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6:15 PM on 02.05.2013

Unboxing the Dead Space 3 Dev Team Edition

In a moment of madness, and due to having more money than sense, I ended up purchasing the Dead Space 3 Dev Team Edition. I didn't mean to do it, it just ... kind of happened. Unable to change the past, the package arrived t...

Jim Sterling

9:33 AM on 02.05.2013

Dead Space 3: Awakened DLC announced

Our Dead Space 3 review hasn't even had time to cool down yet, but Visceral Games has announced its seemingly obligatory downloadable expansion. Dead Space 3: Awakened is slated for a March release, Visceral's confirmed this ...

Jim Sterling



These were the best moments in Dead Space 2 photo
These were the best moments in Dead Space 2
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

2011 was a pretty great year for gaming. Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking: everyone always says that every year. Sure, that might be true, but really, 2011 was a great year for gaming! Hell, just look at our Game of the Year nominees in 2011: Batman: Arkham City, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Portal 2, and Dead Space 2.

All great games, but my personal number one for that year was Dead Space 2. The original Dead Space was great, but then Visceral Games turned the dial up to 11 with the sequel, leaving an impression on me that was buried deeper than the nightmares left in Isaac Clarke's brain.

I've been long overdue for a replay of Dead Space 2, so on the eve of Dead Space 3's release, I felt like a full on replay was needed to remember what made the game so great.

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2:30 PM on 02.04.2013

Jimquisition: Dead Space - Best New IP This Generation?

Dead Space comes up a lot on Jimquisition, and it's usually because of some complaint or other. However, these are complaints born from love, as the series happens to be your ol' pal Jim's favorite debuting IP of t...

Jim Sterling

11:45 AM on 02.04.2013

Dead Space 3 limited edition watch will set you back

As a hardcore fan of Dead Space, I'm tempted by any bits of tat bearing some vague connection to the series. Even so, it'll take some convincing to get me to shell out $265 for a watch.  This limited edition Dead Space 3...

Jim Sterling

3:30 PM on 01.31.2013

Isaac Clark can't catch a break in Dead Space 3

Dead Space 3 is out next week and the latest trailer shows us some of the early motivation for Isaac Clark's fight against the Necromorph threat. You'll be fighting more deranged Unitologists, dealing with your own crew, and trying to figure out if Ellie's new eye is real or fake! Check back tomorrow for a cool look at how the Dead Space 3 team made some of the new Necromorph creatures.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:00 PM on 01.30.2013

Doorbusting the Dead Island tourism board on PC standards

In this latest installment of Office Chat, Jordan Devore, Brett Zeidler, and I consider whether Dead Island's cinematic trailers are misleading and if PC gamers should expect ports of games that utilize the superior power of their hardware. Plus, Nintendo's Virtual Console promotion might be a bit confusing, but represents a pretty good value.

Conrad Zimmerman

6:47 PM on 01.29.2013

Dead Space 3 microtransaction/DLC prices revealed

In today's PlayStation Store update, Sony revealed the details on Dead Space 3's controversial microtransactions and downloadable content, spilling the beans on what you'll be able to buy and how much it'll set you back....

Jim Sterling

4:15 PM on 01.29.2013

Visceral hints at 'disturbing' Dead Space 3 story DLC

In addition to revealing Dead Space 3's four gameplay modes, executive producer Steve Papoutsis has dropped the first clue that Visceral's horror-shooter is getting an extra story campaign as downloadable content.  ...

Jim Sterling





2:30 PM on 01.29.2013

Dead Space 3 has four unlockable game modes

Dead Space 3 executive producer Steve Papoutsis has shared details on four unlockable modes for the action-horror game, and they are not for the faint of heart. After beating the campaign once, access will be given to New Gam...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 01.28.2013

Dead Space 3 PC lacks visual options for consistency

Dead Space 3's PC port will not have DirectX 11 support or HD textures, according to reports, to which developer Visceral Games says, so what? "We continue to evolve our games as we develop them, but we certainly don't target...

Allistair Pinsof

10:30 AM on 01.28.2013

Dead Space 3 Play Arts Kai Isaac looks the business

Square Enix recently (well it was a few days ago) revealed a new addition to its Play Arts Kai line of figures -- Isaac Clarke as he appears in the upcoming Dead Space 3. Equipped with the snowsuit rig he uses on Tau Volantis...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 01.28.2013

Dead Space 3 launch trailer gets its Phil Collins on

Phil Collins gets a lot of hate, and I don't get it. He's a good man and his songs aren't bad, damn it!  In any case, Visceral has decided that "In The Air Tonight" (or at least a cover version) is a suitable bit of bac...

Jim Sterling



Dead Space 3 has microtransactions because mobile gamers photo
Dead Space 3 has microtransactions because mobile gamers
by Jim Sterling

Visceral Games has justified the controversial microtransaction system in Dead Space 3 by claiming mobile gamers expect them now. Well, that's a totally reasonable ... wait, what?

"There’s a lot of players out there, especially players coming from mobile games, who are accustomed to micro-transactions," Visceral's John Calhoun told CVG. "They’re like 'I need this now, I want this now.' They need instant gratification. So we included that option in order to attract those players, so that if they’re 5000 Tungsten short of this upgrade, they can have it."

So ... mobile gamers, who play games on mobile devices, expect microtransactions, which means a home console game, played on a home console, should have them. Is that really all it takes to sell a game to a mobile player these days? The promise of in-app purchases? Is Visceral not trying to run before it can walk, offering a mobile gaming structure before it even knows it has an audience?

This doesn't even go into the fact that Visceral conveniently forgot something else mobile gamers expect -- games that don't demand $60 up-front before they start offering their little extra purchases. If Dead Space 3 is being designed for mobile gamers now, why does it costs exactly $59.99 more than Temple Run?

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1:00 PM on 01.23.2013

Dead Space 3 will have a bare-bones PC version

Just when we were getting accustomed to high-profile multiplatform releases stepping up their offerings on PC, word has gotten out that Dead Space 3 will be taking a ... different approach to the platform. Speaking to games.o...

Jordan Devore

8:30 AM on 01.22.2013

Dead Space 3 crafting system includes microtransactions

Dead Space 3 is going to see a fair few changes, boasting a faster pace, cover-based shooting, and a weapon crafting system. While I'm not a big fan of some of the alterations, the one thing I did find praiseworthy was that l...

Jim Sterling