Ten Years On: Dead Space

For this ‘Ten Years On’ post we take a look back at “Dead Space”.

I’m the first to admit that when it comes to gaming I’m usually lagging behind, I don’t follow the trends of it all and when I do buy a game it’s usually a cheap deal because of how old it is.

This isn’t through choice though, I just have little time to play on my games console and it can be a long time between plays and I often forget everything I’ve done and what I’m supposed to do which isn’t a good thing, I’ve had to restart many a game because of this and it can become highly frustrating so I just don’t pick it up again for a while.

Now “Dead Space” is a game that whilst it may be ten years old this year, I was only introduced to it a couple of years ago when a good friend of mine bought it for me as a Christmas present. I’d heard of it but in all honesty I had no clue what it was, within half an hour of playing the game I was hooked on it and I can tell you that this extremely rare.

I felt like I was playing a game where I was in space shooting monsters that look like they could’ve crawled right out of John Carpenters “The Thing”, which is no bad thing at all. The monsters are truly terrifying added with the highly intense music and jump scares through out make the game edge of your seat enjoyable.

Seriously, I forgot how much these kind of games drew you in to their world and how mentally involved you actually got with the characters and the story arc of the game, I grew a strange affinity¬†for ‘Isaac’ (the person who you play as) and each time I got myself upgrades and got further into the game I strangely felt a sense of pride for the character.

As I said before the game is highly intense, so much so that I found I was gripping the controller a little to hard, something I only realised after I got serious cramp in my hands. Also I was so enthralled in what was going on that I found myself wondering when I’d last blinked, some serious and painful eye strain went on.

Because of all this I just couldn’t put the controller down and for the first time in many, many years I completed the game within a couple of months, I hadn’t enjoyed a game that much for such a long time. It reignited something in me and I’ve been scouring around for more Horror games since then, much to the dismay of my wallet.

Ten years on and I can honestly tell you that if this Horror game was released today it would be still be a hit, well it would be with me anyway (that isn’t saying much really is it?), it has aged seriously well and it still has quite a following who are anxiously awaiting a new release.

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