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The Escapist Staff | 8 Jun 2012 20:30
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Dead Space 3

Fans of the Dead Space series will want to bundle up for the next entry into the action-horror franchise. Dead Space 3 sends series protagonist Isaac Clarke to a hostile and ice-covered planet in search of a way to end the Necromorph threat once and for all. Luckily, he's not alone, and is joined by EarthGov Sargeant John Carver, a new character to the series with his own reasons for killing off the necromoprhs. Dead Space 3 promises fierce and intense gunplay and the addition of a brand new co-operative game mode, letting you and a teammate fight to survive together.

Read Steve Butts' full preview here. Dead Space 3 is due out in February 2013, but no specific platforms have been announced.

Steve Butts: Starting off hanging upside down in a snow cave, in one of the game's many Star Wars references, Isaac will have to find a way to get unstuck from the ceiling, fight through hordes of writhing necromorphs, not get trapped in a massive tractor as it falls off a cliff, and have a shootout with a giant drill. Some of the bigger baddies rely on the same dismembering mechanic from the previous games, so you'll be spending a lot of time aiming at the glowing bulges on your enemies. Even the drill has a bright yellow light that basically says "Shoot here!"

Isaac's super soldier transformation also necessitates the addition of a new cover mechanic that I really love. Instead of having a dedicated cover button, like in Gears of War 3 or Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Dead Space 3 uses what the developers are calling "dynamic, non-stick cover." Essentially this means that the player won't have to tether him or herself to a wall in order to be protected. Now, players enter cover simply by standing near it and going into aim mode. It's a much more intuitive system that keeps players from getting stuck on the environment.

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