Encounters with the Dead Space franchise's necromorphs used to be terrifying. Not so much these days: it still looks like Silent Hill in space – with its rusty, filthy corridors and sense of isolated dilapidation – but when the monsters turn up, shooting them isn't scary so much as great fun.
That's ably assisted by the game's weapons benches, which let you turn collected scrap materials into lethal armaments and ammunition, a process that soon removes any sense of danger. Your battles with the game's beasts are now simply encounters with amusing groups of cannon fodder, artfully interspersed with zero-G sections and moments where you lay waste to everything in sight with a fixed gun turret. If you arrive expecting fear, you'll leave disappointed, but if your only aspiration is dismembering space monsters with homemade artillery, Dead Space 3 is money well spent.
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