Dead Space 3 Awakened is the downloadable expansion to Dead Space 3 which released in January. Awakened picks up right where the main campaign left off. Isaac and Carver awaken to a proverbial shit show as they deal with the aftermath of the events on Tau Volantis. It’s grisly stuff as Carver and Isaac struggle to decipher between what is and isn’t real. Hallucinations occur quite frequently as the two survivors attempt to make sense of everything going on and further unravel the mystery of the markers. As the story progresses, a sinister plot is unveiled.
As far as gameplay is concerned, there are no real changes to be seen. The mechanics are still great and the work bench is still there to upgrade weapons or create new ones. While the pace of the game isn’t exactly slowed down, there are a lot of creepy horror elements crammed into Awakened. As I progressed through the game it was difficult for me to tell what was going on…in a good way! Enemies popped up that I thought were real and turned out to be just a figment of my imagination. It got to the point to where I frantically shot at anything that moved unsure if I was hallucinating or not. Hallucinations occur frequently causing confusion and stress when they happen in the heat of battle. Enemies are there, then gone, then back again. It is the closest I got as a player to understanding the madness that the markers create in the minds of its victims.
If you played through Dead Space 3 and want to know more, you should probably check out Awakened. It is $9.99 and while it takes but a few hours to complete, was a lot of fun. The cooperative play is still one of the main draws as the dynamic between Carver and Isaac is expanded. The banter between the two that made the main campaign such a joy is back. If you didn’t care for the direction the story went in Dead Space 3, you might want to consider taking a pass as it doesn’t change the ending but rather extrapolates on the events.
As a final note, Unitologists are still fucking crazy.