Dead Space: Extraction Review

When Dead Space: Extraction was announced, fans of the series immediately split into two groups – on one hand there were those grateful for the continuation of the series, while on the other there were the PC gamers who didn’t own a Wii or PS3 and wouldn’t get to enjoy the new title. And even though Dead Space: Extraction didn’t come out on the PC like its predecessor, its popularity somehow managed to surpass even that of the first game.

Gameplay

The gameplay isn’t exactly similar to that of Dead Space. The game takes place before the events of the first game, serving as a prequel to fill in some of the gaps in the storyline so far. The story isn’t directly tied to the one of Dead Space though, in the sense that the game doesn’t leave off precisely where the first one begins.

You no longer play from the third perspective, and don’t even control your character directly – the game is now a “rail” shooter, where the character moves on a predetermined path and you simply control their movement and kill the enemies as they show up.

New weapons have been added, as well as several new monsters. The controls have obviously been geared towards Wii players, as they can aim much more conveniently by pointing the controller at the screen directly, or even using the Wii Zapper if they own one. PS3 players shouldn’t feel let down though, as they can still enjoy the game in its fullest, only with a slightly more clumsy aiming system.

Graphics and System Requirements

Due to the nature of the level design (lack of possibility for backtracking by the player, etc), the game has been designed in a very detailed manner, with the levels featuring some impressive, breath-taking scenes that push the capabilities of the aging Wii’s hardware really far. Despite the predetermined nature of your movements, the animations don’t feel stiff or too unrealistic, and on the contrary, the game feels very smooth and easy-flowing.

The blood effects seem to have been toned down, but that’s somewhat understandable – being unable to avoid obstacles easily, coupled with the copious amounts of blood that is sometimes on the screen at once, could’ve easily make the game look cluttered.

Other

Dead Space: Extraction also offers a multiplayer mode where you can try to beat the game with a friend of yours. It’s only limited to two players, and it’s played in a manner standard to this type of shooters – you both share the same screen and compete against each other for points, but are also trying to help each other to succeed, of course.

Conclusion

If you’re a dedicated PC gamer, you won’t get to play Dead Space: Extraction and that’s a fact. Are you missing out on a lot? Possibly – but if you’re a true fan of the series you can grab a second-hand Wii and give it a shot!

Red Steel 2 Review

Red Steel 2 is the sequel to a semi-popular title for the Nintendo Wii, set in a unique world that combines elements of western with fantasy and oriental culture. The game is, again, a first-person shooter, though its gameplay has changed from its predecessor somewhat, with the game now being a lot more refined and streamlined towards the action side of things.

Gameplay

You play “The Hero”, an unnamed character who’s robbed of his precious Katana sword in the beginning of the game, and must fight his way through a multitude of enemies and solve various quests until he manages to ultimately obtain his sword back. As mentioned above, you play from a first-person perspective, with the fights featuring a fine balance between gunplay and swordfighting – a combination that we’ve certainly rarely seen in other games, the most notable probably being Devil May Cry and its successors.

The storyline has been very deeply developed in Red Steel 2, with all of the characters possessing unique personalities that help them stand out from their associates and enemies, and create a complete environment that just drags you in and gets you involved in the lives of the characters on a more personal level than most other games on the market ever manage to.

Graphics and System Requirements

The game is Wii-exclusive, which probably tells you a few things about the quality of its graphics – it’s true that it’s not exactly top of the line when it comes to serving you eye candy, and the Wii’s hardware limitations are coming through more and more obviously with each game that comes out for it. Red Steel 2 has managed to overcome those problems by creating a very unique and captivating art style, which manages to give the game its own charm.

This is something that may probably bother fans of the previous game though – knowing what the previous title looked like, we can say that Red Steel 2 is a huge departure from that style. So, expect a completely different game with regards to its looks. Is it better or worse though? That’s certainly a subjective thing to say, but from our personal point of view, the art style is much more professional-looking now, and everything ties in together more closely.

Other

Some of the side quests may start getting a bit repetitive at one point – that’s a common concern that people have been addressing, and the general consensus is that you should concentrate on the primary plot line and only do side quests occasionally, for the bonus resources. This doesn’t mean that you should absolutely preclude yourself from engaging in the game’s additional quests though – just make sure you don’t overdo it.

Conclusion

It’s certainly not the Japanese-styled shooter the first one was – but if you love a quality action experience packed full of interesting characters and intricate plot lines, this should be on top of your list of games worth checking out.