioware’s fault.

    So, yeah, I pirated this game to try it out. And now, with this exploit that can’t be forcedly patched on me, I will find out the exact spot where EA and Visceral decided that people with money to waste could get way earlier than those who don’t, and will see how much different the experience will be.

    • Thunderbeak says:

      Why don’t you buy a game from a company that does right by its consumers, a game that you would actually enjoy and play that? Metro 2033 maybe?

      • Mathute87 says:

        I do buy those games. I have Metro on PC and Xbox (bought it on launch) and already preordered Last Light. The fact that I pirated THIS particular game doesn’t mean I pirate any other. In fact, I already stated that I haven’t pirated a game since the release of San Andreas for PC. Every other game I own (300+ on Steam, and like 10 on Origin) are all legit. So are my console games.

        • Thunderbeak says:

          I didn’t imply you were big into pirating games, not at all. I was surprised you felt the need to do so, hence I suggested an alternative.

    • MOKKA says:

      When you hated Deadspace 2 so much and are generally angry at EA for what they’re doing with Deadspace 3, why not simply ignore the game completely? This is what I do with EA Games since Dragon Age 1.

      • Mathute87 says:

        Because I was naive enough to think that there was a really small chance that this time they would get it right and release a better product… I really liked the first game. Now I’m going to ignore EA for the time being.

  20. DickSocrates says:

    The shareholders won’t be happy about this. And that is the ONLY thing that matters to EA.

  21. wodin says:

    And if you do expect to be banned and stopped from playing all your games..

  22. ucfalumknight says:

    Microtransactions: The ability to create a crappy game, and then charge even more money to make it better.

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:

      And, of course, buying power in a survival horror game might not actually make your playing experience better.

  23. whatisvalis says:

    I don’t understand why people come on here and moan about how EA are evil, micro transactions destroy enverything the game is about etc. and then boast about pirating the game. Here’s a novel idea, if something goes against your principles don’t play it.

    • Banana_Republic says:

      Truth. I’ve been doing that with EA for years. I think some people might consider pirating from EA instead of spurning them completely, to be hurting them in some way. It doesn’t. It can only help them. Just saying ‘no’ is always the best approach to companies like EA. And it’s surprisingly easy once you get started.

  24. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    I suppose it was too much to ask of poor old you to abstain? Surely you deserve to play this game which you worked so hard to.. download? Instead of the game’s developer who are obviously owned by The Man and thus should be shunned and you knew in your heart of hearts that a gifting of argentum would only be in vain.

    Alternatively, you’re being cheap. Either you should buy the game or not buy it and play something else. First world problems. Also, piracy doesn’t exactly tell EA that their game is BAD, it tells them people are scummy and will do anything to put their mitts on their (obviously oh-so-desirable) products.

  25. Koozer says:

    Surely the best way to show EA you disapprove would be to buy the game, but never buy any DLC?

    • Dr_Barnowl says:

      The best way to show EA you disapprove is to send them a letter explaining why you don’t want their game. Not email, an actual slice of processed dead tree with text on it. Email can be directed to /dev/null ; proper mail has to be received, processed, read, filed. It’s far more likely to end up on the desk of someone that has the ear of someone.

    • Phantoon says:

      No, the best way is to refuse to buy or play the game. It’s called boycotting. When asked about the game, you should tell them that EA’s terrible business practices remove any desire for the game you have.

      Piracy is not a moral high ground. Boycotting is. I’d say it’s okay to pirate things if you’re broke, since the next iteration you’ll probably buy when you have money. If a game is good, you now have a potential customer. Uncle Gabe already made this point, anyways.

      But since the internet age is the age of bombastic remarks, the vocal minority of pirates that constantly babble about how it’s “their right” make the discussion into that of legality on the terms of big corporations, which isn’t a good discussion for anyone.

  26. ocelot113 says:

    Someone bought Dead Space 3? Let’s be honest. Most of the people that bought this game aren’t looking up gaming news on RPS. GT and IGN, I could see.

    • GunnerMcCaffrey says:

      …he declared, his PC Gamer Penis quivering manfully.

  27. D3xter says:

    By the way, Sim City is also supposed to have Microtransactions, at least according to people who found this in their leaked manual: link to

    “Click the banner on the main menu to enter the SimCity Store. Here, you’ll find special add- ons for sale. Select STORE to view the full list of additional game content (both free and paid) that can provide you with new gameplay possibilities.”

    So it’ll be a Triple-Whopper of Awesome: Always-Online DRM/Origin Only, Day-1DLC (additional to the Retail price) and Microtransactions.

    • mseifullah says:

      I’ll give the entire “Sim” franchise a pass because of the ridiculous amount of post-release content packages that have been released into retail for The Sims alone over the years. The Sims should have been one of the first franchises to adopt microtransactions.

      When you get down to it, it’s not even a game so much as just a modern approach to playing with dolls. And there has always been an accessories market for dolls.

      Expanding that point out to SimCity, when you look at any simulation-type games, there’s just no way to include all the possible content in the base-release. Nor would anyone necessarily want all the possible content. And it makes so much more sense to have an in-game DLC store than to constantly make these expensive themed retail bundles when only a few items from the theme catch your eye.

      Edit: Found a list of all The Sims expansions.

      link to

      It’s also worth noting that a lot of the expansion content would get rolled into the sequel game as to expand the volume of base content for that release.

  28. Phantoon says:

    I’m sorry, did you just say there are side missions in Dead Space 3?

  29. Raquel says:

    You know whats funny ? Most people complaining about this prolly paid for battlefield 3 premium, what did you expect ?

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:

      Want to do a poll?

      • Hahaha says:

        YES lets do an online poll that can be abused to show what ever the fuck you want

    • Dominic White says:

      I paid for BF3 Premium. A bit over £10 during the christmas sales, thanks to Green Man Gaming. It’s probably about the scale of all the BF2 expansions put together. Pretty damn good value, IMHO.

      I’m not touching Dead Space 3 until the price is somewhere around £10, or I might just rent the 360 version. Either way, I’m not paying top dollar to get gouged afterwards.

  30. Dowr says:

    No doubt they’ll ban anyone for taking advantage of a an exploit that is part of the games original code because fuck logic and reasoning.

  31. rsanchez1 says:

    That’s what they get for half-assing it.

  32. Josh Wanamaker says:

    If you’re playing this on PC, just grab the the +10 trainer that’s available on Softpedia. You can drop 5000 of X resource into your inventory whenever you want. It makes the game significantly more fun when you don’t have to spend half the time rummaging around looking for tiny amounts of rubbish.