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Play like the Platoon: Dead Space 1 and 2 Strategy

Written by A.K.

While Dead Space may not encompass all the true characteristics of a survival horror game, you will certainly have to survive. This is harder than it sounds, as when I played on normal; I got my arms and legs removed from my body more often than those tags on the sides of beds that say “do not tear off.” Anyway, here are a few tips, and they apply to both games.

           1. Stay Calm:            You, the player, must stay calm. I can’t count how many times an alien was bearing down on me, and I hit the “quickly refill your health” button five times. This used more canisters than I needed, and I soon realized that I really needed those later. You basically need to conserve any resources you have (health, stasis, ammunition, oxygen, etc.), and staying calm helps. It can keep you from spraying your shots all over the room like an 8-year-old with an uzi, and you can instead accurately remove those pesky limbs off their deformed and mutated bodies without wasting any ammunition.

            2. Upgrading:            One of the RPG-like elements of the game is that you can upgrade your weapons and suit, so how do you know what to upgrade. Here’s a tip that helped me a ton. Upgrade only one of your weapons. Make it the biggest, most powerful limb remover around. I recommend the Plasma Cutter, the first weapon that you get, as it can be used in all situations. Upgrade your suit a little, as you don’t want to have only 90 second of oxygen, especially at some parts.

            3. Using Your Super-Weapon: Save it for really hairy, or I suppose fleshy because the necromorphs have no hair, encounters. You’ll collect the most ammo for it if you use it the least as well. Don’t use it when the game sends one little punk at you in a hallway, as that is a time to experiment with kinesis, stasis, and some crazy weird weapons. Save it for when there is a boss fight (Dead Space 1 only, there are literally no bosses in Dead Space 2, only big waves of enemies or just big enemies). Also, save it for the moments where the developers couldn’t think of an interesting room design, and they decide to distract you by sending enough aliens to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool, without water.

            Follow these tips and you may not end up like one of the thousands of dead bodies you come across in the game.

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