Top 100 of 2012: 7 – Dead Space 3

The psychology of fear is fascinating. Just why do many of us enjoy being scared out of our wits? The increased heart rate and ensuing rush of adrenaline give us a rush that many find enjoyable. Of course, many people have a much more reasonable reaction and avoid that sensation at all costs, as we – evolutionarily speaking – should do.

But, luckily for EA and Visceral Games, many people love the sensation of fear and the rush that follows it. Dead Space was a slight surprise back in 2008 when it first appeared on player’s consoles. It took the well known features of survival horror and the kind of visual stylings made famous by the Alien series of films and married them in such a compelling, imaginative and thoughtful way. Dead Space was always working hard, often in ways that weren’t immediately apparent, to keep the player on edge.


Dead Space 2 lost a little of the innovation that featured in the first game but still managed to deliver an incomparable experience in the big budget survival horror genre. The second main game in the series also introduced well-respected multiplayer which, while obviously incapable of rivalling the big FPS titles for numbers of players, nevertheless fostered a healthy community of players.

Dead Space 3 is another game that we don’t know an awful lot about. Judging from leaks uncovered by Siliconera, it sounds like Dead Space 3 will substitute the previous dark, grimy interiors for bright snowscapes. Rather than return to the claustrophobic orbiting spaces of the series’ previous outings, leaked information hints that this third iteration will take place on an icy planet called Tau Volantis. Isaac has crashed and must find his way through the wintery conditions to reunite with a familiar face and continue efforts to get off the planet.

Of course, with a new setting, we should be getting new enemy types too. This has not been detailed yet but, again, leaks suggest that there will be some kind of hive mind at work and enemies will no doubt reflect this.

Dead Space 3 has yet to even be confirmed for any specific platforms but with the fourth quarter of 2012 starting a full twenty months after the release of Dead Space 3 – and in prime selling season – it is reasonable to assume that EA and Visceral will at least aim for that kind of release window.



  1. Ooh, didn’t think about this. Good choice, loved 1&2. Snow storms and lack of visibility will provide some scares.

    • One n two reside on my untradeable shelf, cannot wait for 3

  2. I’m betting at least 2 of the top 10 so far won’t be released in 2012. Dead Space hasn’t been sucessful enough to go up against fifa and cod. Probably be released Jan 2013

  3. Although I’ve not played the first two, I know enough to see why this is in the top 10. As shown in the Bioshock Vita article I’m sure people will disagree with TSA’s choices.

  4. I really enjoyed DS2 so I’m quite excited for this

  5. If it does appear in 2012, it has just well and truly flown up my wanted list. Frankly I’d take another Dead Space Extraction on-rails shooter game.

  6. Loved the first one but DS2 just didn’t appeal to me so the series doesn’t really figure for me anymore.

  7. Really liked DS2, but found it a bit too colourfull. The first one did much better in the dread department. Looking forward to 3 though, nothing like a pair of fresh undies..

    • Really? I loved the new colours, would personally have been bored by more grey space corridors. Snow scopes aren’t exactly colourful though, so you’re probably alright for that :P

  8. Dead Space 2 was great.

  9. Hopefully they bring back the enjoyment which was apparently left on the office floor when they made 2.

    • How can anyone like dead space 1 and not 2? Part 2 has more intense action, all the weapons from pt 1 as well as new ones, and the enemies from pt1 as well as new ones. Dead space 2 also had the same atmosphere as the original but with some even darker areas of gameplay. So what was not to like about it?

  10. “the fourth quarter of 2012 starting a full twenty months after the release of Dead Space 3” I think you mean Dead Space 2.

    Cannot wait for this, the first two were brilliant. Usurped Resident Evil’s place as best survival horror game.

    I’m hoping the next one on the list is the Dead Space flight sim? :)

    • Yeah, i agree. Dead Space franchise took Resident Evil’s top spot as my favorite as well…However, yesturday i saw the official trailor for Resident Evil 6 (NOT Operation Raccoon City!) and to me it looks like it might just be the best survival horror game ever made! I’m VERY eager to get both titles!

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