In this game, you will play the character of Isaac Clarke. He is an engineering and ship systems specialist. Unlike others, he wears a special suit with a light blue heath meter at the back. It’s no question that’s a unique suit that you will never see in other games.
Deep space mining is a lucrative business, they say in the game. The USG Ishimura (Ishimura is a Japanese last name meaning ‘stone village’) is a mining vessel, which has gone missing in the Aegis System. There is no communications transmission from the vessel.
Dispatched to the Aegis System is a maintenance team aboard USG Kellion including Isaac Clarke, Kendra Daniels (computer specialist), Zach Hammond (the chief security officer) and others. Their mission is to locate USG Ishimura and find out the cause of communications blackout. As they explore the vessel, it’s empty, and there is no vital sign of life.
Okay. So the story kind of reminds me of Doom 3. I can tell you that I like Dead Space so far to the extent that the game uses very good voice actors. Whoever is doing the voice of Ms. Daniels, she’s doing a very good job. And the graphic quality is satisfactory. Especially, Isaac Clarke’s suit is well-designed.
One small disappointment about the game is keyboard & mouse control. You can only use 2 mouse buttons. It doesn’t support extra mouse buttons. And you cannot use arrow keys for movement though the key setting is customizable. So you have to use WASD or whatever but not arrow keys. There is no weapon switch with the Mouse wheel, either. Unlike Fallout 3, you can change graphic resolutions, by the way. But that’s normal, right?
So what kind of game is Dead Space again? It’s not quite like Doom 3 or Quake 4 although the story may be similar to either of them at the beginning. It’s not a first-person shooting game. The 3D isomestric thing can make you dizzy in this game. For some reason, this game reminds me of Tron 2.0 and X2: Wolverine’s Revenge. Why Tron 2.0? That’s partly because Dead Space uses relatively saturated colors. Why X2: Wolverine’s Revenge? That’s because you can punch and kick and hurt aliens.
Deap Space is a product of Electronic Arts and EA Redwood Shores.