Dead Space is a survival horror third-person shooter video game for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
The player controls Isaac Clarke (named after science fiction writers Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke), a ship systems engineer who must fight his way through a mining starship infested with hostile monstrosities called "Necromorphs", reanimated and mutated human corpses. The game is played from an over-the-shoulder third-person perspective.
Dead Space does not use a traditional heads-up display; instead, all information is relayed to the player via holographic projections from Isaac's Resource Integration Gear (RIG) spacesuit and the weapons themselves. For example, a small holographic display on the weapon shows the ammunition count; also, the "health meter" indicating Isaac's condition is integrated into the suit spine. Via floating holograms projected in front of Isaac, the player can check the current objectives and the 3D map, or access the inventory screen to manage items. However, the game still progresses in real time, so the player is in danger of being attacked while doing this.
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