Dead Space Remake Review Round-Up

The Dead Space remake review embargo has lifted, which means it's time to hear what critics think about Motive's efforts to revive this beloved horror series. And the efforts has apparently have paid off as we're looking at some nice numbers here.

First things first, check out our review by lead features editor Jade King. In her opinion, "Dead Space is a triumphant remake that draws strength from familiarity instead of allowing its archaic origins to become a vice." The devs clearly succeeded in creating the definitive version of Isaac Clarke's first chapter, although this faithful re-imagining ended up a bit easier than it should be, thinks King.

But you're probably here for more Dead Space scores so check out some of them below:

  • VG247 — 5/5
  • GamingBolt — 5/5
  • IGN — 4.5/5
  • Game Informer — 4.5/5
  • Game Rant — 4.5/5
  • PSU — 4.5/5
  • Wccftech — 4/5
  • TheGamer — 4/5
  • VGC — 4/5

At the time of writing, the Dead Space remake stands at 90 out of 100 on Metacritic (the PS5 version), and 88 out of 100 on OpenCritic. More reviews will be added to the aggregators in the coming days, so the final score for the title might yet be slightly adjusted. And for the record, the original game also launched with shiny reviews back in 2008, reaching as high as 89 out of 100 on average.

According to critics, the project has a long list of strengths, starting with the brand new Frostbite-powered visuals, to improved level design, and best-in-class sound techniques. Almost all the changes made by the team, including a voiced protagonist, have been praised as these "new flourishes add to that enjoyment instead of subtracting," Game Informer's editor Marcus Stewart wrote. It is yet unclear whether remakes of the sequels will follow, but this end result "sets a new standard for the future of the survival horror series," PC Gamer's writer Sean Martin said.

As for shortcomings, very few were mentioned. Aside from the lack of difficulty, some critics admitted they wish that the devs had pushed the innovation even further, as some of the game's mechanics still feel a bit dated after 15 years, and the remake is a touch too faithful in that regard.

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