It’s hard to separate what a game is trying to be and what it does well from what we want it to be. Dead Space 3 fulfills its goals with gusto, it provides an end to a chapter of the Dead Space saga and of course opens a new one. It makes sense for the climax of a three-part story to be so action-oriented and to have trouble recreating the tension and slow burn of the previous games. Things were going to get resolved, and it was going to take guns and large set pieces to do so. All the pieces fit together and they do what they’re expected to do. I don’t think anyone is going to feel cheated out of their $60.
For many fans of the series though, this won’t be the game they want.