January: AHG Essential Selection

Posted: January 10, 2011 by CptToffer in Features, General
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Hello antiherogamers!

Today myself and young Fitz launch a new monthly feature designed to strip away the bad games from the good games, and the good games from the great ones. This feature will aim to bring to your undivided attention one single game in the month that you must get your hands on. It doesn’t matter if you have to beg, borrow or steal, you must play this title. (Please note antiherogamer does not endorse, support or in any way justify theft of any nature) I don’t think I need to explain the concept any further so let’s have a look at AHG Essential Selection for January!

Dead Space 2

If you are a regular visitor to the blog (and let’s face it why wouldn’t you be with such top quality writing and humour) then you’ll notice that there’s been a theme over the last few weeks with Dead Space 2 getting the mention here and there. There is good reason for this, namely that I’m super excited about it, and have been since it’s announcement. If you’ve not played the first, then you’ve really missed out on one of the most atmospheric games of 2008. It doesn’t seem so long ago that I was taking my first steps on the USG Ishimura and into a nightmare of necromorphs, insane men, and inventive weapons to fight both.

Dead Space 2 was pretty much guaranteed with the success of the first which received positive reviews across the board and an ending which left a few questions unanswered. The second game finds us back in the shoes of engineer Isaac Clarke, a man who the greater powers that be, clearly thought hadn’t suffered enough, as he finds himself back in the middle of a nerco infestation, caught between two large evil powers, while being haunted by the memory of his dead loved ones. Poor sod. Luckily Isaac is backed up once again by a bevy of weapons that would put Rambo to shame. This man is packing pain in a variety of ways ranging from a simple plasma cutter to the new and equally impressive Javelin Gun. Players will need all the firepower they can lay their hands on as they find themselves on Titan Station battling an infestation slowly ravaging a city in space.

Bring it Bitch. I will end you.

The main concern of mine is the series taking a turn towards action and away from horror, losing the all important atmosphere that games like Resident Evil 5 were lacking. From playing the demo, and reading multiple hands on previews from other persons, everyone seems to believe that the tension and fear have been saved, which is great news for me and fans alike. I’m also looking forward to the multiplayer aspect, with the hope that it won’t detract from the single player experience which I believe to be the more important of the two. If Dead Space 2 is an improvement on Dead Space in any way, then we really have got something to look forward to.

Fitz; Your thoughts?

Personally I can’t wait to get my hands on Dead Space 2 after playing the demo. I feel they may increased the action but I don’t feel this will detract from what has made the Dead Space series so good.

I would suggest all the gamers of UK (and anyone in theĀ Northern Hemisphere) get Dead Space 2 before the days start to get longer. You ideally need to be alone and sitting in the dark to get fully immersed, and so no one can; hear you scream, see you jump or smell your shi…

And on that wonderful image of Fitz defecating himself, we’ll wrap up the first of the AHG Essential Selection. We hope our thoughts have conveyed our desire for this game. Will you be buying this game come the end of January? If not then why not gosh darn it!

Check back mid-week for the next AHG post!

CptToffer and Fitz

  1. Shogun says:

    I suppose I should play Dead Space 1 before I get this yes?

    • Fitz says:

      Simple answer Yes! I’ll let Toffer give you the complex answer.

    • CptToffer says:

      Fitz pretty much got it in one. Yes Dave, play this game. It has got an excellent story, a very fluid shooting / combat system. The camera is well placed, the action / horror is mixed well, and there’s plenty to do, upgrade and come back for. It’s a great game overall. It’s not perfect, but it is great!

  2. Flamingice says:

    I should probably play the first Dead Space too, although I am determined to finish my other games before buying/renting any more!

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