Mini Review - Dead Space 3: Awakened (DLC) - The Cherry on Top
Not long ago I reviewed the Dead Space 2 DLC, “Severed”. I complained about the short length, and the backtracking/copy-and-paste job on the level design. Oddly enough, Visceral didn’t learn the first time because, Awakened does the same thing. Except this time it’s much better.
By “copy-and-paste job” I mean they use some of the exact same levels as in the main game, but you run through them backwards. While we could be exploring some new area in the Dead Space Universe, we’re instead treated to the same locations we just ran through. As with Severed, it comes off as very lazy on the development teams part.
Thankfully though, this time they redecorated the levels enough to actually give off their appearance that it’s somewhere new. Because of the redesign, I wasn’t so distraught about going through the same area again, though it was itching in the back of my head. It also makes sense in the story to actually back track like this, which Severed had no reason to be doing so within it’s story.
The story told in Awakened picks up right after the end of the main game. Isaac and Carver are now sharing hallucinations and are both quite confused. It’s odd that they see the exact same hallucinations, but the hallucinations were one of my favorite things about DS2, so I’m glad they’ve made a return. In fact, these hallucination moments are the best parts of possibly Dead Space 3 as a whole. It’s a shame they missed out in the main game (at least from the perspective of Isaac.)
Awakened definitely has a creepier, more morbid feel to it, and jump scares are way more present here. The atmosphere in this DLC is amazing, which ultimately left me thinking “where was all this during the main game?”
A big downfall is the length. Like with Severed, I was able to beat Awakened in a single sitting of about an hour and fifteen minutes. Also you’re left with unanswered questions, particularly regarding the main games ending and how it transferred to the DLC, and Isaac and Carver seem to have no clue, as I do. It does end with an even bigger cliffhanger than before, and I’m hoping it will come to be Dead Space 4.
Ultimately, I’d recommend this for serious Dead Space fans. It picks up on the games initial cliffhanger, and leaves you with a bigger one that those of you interested in the Dead Space story will want to see. Not to mention the DLC has some of the better moments in Dead Space 3. However, it’s price of $10 is a bit steep for an hour’s worth of play that offers little new. If you’re not a big fan, I’d just wait until it drops in price. I’m sure you’ll have plenty of time to play it before Dead Space 4 comes out.