When I built my game of the year list, I went down the line and made a list of every game I’ve played that came out this year. There were a few games that just barely didn’t make the list and I just wanted to give a quick shout-out to them before I start out on my official top-ten of the year.
Earlier this week, the follow-up DLC for Dead Space 3 was released. In spite of finishing the game, and thoroughly enjoying my experience, I am currently abstaining from downloading this new content. My choice is not the result of the add-on looking unappealing, quite the contrary, it has more to do with the content within the pack. There’s a disturbing trend amongst DLC that some games have been releasing where the add-on contains story beats within the main plot of the game. While the argument can be made that without the extra development time that DLC allows for, these extra bits wouldn’t even exist, if it comes out one month after release, then it was clearly planned from the beginning and should be a part of the main game.
People kept telling me I needed to put down Dead Space 3 for a few minutes and maybe read a book. Following their advice, I decided to pick up B. K. Evenson novel Dead Space: Catalyst for a change of pace. This book, set in the universe of the acclaimed EA franchise, has some great twists and makes good use of the license by taking the insanity theme for the series and expanding upon it.
Any amount of time between two games in the Dead Space franchise is far too long for me, but that time is drawing to a close with the impending release of the third installment. In the meantime, EA has seen fit to release a demo forDead Space 3 to get everyone hyped before the game’s February 5th release date. Being a huge fan of the series, I’ve seen all the movies and even read the books, I had to sink my claws into this trial so I could get an early taste of the action.