I took a bit of a break from my normal reviews to play the demo of Dead Space 2. To summerize my previous reviews so far, I really didn't like the first game, but I did love the Wii game Dead Space Extraction, which is easily on my top ten list of best horror video games. So how does the demo fare? Well, I jotted down my thoughts below:
The Good: Unlike other video games which like to pretend that their expansion packs don’t exist (ahem, F.E.A.R) Dead Space 2 does actually bring up Dead Space Extraction in their intro. Hopefully we can find out what happened to the main characters in that one.
From the control side, Dead Space 2 has gotten a visual uplift and it looks fantastic. Being on a planet rather than a spaceship, the locations are more artistic and the enemies seem more challenging as well. The controls also seem a little more fluid than the first game and the zero-G is far more fun. Also Isaac Clarke has a voice now. Hopefully a personality will follow, although from what I've seen from the trailer, I'm kind of worried he'll be a little whiny.
The bad: The demo crashed on the first try. Hopefully that won’t be a taste of things to come. And what was up with having me to register an account first before playing a demo? Gah, now I have more spam.
Unfortunately, that annoying music which follows a monster is also back. Yes, I get there’s a monster behind me. You don’t have to use the shrieking violins every time I see one. I’m also a little concerned that the gameplay will overshadow the more subtle parts of Isaac’s madness, but we’ll see.
The ugly: The suits. Ugh, I hate the Dead Space suits. Every time Isaac Clarke enters the upgrade area I keep expecting the Iron Man music to start playing. And what is that part below his neck supposed to do?
So that's my first impressions. I plan to buy the game when it comes out next week, and of course I'll do a full review of the game.