Dead Space 3: The Most Terrifying Entry Yet
As E3 conferences go, EA’s wasn’t as bad as Microsoft’s or Nintendo’s. Maybe that was because the last two were as enjoyable as having gasoline poured into your eyes, but hey! EA had Dead Space 3.
Which should have been something to celebrate, but instead it gave us The Fear. Because instead of seeing more of what we love, instead we got some Gears Of War co-op shenanigans, complete with combat rolls and cover.
Which would be fine (maybe) if co-op was a separate mode, an all-action side-story. But it’s not. Dead Space 3’s co-op is drop-in, drop-out. The game will be catered for this type of play. We’re into Resident Evil 5 territory.
Which is fine: Resi 5 was a good action game. But one of the reasons people loved Dead Space was that it, erm, wasn’t Resi 5. It was tense, maybe even actually scary in places. It had a lot of action, but you were also quite vulnerable, clunking around in your suit with little actual combat training.
So to see two players combat rolling and swearing like some sort of horrible space-based Army Of Two sequel is distressing. Don’t get us wrong, there were some spectacular moments in there, and if this is – again – just a demo of the most action-packed sections to lure the punters in then fine.
If the whole game is like that however EA is in danger of losing the very thing that made people flock to the franchise: fear. And then it should be afraid.