One of the major features in Dead Space 3 is the co-op mode and recently EA revealed that the primary reason for its inclusion was to appeal to those gamers who found the first two Dead Space games too scary. Yes you did read that correctly. Dead Space (a series’ of horror based games) was deemed to be too scary (i.e. they were doing what is expected of horror titles) so EA thought that something needed to be done about this, hence the ‘co-op mode’. The end result is that players can take on the campaign with a friend, which puts an end to the tense sense of isolation prevalent in the first two games.
EA Games marketing boss Laura Miele explained in an interview with MCV: “We were hearing feedback that they love the thriller game, but it was pretty scary, and the obvious next step was that they wanted to play with someone. So we introduced co-op into the game.” She continued: “The horror of Dead Space is still all there. It’s still true to its roots and no less scary, but people felt far more comfortable playing it with someone else than they did doing it on their own. Of course, Dead Space 3 is playable alone, too. Overall, the game should be just as scary as its predecessors.”
I personally find this reasoning very strange as surely if a horror games is scaring people then it is living up to expectations? If you find the game scary then either don’t play it or just play it with someone else in the room if needs be. Just don’t make them shoehorn a co-op mode in because you are too scared to play one the few genuinely scary games out there at the moment. If you do decide to play the campaign single-player then you have a crappy A.I. partner following you all over the place. Bad move EA. Bad Move.
Dead Space 3 will see series protagonist Isaac Clarke team up with John Carver to take on whatever is thrown at them. The game is currently set to appear on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 next February.