Dead Space is good, scary fun, choc-full of jumpy moments, grotesque monster designs and probably more gore than the cinematic baby of a tryst between 80s Sam Raimi and 90s Peter Jackson. And that's a lot of gore. It's classic survival-horror, a bit like if Event Horizon and Doom got stuck in a blender with Resident Evil and System Shock 2.
If you fancy sampling that delightful-sounding concoction, then you'll be pleased to know that you can pick up a copy of the game for just £9.85 from the good folks over at ShopTo, saving you a couple of quid on the next in-stock competitor (My Memory - £11.95).
You play Isaac Clarke, a mild-mannered specialist engineer who doesn't talk much, deployed to the mining ship Ishimura to find out why it's sending out a distress signal. Along for the ride are a few security people and a comms expert. The rescue shuttle crashes, most of the security lot are killed by alien freaks, and everything gets a bit real for Arthur, Kendra the comms lady, and Hammond the chief hard man as they find the Ishimura overrun with disgusting monsters.
The plot twists and turns, a handful of supporting characters turn up to scramble everything completely including Arthur's girlfriend, and the main storyline even deals with an influential and obsessive religious cult. It just wouldn't be right without a cult or two.
The gameplay is fast and furious, the visuals impressively striking, and the combat is deliciously gory with the alien Necromorphs suffering from some severe limb attachment issues. It's wonderfully atmospheric, deeply disturbing at times, and never less than thrilling. Dead Space might be a little repetitive at times, but to be honest you'll probably be having too much fun to notice or care.
Thank to tallpete33 at HUKD