Dead Space 2 isn’t as tidily self-enclosed as its predecessor. Multiplayer stretches the experience, and a new harder-than-impossible mode unlocked after a first completion resets players to their past save after each death, giving them just three saves to use along the way. It loses something of the tough-but-contained challenge of the first game, which offered a temptingly realistic shot at 100 per cent completion and resonated with efficiency of presentation, gameplay and setting. But this is perhaps a fair price to pay for a wonderfully crafted sequel. The game’s excellent controls and stream of grisly scares make it the current standard for survival horror, and it now boasts eruptions of blockbusting action that rival this generation’s biggest games.