It seems like ages ago since the first leaks appeared, with Dead Space 3’s co-op multiplayer the subject of much discussion – should an action horror title like this really be played with a buddy? Well, yes – it’s actually rather good fun, but the pre-release critique didn’t stop there.
But now, finally (and frustratingly for some, a few hours after the game was made available to everyone on the PSN Store) the review embargo is up. Was all that fuss just a flash in the pan? Is the game actually pretty damn good after all? Let’s see.
- Eurogamer: 7/10 – “It’s certainly not a great game, except perhaps as a poster child for the kitchen-sink development mentality of a console generation in its twilight months.”
- CVG: 7.3/10 – “In the end, Dead Space 3’s co-op mode ends up mirroring the single-player experience: slick, entertaining, with the occasional moment of brilliance, marred by a lack of tension, pacing and pant-filling scares.”
- Joystiq: 4.5/5 – “This can’t repeat the original Dead Space‘s first-blush brilliance, but it does make this sequel an interesting, thoughtfully constructed horror game. Dead Space 3‘s only major stumble, which is forgivable in light of its other accomplishments, is in combat against other armed soldiers.”
- Edge: 7/10 – “The campaign feels overlong and stretch marks begin to appear towards the end of the roughly 20-hour adventure.”
- Destructoid: 8/10 – “The changes thrown into the game inevitably damage its charm, though, and make this a step down from its prequels.”
- Kotaku: “NO” – “This isn’t how Dead Space should be remembered. Play 1 or 2 instead, and savor the happy (creepy) memories.”
We’re doing something a little different with our Dead Space 3, stay tuned.
The game is out on Friday in the UK.