If running around killing things in space is your idea of a good time, you're almost certainly going to love Dead Space 2. Of course, I would have thought that I would have loved running around killing things in space, but I all too soon felt relatively bored by the experience, which is completely at odds with what the game is telling us about Isaac. Or, it would be at "complete" odds if the other potential way you could feel about it wasn't enjoyment. I can't get away from the fact that the game tells us that Isaac doesn't like what he's doing, what he's being forced to do, but that we're supposed to just love every possible second of it. The desire to put the player at such a far distance from the character we're playing as is one that lessens the experience – either we can see things from Isaac's point of view and hate what we're doing or we can wholly ignore what little story is there and the feelings of our entry point into the title. That's a weird choice for the game to force upon us and unquestionably one of the reasons I have some trouble with it.
The game does come with online multiplayer (you can play either as a Necromorph or a human) and the limited edition features the full Dead Space: Extraction. The multiplayer isn't really as well developed as you might like, there are just a few maps and a single game mode, but more fully fleshed out could prove hugely enjoyable.
In the end, I really do have trouble calling Dead Space 2 a bad game, I think that it does a whole lot right and that most people who like the genre—or any action-based title—will almost certainly have a great time with it. I'm just not one of those people.
Dead Space 2 is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language . This game can also be found on: Xbox 360 and PC.