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Dead Space 3

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Bloody, gory sci-fi action sequel, now with co-op support.
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Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Dead Space 3 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. 

Positive Messages

It's a bit of stretch to suggest Dead Space 3 has any positive messages -- as it's such a violent and gory game with plenty of profanity sprinkled on top -- but because you're trying to eliminate an evil force, it at least has this fact in its favor.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Isaac Clarke, the main protagonist, is an engineer in love with his estranged girlfriend, Ellie. But his tech skills aren't enough to ward off the alien threat -- so he uses a number of weapons to blast them into pieces. The other protagonist, John Carver, is more of a hardened soldier out to avenge the death of his family. Clarke isn't happy about the situation but Carver has more bloodlust.

Ease of Play

Generally speaking, Dead Space 3 isn't too difficult to play but sometimes can be tricky -- such as when you're flying the air in zero-gravity and using Kinesis to remotely manipulate objects. Also, the work bench controls, when customizing a new weapon, can take some getting used to.


Dead Space 3 is an extremely violent, bloody, gory, and scary action game. Not only do you kill thousands of alien critters using an assortment of weapons, but they can also explode into red chunks, rip in half, catch on fire, and be dismembered and decapitated. The heroes, too, can die a dramatic death in slow-motion, including being cut in half or decapitated. You'll see execution-style murders and suicide (self-inflicted gunshot to the head) within the first few minutes of the game. You can stomp on alive or dead creatures and hear a "squish" sound.



The game has very strong profanity, including many variances of the F-word. This includes "f--k," "f--ker," "Get the f--k off me," "Call for f--king backup!" Other strong swear words include "s--t" and "a--hole."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 and 12 year old Written byStephen the great February 24, 2013

mature 11 year olds

This game is a horror game. Horror game usually focus on scaring people. I let my mature 11 year old play this game. He was fine with it. The violence isnt that... Continue reading
Adult Written byAlusivebee November 12, 2013


it is too bloody stick too the call of duty games
Teen, 14 years old Written byWhalelord69 February 9, 2013

Great fantasy game

Dead Space 3: I'll address each issue listed above separately 1)Violence: For starters, everything the site review states about the violence levels is defi... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySampandora February 21, 2013

Fun, but not as scary as Dead Space 2

This game is very fun and entertaining. I do find it scarier while playing alone in the dark, but when I play co-op with my friend I tend to laugh off and make... Continue reading

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.

If the PlayStation 3 version we tested is any indication, Dead Space 3 is an excellent sci-fi action thriller for one or two players –- whether you're a fan of the franchise or brand new to it. While not as creepy, it's bigger and better than previous games, and will no doubt keep you glued to your TV or PC for many hours on end. Note: The game is the same for all three platforms, except the Xbox 360 version also supports voice commands via Kinect.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether this game is more fun to play alone -- like the previous Dead Space games -- or alongside an online friend in the co-op mode, an exclusive feature in this version of the game. How is the experience better or worse?

  • They can also discuss the impact of media violence.

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