Hits the shelves the 25th. Besides me and Sanctus, who's looking forward to it?
I'm kind of looking forward to it. Not sure if I'm going to buy it upon release or wait. Leaning toward the latter.
My first playthrough of Dead Space was a semi-miserable experience. They don't bother to introduce the weapons properly, so you're left to guess which ones would be good to buy. I noticed that trying to shoot all the little swarms with my plasma cutter was a waste, so I thought the flamethrower would do the trick. Early on, you don't have the inventory space to carry more than a couple of weapons at a time. And you don't want to spend money on extra weapons when that same money is used to upgrade everything.
It turned out the flamethrower was a piece of crap. It guzzled ammo with almost nothing to show for it. I held off judgment, because maybe it would upgrade into something useful. No. It did not. The shit part is that enemies kept dropping flamer fuel, instead of plasma packs, so I kept running out of plasma ammo.
I also cursed the asteroid shooting part and was mildly annoyed by the tentacles. On a technical level, the aiming wasn't very good in that game.
Anyway, if I had chosen the Ripper, instead of the flamethrower, I'd probably be picking up DS2 day 1.
GT - Echo Ten
Played DS1 a few months after release. It was a fun action title, mechanically and graphically sound. It was not, however, scary at all; the only time I was genuinely anxious was the first few minutes of fighting that regenerating necro before I figured out that I just had to take off the legs every now and then and go about my business. I was never once startled.
Ordinarily that wouldn't be much of a knock but considering that the entire point of the game was to be frightening, it lost quite a few points in my book. Again, though, it was quite fun and I'll probably rent this on 360 or wait for the inevitable Steam sale.
I have the first game, but I haven't finished it yet. I love it so far. Game Informer's review of DS2 gave it a 9, citing that the difficulty escalation later in the game makes it frustratingly hard at times, even on Normal, but that the rest of the game is golden. I am definitely picking it up when it comes out.
@ejburke: I use the flamethrower exclusively on the little tiny Necromorph swarms, and it works brilliantly. Just don't use it in vacuum (duh). Were you trying to kill the larger forms with it? The Pulse Rifle is also a good investment since it makes a great general purpose weapon.
I tended to stick with the Plasma Cutter, Contact Beam, Line Gun, Force Gun. I used the Line Guns' mines on the Swarmers to great effect myself. Of course I consider a fully upgraded Contact Beam to just be outright OP; by far my favorite weapon.
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