Hey folks, Valkor here. Over the weekend I had the chance to play the latest M-Rated Wii game, Dead Space Extraction, which is the prequel to the hit game “Dead Space” and let me just say, this was one of the finest movies I’ve ever played.
I had the chance to get a taste of Extraction a couple of months ago at EA’s holiday showcase [HERE], so it was great to be able to get the full gaming experience on this Wii exclusive. Extraction takes place at the same time as the events in the film “Dead Space Downfall” [HERE] and before the events of the main game “Dead Space”. In Extraction you play as multiple characters from the Aegis Colony VII, who fight there way off the planet due a nasty uprising of monsters called Necromorphs, which started showing up after a “Marker” was unearthed during an excavation. This marker not only caused the monsters to appear, but also causes people to lose their mind. The game is played on rails as you follow along with the different characters of the game, enjoying a cinematic experience along with stopping to take down monsters or zombified humans.
You start the game with a rivet gun, that can do some decent damage, but it’s slow, however you’ll pick up other weapons along the way that can do a much better job such as a Plasma Cutter (my personal fav), Psec pistol, Arc Welder, Torch, Force gun and other weapons. Each weapon has a more powerful alt firing mode by twisting the Wii-mote sideways. These are not the only tools at your disposal, you’ll also have Kinesis which allows you to pull items such as ammunition, barrels, and upgrades, plus you can use Kinesis to force items back at enemies such as fuel barrels to take out multiple monsters in one shot. You also have stasis, which you can use to freeze faster enemies, making them ripe for the kill, or use it during a certain stage where it will assist you in fighting a boss. Finally you have a glow worm for lighting dark areas and a melee attack for those monsters that get a little too close.
Speaking of monsters. Though there isn’t a crazy variety of monsters, there’s enough of the same that will keep you busy; Lurkers, Leapers, Slashers, and Exploders (I love to kill these guys. Big bada-boom!) will all try to stop you. And the best tway to take em out? You gotta do it in chunks. That’s right you have to fend against the enemy by literally taking them out limb to limb. Personally I like to start with the legs, especially the faster enemies and then go in for a head shot to finish the job, but then you have different body part combos to look into. And then you’ll contend with the boss, three in total each following a pattern that as soon as you learn it the sooner you can take it down.
To finish up the game, again there are items strewn about either lying on the ground, in boxes, or in lockers (plus you can get items from kills), which consists of ammunition, audio and text recordings (you find out more of what’s going on in the story and the audio recordings are heard through the Wii-mote), and get weapon upgrades. Story mode is short, but you’ll have challenge mode where you can face different levels trying to achieve the highest score, in addition you’ll also unlock digital comics again treating you to more of the story. And finally the game can be played, co-op at any time; the second person needs only pick up a second Wii-mote and join in.
Whew that’s a lot to cover, but now to the heart of things.
I’m not gonna use good for this game; it isn’t good, it’s GREAT! I’m talkin roller coaster fun, filled with edge of your seat suspense, with a lot of gory action. This game is like a really good action film you can interact with, it’s just so intense, even the main story that you follow along with, is really good. No great! Gameplay is really easy as you can jump right in and instantly start playing with little to no instruction (there are tutorials that will aid you along the way). Music is ok, nothing memorable, but works when it’s present to set the mood. Audio is crystal clear and needs to be considering you’re following along with a story; even at a low volume you can make out what the characters are saying. Finally, this is s survival horror game and should be scary and this game is damn scary. Monsters will creep in dark areas and will only leap at you at the last minute, so you’re always on edge. I’m gonna say it again, this is a great game.
Luckily most of what I will say is just nitpicking, but some areas are waaaaay too dark. I know this is all part of the mood, but it’s really too dark and you’re limited to when you can use the glow worm. And… that’s it.
The monsters, definitely the monsters, especially that final boss.
Overall I love this game and will rank as one of my favorites for 2009. I also highly recommend anyone looking to expand their Wii library above party games to pick this up. It’s simply a great game! Out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving Dead Space Extraction 5 stars. Perfect! And it’s been Valkor tested and TOV approved.