Dead Space 2 is a video game published by Electronic Arts in January 2011. This video game features a third person shooter type of game play in a survival horror theme. Third person shooter is a video game genre where the game character engages enemies and other characters in ranged-weapons combat. The player-character is fully visible on the game screen in this type of genre. Survival Horror is a videogame subgenre where a player is put in a vulnerable situation with little weapons, ammo, and equipment. This genre’s aesthetic often features mysterious and supernatural story plots as well as dark and shadowy environment simulation. Dead Space 2 also depicts a science-fiction game environment that features space travel, zero-gravity situations, and futuristic weapons and equipment. Dead Space 2 is the second installment and direct sequel of Electronic Arts’ Dead Space series.
Dead Space 2 is set three years after the events in the first game. The player takes control of the game’s main protagonist, Engineer Isaac Clarke as he fights hordes of Necromorphs following an outbreak in a civilian facility in a space station orbiting one of the planet Saturn’s moons. Necromorphs are reanimated corpses of the dead caused by an unknown extraterrestrial virus. These creatures come in various types with different abilities and attack the on sight. In Dead Space 2, the character is equipped with a device called Resource Integration Gear, which shows various character stats such as health, oxygen, and ammunition count in a Heads-Up Display (HUD). The character is also equipped with two modules: first is the “Stasis” module, which allows the player to slow down the movement of enemies, objects, and machines. Another module is the “Kinesis” module, which allows the character to fire and carry objects telekinetically. Dead Space 2 provides various weapon and suit upgrades to assist the player in exploring the environment. New weapons and weapon upgrades can be purchased from automated vendors, or can be crafted in work benches using schematics found in different areas on the game map.
Dead Space 2 has a multiplayer mode unlike its predecessor plus a single player story mode with five difficulty levels: Casual, Normal, Survivalist, Zealot, and Hardcore.