Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw reviews Dead Space 2.
Does anyone actually care about these reviews anymore. He's a one trick pony and even that trick grated after 30 seconds.
Well, yes, besides all the silliness and cynicism he actually touches on points that most reviewers don't, such as here he criticizes the horror aspect of the game for having all the subtlety of a 4th of July fireworks display. Not only that, certain flaws which ruin the immersions, like vents that clearly don't go anywhere, meaningless and gratuitous gore and not being very different from the first.
His reviews arent meant to be taken as the final word. He pokes fun at some videogame cliches and things you never really think about and makes some pretty good criticisms most of the time. But you dont use his reviews to decide what game to buy. Just to have a little fun.
I agree with most of the points made. He doesn't legitimately hate every single game he plays, but he highlights aspects of the game that have been poorly implemented with far more brutal honesty than any other gaming critic. For that, I commend him. Dead Space 2 is not the terrifying game it should have, and could have been. It suffers from Resident Evil 5 syndrome. For better or for worse, it's an action game, and lacks the nuance and heart that made Dead Space such a surprise.
He seems to like it more than I imagined he would, he certainly didn't give it the verbal thrashing he usually does.
That's because it was actually a legitimately good game, and the reason it was so similar to the first was for the same reason - it was good too. And you really have to be a giant nerd to look in the vents and wonder why they didn't include a whole realized drawn out vent system that noone would ever, ever look at or bother with - waste of time and polygons.
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