“Two heads are better than one,” or so the saying goes. That’s only true if you are not a survival horror game that made a name off of the terror of total isolation. As you might have heard, Dead Space 3 will feature co-op gameplay designed for those who were too scared to play the first two games alone.
No seriously, that was the reason Visceral and EA gave.
At any rate, Dead Space 3 has everyman engineer Isaac Clarke once again on another suicide mission to battle undead aliens in the frigid reaches of outer space. This new “Two Ways to Play” trailer sheds some light on the fact that Clarke is there against his will, so at least the poor dude isn’t voluntarily putting himself in these situations time and time again
We also get a glimpse at Sgt. John Carver, the B-Side character your friend will be controlling when he drops into your game. He suffers from hallucinations brought on by the last time he encountered the Xenomorphs, so expect him to go a little crazy during key moments of the game. I get the feeling this masked space marine is there on his own will because, well, that’s just what masked space marines do.
Completing the game in co-op alongside Carver will unfold the story differently, so controlling him through Kinect voice or just letting the AI run him isn’t enough to see everything this game has to offer. Want to see it all? You’ll need to play through the cooperative game, too.
Regardless of where you fall on the co-op issue, Dead Space 3 is shaping up to be one of the more popular titles of the spring season. It remains to be seen how much of a difference bringing a friend along with Isaac will alter the atmosphere of the traditionally lonely series, but I’m going to put a little faith in Visceral to see how well they run with it. Survival horror isn’t really my thing anyways.
Dead Space 3 will be released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on February 5th, 2013.