EA Release 15 Minutes Of Dead Space 3 Gameplay Footage.
We didn’t come away from E3 particularly impressed by Dead Space 3. Bigger, faster, dumber, it seemed based on the E3 demo that it’s a drastic departure from ever series convention that matters, ultimately being nothing more than Dead Space in name only.
That’s an opinion shared by a lot of observers who, like us, feel that EA is just doing what they do best, which is to royally screw up games that work and to make them as generic as possible. The negative buzz was strong enough that EA felt compelled to respond by insisting that they’re listening to the fans, and that Dead Space 3 is definitely a horror game because something something*. I don’t buy it either, but you have to give them credit for trying, or appearing to anyway.
And now they’re rolling out phase 2 of Operation Convince People Dead Space 3 Won’t Suck: a 15 minute gameplay hosted by producer Steve Papoutsis. Here it is in full:
This is, incidentally, almost entirely comprised of the same footage I saw at E3, only slightly improved. I admit that the graphics are a bit more impressive, particularly the physics of fire being blown by wind, but it still looks like Dead Space 3 is Lost Planet + Gears of War, except worse because as you’ll see, they’re nerfing out single player narrative content to force players to play co-op. I’m trying to keep an open mind but it’s just looking inevitable that DS3 is going to be bad.
But what do you think? Sound off in comments.
* I’m still confused by the fact that EA apparently believes a game isn’t a success unless it moves 5 million copies, and that their plan to accomplish this goal with Dead Space 3 is to alienate core fans of the series. But then, I can’t believe they’re releasing a SimCity game that has no single player capability, so I’m probably a little dumb.