Dead Space2 is a great game – and by that, I mean it is a much anticipated sequel to the events that took place in Dead Space, launched in 2008. In my opinion, one of the things that made the game unique is the way the threats have to be killed. Instead of the usual headshots which most of us are so accustomed to when it comes to first/third person shooters, Dead Space forces us to focus on dismemberments – disabling the enemies known as necromorphs by cutting off their limbs using the arsenal available. Hence, the Plasma Cutter is one weapon that many would have held dearly to go through the twelve hellish episodes in the first game – there’s even an achievement for using only this weapon throughout the mission.
So when Dead Space2 announced a Collector’s Edition that included a replica of the Plasma Cutter, I jumped in with little hesitation. Never mind that I had to fork out S$99.95 on my birthday (18 Oct) for something that I will only receive about three months later, and thus forgo some funds that I could have used for my annual celebration.
However, when I collected the package, there was a mixed feeling of joy and slight tinge of disappointment. The Collector’s Edition is chocked-full of goodies – Replica Plasma Cutter, original soundtrack, concept art lithograph, Downloadable Zealot Force Gun and Suit – but the Replica Plasma Cutter did not meet all my expectations: It’s a tad smaller than my grip, has immovable blades and requires batteries (which are not included) in a compartment that is securely fastened with a screw (forcing me to search my stash for the right-sized screwdriver to get it opened).
Nevertheless, once I loaded two AAA batteries get the device to shine its light, I felt like a kid again. The Plasma Cutter emits three neon-green lights and one white back light, creating some nice effects on camera. Click here for pictures
At the time of this post, it’s the launch day of Dead Space2 in Singapore, but I do not have the time to play the game due to work commitments. My Xbox360 is now switched on to download the two newly-released demos (Bulletstorm and Crysis2 Closed Multiplayer) which required 1.08GB and 1.80GB of space respectively, so it’s going to take a while downloading them.
In the meantime, I shall have a listen of the Dead Space2 soundtrack on my laptop.