Dead Space 3: Bring A Friend
Dead Space 3
Veritas Examines The Co-Op Promise of Dead Space 3
Set to release on February 5 of next year, Visceral Games’ Dead Space 3 comes with some interesting changes. The series of third-person survival shooter games for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC were a welcome entry into the dwindling horror genre. Now that Resident Evil has become more of an action first person shooter for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, Dead Space 3 is nearly alone in the horror section. While it certainly has shooter aspects, the atmosphere in Dead Space 3 can be overwhelming with its nerve fraying jump scares and fearsome enemies. DS3 is doing less in space, instead setting its feet on a terrifying, cold world and taking players on a trip to destroy the Markers once and for all.
After the events of DS2, Isaac Clarke and Ellie Langford are on the run from EarthGov. As they look for the source of the Necromorph infestation, they find the icy planet of Tau Volantis, a place that may hold some answers about Unitology and the Markers. As they make their descent, their ship breaks apart, separating them at the beginning of the story. Enter Sargent John Carver, a hardened soldier that will be joining Isaac and Ellie throughout the adventure. John has his own story line and seems to care little for Isaac’s history and his search for Ellie. They are reluctant partners, each with their own agenda and it will be interesting to see how that affects the story.
For the first time in the history of the series, Dead Space 3 will have the option to co-op the story. According to Visceral, DS and DS2 were reported as being very scary to play alone and that some fans would have liked the option to have a friend join them in a session, ENTER Dead Space 3. The developers have added Drop-In Drop-Out Online Co-op, hoping that the added company will encourage more people to buy Dead Space 3. After establishing the session, Player 1 will be Isaac and Player 2 will play as John. Visceral emphasizes that the story can still be tackled solo by those who like to suffer their screaming and ruined pants alone. When in single player, John and Ellie will only appear as NPCs, however, playing co-op will employ tactics and show scenes not found in solo mode, obviously. Judging by the trailers, vets of the best shooters for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC might just be enticed to join in Dead Space 3.
Dead Space 3 Combat Mechanics
Among the welcomed changes are the additions to the combat mechanics, specifically rolling while shooting and the usage of cover. As the AI has improved in its approach and new enemies join the fray, Isaac and company will need all the help they can get. While fighting the first human enemies in the series, Unitology Soldiers, Isaac and John shoot from behind cover, running and rolling from one barrier to the next. To keep cover from being overused, players can only use cover when fighting human enemies. While co-op may seem like a bad move for a game that has relied on single player to deliver the fear, it does not detract from the tension or the planning. In fact, Dead Space 3 will see more tactics open up as players work together. Isaac may build up his telekinesis to launch enemies as John’s upgraded weapons go to town. As John solves a puzzle, Isaac can keep watch. In a scene where an enormous drill is obstructing passage, Isaac uses stasis to slow it down and shoot its power source as John keeps the incoming horde off Isaac’s back.
There will be no traditional multiplayer in Dead Space 3. Co-op is replacing it as the online aspect. That may not be a completely bad thing considering the multiplayer in the second entry. Visceral wants to experiment with the series to keep it fresh and co-op is what they are betting will work. The story and gameplay are still dark, frantic and fearsome. Dead Space 3′s shooting will be among the best Xbox 360, PS3 and PC shooters, its horror unparalleled. Dead Space 3 still promises to overwhelm and terrify its fans and surely, the Necromorphs will not care that one brought a friend.