Dead Space is also surprisingly long for a shoot-em up, taking over 10 hours to complete. Although parts of it seemed repetitive (often you'll find yourself trekking through identical corridor after corridor) the combat sequences were varied and enjoyable thanks to the need for different techniques to get through them. The gunplay is also broken up with aspects of puzzle-solving to keep things interesting – usually requiring you to manipulate gravity or to locate keys for locked doors.
They're nothing too taxing, but fairly well thought out and executed to be a welcome change to the gore and horror sections of the game. Although it's not as scary as a room full of clowns all holding rabid lemurs, it's probably not an ideal game for grandpa and his pace maker either. But Dead Space is definitely a solid third-person shooter for those who feel they're not getting enough nightmares.