December 11, 2012, 12:00

2013 Most Anticipated – #21 Dead Space 3

By Dan Jenko, Contributor

Editor’s Note: We’ve chosen our twenty-five most anticipated games of 2013 from an extension list of confirmed and almost certain releases for next year. Having each voted for the games on the list and then processing the results through a methodical algorithm we’re here to bring you the results. We’ll take a look at what we know about each game, plus the reasons the team voted for each title, with an article every day until the end of the year - when we’ll reveal our most anticipated game of 2013. To see all previous games in this feature, visit the dedicated stream.

Dead Space is the last bastion of survival-horror on current-gen consoles. It resurrected a genre of videogame that (ironically) was once pronounced dead, and is returning for a third major iteration in February. Visceral Games’ acclaimed franchise has quickly become a big name in the video game world, so naturally most of us here at One Hit Pixel are excited for the latest release.

2013 Most Anticipated – #21 Dead Space 3

With that said, the harsh, sceptical place we call the internet has had its doubts. Early glimpses at the game seem to show a disappointing lack of pant-wetting horror, and the last thing every wants is another third-person action game.

Let’s not be too harsh on Dead Space 3 though. It’s coming from an excellent developer with a proven track record, and it could very easily produce a co-op horror experience like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Visceral Games are trying something new here and for that they should probably be commended – even if their new direction doesn’t appease all of the Dead Space fanbase.

Co-op after all is set to be the main focus of Issac Clarke’s latest adventure, something that was revealed earlier this year to less than stellar reception. Shortly after E3 this year, the general feeling was that of worry. “What’s the point of a Dead Space game without the horror?” asked Phil. “Dead Space 3 looked all-action and no scares. The addition of co-op removes one of the original Dead Space’s most powerful tools – the sense of total isolation and loneliness.”

However, after the initial shock set in, it seems that the team retain hope that Dead Space 3 will be as scary as before. Our Editor-in-Chief and big fan of the series David Howard was one of those less sceptical about the game. “Dead Space was probably the scariest game I’ve ever played,” he said. “The atmosphere was so nailed on that it took me 18 months to play the game as I couldn’t bare to enter the disc having got two-thirds of the way through. Then, Dead Space 2 went a little more actiony but still managed to scare the pants off me and had one of the greatest opening to any games recently. Dead Space 3 looks set to mix things up yet again, but I retain high hopes for the threequel. I’ve wanted co-op in the series for years so I hope that it delivers”.

Rob also feels that the addition of co-op could be a blessing in disguise: “Co-op – the Dead Space series has grown weary as of late and the injection of co-operative play will surely reinvigorate the series. Many fear the sense of fear, claustrophobia and horror will be dumbed down with an extra player by your side. But the shear creativity in the use of this mechanic, where both players can experience very different views in the same game, is something to get excited about. Hallucinations, illusions, inconsistencies in gameplay add to the sense of unease that the series is well known for. A surely decent advancement is survival horror, one that has been sorely lacking in a very tiresome genre.”

Not everyone’s as convinced as Rob though. “The original Dead Space and the sequel scared me,” admitted Will. “So much so that I could only play for 20 minutes at a time without screaming like a child and turning my Xbox off. I can just tell that Dead Space 3 will continue this whilst keeping to an amazing storyline with great upgrades as you play. The addition of co-op however, could either ruin the games unique style or make it that little bit better.”

Look ahead at 2013′s release schedule and you’ll see Dead Space 3 quite cleverly positioned in February. It’s heading into stores before the real heavy-hitters like Grand Theft Auto V and Bioshock: Infinite  and comes at a time when we should all be finished with 2012′s big releases. EA have high hopes for the game and there optimism is perfectly understandable – the Dead Space franchise is known for its quality and the first two iterations in the survival-horror series were very successful.

Dead Space 2 received an ‘A’ rating when we reviewed it in February 2011, and personally I’m confident, two years later, Dead Space 3 will see similar results. It has the potential to be the best Dead Space yet which if you’ve played previous iterations is very exciting indeed.