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Dead Space 3 Awakened DLC revealed


"First expansion for action game coming to Xbox 360, PS3, and PC in March for $10; will be "disturbing.""


Dead Space 3 launched today in North America, and publisher Electronic Arts is already readying the game's first expansion. EA today announced Dead Space 3 Awakened, a "disturbing" piece of downloadable content due out on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in March for $10.


The Awakened expansion for Dead Space 3 introduces players to the franchise's "darkest chapters," EA said. Visceral Games general manager Steve Papoutsis said Awakened will represent some of the "most disturbing content [players] have ever seen in a Dead Space game."


GameSpot's Dead Space 3 review praised the game's weapon crafting system, sense of atmosphere, environmental variety, and new co-op option, but lamented its story and certain gameplay sequences. For more, check out GameSpot's full review.


Eddie Makuch
By Eddie Makuch, News Editor

Eddie Makuch (Mack-ooh) is a News Editor at GameSpot. He works out of the company's Boston office in Somerville, Mass., and loves extra chunky peanut butter.

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gohangeorge
gohangeorge

I don't care if it's disturbing. I've shredded enough necros to be desensitized to it by this point.


What I want to know is where there be real answers to the mysteries of the series? If the franchise really is killed because it doesn't sell 5,000k copies I'll be left hanging forever. Just like with Kingdom Hearts.

chronocommander
chronocommander

Much of what I'd want to say has already been said in the fine comments for this article, but there is one particular thing I'd like to point out: I don't think I've ever seen the amount of comments with 20+ likes here all stating various variants of "greedy EA", "boycott EA", "what is this nonsense EA" (with some profanity) visible here all in one comment thread. EA, you really should take a look here for why your bottom-line is flagging. If your customers feel so strongly against you, you'll end up with a Windows Vista-like situation one day where you thought you could foist a product on people and get shown the finger by the customers you thought were gullible enough to keep gulping all you're giving while openly screwing them over.

NiceMarm0t
NiceMarm0t like.author.displayName 1 Like

I can't stand EA's money grubbing just like the next gamer, but I keep reading people talking about protesting games because of this and there's a problem with that. I loved the first two DS games, Visceral did a great job. I have lowered my expectations for this one but I think it will still be a fun game. But should Visceral be punished for EA's bs? It's a crappy catch 22 but when we don't support a game made by a favorable developer because of the publisher, it's always the developer that gets hit hardest. If the developer falls apart because of cutting corner well then they screwed up and need to know. However, the reason EA pushes onward is because they pick up great developers and new IPs. As gamers we are stuck in a predicament: by giving our paychecks to money grubbing publishers we support their crap, but by ignoring solid IPs we hit developers and hinder new ideas for gaming.

Swoopalz
Swoopalz

Also, I've found that online passes and the like seem to only be included in games that the developers/publishers aren't particularly certain customers will keep. Every time I see a game launch with an online pass, I immediately become wary. A product should be well-polished, fun, GOOD enough that the customer doesn't WANT to sell it back. How hard is this to understand? Put out games that people will want to KEEP and greedy publishers won't have to worry about losing sales to the used market. It's the same deal with movies and books and any other sort of product.


A used copy of Skyrim goes for much more than used copies of Assassin's Creed 3 and Mass Effect 3. Despite launching a full year prior to AC3 and three months prior to ME3, Skyrim has retained its value far better than either of those and it doesn't have multiplayer or an online pass. Gamers are holding on to their copies because it's GOOD and they have no reason to sell it. Games do not require online components to survive, only developers and publishers that are not proud of their product seem to think such.



chronocommander
chronocommander

@Swoopalz There is what you said and also another point: used game/console sales are often used by the person selling off the game to fund more game and system purchases while introducing people to games they probably would be reluctant to pop $60 at initially but after getting it for cheap would buy the full-priced new entry/game by the concerned studio. It can be a very effective audience-building tool especially on consoles where discounts are nowhere near as steep as on PC!

Swoopalz
Swoopalz

Wow, they're not even trying to be subtle. This DLC has obviously been in the works for quite some time. It's not even like skins, where they can claim the art team had nothing to do during the final stages. It's a fully-fledged expansion. The resources put towards it should've instead been invested in dealing with the game's EXISTING flaws. Jees, this is ridiculous.


It's funny because (judging by recent earnings releases) EA's just barely treading water. They're not going under and they're not raking it in. And for some reason, they seem to believe that nickel-and-diming customers will net them more cash, but this definitely won't pay off in the long run. EA'll collapse under its own weight sooner or later: it might take a while, yeah, but it'll happen.

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

multiplayer me3 dlc day one -  lovers...opened this can of worms.  damn you i hold you responsible for this quality demise!!!

chronocommander
chronocommander

@JulyAeon That's not very fair, I'd say any cent going to EA for over a decade has precipitated that. They've definitely improved but there's too much Hollywood management and too little video game creative freedom in the company as evidenced by their nickel and diming and ridiculous avenues of growth (social games are the future! Multiplayer is the future for every genre, even for essentially single player ones! Online passes! DLC!). They definitely make great games but spoil series with their "choking bear hug" as one ex-Bioware founder said.

desmondx1
desmondx1

Thanks to the mindless people and kids who spend the parents money, this company still exists

jark888
jark888

Yeah, keep selling incomplete games. Then, the profit will highly generate in second hand sell because people are not stupid enough to collect incomplete game(s) again and again.

frodo10
frodo10 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Just how fucking greedy are EA, do they really have to ruin every game by trying to make money like this.

franzito
franzito like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

I found the price very disturbing!

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Ah what a load of crap, this had to have been done before the disc went gold.  This age of dlc has split game development into two teams - content for launch then content post launch. 

jark888
jark888 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@jenovaschilldThat's right, DLC trend is really "Disturbing", and we should all be "Awakened" already.

chronocommander
chronocommander

@jark888 @jenovaschilld jark, is your avatar a Claymore character? If yes, I think we need some awakened beings to mete out some justice at EA!

keyb0red
keyb0red like.author.displayName 1 Like

Will wait for the collected edition 6 months down the line, which should coincide nicely with my birthday! :)

GrayF0X786
GrayF0X786

Don't blame EA, blame the fools who will purchase this.

green_scorpion
green_scorpion like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 4 Like

@GrayF0X786 I think I'll blame them both, actually.

laser00
laser00

The only thing that is disturbing here is the fact that people will still buy this [email protected]

AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

so thats now 38 DLC Packs for a day 1 launch now is it?

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

Any new game I'm interested in, I will wait a few months to a year down the line and get the complete game cheaper. Dead Space 3 definitely does not look worth 60 plus tax imo. A possible renter? Maybe.

OGKNav
OGKNav

8.0

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