Dead Space – dark & haunting third-person 3D action Shooter game for Android!
Apr 24, 2012 11:18 AM –
Dead Space is dark and haunting 3D action adventure set in a bleak futuristic dystopia. It’s a popular horror title that has found its way to Android after appearing on PC and console and reminded me of a Sci-Fi/Gaming mash-up of Resident Evil and the William Gibson classic Neuromancer. With an engaging plot, gorgeous (if not grisly) visuals and atmospheric sound it’s an engrossing game that feels a little like an interactive movie. Not for the faint hearted though…
Tested on: HTC One X
Pros & Cons:
- Superb graphics!
- Engaging sound!
- Absorbing plot and tense survival-horror gameplay!
- 5 different weapons to use!
- Seems to automatically increase screen brightness to max. Might have to be wary of battery drain.
- Requires an additional download of 450MB which it doesn’t tell you about until after you’ve bought the game and ran it.
Dead Space is a tense and brooding action adventure where you take the role of Isaac Clarke aboard an eerie space station. Initially you have some sabotage to perform and, as you do so, you’ll learn the various controls and get your hands on some early weaponry. Basic controls are essentially dual-stick and very intuitive. The game also features some handy additional controls such as double-tapping to perform a 180 degree turn (and trust me, when you see some of the baddies you’ll appreciate this) and a feature which provides a laser pointed guide to point you where you need to go on the level.
The game is deeply atmospheric and you feel a genuine sense of jeopardy as you explore levels. The creatures you encounter are genuinely harrowing and tough to beat. Furthermore they seem to have canny AI and a need to chase you! The graphics are pretty incredible and similar in detail to what we have seen before in Shadowgun. Inexplicably, the game seems to turn your screens brightness level up to maximum. Now, while this makes the visuals even more intricate and detailed, it’s an odd insistence that is going to massacre your battery after a while.
As plots go, it’s quite a belter. You quickly find yourself in the middle of some conspiracy, set up by people you trusted. You wear a suit which receives radio contact from various sources and you’ll get instructions too. Levels are often quite massive, but much like I found with Shadowgun, you essentially perform a task or series of tasks in one area before moving to another, so it’s not exactly free-roaming, but you still have a sense of freedom to do what you like when you like.
There is lots to love in Dead Space and it certainly gives you a genuine console-experience on your Android device. The game initially is a paltry 2.8MB download for the Play Store but you will need to download an extra resource pack of a whopping 450MB to play the game. I think this is something that is becoming more and more frequent, especially with games like this. However, developers really need to provide a warning before you buy the game and EA does not do that here. It’s fine to charge a high price for a really good game, but then to realise your available space is going to hit in this way after you’ve paid is a little mean. I’m beginning to think Google should make such pre-sale notifications compulsory.
Watch on Mobile
Dead Space – 3rd person exploration and action
Dead Space – Pick up and collect items
Dead Space – Cool abilities let you move objects out of the way
Dead Space – Unsurprisingly, he doesn’t want to be your ally
Dead Space – That doesn’t look good
Dead Space – You are dead screen
Dead Space – Handy tip
Dead Space – Controls
Dead Space – Options
Absolutely! There is something incredibly rewarding about completing tasks and destroying these terrifying creatures. There are plenty of levels and the plot continues to thicken as you progress. Great stuff.
I’m not sure Dead Space is addictive in the casual pick-up-and-play way but it’s certainly very captivating when you do play. It’s the kind of title you put aside time to play, rather than something you’d play on public transport in between stops.
Stunningly visceral and immersive, they are a real highlight of the game.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The sound in the game is incredibly rich and diverse, making for a very realistic atmosphere.
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