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Dead Space

5 days ago

Feature: No one can hear you scream

10 years on, here’s how Dead Space went from horror to action horror in three games

The first Dead Space turned 10 years old last month. It took me a month to get through the first two hours when I first played it. Every time I jumped back in and clumped down one of the USG Ishimura’s dark corridors, a monster would pop out of the vents and I’d jump up, smash the pause button and find an excuse to do…

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7 months ago

Let’s play Male Protagonist Bingo

Occasionally while surfing the interwebs, you'll stumble upon a Cool Thing from a few years back that you absolutely missed in the moment, but is both fascinating and painfully applicable now. I failed to notice that this post I love is from 2014, so while some of the examples are slightly dated, playing the associated game is still a frustrating experiment in awareness. So let's…

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9 months ago

Origin’s latest giveaway is the original Dead Space

Ah, Dead Space. A few flaws aside, Visceral's grand tribute to sci-fi horror tropes was a rock solid little game that, nearly a decade later still holds up very well, especially in terms of visuals. Two parts Resident Evil 4, one part System Shock and with a twist of Event Horizon to taste, it's a stern blend that still has what it takes to mix…

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1 year ago

EA to close Dead Space studio Visceral, in-development Star Wars game moving to Vancouver

EA have just announced that they'll be "ramping down and closing" Visceral, the studio behind the Dead Space trilogy. Visceral have been working on an untitled Star Wars project, described as an "action-adventure", and Amy Hennig, formerly of Naughty Dog and Crystal Dynamics, moved to the studio in 2014 to work on that project as senior creative director. EA's statement regarding Visceral's closure suggests that…

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Feature: Isaac Yankem

Have You Played… Dead Space?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Nostalgia is supposed to be about the things of our early years, but recently I've been feeling nostalgic about games released much more recently than my usual rose-tinted diet of Ultima and Daggerfall. I've only gone and started missing Dead Space like it…

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3 years ago

Feature: On the joys of settling down in games.

What Makes A Videogame House A Videogame Home?

Oh boy, am I conflicted. Fallout 4’s main plotline requires that I do this thing and as far as things go, it’s a pretty major thing and a major thing that you’d expect someone with the maternal instinct of my character Halle to crack on with straight away. The trouble is, rather than doing this major thing, for at least an hour now, she, and…

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5 years ago

April Cowers: Dead Space Free On Origin Until May

What is the most terrifying thing? I mean aside from spiders. And human nature. And that one episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Yep, that's right: being forced to admit there is a legitimate reason to open Origin, to dig it out of your PC's sullen grave of a start menu and rack your brain to remember your password. But at least now you can…

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6 years ago

Updated: Dead Space Is Isn’t Pining For The Fjords

Update: despite earlier declining to comment, EA have since told Eurogamer that the report is "patently false", while Viceral's UI lead has tweeted that "The reports of our death were greatly exaggerated." Perhaps it would have been better to say that when a whole bunch of people asked the first time? Update 2: EA's Peter Moore has claimed, in comments on GI.biz, that the entire…

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Engineer We Go Again: Dead Space 3’s Universal Ammo

Below you will find twenty minutes of Dead Space 3 footage, interspersed with executive producer Steve Papoutsis saying 'super', 'awesome' and 'superawesome'. It confirms my fear that the game won't contain very much fear, although there is a bit with a giant drill that sends limbs flying through the air like patriotic streamers and champagne corks at a Jubilee street party. Hurrah, Clarke and Carver…

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The Bonding Of Isaac: Dead Space 3’s Odd Couple Co-Op

Dead Space is famously an Alien-inspired game about lonely survival on a spaceship/station inhabited by otherworldly horrors. No more! Now it's a buddy action move about welding helmeted Isaac grudgingly teaming up with bloodthirsty merc and victim of nominative predeterminism John Carver. They hate each other, but I've a funny feeling they might come to respect and even like each other before the tale is…

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Quite The Thing: Dead Space Teases “New Chapter”

I love how kitschy pulp sci-fi some aspects of Dead Space are. Sure, its exterior may be grimdark and gore-spattered, but this (fairly impressive) digital comic focuses around "Earthgov" and a planet called "Uxor." That, to my mind, is admirably silly. Granted, that's hardly the only influence poking through Visceral's exosuited sleeve here. An overbearingly icy planet? Parasitic monsters crawling from every crevice? A poor,…

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10 years ago

Feature:

Looking Back: Dead Space

I’d love to sit in on a game-name brainstorming meeting some time. Like The Thing, But in Space? "Nah, too prosaic." DoomShock? “Might be true, but we don’t really want to get sued, do we?” Stampy Guy In A Funky Welding Mask vs Horrible Flesh Beasts From The Stars? “That’s far too exciting. Can you make it blander? Y’know, like really bland – so bland…

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Dead Space Comic, #1 Free

The first issue of the Dead Space comic is up over at Newsarama, for free. It's a special thing, drawn by one of my personal favourite comic artists, Ben Templesmith, and written by the excellent Antony Johnston. I believe the full piece is collected as a hardcover from Image, which you can probably get your local comic shop to order for you. AMONGST OTHER COMICS.…

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Damned EA

After a year in which EA have suffered more than even the usual number of curses by beleaguered gamers, it is perhaps only fitting that they've announced a game set in that disagreeably toasty place o'punishment that Bible-lovin' folk reckon the rest of us will spend our final vacation in. There were rumours of a Dante's Inferno game earlier in the year, and now we…

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Dead Space: Dead In the Water?

Okay, that's just going for the fancy pun-based headline as is RPS' wont - it's not dead, dead. But I've been thinking about EA's recently released Dead Space's chances, and this post was prompted by Yahtzee's Zero Punctuation annihilation of it - which I'll embed beneath the cut. He takes it apart - which is his wont, obviously - but it's a game that seems…

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OMG Spoilers! Dead Space Launch Trailer

Holy wow, I'm stunned by how many plot spoilers and visual giveaways EA have managed to cram into their Dead Space launch trailer. Half the game seems to show up in this two minute edit-splatter. I'd suggest you only watch this if you have have zero intention of playing this (rather good) ultra-violent space shooter. The reason I know how spoilery it is, of course,…

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Dead Space: “20% of game is Zero-G”

Today's second snazzily-produced developer-diary trailer comes from Electronic Arts, with the lead designer and executive producer of Dead Space talking about an element of their game that they're particularly proud of: zero gravity. It's a fun concept - allowing a game set in space to actually take advantage of the particularly properties of space to make up some of the game feature set. It's not…

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Dead Space: A Better Trailer?

The Dead Space game footage trailers seem to be rather randomly edited. They show some scenes that seems clunky and ill-advised, and some that just seem incredible. This latest trailer is a mixture of the two including both lacklustre meandering and one fabulous scripted scene which is definitely a MAJOR SPOILER if you intend to play the game for surprise horrors. It sent shivers down…

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