First Thirty: Dead Space (PC)
Well, it took me longer than I thought, but I did finally pick up Dead Space for the PC, and I have to say that I am more impressed with it than some of the reviews might have said about it. So sit back, take a load off, and read up on what my thoughts were with the first thirty minutes of Dead Space on the PC.
First off, make no bones about it, Dead Space is definitely a port of the 360 version of the game. It plays exactly like the 360 version of the game, looks like it, and even works perfectly with a 360 controller. You start the game sitting on your ship, decending into the area where the USG Ishimura is located. After meeting the three four main characters that you will deal with in Dead Space, you are catapulted into the action, with a hard landing, and the partial destruction of your ship.
With no other choice you enter the Ishimura, only to be attacked by these horribly grotesque creatures, that seem to be formed out of human people. With some hints along the way, you realize that the only way to really defeat them is to make sure to remove their limbs, a fact we hear and read six times over in the first thirty minutes of the game.
Some reviews have stated that the controls are rather convoluted, but I did not have any real issue with them. My biggest problem is that I had an Xbox 360 controller hooked up to my PC, thereby killing all the keyboard instructions, overlaying them with controller controls. As you will see in the video at one point, I am trying to figure out how to foot stomp, because the control layout only showed RT as the control for the foot stomp.
I stated earlier that Dead Space looks exactly like the 360 version of the game, barring the higher resolutions. I wonder if this is a testament to how good the 360 version looked, or if the PC version did not add any bells and whistles. Sound is also lacking as I only have a 2.1 speaker setup at this time, limiting the surround sound that made Dead Space sound so creepy on my 360. The game does run exceptionally well, with no slowing at any point running on a 1920x12oo resolution on a Geforce 8800GT with 512 MB RAM. I would suggest passing at this point if you have the game already on the 360 or PS3, but if you have not played it yet, it seems to be a solid game for you collection thirty minutes in.Tags: dead space, decent controls, electronic arts, first thirty, good graphics, sound