All the key elements were in the promotion of Dead Space: an intriguing backstory, dark and intricate environments and the kind of close-quarters combat that rarely fails to thrill. EA was promising a lot, but could they deliver?
Aside from uninspiring weaponry and some repetitious gameplay, Dead Space strikes a successful balance between fear and intrigue. It's a unique benchmark in survival horror -- exactly the sort of visceral thrill fans of the genre would expect.
Reviewer: Curtis Mettler