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Why haven't I played this before now?

Well, folks, I returned Operation: Flashpoint, got my money back (thank you, GameStop, for your 7-day policy for used games), and then spent it on a game which I should have bought as soon as it came out..

Seriously, why hadn't I played this? Dead Space is one of the best survival horror games I've played since Silent Hill (the old Silent Hill games, not the newer ones with the Shamalayan-esque twists), story-wise. I also like the gameplay mechanics, though as with any survival horror game, it gets to the point where fighting through the monsters becomes less of a thrill and more of a bore.

Still, as I said, I find the story rather engaging, especially the way key pieces are presented to the player through logs left lying around the ship. It fills in the blanks while still leaving plenty of questions. The explanation at the end of it is... kind of BS, but it's not bad enough to where I can't stomach it. Plus, the background behind what happened on the USG Ishimura is plenty to the player in the game.

The gameplay was smooth overall, though some of the actions could be described as "clunky," such as the Zero-G jumps and using kinesis. I was actually quite happy that the developers decided to throw away the traditional HUD concept and use in-game holograms to show players their inventory, objectives, ammo count, and the health meter being a part of the player's RIG was also pretty unique, as far as I've seen. Even though the levels are pretty linear, there's still plenty of room to explore the Ishimura as you go along. The spacing of features like stores and workbenches were well-done, though it could be frustrating trying to get to either at some points during the game.

I do feel that the melee combat system could have been implemented better... especially when the player had to deal with low-lying enemies after running out of ammunition. It was a real chore trying to stomp those little skittery nerve endings (or whatever they're called--that's just what they looked like to me) out of existence... they didn't try to latch onto you, so you either had to stomp them or get them while they were on the walls. Other than that, the shooting bits went quite well, and being able to upgrade your different pieces of equipment was a real treat, too.

All in all, I'd give this one a 9 out of 10. Great story, great critters (if you don't include the cartwheeling leech things), and an adequately unnerving feel. I'm looking forward to the sequel, and crossing my fingers in the hope that it won't suck like so many sequels tend to do...
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About Red Beretone of us since 3:39 AM on 06.15.2010

Q: What do you call yourself?
A: Bennett, mostly. I do go by the alias Red Beret, though, and any variation thereof.

Q: What are your qualifications?
A: I don't have any.

Q: Does that stop you?
A: Of course not.

Q: So, why "Hit or Miss?"
A: Because the general response to a blog post could go either way, and I'm okay with that. I feel that it reflects the fact that this is a place for people to share their opinions... good or bad.

Q: I see. Tell us more about yourself.
A: Well, I consider myself a casual gamer. I mostly play through games for the story rather than the challenge, and I very rarely play games online, as I don't have great Internet service. I play on a wide enough genre spectrum to stay in the loop with most things, but generally I pass on anything I don't take an interest in... no point in diversifying my portfolio if I'm not gonna have fun with it, eh?

Currently, I'm in possession of a Nintendo Wii and an Xbox 360. The Wii has not been turned on in the past month, and I'm pretty sure it only exists as a paperweight or a conversation piece--I'm not sure which. Maybe both. Actually, it's kind of useless as a paperweight, because Nintendo decided to devise this little... stand thing, so you can't really pick it up in that convenient way most paperweights can be picked up. So I guess it's a conversation piece. People can ask me, "Oh, you have a Wii?" and I can say "Oh, right, that's what that is."

I suppose I can count my computer, too, but I don't, since I can't really play games on it (its loss).

When I'm not gaming, I do "normal" things like eat and sleep, and when I'm not doing any of those, I rock the AirSoft scene (6mm Mercenary FTW) and post my opinions in the public domain, where unfortunates such as yourselves may read them, haha!
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