Zero Punctuation: Dead Space

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Incase it hasn't been mentioned already, for those of you using the PC version that are having issues with really sluggish mouse controls, do the following to fix it:

1. Turn off Vsync, either in-game or in your Nvidia control panel.

This alone should fix the sluggishness, but even with the mouse sensitivity turned right up I still found it a bit too slow, especially with your weapon raised.

2. Open windows explorer, navigate to
Documents and settings/#username/Local Settings/Application Data/Electronic Arts/Dead Space
and open settings.txt. After making a backup copy of this file, locate the line which says Control.MouseSensitivity = 0.9....
Increase this number to further increase the mouse sensitivity beyond what the in-game options allow, to whatever is your preference. I have mine set to 1.3 and it feels nice and responsive, but not too fast.

There are other settings you can try to tweak here, but obviously if you do make sure you have a backup copy of the file so the default settings can be restored easily if something fucks up.

Though doing that does help make the mouse more responsive, it doesn't get rid of the dead zone and mouse acceleration when aiming. In the end I gave up on it and used my xbox 360 gamepad.

I can't believe EA's response to the terrible mouse controls were that they are intended to be that way. Oh wait, it's EA. Nevermind.

hehe gd to see yahtzee back at doin wot he does best - slating every little thing in a game

:D cheers yahtzee

I can't believe he liked Saint's Row over this. Credibility lost.

Fanboy:
Though doing that does help make the mouse more responsive, it doesn't get rid of the dead zone and mouse acceleration when aiming. In the end I gave up on it and used my xbox 360 gamepad.

I can't believe EA's response to the terrible mouse controls were that they are intended to be that way. Oh wait, it's EA. Nevermind.

What dead-zone? The controls seem fine to me after turning off Vsync, no different from any FPS or 3PPS with decent controls.

I can see why they slowed the mouse down from a game design point of view - it does make you feel more helpless and lets face it, Isaac is in a big, heavy engineering rig so it makes sense that he isn't going to be very agile.

Unfortunately a side effect is that it does take away from the fun factor somewhat since dying because of limitations in controls that aren't your fault makes you feel cheated and frustrated. Fortunately it can be fixed, although the mouse sensitivity should've been able to be more increased from within the game and not just in the settings file. Hopefully they'll patch it.

Thirtysomething:
What dead-zone? The controls seem fine to me after turning off Vsync, no different from any FPS or 3PPS with decent controls.

The game doesn't read slow movements of the mouse. There is a "dead-zone" speed that you must move your mouse faster than in order to move the aimer. This is only the case in aiming mode and it makes it very hard to do precise aiming.

Also there is mouse acceleration, so the faster your mouse movements are, the larger the distance the aimer moves.

The immersion factor is greatly helped by the unique menu mechanism. While you use menu or map, you stay "in the game". This is brilliant.

This concept being used in Alone in the Dark (newest one) would strongly disagree with your belief. There's immersion and then there's unnecessary complication. Just saying.

Dead Space was not bad but not great either. It did feel a lot like Doom III and Prey in some respects. The anti-gravity gameplay was cool. I really disliked being locked in a room every time monsters showed up however. Part of the thrill of horror films is the main protagonist being able to escape the horror. At the very least you should be able to lure monsters into other rooms and pick them off. Too what's the point of locking all the doors for security when all the monsters come through vents, windows, and the ceiling anyways? Basically all it does is insure that YOU, the healthy human survivor, DIES.

I had to quit the game eventually around chapter 8 or so cause I just got sick of being locked in a room or hallway with everything and the kitchen sink being thrown at me. I'm not the type of person to waste hours of my life redoing levels till finally I luck out.

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Fanboy:

Thirtysomething:
What dead-zone? The controls seem fine to me after turning off Vsync, no different from any FPS or 3PPS with decent controls.

The game doesn't read slow movements of the mouse. There is a "dead-zone" speed that you must move your mouse faster than in order to move the aimer. This is only the case in aiming mode and it makes it very hard to do precise aiming.

Also there is mouse acceleration, so the faster your mouse movements are, the larger the distance the aimer moves.

Um, no, it doesn't, not for me anyway. You sure you have Vsync turned off in the in-game settings? (I think it's ok to force it through the control panel, as long as the game thinks its turned off - if not then turn it off everywhere) because what you're describing sounds exactly like the symptoms I was having before I turned it off. Try forcing triple-buffering and/or setting the prerender limit to 1, that might get rid of it.

Another thing you might try is unplugging any joypads you have in, since I found mine interfered with the controls making the camera constantly rotate (it's a very old, non-analogue SNES replica, dunno if other more modern pads might cause interference but it's worth a shot). I dunno mate, all I can say is I'm definitely not experiencing what you're describing, the game controls very smoothly and responsively at all times.

MorkFromOrk:
Dead Space was not bad but not great either. It did feel a lot like Doom III and Prey in some respects. The anti-gravity gameplay was cool. I really disliked being locked in a room every time monsters showed up however. Part of the thrill of horror films is the main protagonist being able to escape the horror. At the very least you should be able to lure monsters into other rooms and pick them off. Too what's the point of locking all the doors for security when all the monsters come through vents, windows, and the ceiling anyways? Basically all it does is insure that YOU, the healthy human survivor, DIES.

I had to quit the game eventually around chapter 8 or so cause I just got sick of being locked in a room or hallway with everything and the kitchen sink being thrown at me. I'm not the type of person to waste hours of my life redoing levels till finally I luck out.

Were you playing on hard? Because if you were, then you've no call to complain about the game being too hard. If you weren't, then no offence intended, but it isn't the game designers fault you're not very good at the game. At about that point on normal difficulty most people's minor complaint, myself included, was that they were selling off ammo and medpacks like nobodies business because the game was throwing so much loot around (especially ripper blades for some reason, the most ammo-efficient gun in the game). Kinda takes away from the scare factor when you have a large stockpile of stuff.

I kinda wish I'd started on hard now but there's no way of judging before you start a game you've never played so I like to play it safe and avoid potentially finding myself in the situation you outlined halfway through my first playthrough.

To be fair, the quarantine thing is illogical, but it only happens a handful of times. Much more often, you actually can escape the room, only to find the necromorphs will use the vents to stalk you wherever you run.

That's another thing I like about the game - there is a ventilation system that runs through each level connecting up the rooms which only the monsters can access, and there is a fixed number of monsters (i.e. no infinite respawns). If you run away and leave one in a room somewhere during a level, you can expect it'll track you down and pop out of a vent to get you somewhere down the line.

I also do not agree with Yahtzee on this one. I thought Dead Space was everything that Survival horror games should aspire to. The only thing I didn't like was the stupid shooting mini game.

And yes, the areas are drab and colorless, but that's necessary. No one in their right mind is going to be scared if you put a game in a brightly colored pink open field, no matter how fucked up the monsters may be...unless you made the whole thing scary for the contrasting elements and played off of that.

The gameplay itself was very solid. There was never a time where I said, "God damnit, the controls suck!". I loved the blue light guide that led you to your objectives, leaving me to worry not about the next objective, but rather where some monster might jump out at me.

The storytelling was also great. Yes the protagonist wasn't very vocal, at all. But really, that's not a bad thing. The "blank protagonist" is purposefully vague. That's there for immersion purposes. It helps put you inside the character, instead of you playing another character.

I don't think the review was really fair, and it faulted the game on things that are intrinsic to the genre itself. Its like bitching at Portal for having crap weapon selection.

I do not understand why Dead Space qualifies as "survival horror"? You find loads of ammo and health and everytime is the same procedure: you shoot the monsters in the legs and then stomp on the like you are Super Mario breaking them in pieces. It's fun the first too levels but it gets old quick.

Dead Space is as survival horror as Resident Evil 4 is indeed.

Sincerely the story wasn't that great either, copy-pasted from The Thing, Event Horizon, witha touch of Aliens. I found the voice acting also quite uninspiring.

i didn't laugh once at this review :( it was like telling us something we would already know when playing it.

omg, Yat is becoming bland and repetative...see what i did there ;) If he thinks the areas are drab, he's obviously not read/played/or heard about Warhammer 40,000 (by the way thats been around a lot longer than Event Horizon..... which ripped off quite a number of books etc so don't be a hypocrite) bad yat. bad.

Good game, at least it actually lasted more than 6 hours and played better than Alone in the Dark 4 (not that hard to be honest), tomb raider, Just Cause, Army of Two, Stranglehold, condemned 2 (i went there), Vampire Rain, Jericho and that game where you throw a blade around to decapitate enemies with slowing effects again.

lets not forget the repetative game Assassin' Creed. What's weird is the plot of all the games i've mentioned are far worse and contain more repetative gameplay than Dead Space.

Yat -> flog dead horse = beginning to lose grasp with games or being very forgetful about what we've had in the past. Whereas...

the publisher was EA, so positives -> things are looking up if this is their new direction with games ;)

gamer_award:
aaa, Yahtzee, admit it, u love this game:Pmany people sayd this game will be a pice of...... before it eaven got out, but now lock at it, it cool.

Aaarrgghh!!! Spelling....terrible...brain....shutting down.....can't breathe.....*death*

Techni:

anti_strunt:

So the point of the game was to be unoriginal?

Most games are based off other things. Gears of war was based off Resident Evil 4 for example. Being based off a movie doesn't make it unoriginal. Being unoriginal doesn't make something bad either.

While the dilapidated status of the ship might make perfect sense in the context of the game, it's still unoriginal.

And effing neccesary. It's the site of a disaster for christs sakes, you'd have to be retarded to expect it to be in one piece.

there are always other factors to consider) automatically inferior to creating (or at least trying to create) something that's actually original.

Completely false. Being inspired by something does NOT make something inferior to something not inspired by anything.

You managed to loose the tiny important bit where I said "Everything else being equal". If two works of art of whatever medium are of roughly equal level in terms of craftsmanship, then I would definitely say that the work which contributed something new to the sum total of human achievement is ever so slightly superior to the work which was merely derivative of previous works. I don't see how you could reject this without claiming that invention and originality in art is redundant and intrinsically worthless.

As for the disaster, the ship doesn't exist. It's whatever the designers want it to be. They elected to make it the usual "gunmetal brown" affair, which is the bland standard choice. (Lack of colours is scary!)

I agree with this one. I mostly agree with what you say. Not always, but you make good points.

This is a good ACTION 3rd person shooter.
But as a horror game its lacking. I've played it for a couple of hours, made it to the end of chapter 3. And I'm still looking for something to scare or even startle me. So far I've most of the times pointed out what will happen and where the monsters will come before they actually arrive.

The people who get scared from this game are either teenage nerds or are scared piss-ants who get scared from anything out on the streets.

There's no scary mood and there's nothing really unpredictable.

So, good shooter, bad horror-game, enough said.

Oh and yes, this review was funny. The people saying otherwise are crippled fan-boys who don't want to realize the truth but rather want to live in a fantasy world.

Techni:
I can't believe he liked Saint's Row over this. Credibility lost.

They are different types of game, you can't compare them.
Saints row doesn't try to be a horror game and fails at doing so.
Saints row is trying to be a "shooter" so to say where you rampage and kill and destroy everything in nice explosions, which they succeed in doing.

So you fail.

Wonder what he thought about Run like hell?

Yahtzee was right on point, DECENT gameplay and visuals but with a really bland plot. Around 60% into the game, I just wanted it to finish.
Keep it up.

Thirtysomething:

MorkFromOrk:
Dead Space was not bad but not great either. It did feel a lot like Doom III and Prey in some respects. The anti-gravity gameplay was cool. I really disliked being locked in a room every time monsters showed up however. Part of the thrill of horror films is the main protagonist being able to escape the horror. At the very least you should be able to lure monsters into other rooms and pick them off. Too what's the point of locking all the doors for security when all the monsters come through vents, windows, and the ceiling anyways? Basically all it does is insure that YOU, the healthy human survivor, DIES.

I had to quit the game eventually around chapter 8 or so cause I just got sick of being locked in a room or hallway with everything and the kitchen sink being thrown at me. I'm not the type of person to waste hours of my life redoing levels till finally I luck out.

...

To be fair, the quarantine thing is illogical, but it only happens a handful of times. Much more often, you actually can escape the room, only to find the necromorphs will use the vents to stalk you wherever you run.

Arrghhh! Will people stop saying this? You have to think about it in context of how it would have been designed in reality, not in context of the gameplay. Think about it - whoever designed the security system wouldn't have assumed the contamination would travel through the ventilation system, they would have been concerned about isolating the contamination. If someone was trapped in the room, c'est la vie; it's better than the contamination getting out and infecting the entire ship. And only once security measures were undertaken and the room cleared of contamination would the room unseal. It makes perfect sense in how it would have been designed by a human engineer who wouldn't anticipate something like what's occurred in the game.

I enjoyed this game a lot, but I'm a casual gamer. Perhaps to experienced gamers it's repetitive and derivative, but without much previous gaming experience I found it hard to put down. I would agree that it's not exactly scary, but it is creepy and tense. Looking forward to the sequel.

Dewnis:
Oh and yes, this review was funny. The people saying otherwise are crippled fan-boys who don't want to realize the truth but rather want to live in a fantasy world.

That's an impressive chain of logic you've got there.
Following that kind of reasoning, everyone who owns a bicycle or car are all raging homosexuals, simply because I say so.
Good job.

Dewnis:

Techni:
I can't believe he liked Saint's Row over this. Credibility lost.

They are different types of game, you can't compare them.
Saints row doesn't try to be a horror game and fails at doing so.
Saints row is trying to be a "shooter" so to say where you rampage and kill and destroy everything in nice explosions, which they succeed in doing.

So you fail.

No, your response fails.

Saint's Row tries to be a good game and fails at it in every way.
Dead Space tries to be a good game and succeeds on every level.

anti_strunt:

Techni:

You managed to loose the tiny important bit where I said "Everything else being equal".

No I didn't. Being inspired by something doesn't make it inferior. Human thought tends to be inspired.

[quote] They elected to make it the usual "gunmetal brown" affair,

Only in certain areas. Others were red, white, green.

First review I really don't agree with.

I think Dead Space is a contender for game of the year. It had some mild innovations that were interesting and fit very nicely into the game and weren't overused (zero-G, no air, dismemberment). I kinda liked the story and watched the animated movie. The repetative statement is kinda bogus because Dead Space is no more repetative than any other mainstream title out there. My biggest gripe about the game is that ammo was too availible. I never once worried about ammo in the game, and I wasn't trying to be conservative with it.

So, I realy didn't agree with this review, but that is what makes a horse race, a difference of opinion.

Techni:

anti_strunt:
You managed to loose the tiny important bit where I said "Everything else being equal".

No I didn't. Being inspired by something doesn't make it inferior. Human thought tends to be inspired.

(Quotes got mixed up, that should do it.)

Talk about long-distance communications; I suppose I should really wait a few weeks to reply, but what the heck, I haven't much new to add anyway. I still stand by my basic stance that bringing something completely new to a medium is a good thing. That doesn't make any innovative but poorly-crafted game better than any derivative but well-crafted one, but all else being equal yada yada... Eh, I've said it all before.

I value originality over being "inspired by", perhaps you don't. Call it a case of artistic difference.

EDIT:
Or to put it in different terms: it's not so much that inspiration is BAD (most everything is inspired by something, after all), it's just that inventing something new is usually (and considering all other factors blah blah) better. In my opinion at least.

you are an idiot.my cousin told me about u and decided to see what u were like and u kno what i found out? you are a complete idiot who just rambles on about NOTHING.half the shit u say is not true and retarded.its like u just make up a bunch of ramdom shit.example...this review of dead space. u say the monsters are repetative...well what the fuck are they suppose to be?do u want them to just sit there sipping a cup of tea waiting for u to kill them? and another thing,they really arent repetative.oh wow they come after u,wait a min...they are SUPPOSE to come after u and kill you. take your fucking head out of your ass god damn moron,you dont kno shit!

This looks like a good game, even though its pretty unoriginal.

I love the game, but i got to agree that it's repetetive and that it only startles

Agreed totally to everything you said in this review.

Yeah, we are pretty far in the game and I totally agree with you lol. After a while, the game did get predictable on when we were going to be attacked. The girl, Nicole, my brother and I were like.. um is that his wife or something? I did like the anti gravity bit. It seems a lot easier to kill them with the gravity off. But what I wish you had mentioned was the mini game in which you have to shoot down asteroids. We were fiddling with the controls for a while with the x and Y axis and the sensitivity. It was a poor system. Also I don't think he has much of a block. We found ourselves wide open for attacks a lot. Plus to help not get as startled we've been playing "Da Funk-Daft Punk" during play. Kills the suspense lol.

I loved this game never got to beat it but it still was good

now i really had no problems with dead space except for two things: one being the huge fucker who could regenerate limbs and captain obvious and his sidekick apparent girl... i mean honestly all they did was state the blatantly obvious half an hour after the player found out about it. for example the fact i had to hear "aim for the limbs" 3 damn times (the 3rd room where i got my first gun written in blood, an audio tape some time later then the two assholes safely standing near the tram about 10 minutes after finding the damn audio tape... which here i am thinking sarcastically "no really, i would have never guessed, i thought i had to shoot them in the ass"), or when i stumbled upon said regenerating horrid abomination of mankind (or the remains of what was once part of mankind) and after shooting off both limbs to have them grow back i hear "you can't kill it, it can regenerate, run" (here i made for the exit looking back thinking it would follow me disappointingly seeing that it didnt even try to make it out of the door but crawled through the damn air ducts). the only real time one of their statements would have been good to hear would have been when the damn brute jumped through a blast door, i then thought about it and thought i would try the "KILL IT WITH FIRE" method to have it collapse right in front of me, to piss me off Zach Hammond only then tells me to shoot it in the ass (making all previous sarcastic statements ironic)...

ThinkerT:

Arrghhh! Will people stop saying this? You have to think about it in context of how it would have been designed in reality, not in context of the gameplay. Think about it - whoever designed the security system wouldn't have assumed the contamination would travel through the ventilation system, they would have been concerned about isolating the contamination.

Airborne pathogens can travel through ventilation systems.

So the system fails again it seems.

The really bizarre thing about this game is there is an animated movie prequel to it called Dead Space Downfall which looks like a cross between Aliens and an obscure anime called Lily C.A.T. with some small bits of Event Horizon and the B-17 part of Heavy Metal thrown in to top it all off. It doesn't fell like anything new but instead a felling of been there seen that and it was better in the previous versions.

new contest!! guess how many times yahtzee spits when he reads his text and get a travel to hawaii... with him ahahahahah

damn. worst thing on these fps is "kill demon A and all his clones" through all stages.
probably one of the bosses is a supersized demon A, or something that looks like...

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