Yes ladies and gentlemen, our review of Dead Space 3 is finally here. Before we venture any further, I want you to do me one favour. Take any of that fear you had about the co-op, the ability to take cover, or even the weapon crafting, and throw it out the window. If you don’t have easy access to a window, a garbage can will do just fine. Visceral’s latest installment of the Dead Space franchise remains true to the Dead Space franchise and its horror survival roots.
Platforms: Xbox 360/PS3/PC Genre: Horror Survival
Developer: Visceral Games Publisher: EA
Platform Reviewed on: Xbox 360
Do you want to buy a specific weapon, but don’t have the necessary resources, and don’t feel like searching for them? No problem! Open your wallet and it’s yours!
Are you looking forward to dismembering more necromorphs on your PC? With some high-resolution textures and support for DirectX 11, all that gore would look like it’s ripped right from reality (well, without the monsters, of course). It’s too bad that ‘Dead Space 3′ won’t include any of that…
Dead Space 3 will let you F@%# it.
Remember that Dead Space 2 commercial that marketed an ‘M’-Rated game to young teenagers with images of uppity soccer and/or cocktail moms absolutely losing their minds (not in the good way) over the disturbingly gory game?
WELL LET ME REMIND YOU, GENTS!
Yeah, it was terrible and immature, basically presenting the game with gore as its only selling point.
Well now, and I’m not saying this is a bad thing, but Dead Space 3 will have certain swear words work as Kinect commands.
In an interview with Computer and Video Games, Visceral Games Executive Producer Steve Papoutsis said,
“We actually have some commands that people will need to figure out, but there are commands where you might be in a certain situation and you might yell a specific expletive and it might behave in a way that you want it to.”
I have no problem with Kinect being used this way. In fact, this would actually be Kinect’s strength; aiming to make games more immersive. In the same interview, Papoutsis also stated that Dead Space 3 wouldn’t involve motion controls at all, so that’s even better.
Still, I have fears that news pundits, ever the quickest at damning any form of media that challenges them, will blaze the headlines, “NEW VIOLENT VIDEO GAME ENCOURAGES CHILDREN TO SWEAR” across their expensive cameras in an attempt to profit from any sensationalism they can.
Will Visceral get out of this one unscathed? I highly doubt it, but their willingness to use Kinect in smarter ways, not just in “tech demo-y, hey, look at this thing we’ve been able to do for years now” ways is still impressive and should be thought of kindly.
Frank Margarella will most likely be launching any fear-driven expletive he can while playing Dead Space 3, Kinect or not. You can follow Frank on twitter @Fuhjem.