The team at Visceral is doing what I wish more game companies would do: release smaller games that tell the stories between their larger releases. Dead Space Ignition introduces us to the Sprawl, a large space station that Isaac Hayes will land on in Dead Space 2. Much like Dead Space Extraction did for the original Dead Space, this story fills in interesting details and gives an insight into the setting for Dead Space 2.

Dead Space: Ignition places you in the role of Franco DeLille, a software engineer who is having the worst date ever with Sarah Anderson, a security officer. Routine maintenance quickly becomes a fight for survival as it becomes clear that something is sabotaging the station. Dead Space Ignition is a hybrid of motion comic and puzzle minigame. You will watch a minute or two of story, and then play a puzzle before you progress to the next part of the story.

Since you are a software engineer, all minigames focus on hacking. If you only have a hammer, all your problems look like nails, right? I don’t think Sarah and Franco ever come across a door that is simply unlocked!  Fortunately Franco has Sarah to keep the Necromorphs (Dead Space’s version of twisted flesh zombies) at bay while the puzzle hacks are played.

The first of the three types of puzzle is the Trace Route. If you’ve played Art Style Light Trax for Wii, you will instantly recognize this puzzle’s inspiration. You control one light impulse that weaves through a circuit board, while the AI controls differently colored light impulses. Running into an obstacle slows you down, and passing over a boost speeds you up. You are also given a few independent boosts and barriers you can activate to help you beat the AI to the goal. This was my favorite of the three, but it was often frustrating because one mistake would mean losing the level.

The second type of puzzle is the System Override. This puzzle confused me until I realized it was a reverse tower defense game. You simply spam various types of viruses at the circuits various defenses until you eventually overwhelm the goal at the opposite side of the screen. It was fun at first, but after a while, I felt like I was more or less button mashing.

The last puzzle type is Hardware Crack. It involves placing mirrors in a circuit to send a beam to a corresponding colored sensor. This puzzle has been used in many games, from Zelda to Tomb Raider, and was one that I quickly got bored with.

The puzzles are fun at first, but after a while, I got tired of having the story being interrupted every minute, and I just wanted to watch it straight through. In the options menu, you can unlock the entire motion comic, and just watch it as I did. More diligent gamers who complete the game will be rewarded with a bonus suit for Isaac in Dead Space 2.

The motion comic is a mixed bag. I enjoyed the story, and the voice acting was adequate, but the art was very unpolished. Motion was often achieved by simply stretching one part of a character’s face, and often looked quite silly. I still enjoyed my experience, and I am grateful to EA for providing this as a bridge between the two games. Although I watched the entire comic, I did not play the accompanying puzzles, so I rate this game

Game was played for one hour before manually unlocking all cutscenes. Played Playstation 3 PSN version. Click Rating symbol for explanation

 

71 Responses to Dead Space: Ignition (XBLA) (PSN)

  1. Rechee says:

    Nice read.

  2. Savanna says:

    =)

  3. Mirpkered says:

    So basically this is a puzzle version of Dead Space? That does sound interesting. I’d be willing to try it out

  4. cavityking says:

    Thanks for the review.

  5. Makr says:

    Hmm.. I’ll willing to give this a shot. Puzzles are always my thing so if this provides a challenge, I’m all for it. Plus, any background story on Dead Space is always good.

  6. AeroCmdr says:

    I think I’ll have to give this a try for myself. Great read

  7. FatmanOSU says:

    Well I guess I could give this a try. Even if you did not like it.

  8. Justin Botts says:

    Very odd game

  9. Jordan Sanchez says:

    Actually sounds better than i thought. thanks for the reading. hopefully i win lol.

  10. bu11frog says:

    Entered, hi fello CaG nice read :)

  11. Kirby says:

    Hmmm, I really didn’t take much interest in Ignition until I read this and found out what it really was.

  12. Rob says:

    Ahh was kinda hoping this would be like dead case zero somewhat :(..Love dead space aoudl would love to check this out still :).

  13. Cheddahz says:

    Never have played Dead Space in my life but it looks pretty cool

  14. Josh says:

    can’t wait to play

  15. Skrams says:

    Its nice their putting out a nice little $5 title but a interactive comic with some minigames is bleh. I’d like to see more along the line of Dead Rising 2 Case Zero.

  16. BossVersion1 says:

    Nice review and thank you for the giveaway. :)

  17. Cory Barrett says:

    Definitely interested in this. I loved the first game.

  18. Jim says:

    Looks cool. I always wanted to try a dead space game so maybe this will be my chance 😀

  19. Jamison Fitzgerald says:

    Enjoyed the article….

  20. Amy says:

    I will be sure to download the demo and check it out!

  21. GG says:

    hm should i get this

  22. Pat Kelly says:

    thanks man let me know if i won

  23. Andami says:

    When I first heard that this game was coming out I expected it to be a bit different than this, but I love puzzle games, so I might pick this up if I don’t obtain it some other way first.

  24. eugaet says:

    Didn’t realize it was a puzzle game. I’ll have to check out the demo.

  25. Bon Jovi says:

    Looks like those damn mini-games from Spiderman 3

  26. johnny b goode says:

    Do want.

  27. dotMP3 says:

    Well written article and props for the giveaway.

  28. Tom says:

    Great review. Thanks.

  29. Alan Gee says:

    This is such a weird idea. But hopefully I get to play it soon myself.

  30. Darklurkr23 says:

    O man Dead Space was one of my most favorite Horror games of all time. Can’t wait for Dead Space 2! I need to play this to see if this “Game Over” is right. I love comics, and puzzles are ok, and Dead Space is awesome! 😀

  31. Obsidian Spire says:

    Nice review. Pro tip: more giveaways equals win. :)

  32. Khalid says:

    I was not expecting a game like that for Dead Space.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  33. Cameron E. says:

    Seems like an interesting puzzle twist on Dead Space. Nice article.

  34. Joey says:

    Looks like a pretty good game! Thanks for the read!

  35. UBM says:

    I was super pumped until I heard this game is all glitchy with achievements :- They fixed that yet?

  36. Joel Tiangco says:

    Awesome reviews. This your blog rocks. I want to enter in chance of getting win the Dead Space: Ignition PSN please! 😀

  37. reks says:

    nice

  38. Gharik says:

    Well I really like Dead Space. One of my favorites this gen so I’m sure i’ll like Ignition if only for the story. Demo was okay but I wasn’t expecting much from it. Nice review thanks.

  39. marstorious says:

    nice review.

  40. kamiyan89 says:

    i didn’t even know this existed, thanks, and i want to participate :)

  41. kaisensengen says:

    The prequel seems interesting. I am so pumped for Dead Space 2.

  42. thestever1 says:

    Amazing review man! I was not sure about getting this game but this review changed my mind.

  43. Death31133 says:

    I would really like to try this loved dead space 1

  44. ropes says:

    Seems interesting enough to hold your attention for an hour or two.

  45. basis says:

    nice review! can’t wait to play this & the sequel!

  46. dvir says:

    thank for the giveaway
    is it xbla version ?

  47. Pwncakes70 says:

    Thanks for the review and the contest.

  48. Jack says:

    I downloaded and watched all the Dead Space animated comics, if this is anything like that then I’m in.

    Thanks for the contest!

  49. HC says:

    Good review. Doesn’t look too bad, considering this comes free with pre-orders of Dead Space 2. Hope I win this, thanks!

  50. Archangelreb says:

    I agree I wish more gaming companies would release more games that tell the story betwee big releases.

  51. Pazto says:

    Nice review man !
    And Thank you for the contest !
    I wish to win !

  52. manniquinman says:

    If you buy this you’ll unlock a suit in DS2, so at least one good thing comes from this game.

  53. totoguy says:

    Hmmm… first multiplayer in Dead Space 2, and now this? I just want more of what Dead Space had to offer.

  54. Dee says:

    Great Review, I know it’s a bit off genre compared to the other titles, but its definitely worth a shot at it thanks to your review! Thanks Man! Hope I win it!

  55. Zekolot says:

    Looks interesting

    Thanks

  56. WongTong says:

    Nice review of the article! Would be awesome to try it out! 😀

  57. Ken says:

    Oh man, the perfect thing to get me amped for DS2.

  58. chris says:

    I love anything dead space so I’m intrigued but I agree with you on most of what you said in the article good review

  59. lo6ick says:

    interesting. did not know it was this kind of game. looks fun

  60. Michael Galeotti says:

    I honestly had no clue about what this really was until I read this. Thanks!

  61. Obsidian Spire says:

    Hooray for the contest. Good review as well. :)

  62. cleaver says:

    The Blu ray is $8 at deepdiscount.com right now.

  63. Mark Draper says:

    Awesome! Sounds pretty great!

  64. vashkey says:

    Would have preferred something more along the line of the MGS Digital graphic novel, but at least it has voice acting.

  65. Ced says:

    Sounds like a weird game but fun none the less. Can’t wait for DS2!

  66. ItsPirrip says:

    Do want :)
    I like the review and picts :)

  67. Gekkoton says:

    Great review, I’d like to try it. Thanks!

  68. vdh says:

    It sure heats up the mood for Dead Space 2.

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