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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dead Space 3 is extremely violent, bloody, and gory sci-fi action game that earns its "M" rating. You can craft and use a number of weapons -- ranging from laser blasters and automatic rifles to flamethrowers and explosives -- and the alien creatures explode into bloody chunks. The cut-scene sequences can also be very gory. Dead Space 3 has strong profanity.
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What's it about?
Without giving away too much of the single-player campaign, the story picks up a few months after the events of Dead Space 2. Once again, you play as Isaac Clarke, an engineer in the 26th century, lured back into battle against an alien menace. Isaac's estranged love, Ellie, calls for Clarke's help to battle against the Markers, ancient and powerful relics, and the deadly Necromorph creatures they produce. The entire campaign can be played solo or you can team up with an online friend to take down these threats together. The second player can drop-in and drop-out at any time, and they play as John Carver, an EarthGov soldier who has his own reasons for destroying the Markers. A few optional quests can only be completed in co-op with two players. The first portion of the campaign –- a good seven or eight chapters, in fact -- has you fighting aboard a huge flotilla, but the remainder takes place on the frozen planet of Tau Volantis.
Is it any good?
DEAD SPACE 3 is a stellar sequel that won’t disappoint fans of the original Dead Space (2008) or Dead Space 2 (2011) -– as it retains its intense action yet adds new features such as online cooperative (co-op) play. However, this sequel doesn’t quite deliver the "fear factor" found in its predecessors. As with the first two games in the series, this is a third-person action game that has Clarke (or Carver) aim and fire a number of upgradeable weapons at alien creatures, temporarily freeze time through Stasis powers, use Kinesis to manipulate objects from a distance (handy for puzzle-solving), fly through the air in Zero-G missions, and scavenge the environment for med packs, ammo, weapon parts, and other items to help you stay alive long enough to fight against this evil force. Along with crafting your own weapons, online co-op is the standout feature of this game. To play co-op, however, be aware you need to sign up for an Origin account –- EA's gaming service -- if you don’t have one already. Plus, a code in the box is also required for online play. Some gamers might not like either of these restrictions, so be aware before you buy. On that note, those who rent the game won't be able to play co-op if the code has already been used.
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- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Science: engineering, electricity, energy
Language & Reading: following directions, reading
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, memorization
Creativity: producing new content
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Electronic Arts
- Release date: February 5, 2013
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Science and Nature, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
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