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Platform PS3, Win, 360 Publisher Electronic Arts Developer Visceral Games Release Date 2013-02-05

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Dead Space 3 review: engineering violence

Dead Space 3 opens with series protagonist Isaac Clarke in hiding, as he tries to forget the horrors of the Marker, an alien artifact that causes insanity and, later, an awful post-mortem mutation called necromorphism. Isaac is pulled from his hole to help find the origin of the Marker's powerful signal on the forgotten iceball Tau Volantis, but he's on borrowed time — the Marker-inspired religious cult of Unitology has declared Isaac a heretic condemned to death. And at the center of Isaac's search lies Ellie, a fellow survivor — and more to Isaac — who led an expedition to Tau Volantis that's gone silent. In keeping with the last two games, Dead Space 3 is a third-person action-horror game with a specific mechanical twist. The undead necromorphs don't have traditional...

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PlayStation Plus July free games include Dead Space 3, Towerfall Ascension, Strider

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get free access to games such as Towerfall Ascension, Strider and Dead Space 3, Sony Computer Entertainment announced via the PlayStation Blog and PlayStation Blog Europe. Towerfall Ascension is the critically acclaimed PC and console version of the popular Ouya game, which includes new levels and characters. PlayStation 4 owners will also be able to grab action title Strider from Double Helix Games, which was released earlier this year. PlayStation 3 owners will gain access to third-person survival shooter Dead Space 3 and 2D action puzzle game Vessel. On the PlayStation Vita, European subscribers get Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, while North American users receive Muramasa Rebirth. Both regions get Doki-Doki Universe, a cross-play title for...

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PlayStation Now open beta hits PS4 July 31 in the U.S. and Canada

PlayStation Now's open beta will begin July 31 in Canada and the U.S., bringing cloud game streaming to PlayStation 4, Sony announced during its E3 2014 press conference. It will follow on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita shortly thereafter. Those without a PlayStation device will be able to access PlayStation Now using the PS3's DualShock 3 controller and select Sony televisions. Players with access to the beta will have access to more than 100 games. Those include Dead Space 3, God of War: Ascension, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus and Ultra Street Fighter 4. Publishers signed up for the streaming technology include Activision, Capcom, Electronic Arts, Take-Two, Square Enix, Warner Bros. and more. Sony acquired Gaikai, the game streaming...

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The games and systems on sale at Kmart for Black Friday 2013

An apparently leaked version of Kmart's Black Friday 2013 ad posted on bfads.com includes deals on video games and systems that begin the night of Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. Thanksgiving night from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., Kmart will discount gaming accessories 20 to 50 percent, including several third-party PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 controllers and headsets. The retailer will also discount several 3DS games between $5 and $10, including Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Pokemon X and Y, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and more. The Wii U bundle with New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U will sell for $299.99, and Kmart members can save $20 off that price. Wii U games like Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Nintendo Land will be discounted between $10 and $15. From...

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PS Plus: Poker Night 2 free, new Ultimate Editions, Capcom sale

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Humble Origin Bundle passes $5M sales

The latest Humble Bundle, packed with classics from Electronic Arts, has passed $5 million in sales since it launched two days ago, according to the bundle's sale statistics. The Humble Origin Bundle includes Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Crysis 2, Dead Space, Dead Space 3, Medal of Honor and Mirror's Edge. Buyers who pay more than the current average of $4.80 — up almost $0.30 since earlier this week — will also get a copy of Battlefield 3, The Sims 3 and Sims 3 expansions Late Night and High-End Loft Stuff. All games can be unlocked on EA's Origin service, while Burnout, Crysis 2, Dead Space, Medal of Honor and Mirror's Edge can also be unlocked on Steam. At the time of writing, more than 1,070,000 people have purchased the bundle, with a buyer listed as website G2A.com...

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Former Assassin's Creed developers bringing Tiny Brains to next-gen platforms

Montreal-based Spearhead Games co-op action puzzler, Tiny Brains, is coming to next-gen consoles, the studio announced today. In Tiny Brains, players have to escape a mad scientist's puzzles as one of four lab rodents: Create has the ability to create objects; Vortex can bring objects to it; Force can push objects away; and Teleport can do what its name implies. The development team consists of the game designer on Assassin's Creed 2 and Dead Space 3, Malik Boukhira, former design director of Assassin's Creed 3, Simon Darveau, and the development director of Army of Two, Atul Mehra. "Our results from PAX East were really gratifying," Darveau said in a statement. "Every single person who played our demo ranked Tiny Brains as ‘fun' or ‘extremely fun,' and we had a blast seeing the many...

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Origin update embraces powerful PCs, tweaks interface, achievements and more

An update for Origin, Electronic Arts' digital distribution service, adds options for powerful computers, tweaks the interface, achievements and more, according to an update posted on the official website. Origin version 9.2.1 adds a new "multilauncher" for 64-bit systems that gives "additional options for taking advantage of your hardware when starting supported games." Origin's Application Settings menu has also been revamped, and users can now track achievements and the Origin Points they earn from playing Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3, and Dead Space 3 on their profile page. Finally, those who broadcast their gameplay now have the option to automatically archive it. If you'd like to install the update for Windows PC or Mac now, you can sign up for the Origin beta program. Those...

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Deliberately diegetic: Dead Space's lead interface designer chronicles the UI's evolution at GDC

Clarke barely survived his latest encounter with a cabal of zombie-like enemies. There's no way to know what's around the next corner, and supplies are scarce. He uses the computer built into his space suit to check his status. A holographic projection appears in front of him, and Clarke cranes his neck as he cycles through his remaining ammo and supplies. When a player invokes the user interface in a Dead Space game, it appears within the game's world. The holographic projection of Clarke's supplies appears to the user on the other side of the TV or monitor just like it would to Clarke in the game. At a GDC 2013 panel, developer Dino Ignacio, Visceral Games' lead UI designer, explained Dead Space's design philosophy and chronicled its evolution throughout the series. Diegetic by...

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Origin's Player Appreciation Sale includes discounts on Dead Space 3, Crysis 3 and many more

Origin's Player Appreciation Sale is live, offering discounts on more than 200 games on EA's storefront over the next week, according to the sale's website. The discounts apply to downloads and packaged games available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows PC, Mac, Wii and Wii U. Front page deals include: Assassin's Creed 3 for $34.99 as a PC download (regularly $49.99) Battlefield 3 Premium Edition for $29.99 (regularly $59.99) Crysis 3 for $29.99 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and on Windows PC as a download or a physical copy (regularly $59.99) Darksiders 2 Deluxe Edition for $18 as a PC download (regularly $59.99) Dead Space 3 for $29.99 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and on Windows PC as a download or a physical copy (regularly $59.99) Hitman: Absolution for $15 as a PC...

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Dead Space 3: Awakened DLC aims to heighten the horror on March 12

Isaac Clarke is alone, moving through darkness and an even deeper silence. Seconds later the necromorph is on him, and in a blink it's gone. Stumbling, he moves forward around a corner into a room awash in candle light. Hanging from a doorway, strung up by its wrists in a mock crucifiction, is a bloody human corpse. Except this corpse's head and limbs have been removed and replaced with crudely sewn-on necromorph parts. The Unitologists are at it again in Dead Space 3's first piece of downloadable content, Awakened, dragging protagonist Isaac and his new-found partner Carver down again into the rabbit hole of necromorph worship.The pack, which adds several more hours of content to the game's main campaign, features both single and co-op play, new weapon parts and circuits and will be...

Dead Space 3 Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 02/05/2013
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Visceral Games
    • Score 9.5
  • Windows
    • Released 02/05/2013
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Visceral Games
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 02/05/2013
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Visceral Games
    • Score 9.5
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