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NYCC Hands On: Dead Space 2

A major hit at the New York Comic Con, Dead Space 2 is the sequel to one of the only good survival horror games to come out in a long time. Well, now it is near release and Gamer Reaction was at the front lines to get the scoop.

Walking into the booth, I was instantly greeted by EA reps so I did what I could to get as much info as possible. With multiplayer being the newest addition to the game; fans of the series have been worried that it might ruin the single player experience that was so enjoyed in the first. Well, I think it’s time I put some worries to rest. I got to my hands on the game and, from what I was also told, it will play very similarly to the Left 4 Dead competitive multiplayer; 4-players as the humans and 4-players as the aliens, known as the Necromorphs. The Necromorphs play just like the Infected in L4D, as in, they have the ability to see the human players through barriers, climb up and rip through walls, scramble through small vents and plan their strike they best way possible. The rep also told me about an ability that gives the Necro players the ability to hear what the humans are saying in close proximity, so if you scare someone you will hear it in their best girly voice ever. The human players will have an arsenal of weapons but control just like Isaac in the main story, so survival will depend on team work.

Two years ago today, on October 14, Dead Space released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Set in the year 2508, we played as Isaac Clarke, an engineer who, with his team, answered the distress signal from a starship which his girlfriend also happens to be on. This is where Isaac encounters the alien beings, known as the Necromorphs, and the only way to kill them is to cut off their limbs. Sort of like zombies, the Necromorphs would turn the dead bodies of the crew into more Necromorphs. Some time after the events of Deep Space, Isaac Clarke is called to a all-new space installation known as The Sprawl, where he finds himself confronting a catastrophic new nightmare. Since his experience with the alien threat, Isaac has now equipped himself with a new arsenal of tools to dismember the Necromorphs. Isaac now faces a much bigger challenge than before. Dead Space 2 will be scarier and more epic battles are expected that will keep gamers on the edge of their seats.

The contents of the Collector’s Edition were recently announced.

Included in all versions of the Collector’s Edition:

• Dead Space 2 game
• Downloadable
Unitology Suit and Force Gun, providing Isaac with unique benefits when used in Dead Space 2.
• Dead Space 2 Original
Soundtrack on CD; features an hour of music compiled from the game’s score.
• Concept art
lithograph depicting Necromorph transformation by Visceral Games artist Brett Marting.

*Exclusive bonus content on Xbox 360 and PC only:
• Replica of Isaac’s trusty Plasma Cutter, modeled from the new design from Dead Space 2.

*Exclusive to the PlayStation 3 pack only:
• The critically acclaimed
Dead Space: Extraction.  See how it all began in the PlayStation® Move supported prequel to Dead Space, available for the first time in HD.
• Downloadable
Rivet Gun for use in-game.

Now it seems like a tough choice: on the PS3, you can get a full bonus game; on the Xbox and PC you can get a replica weapon from the game. Personally, I can’t get enough toys on my desk at work so I’ll be going for the Plasma Cutter, which will you choose?

Dead Space 2 will be released on January 25, 2011 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

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