Published on July 31st, 2012 | by thoseguyspodcast0
Why it is okay for Dead Space 3 to be an Action game
The next installment in the Dead Space series seems to have many people riled up. Many people are saying the trailer for Dead Space 3 seems to suggest the game is starting to stray from its horror roots and seek to become more action oriented. Citing the new co-op mode and action packed scenes, many fans of the series are shunning the possibility of a shift in genre. I’m here to make a case for why I wouldn’t mind this.
Games evolve over time. As storylines, scope and characters grow, so too may the genre’s focus. It is still very early to judge what genre the game will ultimately fall into or what changes are in store. However, after 2 solid horror games in the series, I can accept a shift in focus from horror to action. The setting of Dead Space 3 appears to take place on the home planet of the Necromorphs. This is a setting on a scale unseen in the previous installments. A less confined setting is welcomed because, having grown attached to Isaac as a character. I would love to see how he handles in this new environment. The gaming world doesn’t need another “Space Marine” but, having seen Isaac through some tough times, I am willing to see further development of his character in new experiences and places.
The action sequences in Dead Space 2 were awesome. Seriously, just take a look at this:
I’d gladly trade a handful of “Jump Scares” for a few more of these moments.
I got used to the game’s scares after about 30 minutes into Dead Space. What scares someone is a personal thing and I do not attempt to speak for everyone. However, I didn’t maintain a feeling of terror for very long in the games. The game started to feel like a comedian with only one punch-line. The horror that festered was what I identified with. The instant scares happened too often to be effective. The prospect of a Necromorph outbreak, the frailty of the human mind, and the horrifying persuasive power of cults were what stuck with me. That being said, these are all things that can easily exist inside of a more action oriented game.
Considering the different ways Dead Space 3 could turn out, I am ready for whatever transpires. As Freddie Mercury said, “Any way the wind blows, doesn’t really matter to me.”