Some main characters have been taught the ultimate lesson - that life sucks. There are characters we sympathize with, and there are characters we grieve for. And then, there is a character that has experienced such a tragic turn of events and we play those games so either we don't have to go through those events, or we are preparing ourselves. It makes me wonder if studios, specifically Visceral, put their characters through such torture because they are malicious.
I never really was a fan of the first Dead Space. Mainly, as I've written before, is because I am a giant pussy. It was a great game, don't get me wrong; I watched an entire playthrough of it and pissed myself a good forty times. I played its sequel for two hours, until about chapter five, and almost crapped myself twice as much.
Just going to say it before I forget: the lighting in this game is amazing. Rarely do reviews of anything start with a minuscule detail like that, but, excuse my pun, is the one of the shining parts of this game. I'm sorry - that was too good to resist. Through the dark hallways, through the waves of necromorphs ready to tear your face off; I died once from staring at how realistic the ads looked.
Dead Space 2 is something special. Not only does it continue the unparalleled weirdness of this franchise, but continues it in a way that keeps the scariness and unrivaled tension going. For massive fans of the first game this seems like a daring task - certainly I thought it was - but actually playing a game for the first time made me realize this fact immediately. I won't say what happens for spoilers sake, but the game definitely reminds you of its roots directly from the start.
Talking about the story seems shortsighted as I didn't finish the game, so I won't mention it too much. And this review will be shorter. Just that it keeps the explosive action from the first game and ramps it up to a high degree. For heart-pumping action, this game sets the bar. The gameplay is something genius, even better than Dead Space and the game looks beautiful. Especially the character animations. You can see the sweat drip off the characters' eyebrows, and the only better ones I've seen are from L.A. Noire - and those are real.
The game is good. Go pick it up, would you?