Dead Space 3 – resurgent horror or benign evil?

We round up review opinion on Dead Space 3 to see how it has faired in the cold vacuum of video game criticism

February 6, 2013
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Dead Space 3 has finally touched down on international soil, but does Visceral’s third take on the spine-chilling horror series maintain the game’s grotesque charm?

The game currently holds a Metascore of 79 and 78 on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 respectively, while the PC version doesn’t have enough scores to produce an aggregate score.

That said, Atomic Gamer did say that the “PC version is better than some straight-over ports I’ve seen this generation, but it certainly could have benefited from a little more time spent on PC-only features.”

Over on GameRankings, Dead Space 3 has 79.07 and 77.19 scores for the two console platforms (Xbox 360 and PS3).

Looking at the individual scores themselves, it appears as if Dead Space 3 is receiving a relatively positive reception, despite the odd polarising review.

Check out what the critics have had to say:

IGN – 7.8

“Dead Space 3 has some glaring problems, but the combat and the stunning presentation make it well worth playing.”

GameSpot – 8.0

“From its terrific weapon crafting system to its deep well of side content, Dead Space 3 is a massive game rich with options and personalization. Whether you choose to approach it with a friend or by your lonesome, using a plasma cutter or an acid grenade launcher, Dead Space 3 makes fighting for survival a delight.”

Game Informer – 9.75

“Visceral laid the foundation for a terrific horror series with the first Dead Space. The clean, HUD-less presentation, dismemberment-focused gunplay, and expertly crafted derelicts have made each successive entry feel ahead of its time. Dead Space 3 evolves the winning formula into a title not only befitting of the fantastic series, but also one of the best games of this generation.”

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CVG – 7.3

“A technically impressive all-out action blaster, but one that betrays its roots and suffers for it.”

Eurogamer – 7/10

“Dead Space 3 is a contradiction. Gorgeous but scruffy; tightly packed yet stretched too thin; often frustrating, frequently thrilling and bursting at the seams with stuff, not all of which fits comfortably inside the boundaries the series has set for itself.”

OXM – 7

“While a serviceable, vaguely scary and visually robust action title, Dead Space 3 is a project born of EA’s thirsty pockets – one last blast at a moderately popular IP before next generation consoles arrive. Most of the things fans loved about the original are here, and the new features are cleverly mixed with the existing ones, but in terms of the structure, Visceral”

Polygon – 9.5

“Dead Space 3 is a monster of a game. Visceral avoided major deviations from the gameplay loop established by the previous games, instead choosing to refine those mechanics. But it has made major, substantive additions to the game’s structure that make Dead Space 3 feel much more ambitious.”

VideoGamer – 5/10

“Dead Space 3 isn’t a let-down because Visceral decided to turn it into an action game. No one can tell them what Dead Space ‘is’ – they decide to make whatever game they want. And there is enough lore and scope to make Dead Space an action game, even if that choice is probably a poor one. Dead Space 3 is a let down because it’s not a very good action game, and a really substandard horror game.”

Joystiq – 4.5/5

“Dead Space 3 is an exciting, shocking and mammoth adventure through the ghostly, unvarnished segments of space – and you do, thankfully, get to spend some more time flying. There aren’t many games that can match the elegiac, liberating movements of Isaac Clarke in nullified gravity, or his vengeful, squishy stomps of victory.”

Destructoid – 8/10

“Dead Space 3 could have been the best entry in the series, and in many ways, it still does provide some of the franchise’s most energetic, thrilling, entertaining moments. The changes thrown into the game inevitably damage its charm, though, and make this a step down from its predecessors.”

So, will you be picking up Dead Space 3 when it hits stores this Friday?

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