Few things have shocked me quite so much in recent times as finding out that the Wii's Dead Space: Extraction is (allegedly) actually rather good. No mere token gesture from a developer playing lip-service to the Wii in a pathetic attempt at consolation for missing out on the big title - this new Dead Space game has instead been built as a meaningful companion to the excellent original game; offering a proper story, strategic play and some genuine scares.
Another pleasant surprise comes in the discovery that My Memory are currently offering Extraction for only £20.95, just two weeks after its release! This is more than £6 cheaper than the next best offer.
Extraction is a prequel to the original Dead Space, with events taking place during the same period as the (dreadful) film Dead Space: Downfall. It tells of the plight of a group of colonists of the Aegis VII colony as they battle against the Necromorph infection that began to take hold following the removal of the Red Marker. This infection reanimates and hideously mutates the corpses of dead humans creating the Necromorph monsters that serve as your enemies throughout the game.
It turns out that Extraction is a very good on-rails shooter and a worthwhile addition to the excellent Dead Space IP. Unlike many on-rails games, precision and deliberation is required, more than super speed shooting. As in the first title, successful kills come from shooting your enemies apart, limb by limb. The game feels good to play - though the camera can cause frustration - looks great and tells a decent story, very well. If you enjoyed Dead Space you should have great fun scaring yourself silly with this new instalment.
Thanks to hamsterpig at Hotukdeals!