Dead Space Extraction
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Game Reviewed: Dead Space Extraction
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Visceral Games and Eurocom
Category: First-Person Rail Shooter
ESRB Rating: M
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Dead Space Extraction for the Nintendo Wii is a rail shooter in which the player takes on the role of four different characters as they try to survive a galactic apocalypse full of alien monsters and psychologically unstable human beings. A rail shooter is a first-person shooting game where the player controls the weapons and aiming of the gun, but movement is controlled by the computer. Dead Space Extraction stands in stark contrast to most rail shooters as it maintains a heavy emphasis on story telling and creates an immersive setting by drawing the player in with suspense. From eerie sounds and unsettling environments to shock surprises and first-person hallucinations, the game presents an experience akin to watching a horror movie.
The plot is easy enough to follow as it really boils down to humans trying to escape a planet and a space station, as a horde of alien monsters grows larger and larger. The actual story is pretty convoluted and if you have not played the original Dead Space game for the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3, it may be even more difficult to understand.
The Story mode, which makes up the bulk of the game, took me about 6-7 hours to complete. Although this is a very long time for a rail shooter game, this number is actually deceiving because a large portion of that time is spent not playing. I estimate about 25% of the entire game is spent watching and listening to characters interact with one another without any substantial gameplay. There is also a Challenge mode with ten different stages in which there are no cut-scenes or plots, just shooting. Both the Story and the Challenge modes allow for two players to play cooperatively.
What Parents Need to Know
Dead Space Extraction features many different types of firearms, including flamethrowers, laser guns, and a gun that shoots buzz-saw blades. The enemies that the player must shoot are either human targets or, more commonly, alien/monster types. Players are encouraged to dismember the enemies as it is the fastest way to kill them. There is a lot of gore and blood during gameplay as well as some instances of gore that are not controlled by the player. For example, in one part of the story a guard’s head is ripped off by an alien and it lands next to the player. In other non-player controlled instances, some characters are seen committing suicide.
The characters in the game have a steady stream of bad language. The F- and S- words are each used a few times, but other language, such as hell, damn it, a**hole, and the use of God’s name in vain also appear at least once or twice throughout the game.
For about five seconds during one part of the game, a woman appears completely naked through a slightly foggy window. None of her body can be made out in detail, but you can tell that she is not wearing any clothes.
There is a fictional religion in the game known as Unitology. The Church of Unitology believes that a structure known as the Marker is the key to eternal life. The Marker, unbeknownst to those affected by its power, causes people to hallucinate. It also transforms human corpses into the nightmarish creatures players must defeat throughout the game. One of the Unitologists in the game makes a reference to serving “his god.”
Dead Space Extraction truly offers a unique experience in the rail shooter genre, but there are certainly a number of red flags depending on the age or maturity of the gamer. Dead Space Extraction offers fours levels of difficulty in the Story mode, but I personally do not think it would be much fun having to sit through all of the non-action scenes in the game more than once.