Game news Dead Space Remake: horror like you’ve never seen it before?
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Critically acclaimed and a must-have for gamers who like to be scared in front of their TV screens, Dead Space stood out thanks to its stifling compartmentalized environments, its inspired art direction, its top-notch sound design and of course its atypical gameplay. based on dismemberment rather than the usual headshot. Rebuilt from A to Z under the Frostbite engine, the Electronic Arts software gives us chills, as we explain in our test video available in auto-play.
- History from beyond the grave
- Totally redone
- From Stasis to Ecstasy
- Remaster or remake?
History from beyond the grave
If you’ve never played Dead Space, you should know that the game puts you in the shoes of Isaac Clark, an engineer who has gone to investigate the reasons for the radio silence of the USG Ishimura, a spaceship. What looks like the start of a horror movie will become real horror when the hero and his gang discover that the place is infested with nightmarish creatures called Necromorphs. For this remake, Motive decided to keep the base game as the backdrop, meaning the story remains the same and the major events are the same, as well as the places to visit. There is still change. Although we are not reaching the full reimagining of the mythos as Resident Evil 2 Remake was compared to the original Resident Evil 2, variations as well as a few surprises are definitely present.
The Ishimura is still a macabre place infested with demonic monsters, but it shines brightly on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Motive’s artwork has been completely redesigned graphically and boasts next-gen benefits. Motive artists added detailed special effects, lots of dynamic lighting, and grungy textures like you’d expect from this genre of games. Quality mode runs at 4K/30fps with ray-tracing enabled while Performance mode runs at a constant 60fps at 2K without ray-tracing. The good news is that it is possible to switch between modes on the fly, without having to return to the main menu. The old Visceral Games title returns to us in excellent technical form that improves gameplay thanks to the precision of the dismemberments. In addition, the game, filmed entirely in a sequence shot, gives the possibility of retracing your steps. The surface breaker is imagined here as a huge playground.
From Stasis to Ecstasy
Dead Space is a survival-horror with a camera located behind the shoulder of the hero. Isaac Clark must accomplish different objectives that update regularly. Dead Space enemies don’t eliminate themselves with a single bullet to the skull, they slice themselves. Cutting up the junk that serves as limbs for the Bestiary is the best way to quickly fend off the threat without wasting too much ammo. The game’s combat is intense and brutal, which is the hallmark of the series. With Stasis, which slows down both monsters and objects, and telekinesis, to seize items from a distance in order to send them to the heads of creatures, Dead Space offers gameplay that leaves room for improvisation, even if it would have took a few wrinkles.
Remaster or remake?
Motive didn’t want to take anyone as a traitor. The studio has repeatedly said its goal is to stay true to the vision of the original game.. This is why we observe a narration very close to that of the basic adventure, with the same places to visit, and finally the same story and the same major events. If the level-design has not changed radically, it welcomes new variations. Scenes have been redesigned, such as the ADS cannon scene, while brand new puzzles have been added. The Intensity Director generates enemy attacks randomly so that it never rests on its achievements. Although efforts have been made on the storytelling, Motive’s production does nothing exceptional and retains the framework of the 2008 game.
This Dead Space sauce 2023 succeeds hands down in its bet to bring back a cult game in its best light.
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