I’ve been rather slowly playing through Dead Space on my iPhone, which I’m enjoying. Mini-review: The controls are awesome (although not without limitations due to the phone’s small size); the sound, including voice acting, is many notches above anything I’ve seen for iOS. My only criticisms are first that the monsters don’t look quite as good as the protagonist, whose suit is rendered beautifully; and second that these are some well-behaved monsters, patiently waiting until I’ve hit a button before popping up out of nowhere and attacking en masse. It takes me out of the game a bit. Seems like the pacing could be a lot more organic than that.
Anyway, I’ve got an Xbox 360 mostly collecting dust and I’m wondering if it would be worth the $15 or so to pick up Dead Space. But there’s a caveat: I’m a terrible scaredy cat. My SO calls it an overactive startle reflex, and that’s putting it perhaps too clinically—if, say, I’m cleaning dishes and she comes up behind me to say something, it frightens me enough to yelp. Cheesy haunted houses turn me into a quivering child. So I’ve not had a lot of success playing through frightening games like Resident Evil. (Closest I’ve come is Eternal Darkness.)
But I’ve looked at reviews of Dead Space and for some reason I really want to play it. Do you think I can force myself through it? I’m thinking that doing this sort of thing might help with my irritating fearfulness. (Any related experience with that is of course welcome, although I suppose this isn’t the right forum.)