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Dead Space: Extraction Review
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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Dead Space: Extraction is a shooting game where you only control the aiming, like a light gun game. It's a spin-off prequel from the main Dead Space series and follows survivors of a mining colony as it is overrun by deadly monsters.

Play involves killing alien enemies and solving spatial puzzles to keep you and your team safe. There are different interactive elements that use motion controls as well. Like the main game, the combat is gory and with a puzzle element as you use various weapons to sever the alien's limbs.

It stands out from other on-rails shooting games as Antony Johnston's script offers a strong story that sets the stage for the other games. This, along with an orchestral score, makes it surprisingly compelling as a narrative as well as a test of skill.

You play multiple characters as you navigate through the Aegis VII colony and the mining ship Ishimura from a first-person perspective. The story is split into ten chapters and told in real-time with cut-scenes and voice work. At the end of each chapter, you are awarded a rating and can upgrade your abilities and weapons. As you progress you gain ten weapons each with alternative firing options. You can also use Stasis to slows objects for a short time, and Kinesis to pick up and throw or move objects.

Although older rated, it stands out because of the unusual combination of strong narrative and light-gun shooting challenge.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/09/2009, updated in 2011

Platforms: PS3 and Wii

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: EA (@EA)


Duration: This game will take between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Both versions offer local cooperative mode. Players can join or leave at any point. You need a motion controller for each player. The Wii version supports the Wii Remote and Nunchuk in the Wii Zapper gun. The PlayStation 3 version lets you use either DualShock controller or PlayStation Move, it also adds a head-up display.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 18 for strong bloody violence and strong language.

In the US, ESRB state: Players shoot their way through hordes of alien and humanoid creatures while looking for the source of the infection. Players use an assortment of futuristic weapons (a "Ripper," a "Plasma Cutter," "Pulse Rifles," and flamethrowers) against the creatures; most damage results in dismemberment, decapitation, and large spurts of blood. Dismembered humans and monsters are littered across the environment with floors and walls often splattered with blood. Enemies scream and grunt throughout the game from weapon impact or during attacks. Strong profanity (e.g., "f*ck" and "sh*t") can be heard in the dialogue.

Skill Rating

15+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.


There are four difficulty modes. The two highest are only unlocked once you have completed the campaign.

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