Oh, the aliens I have slain. Over the past ten or so hours I have decapitated, reamed, stomped, stabbed, incinerated, frozen, crushed, sliced, airlocked, vivisected, lanced, bludgeoned, impaled, electrocuted, detonated, blasted, buzz-sawed, and flame-throwered more space-beasts than I could hope to count. I have carved myself a horrible path of destruction, leaving in my wake a dripping trail of gore that would make Ash Williams himself a bit queasy. Forget about Doom and Serious Sam; Dead Space 2 is the new king of extra-terrestrial carnage.
Dead Space 2 was developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts. It is available on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. A 360 copy of the game was played for review.
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