I make this thread fully aware that it will likely fall into complete obscurity
I really enjoyed this entire series, making multiple playthroughs of each game. I think the story and the direction was top notch with some great characters. Each game does very well at building anticipation-based horror, as most of the time you can sense that something may be coming for you but you don’t exactly know what, when, or from where.
The first game was something pretty new at the time, and it really just grabbed me from the very first “oh ■■■■ run away what do I do crap crap crap” moment. Being trapped inside a partially functioning ghost ship fighting space zombies was exactly what I wanted from a modern horror/shooter.
The second made a wealth of improvements to the first, bringing in much more developed characters and a wider arsenal of fun weapons with which to dispatch the new and more deadly enemy types. The setting was also different, being a space colony which has become overrun with the reanimated dead. The game dove much deeper into the story of the game universe and the characters, and really got me excited for the next game.
Dead Space 3 was a bit of a change but I really liked it. The setting was totally different as most of it takes place on terra firma. The biggest and most exciting change was to the weapons system, which was expanded to included even more weapon types and a powerful crafting system. It also introduced cooperative play, which I never got to experience.
I was sad to learn (after my curiosity cause me to do some research) that Dead Space 4 will never happen due to the sales of DS3. I blame this entirely on EA, with their insistence on shoving Origin down the throats of gamers and the inclusion of micro transactions.
Anyway, I still pop these games in and give them a run ever once in a while. If anyone ever wants to try some 2-player fun on Dead Space 3 for 360, be sure to let me know. I do not care what other game I might be playing at the time, I will drop it.