Dead Space 3 is roughly 3 weeks away and it’s about time to get excited. If you haven’t been paying attention, then you’re in the right place because we’ve compiled an amalgamation of videos and information to update you on what the folks over at Visceral Games have been up to and what to expect with the newest (and hopefully not last) installment of the Dead Space franchise.
Dead Space came out of nowhere back in 2008 and made gamers scared again. The games weren’t only scary; they were met with both an amazing story and satisfying gameplay. This all made for an interesting combination because some gamers found the game too scary to play but too addicting to stay away. This game was crack incarnate – you knew you’d regret it… but it felt so good.
With Dead Space 2, featuring big blockbuster edge of your seat “holy $#!%” moments, the game shied away from the horror a little, but that was never a bad thing. The game still built heavily on suspense and that did the job very well. As a fan of the series, I found myself weary of entering a room that had a flickering light and asking myself “Do I really need that extra med pack across the room?”. The second installment opened the Dead Space universe up and reinforced that this is a living breathing universe and Dead Space 3 is taking advantage of this.
The third game is set on the planet Tau Volantis but also promises space exploration… but I’m getting ahead of myself.
To get us started… The story so far…
As I was saying before, the game takes place on Tau Volantis. This left some fans wondering about what that meant for the tight corridors gamers are used to, but also some of the zero G sequences in the previous two games. Well have no fear – it does seem that Visceral Games has thought of everything.
This demo, with commentary from developers, showcases an early level in the game. (Heads up – the video is 17 minutes long!)
Every new installment boasts some new features and Dead Space 3 has two big ones: Gun Crafting and Co-op.
Who needs nodes? It’s time to find parts!
Dead Space 3 is featuring an all new “crafting” system that allows you to build your own gun, and, hey, it makes sense. I mean, Isaac IS an engineer after all.
You’ll find different parts throughout the game and use these to build your dream weapon. Want a plasma cutter that can also shoot fire? Well it’s all up to you.
Wanna tackle the system before the game comes out? Click here.
This is the most controversial aspect of the game. People have been wondering about whether this would steal from the horror, but you need not worry.
Co-op isn’t a mandatory aspect of the game – it’s only there as an addition. Gamers have the choice to play either a single player campaign or choose the co-op campaign.
Single player will see the new character, Carver, as a side character (much like Ellie was in the 2nd game). But if gamers decide to do the co-op campaign, then the option to play Carver is there for them. In fact, the co-op campaign has its own goodies that the single player doesn’t. Co-op mode will allow for extra storytelling elements and even side missions. Not only that, but co-op mode will feature its own horror elements.
As seen in the above trailer, Carver is kinda losing his mind and this plays into the co-op campaign.
[quote]”If you’re playing the game with a friend, you’ll find areas throughout the game that Carver is interested in checking out. While there are game-side benefits to discovering these spots (additional loot and lore), the primary focus is to communicate more about Carver’s past. If you play as Carver, you’ll come across constant creepy reminders to his ugly past. If you play as Isaac, you’ll get to see things as they really are which makes Carver’s madness all the more apparent.” — Senior production designer, Ben Wanat[/quote]
Now let’s talk about the setting.
Not much is known about the planet but it will offer some new things to fans of the series, and new necromorphs aren’t the only thing. The planet is essentially Hoth and weather conditions, as developers have said, will play into the gameplay. The cold elements will affect players and wear down on their health.
Also, adding something new into the mix, there will be non-necromorph enemies. Yep, that means human enemies with guns. Check out the newest demo to the game with developer commentary.
Okay, lets talk editions of the game.
The limited edition of the game will cost, surprisingly, $59.99 and will include a few goodies.
- Evangelizer weapon/ Witness suit
- Negotiator weapon/ first contact suit
Also let it be known that if pre-orders for the game are made through Gamestop, gamers will receive the EG-900 SMG.
Developers Team Edition
The collector’s edition is geared towards hardcore fans of the series. Fans who have read the books, comics, and watched all the animated movies will love this package. There are only 5,000 so if you’re dying to have it, then you better get there quick. The only place to buy this edition is right from the development team.
What’s in it?
- 8″ Black marker statue
- Aluminum data pad
- Med pack water bottle
- Bound SCAF Jotter (a detailed journal of a scientist on Tau Volantis who studied markers)
- SCAF posters
- Peng postcards
- 96 page mini art book
There are quite a lot of goodies here and it’ll cost $160 for the bundle with the game included or you can just buy this bundle of goods for only $100 (game not included). (The med pack water bottle does look pretty awesome.)
And to wrap up this article we’ll leave you with this.
The holy grail
Okay, it’s not really the holy grail, but this is still pretty awesome.
Yeah, that’s Mass Effect N7 armor.
How do you get it? Follow these VERY SIMPLE steps.
- Play Mass Effect 3 and make sure you have a save file
- Purchase and play the full game of Dead Space 3
- Equip N7 armor and look awesome.
Are you excited for the game? What do you think of co-op? Tau Volantis? Sound off in the comment section below.