More good news has been announced ahead of the Dead Space remake on January 27th. The lucky ones who intend to play the game on PC will be given a free copy of Dead Space 2 upon purchase.
The survival horror sequel normally costs $20 / £17.99 / AUD$29 on Steam, but will be free if you buy Dead Space Remake – a nice addition if you don’t already own Dead Space 2.
Unfortunately, this deal doesn’t carry over to the console versions. However, for Xbox Series X/S owners and those who subscribe to Game Pass, all current Dead Space games are already free, even Dead Space 3.
That said, PS5 fans have got the short end of the stick with this one. Not only is there no deal for Dead Space 2, but it’s also not available for purchase on the PlayStation Store. Furthermore, those planning to play Dead Space Remake on PS5 will have to pay more than others as it costs $70 / £69.99 / AUS$109.05.
worth the pain
For those who loved the original Dead Space, the remake stays true to the story but expands on some areas, similar to the Resident Evil 2 remake. One major change is that your character, Isaac Clarke, will now speak. Originally a silent protagonist, Clarke was only given dialogue in Dead Space 2 and 3. This update makes the original game fit in more neatly with its sequel.
Dead Space has made a name for itself with its blood, which lets you slice apart your enemies’ body parts. Developer Motive Studios hasn’t noticed that, and in addition to making Isaac a little chatterbox, it’s adding A New Dynamic Meat Peeler System That Looks Great, It will also act as a damage indicator that will make it more obvious when you’ve finished off an enemy.
fuel the competition
If an alien horror story based deep in space sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Not long ago, Striking Distance Studios released The Callisto Protocol. While many enjoyed its story and spectacular visual and audio elements, the sci-fi horror title did not live up to the hype.
Callisto Protocol is not affiliated with Dead Space, although they share a lineage. Callisto Protocol was directed by Dead Space co-creator Glenn Scofield, and the environments and mechanics of the two games are very similar. Enemies, minimalist HUD and UI, and an over-the-shoulder perspective make it hard to shake off the resemblance to Dead Space.
While The Callisto Protocol was one of our hardware editor Alexa McLaughlin favorite games of the past year, she herself says that “it’s full of frustrating difficulty spikes and design decisions that mean I can’t love it the way I do those first two Dead Space games.” That’s why he’s so excited for this Dead Space remake: It’s going back to the original source and giving it all the bells and whistles of a modern game.