I wish I could explain why my possibly last run on Dead Space is so stressful to me. Yes, Impossible difficulty has permadeath. I have died on Hard with better armour, but I also made it harder on myself by playing with only the plasma cutter!
So I have been jumping in, playing for about 30-40 minutes, then stopping play. When I stop, I legit need a break, as the tension Dead Space is generating gets to me. There are a few sections at the start of the game I have been worried about potentially cheap deaths, but I am past that now until Chapter 9 again.
Another reason that is totally a ‘me’ thing is I can only play immersively at night. The way my TV is set up, my TV reflects a lot of light in dark images, and necromorphs can hide in such reflections. This isn’t a problem with Dead Space – it’s my setup.
I can put the brightness way up to combat this, but that for me is against the spirit of Dead Space. Having well-hidden scares and scanning a room with your light is to find them part of the experience!
So I am looking forward to picking up the PSVR2 today to play Dead Space, or at least give it a good try. I played with the 2D virtual screen on PSVR, and it worked fine. It’s been confirmed you can do the same thing with PSVR2, and that the light leakage is vastly improved.
The improved screen quality and HDR compatibility on PSVR2 should make Dead Space pop! Or at least, it’s what I am hoping. The downside of course is I am waiting to be totally immersed on the Ishimura, and Enzo rubs up against my leg. That could be hard for the old heart rate!
We will see how my Dead Space adventure continues next week.