4. Dead Space
Another successful franchise is the Dead Space series, which was released in 2008 and has had two sequels since. PlayStation World described it as the “world’s scariest game” and it channelled the movie “Alien”, with survivors of a monster attack wandering around an abandoned mining ship. It involved reanimated corpses called Necromorphs, and the protagonist Isaac had to sever their limbs in order to stop them killing him (shooting them in the torso doesn’t kill them, so you just need to slow them down). It felt like a horror movie, full of atmosphere, and the mundane ship-fixing missions were livened up by the creepiness of the set up as well as all the violence. Detailed, terrifying and very graphic.
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