I had the privilege of getting an invitation to the Dead Space 2 Multiplayer Beta a month ago (it has taken me this long to put it into words), and I was excited. I was excited for EA, and for Visceral Games, because this is a great attribute to a already fantastic franchise. I am going to make an insanely bold (yet true) claim, and say that the Dead Space franchise is scary as hell.
Dead Space 2 even adds to it; even if it is only multiplayer. I felt terrified when playing, because of the atmosphere. I am not joking either, when I played as the Necromorphs I was terrified to move. It was not because of the other players trying to kill me, no it was because I was stuck staring into a black abyss wondering if one of my own kind was going to jump out at the worse time and make me jump; which there were several occasions where that did happen. The atmosphere in Dead Space 2 is un-freaking-believable.
Controls where easy to learn and to understand; even for being on the PS3. You had your medium attack and heavy attack for the necromorphs, and for the soldiers you had your overpowered guns along with Stasis and Telekinesis. Movement was pretty fluid, except when turning a corner; which a lot of the time I had to face the opposite way and quick turn-around just to make it even fluid. Camera control was a lot easier I thought than the movement.
There were only a couple issues I found that sort of altered my mood of the game. The very first game I played as a soldier and I thought “wow it is easy to kill”, well I found out it depends on the team. This is where my issue was; while being a necromorphs I found it was almost –sometimes- impossible to get a kill. The soldiers weapons where vastly overpowered. Not to mention the necromorphs’ tentacles and claws were just way underpowered.
All in all, to get the full grasp of course I would have to play the full game. Multiplayer however, was pretty fun, despite some of my issues. However, as a reminder: THIS IS ONLY THE BETA, ORIGINAL PRODUCT WILL BE DIFFERENT. I keep reminding myself of that very sentence; only because I love Dead Space as a whole. Would I recommend getting this game the day it came out? YES I WOULD. Why? ITS DEAD SPACE 2! I am more than 200% positive this game is going to rock the socks of millions, including myself!