Make me hurl or dazzle me.
At least it looks good now. :P
I finally threw out my black soft pimp pajamas.
It was spreading its blackness everywhere, to the pillows, to the sheets and to my chest. I’ve had enough.
Soon, I’ll put those IKEA pillows to use. And hopefully my skin will return to normal very soon.
Hacking is a new mini-game in Dead Space 2. You rip off a panel and stick up your arms to twist some cables or something. You see a small circle with a piece of pie, you spin the pie piece to find blue pie pieces. Find three and voilà. Find a red one and you get zapped. Although I should mention that once you find the pie piece you have to click on it for it to work. ^^’ I like this mini-game, since you don’t do it that much it doesn’t become overused.
Suits of Armor
Throughout the game you find more armor suits to wear. Although the way of upgrading it is different from the first game. In the first game you had one suit, and you found schematics for upgrades to buy at the store. This suit upgraded in looks, armor and inventory space. In Dead Space 2 on the other hand, you buy a new suit each time. Each of the suits look differently and has a special bonus ability. But you can still pick any suit you want and still have the same inventory space and upgrades, which is really good. I think I kind of encountered a bug in the game. I bought a better suit, and then all of a sudden I couldn’t find the suit I wanted to change to in the inventory. It was in the store, so I had to buy it again (which didn’t really do anything since it cost 0 credits). But then another suit was found in the store, for 20 000 credits. WTF? I think it had to do with the fact that I stuck with the Zealot Suit all the way.
Dead Space 2 was very much darker than the first game. And by that I mean the lighting. There were many instances where I couldn’t see shit. I recall in the beginning it was very dark, in a moment where you want the least darkness. But you won’t miss any ammo on the ground since they glow slightly, as does containers and lockers.
Flying in Zero Gravity
Unlike the first game, where you darted from side to side in zero gravity, you can fly free. It’s a great freedom, but keep in mind the z button to orient yourself since it’s easy to spin around enough to get motion sickness.
Nodes & Node Rooms
Nodes are used for upgrading your weapons, stasis thingie and suit. You can find them or buy them for 10k credits. Very useful, I use them to upgrade one weapon and the suit. The rest I use for a secondary weapon and the stasis thingie. Btw, if you upgrade the Dead Space Plasma Cutter you upgrade the Dead Space 2 Plasma Cutter at the same time! The other use for nodes are the nodes rooms, as I call them. Basically you use a node to open a treasure room. Sometimes it’s totally worth it, sometimes it’s not. The treasure is random I might add. In the first game I didn’t bother with them, but in the second I unlocked everyone I found. If you play your cards right, you will have enough nodes to fully upgrade the suit and one weapon and some more, and still have enough to open the node rooms. Just keep one node with you at all times to be safe.
I don’t remember if this was present in the first game but this time you can stomp your dead enemies for extra ammo. Very satisfactory, extra ammo/credits and you get to stomp on the tormenting necromorphs. :D
In 9 hours and 52 minutes in normal mode, and I wasn’t rushing through (I took my sweet-ass time).
It’s like the first game, the total hour count isn’t long but it felt like more. I’ve even forgotten to eat. Ha!
Signs of a great game.
Completing the game unlocks some new things, like a new suit, new game+ & the insane hardcore mode.
I might play this one again, but trying out new weapons. I went with the Plasma Cutter and a little bit of Force Gun all the way through the game.
I will also add that later in the game, I got so scared I jumped in my seat. ;)
But, it’s a little late now. I have some spoiler-free things I want to mention which will have to wait until tomorrow (or rather, later today ^^’).
I. LOVE. THIS. GAME.
The graphics are improved, there are more gore, new enemies, new weapons, the controls are improved, the scary feeling of what-the-heck-is-going-on is back.
I don’t want to spoil anything… yet, so have some spoiler free thoughts below.
Isaac now has a voice. Imho I thought Isaac was better off silent, but his new voice is really great. It does add more depth to him.
Play the first game first, because in the second there are some major spoilers for the first game in there.
There are several suits, instead of just one. And each of them have special abilities (like this armor provides a bonus for that weapon).
Since I got the CE I got a new suit and weapon for free. The Zealot suit, which has markings on his and if you have played the first game you are gonna recognize them, and the Force Gun which is awesome for blasting away many enemies at once (especially against a new type of enemy).
Also, if you have Dead Space still installed you get the Plasma Cutter from the first game in the new game! Which I think is splendid.
So far I feel like I’ve played for a long while, yet my progress says just over 4 hours. Which is how I felt about the first game too.
Lastly I’ll bring up the scariness of the game. This time around I wasn’t as scared as when playing the first game, because back then Dead Space was the first survival horror game I ever played. With Dead Space 2, I’m still scared and creeped out but I’m enjoying it in another way. This might have to do with the fact that I started playing around noon. And it doesn’t mean the game is just using the same scares as in the previous game, I’ve seen plenty of new ways to scare me.
And I love it so much.
EDIT: Oh, and Isaac can fly in zero gravity.