Monday, January 21, 2013

'Dead Space 3' Demo Now Available for XBOX 360 Owners

"Dead Space 3" sends poor Isaac Clarke to an insufferable ice planet, Tau Volantis where he has to contend with new species of necromorphs, harsh weather, evil cultists, and a new side kick named John Carver.

The "Dead Space" franchise has brought new terror to the survival horror video game market. From the first time I watched the game play of the first game, I knew that it was something special. Both "Dead Space" and "Dead Space 2" are well paced, with a setting that really lends to create an atmosphere of dread and terror.

The next installment in the series is due to come out next month, but if you don't want to wait you can head over to the official  Dead Space website and enter your information to get a code that will allow you to download the demo on XBOX Live. The website calls them "beta codes" in case what you see if confusing to you. The beta code is the demo code.

Yesterday, my SO Shane Strange and I sat down to play the demo, and I won't lie to you, it is a little buggy. There was one instance where there were only two enemies on the screen and the game slowed down significantly and became very slow. In several instances, shooting at a necromorph did nothing. Usually, when you shoot at the limbs of the necromorph, they are blown off. Dismemberment is the easiest way to kill them, and for whatever reason it just wasn't happening during game play of the demo.

Fortunately these sort of things are to be expected, as it is a beta of the game and not the final version that you will buy in stores in February.

One of the interesting things that we noticed was that the augmented reality (AR) that appears in Isaac's HUD display didn't pop up when he approached the controls for doors or elevators the way that it used to. Shane Strange believes that this is because the station on Tau Volantis is very old and was made prior to the integration of AR in every day life. I think that he's right.

The Dev-Team Edition, the super special edition version of "Dead Space 3" has a trunk full of goodies related to the franchise, including these SCAF posters:

The SCAF was the government that existed before EarthGov, 200 years ago, during a time when space travel was done without Shockpoint drives. Interesting, isn't it?

Here's a picture of the whole set.

"Dead Space 3" will be in stores February 5, 2013. 

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