Dead Space fans got quiet a treat with the release of a Demo for the upcoming title in the series, Dead Space 3. It must be noted that as a demo, it is not complete and should not be viewed as such.
Being new to the series I have not had the chance to get my hands on Dead Space and Dead Space 2. This is not to say I haven’t always had the desire just from hearing fans speak so highly of the series. But in all honesty, the main focus of my heightened interest is from the recent press announcement about the new in -game feature, voice commands, via the Kinect. If you are curious what this new feature entails be sure to check out my previous article “Dead Space 3 Caters to your Potty Mouth”.
Since this is just a Demo there are only a select list of things you can do. I assure you though this is enough to get your head into the game and leave you wanting more. So what can you do with the Demo you ask? Well, you can experience this terrify title alone in the single player campaign, or you can experience it with a friend via the co-operative campaign. Let’s not forget weapon crafting, but we will get to that later.
First off there is the single player campaign, which I’m sure most of you will dive right into first. For all newcomers to the series, like me, no need to worry because they aren’t throwing you to the wolves all alone to figure out how to play. You will notice shortly after you start that you are greeted with a tutorial, of sorts. Now I know not all people are fans of the “tutorial” but when they incorporate it into gameplay it makes taking on a new title that much easier. And for all you tutorial haters out there it isn’t so obvious that it will interrupt the game. It is blended into the gameplay so smoothly that it is no different than the cues you receive to pick up ammo, health, and or weapons off the ground.
The Graphics are beyond fantastic, they are incredible, Amazing, brilliant, breath taking – Insert Random adjective of your choice – because it is just plain spectacular. Yes I know it is just a demo, but all that really says to me is how impressed I will be next month when this title hits shelves if I am this impressed already. The graphics are so good, it stands out immediately when you start playing.
First, you will notice all the snow. From each step Isaac takes you will see it crunching beneath his feet. You’ll also notice Isaac shield his face from the wind as he pushes himself through looking for shelter. The wind is beautifully obvious as it streaks across the screen with its sprinkling of snow flakes. But lets get real here, no matter how wonderful and beautiful the graphics are, I sure as sh*t don’t want to be caught in that mess.
Gameplay is straight forward. As mentioned previously you learn all controls as you play through and are never left hanging. You will notice tasks pop up that you must complete; If you don’t understand the task at hand, simply pull up your menu (select button), and tab your way through to the missions section and a detailed explanation will be available for you. You also have a handy guide to direct you on your travels. Simply click down on your right joy stick and a blue line will flicker across the screen in the direction you must go. The one minor issue I had when playing through was getting use to the lack of hip fire. Not unlike any other Dead Space games in the series, in Dead Space 3 you have to aim down your sites before shooting an enemy. Other wise, you will find yourself recklessly punching the air around you. Although slightly frustrating at first you will figure it out rather quickly.
If solo campaign is not your cup of tea you can always hop onto the newly added Co-op campaign. Play with a friend by hosting a closed lobby, host an open lobby so your friends can just drop in, or join a random open lobby. The key thing to keep in mind here is when dropping into an open lobby you won’t immediately get in. You will not actually drop into the game until the lobby host has reached a save point. Also there is, unfortunately, no split-screen co-op campaign.
The co-op campaign is the same, for the most part, as the solo campaign. The exception being this time you have a partner in crime, some changed dialogue, and altered cut scenes. This definitely adds to the games replay value as you will not only want to experience the game on your own, but with a friend playing as both Isaac and John. This giving you 3 unique play throughs.
Through out the game you will find items (resources) randomly scattered on the ground, in crates, or off enemy bodies. It is important to pick up all these items as you need them in order to craft weapons via Blueprints, or custom designs. You will also notice your weapons crafting bench is equipped with an upgrades tab. Each weapon has a top and bottom tool in which you have 4 slots that are upgradable. You can choose whether you want to upgrade and increase either your weapons damage, fire rate, reload speed and or clip size. Just like most other games you can only customize and upgrade so much. It all depends on how many resources you have at your disposal so choose wisely.
Overall the Dead Space 3 demo was too short, but only because you want to keep playing. If this is any indication of how the full retail release will be then I have a feeling fans and all gamers a like will be playing this title for hours on end.