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UPDATED: Dead Space Hands On

EA brings Dead Space to iPhone and iPod Touch and it’s good. It’s really good…

UPDATE: January 20th, 2011, we interviewed the Lead Designer for Dead Space. Check out the write-up and audio here.

UPDATE: January 19th, 2011, EA have released in game video footage of the game in action (view below).

I got to play the new Dead Space game weeks ago, and have been fighting to keep my mouth shut about it until now due to a media embargo. I mentioned on our podcast that Dead Space was the most excited I’ve been about an iPhone game for a long time, and I still mean it. I only recently played through Dead Space on the Xbox 360, as I’m not a big fan of survival horror games. I’m really glad I did, as it’s one of the best games on the console in my opinion.

ds1The great thing about Dead Space for the iPhone is that it is exactly that: Dead Space. It’s not a (disappointing) animated comic, a mini-game collection, a top-down shooter, or any of the other rubbish game variants that major titles tend to see in their mobile ports. It looks and plays exactly like Dead Space looks and plays on the console versions. There’s honestly not much more to say than that. The touch controls were very responsive, with the ability to do a quick 180 degree turn, or change how fast you’re walking/running based on how high you slide your left thumb on the screen.

Just like the original, there is no HUD other than the change-weapon button at the top right of the screen. One thing I found especially brilliant is the ability to use your kinesis module by tapping the kinesis meter on your back. You can also lift, move, and throw objects by simply tapping the ones that have the appropriate symbol. You swipe to aim and fire your weapon, which seemed to work well enough, but I didn’t quite get a handle on it when I played the game. You have to tap to go into an aiming mode, and for some reason, sometimes I would then tap to shoot and nothing would happen; or I would accidentally reload. I have a feeling this was due to my inexperience with the game more than anything else.

ds2From what I was told, the story will take place somewhere between the original Dead Space and the upcoming sequel. According to the press material, ‘You’ll find yourself on a mission of uncertain purpose in the Mines of Titan. Soon, however, the truth of your situation will become grotesquely clear…” Sounds good to me! There’s no final release date at the moment, but the game was slated to launch some time in January last I heard. Also no confirmation of price. As soon as we can post our video, or any other media of the game, we’ll do so. It’s much more impressive in motion than in words!

If you have any questions, post them here and I will answer! :)

UPDATE: January 19th, 2011, EA have released in game video footage of the game in action:

UPDATE: January 4th, 2011 we received two new screenshots:

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  • Tim

    This game looks flat out amazing. It even looks better then Silent Hill Shattered Memories on PSP, and Resident Evil Revelations on the 3DS. This is the best looking survival horror handheld that i’ve ever seen!

  • Gonsax

    Lejos, el mejor juego que e visto para iPhone y iPod touch . (wow)

  • jason

    @Matt
    do you have the release date yet?

  • Shaun

    @jason I got it 25th January , Dead Space will come at the same day Dead Space 2 will be released

  • estudioG design

    Just can’t wait for this one!!!

  • jason

    @Shaun thanks man cant f?!$ing wait!!!!!! no realy its way to long >_< this game was the one thing that kept me happy when i came back to school!!!! -_- o well 19 more days……

  • KickFalling
  • beatdown

    Game looks sweet!

  • Shaun

    @KickFalling thank man but I’ve already seen it , How did you record it ?

  • jason

    hey does anyone know if itll come out for psp?

  • Shaun

    No man , but it will be great cuz i have a psp and an iphone

  • jason

    awww man well me too isnt it awsome so im guessin you cant wait 4 the game? im so freaked >_< i put cfw on psp 3000 on 6.35 so i could get some games while i wait 4 this 2 come out!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shaun

    Matt Dunn , How many Chapter are there ? I hope if it have more than 10 and each one has long time to beat

  • http://www.pyrosmile.org Matt Dunn, USA

    Oh KickFalling, you naughty naughty boy, you. I still haven’t got the go ahead to officially post our hands-on video (I believe an official trailer is coming very soon though), so I definitely can’t condone you posting our video up, but obviously I can’t do anything to stop you. At least people are enjoying it… sheesh! 60,000+ of them. O_o

  • jason

    yeah and ive been rapeing gameplay ever since matt dunn please post the trailer as soon as possible!

  • scandal~

    awesome game!

  • Den

    Когда будет опубликовано интервью с разработчиками ???

  • Shaun

    EVERYONE , VIDEO IS OUT !!! not from Touchgen but EA

  • Mike

    Capdom should be ashamed for a lot more thsn their re4 port, like all their crappily-looking recent announced games including another re.

  • Danny01

    I agree Mike, Dead Space on iPhone puts Resident Evil 4 on iPhone to shame.

  • Jay

    haven’t posted in this site in over a year I think. i wonder if any of you guys remember me. Touch Gen is still the top iPhone game review/news site i know :) and this game looks sick. i might buy it. any idea in pricing, Matt?

  • Maximus Paducus

    Count me also
    ……Speechless.

  • dada

    Questions:
    - How’s the replayability? Is there any reason to play it again and again? eg. dynamic room with random monsters or something? Or once we finish the campaign mode and all achievements then that’s all?

    - Will there be visual tweaks for 4th gen devices like better shading, lighting, texture, blur, effects, etc?

  • Austin

    Just told a few of my friends on facebook about this, they are speechless as well, that goes to you haidyn, who didnt think it was possible to play dead space on ios!

  • Chris

    Hey guys,

    This looks epic, can’t wait to get this app on the 25th. Is there even a chance this will have multiplayer???If it does, this will be right up there will mc2, cod zombies, and nova 2

  • aj

    Can’t wait!!!! I wonder how it’s going 2 look like on my new iPod touh 4. Hope it’s pretty long. And not short. It would be epic if there was going 2 be multiayer like in dead space 2. It would be legendary. And infinity blade and cod zombies and other gameloft games. And I hear gameloft is using the unreal engine 3 for their games now.

  • Austin

    Why wouldn’t bigger game devs start using Unreal Engine 3? The iPhone 4 runs it fantastic!

  • Shaun

    Go pick it up now if you’re in new zealand

  • aj

    I live in America and I already have it. Gameloft is using unreal engine. U need 2 play dead space on iPhone 4 or iPod touch 4. U will be blown away by the graphics!!

  • Nigel Wood, UK

    @aj Gameloft don’t use Unreal Engine. They use their own custom graphics engines.

  • aj

    Not anymore. They will do anything 2 be number 1

  • nymetsjets

    dead space isnt all that good. you have the few moments of total panic where you are just slashing and shooting while the screen pulses red, and when nothing is happening you find yourself scared that a corpse is gonna get up and attack you. it has an interesting twist, but still.

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