Why I Still Want A Dead Space 4
I’m a big fan of the Dead Space series, but it’s obvious to say that Dead Space 3 was by far the weakest of the series and made quite a bit of us disappointed upon playing it. To see this beloved horror franchise go to a more action oriented experience really made me sad, and kind of made the experience less than desirable. I enjoyed the game, just not as much as I would of liked to.
The original Dead Space was amazing, and truly terrifying. The game hooked me from the very beginning with the Necromorphs dropping through the ceiling and nearly killing everyone within the first few minutes of the game. It got me right into the game, and made me terrified right from the get-go. This was a wonderful game with an interesting cast of characters and truly terrifying enemies that carried over into my favorite game of the series, Dead Space 2.
Dead Space 2 took everything from the first game and ramped it up, and threw us into a new location aboard The Sprawl. Dead Space 2 added new enemies, delved deeper into the psychological elements by having Isaac hallucinate and see things that truly weren’t there, and it made the experience uneasy. The intro for this game completely beat the first game’s intro with everything going to hell, and the witnessing tons of death, and carnage within the first few minutes of the game. Again, I got hooked right away and was thrilled to be back into the shoes of Isaac Clarke. Even though this game had a few more action-like elements than it’s predecessor I still loved it, and is to this day my favorite game in the trilogy. Returning to the USG Ishimura, which was the ship/setting for the first game was awesome, and by far the scariest part of the second game.
The addition of competitive multiplayer was also welcomed by me, and I rather enjoyed it. I was quite sad to not see it come back in Dead Space 3.
Then came along Dead Space 3 this past February, and it definitely received some mixed opinions. The fact of it being more action oriented than the previous two games was the main point of criticism, and dislike for the game, but even with that being part of the game I really enjoyed it. Sure, this one is my least favorite of the trilogy, but it’s by no means a bad game. People complained about the fighting against Unitologist Soldiers, but I always defended that part of the game and still do to this day. The way the story was being told, and progressing it only made sense that we’d have to eventually fight back against them. It just makes sense for the plot.
I even enjoyed the co-operative element of Dead Space 3, having playing with my pal @Oatinator I was thrust into the shoes of Carver, whom was Isaac’s partner through-out the game but would only show up during the co-op playthrough. So, if you wanted a truly isolated, and vanilla Dead Space experience then co-op wouldn’t be for you. Carver is the one suffering from “visions” and hallucinations this time around, and for me it really added to the “creepy” factor when my buddy and I were wading through the snow and I saw a woman crying and injured, where as my friend controlling Isaac could only see Carver having a mini-freak out. Stuff like that made me uncomfortable in Dead Space 3, and it made me really enjoy the co-op. Sure, it might not of been as scary of a game with a buddy, but the co-op was extremely enjoyable.
Sadly, Dead Space 3 had an ending that didn’t make sense and through buying the DLC that was released we learned the true fate of Isaac, and Carver and that they both survived attacking the Moon (final boss) and we get what felt like the real ending to Dead Space 3 considering how short the DLC was (1 hour or so).
We got a really cliff-hanger like ending with Dead Space 3 showing the Earth infested by Necromorphs, and which would most likely be the plot point to Dead Space 4 if the game ever gets made. I read something about Dead Space 4 in June about it not being canned but not in active development, and that Visceral were working on something different at the current point in time. So, yes I’d love to see Visceral revisit the Dead Space franchise soon and give us a Dead Space 4 on the next-gen consoles as I’m a huge fan of the series, and will still buy the next game even though the series took a more action oriented route.
However, I would like to see DS4 return to the classic feel and style of the original Dead Space with a purely survival-horror take on the game. No action bullshit, but pure horror. The co-op could still be in the game for people who enjoyed it in DS3 (like myself) but just bring the game back to its roots, and make it terrifying again. Dead Space is a great series, and it tells a great story. It would be a shame to end the series on that ending from Dead Space 3.
Just imagine a post-apocalyptic Earth caused by the Necromorphs, and Markers. That would be truly glorious. Instead of a frozen, and boring planet like in Dead Space 3 we’d have a chaotic, and apocalyptic Earth to fight through. Even though apocalypse scenarios have been done before I’d imagine it would work wonders for Dead Space. So, deep down I pray that Visceral will bring Dead Space back soon, and bring them to next-gen consoles.
So, what do you think? Would you like to see Dead Space continue and go back to survival horror? Or, do you think Dead Space should stay dead?
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