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Monday, February 7, 2011

Dead Space vs. Dead Space 2

I was a fan of the first Dead Space and decided to buy Dead Space 2 as soon as it was released. The purpose of this post is to compare the two games and give my overall thoughts on the franchise.

Dead Space is most accurately described as a survival/horror game in my opinion. It is meant to put you in a dangerous environment in outer space all alone. Dead Space is not a very long game and can be considered easy after a few playthroughs. However, no matter how many times i've played it I always enjoy the experience.

Dead Space 2 has a slightly different feel to it. While some of the new ideas are innovative and add a lot to the experience, they are met with repetitive parts that don't feel like they belong. In the end this balances out to be a frustratingly difficult (at least the first time through) but fun experience. I would add a combat part to the survival/horror description of the first game though. Dead Space 2 has many more enemies and a much more challenging combat experience. Although it fits the situation of the story, since the main character Isaac keeps his experience and knowledge from the first Dead Space, it does change the game significantly.

The addition of more suits to choose from as well as more weapons is an obvious step forward. In some games such as God of War 2, the added weapons were almost completely useless (a problem that was fixed in the third installment). In Dead Space 2 the new weapons come in handy time and time again. Without them it would be near impossible to succeed.

The multiplayer feature that has teams of 4 humans battling 4 necromorphs with the help of constantly spawning AI necromorphs. While it might not hold up to the brainless addiction of the CoD and Halo franchises, it is an interesting take on multiplayer. More gruesome and well made than the Left 4 Dead games, it can allow for some fun matches. The only problem is how many people want to keep the CoD/Halo mentality and not focus on objectives. The multiplayer is set up with 5 unique maps (more on the way as downloadable content) that each have a different objective to complete. The humans rush against the clock to finish each objective and ultimately survive while the necromorphs do all in their power to stop them. If you can find a group that knows the maps and is willing to work as a team, this can be a very fun break from your typical online shooters.

Overall I like Dead Space 2 and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Dead Space. The franchise is going strong and as with most big sellers, a sequel is sure to come in the near future.

On a side note: If you like Dead Space 1/2 and the sci-fi genre in general, I recommend watching the movie Event Horizon. It is a good horror/sci-fi movie and definitely reminds me of Dead Space.

45 comments:

  1. oooh i forgot dead space 2 came out! definitely want to play it soon.

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  2. i still havent gotten the chance to try either, i really want to though

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  3. My friend has dead space 2 he says its great and he really like it

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  4. bod man dead space 2 I like me

    I wait on my blog

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  5. I loved the first, and have been wanting to check out the second.

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  6. Both are really good games (I've played both). If you really want to engulf yourself in the story, play the first one (obviously).

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  7. Yeah, but do your parents hate it?

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  8. I will definitely try this game when I purchase a PS3. I've seen the first one played and it seemed very fun.

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  9. To me the first dead space was way too repetitive, you would constantly back track only to have to back track soon after. At least in Dead Space 2 the environments changed and there was barely any back tracking

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  10. Dead Space was scary as fuck, I haven't checked out the second one yet.

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  11. Yeah probably going to pick up dead space 2 soon, had a blast with the first one, very scary.

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  12. My roommate prefers Dead Space 2 to the first one. He says that he really likes the added features/better plot

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  13. ds2 is a solid game. played it a few times, a ton of fun

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  14. Dead Space scared the bejezus out of me.. I'm not that great with these types of games..

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  15. i bought dead space 2 but i thought it is like the first one!!nice blog

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  16. I loved DS1, looking forward to getting DS2 in the near future.

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  17. dead space 1 was awesome. havent got round to buying the second one yet. i will be buying it this weekend

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  18. Both of the games are awesome! they should be called "experience" rather than game

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  19. Oh man I need to get number two after reading this.

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  20. cool. i was thinking of getting into these games. cheers for the post!

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  21. Heard so much about Dead Space 2 that I now have no choice but to check it out. Cheers.

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  22. tried out the dead space 2 demo. it's pretty epic

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  23. ive never really been able to "get into" this game. maybe its just me?

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  24. im loving the graphics on dead space 2!

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  25. im debating whether or not to get it :\

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  26. Havent play any of them,Dont feel sorry about me i will try them soon.

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  27. I prefer Dead Space 1 over dead space 2 .

    For me ds1 has deeper plot which I enjoy most .

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  28. I played both and i prefer Dead Space 2 by far. I havent tried the multiplayer part at the moment.

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  29. always loved dead space, and that's how it will be forever

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  30. I agree with the above. The original was better.

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  31. have not played 2 yet thanks for the info!

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  32. Ded space one was a good game, I dunno bout 2

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  33. Haven't had the chance to try out DS 2 yet..but I definitely think that I'll buy it after reading this post.

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  34. i still need to get dead space 2 :( the first was good though

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