If you haven’t beaten Dead Space 3 then you really shouldn’t read this piece. Seriously, I cannot even try to be clever and keep this thing spoiler free so read on at your own peril. I don’t want to hear any shit from anyone about me spoiling Dead Space 3 for you.
Dead Space 3 ended in a more or less decisive manner as our hero, Isaac Clarke met his end after ending the Necromorph threat. It turns out that this isn’t the case exactly. Dead Space 3 Awakened has our hero and his buddy Carver very much alive. Their goal is to find a space ship and get the hell off the crazy Necromorph infested planet Tau Volantis. The question is, is any of this really happening or is it all in our protagonists’ heads?
What’s cool about Awakened is that it brings back the “mind fuck” moments that were missing in Dead Space 3. The DLC didn’t bring the scariness back to the series but I loved all of the instances when Isaac lost his mind. These moments were really cool because it was sometimes hard to tell what was real and what wasn’t. Even the ending was a mind fuck that made you question if ANY of the DLC was real or not. That’s pretty much the running theme of the dlc, “is any of this actually happening?”
You’ll be fighting a lot of the same enemies from Dead Space 3 in Awakened. The only new and interesting foe is the leader of the new Unitology sect. You mostly fight him in your crazy mind world and he is kind of unstoppable until the final boss battle. Other than that, it is business as usual when it comes to fighting monsters. There are some new locales but most of them are ones we’ve seen before with some added bodies and candles and stuff.
Dead Space 3 Awakened is a short DLC that clocks in at around two hours but they are a solid couple of hours. It was great to see some more of the trippy, mind bendy moments return to the series. Awakened isn’t entirely necessary for all who bought Dead Space 3 but it’s definitely for the super fans of the series.
Dead Space 3 Awakened was developed by Visceral Games and published by EA. It is available now on Origin, Playstation Network and Xbox Live.