Dead Space

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Extreme blood and gore splatter mature horror game.

Xbox 360 2008

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 39 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 17+

NOT for kids: Follow the ESRB Rating

Dead Space is an interesting horror video game. The game places the Protagonist, Issac, on a spaceship filled to the brim with undead-alien hybrids called Necromorphs. The story in the game is excellent! The level design is amazing, and the ambiance will keep you on your toes. There is no sexual content, and unlike other horror video games, which focus is on gore and blood splattering all over the screen, Dead Space actually wants to scare you by keeping you 100% alert at all times. Dropping your guard or losing your cool will result in your bloody death. This is not a game for kids. It's execution is standard horror with screams, noises, many disturbing scenes and gore... 9/10 times that Issac dies he gets ripped apart, beheaded, or pulverized, for example. If you are looking at this for your kid, my recommendation is stay away! Follow the ESRB Rating.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 14+

Incredible but not kid friendly.

In summary, Dead Space is over 10 years old now, I got into it when I was around 12-13. I didn't even play the game, just saw pictures at first. Couldn't sleep for days. After I got over that and played the game, I couldn't sleep again. Dead Space (1) is definitely the most horror oriented in the series, and while most young teens are desensitized to blood and gore, the enemies can be disturbing or outright terrifying for younger audiences. Amazing game, but 14+ I say.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: October 14, 2008
  • Genre: Survival Horror
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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