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Dead Space
Sub Genre:
Third Person
Release Date (US):
October 14th, 2008
Release Date (UK):
October 23rd, 2008
Online Players:
EA Redwood Shores
Electronic Arts
M [Mature]
PSU Rank:
71 of 1166 Games
PSU Rank on PS3:
68 of 0 Games
Additional Information:
Also available on PC and Xbox 360

About Dead Space

Gamers step into a third-person sci-fi survival horror experience that promises to deliver the ultimate in psychological thrills and gruesome action. Set in the cold blackness of deep space, the atmosphere is soaked with a feeling of tension, dread and sheer terror. In Dead Space, players step into the role of engineer Isaac Clarke – an ordinary man on a seemingly routine mission to fix the communications systems aboard a deep space mining ship. It is not long before Isaac awakes to a living nightmare when he learns that the ship's crew has been ravaged by a vicious alien infestation. He must fight through the dead silence and darkness of deep space to stay alive.



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Dead Space is a thrilling scarefest filled with nightmarish creatures, gory detail, and the ability to make any gamer wish it was the daytime. Redwood Shores has delivered a truly must-buy title during a month of standout releases.

We like

  • Unique gameplay experience
  • Stunning visual design
  • Limb by limb dismemberment

We dislike

  • Replayability is crippled by inventory loss during difficulty switch
  • Overpowered boot stomp
  • Backtracking may bother some gamers

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There used to be a time when the survival horror meant solely Silent Hill and Resident Evil. Lately, there are more original properties, like the mind-boggling BioShock or the gruesome Condemned, sprouting up within the genre. Now EA has pushed itself into view with EA Redwood Shores’ inaugural leap into survival horror, Dead Space. Referred to on more than one occasion as “BioShock in space,” Dead Space brin...



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Dead Space News

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  • EA shuts down Australian Dead Space developer studio

    Electronic Arts has confirmed the closure of Dead Space developer, Visceral Games Melbourne, following a series of tweets that sparked rumors of the studio's closure last week. Speaking with MCV, an EA spokesperson said the reason for the closure is because there is no "active project in dev...

  • Visceral hints at Dead Space movie

    Dead Space co-creator Ian Milham’s let slip that developer Visceral Games has discussed the possibility of a live-action adaptation of the sci-fi horror franchise. Speaking during an interview with the BBC, Milham revealed the studio would “love” to see the critically acclaimed ...

  • Visceral says Dead Space could've been cancelled 'at any minute'

    Dead Space executive producer Steve Papoutsis has let slip that Visceral Games’ stellar survival horror outing could have been scrapped ‘at any minute’ during development had publisher EA felt it wasn’t up to scratch. Speaking during a recent interview, Papoutsis spilled t...

  • Dead Space user base stands at 3 million

    Visceral Games’ Glen Schofield has revealed that around three million gamers have played survival horror outing Dead Space – that’s double the amount of customers who actually purchased the game brand new. Speaking in an Electronic Arts podcast, Schofield commented, "... we...

  • EA Redwood Shores is no more

    Electronic Arts has confirmed that its longest running games studio, Redwood Shores, has undergone a name change and will now be known as Visceral Games. The Dead Space developer feels that this change will help promote its commitment to 'new development principles and game design values.' Accord...

  • Dead Space sales top 1.4 million globally

    Electronic Arts has announced that critically acclaimed Survival Horror outing Dead Space has sold roughly 1.4 million copies worldwide since its launch in October 2008. Speaking to Gamespot, Glen Schofield, vice president of EA and Visceral Games general manager, commented, "I'm happy with ...

  • Dead Space, Mirror's Edge surpass one million sales

    Speaking during the publisher’s Q3 earnings conference call, Electronic Arts chief financial officer Eric Brown revealed that both Dead Space and Mirror’s Edge sold through one million copies in 2008. The sales figures account for all three platforms, with the exception of the PC iter...

  • Dead Space demo due out this week

    Haven’t quite decided whether or not Electronic Arts’ Dead Space is for you? Well, fortunately you’re in luck – the publisher announced today that it will be depositing a free demo of the survival horror outing on PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade this week. Those o...

  • EA reveals Dead Space DLC

    Electronic Arts has unveiled a slew of downloadable content for its popular sci-fi space romp, Dead Space. Available on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Europe from November 13, the Dead Space Premium Upgrade Packs allow users to download all-new skins for the game’s existing supply of Ne...

Dead Space Features

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  • Dead Space's scariest moments

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