So when Dead Space came out in 2008, I got it for Christmas for the 360 (didn't have a gaming PC) and I absolutely loved it. It was creepy, atmospheric, and had some really interesting gameplay with severing limbs (instead of headshots like 99% of shooters), Not to mention the awesome zero gravity elements. It was probably my favorite game that year and probably my favorite new IP of that generation.
Dead Space 2 was released and I disappointed by what I saw (didn't play it yet), it looked like they made it more actiony, gave our silent protagonist a voice. It was evident that they were trying to mass market this franchise as well. I picked it up during a Amazon sale for free ($5 promo) like 2 years ago and only just now got to playing it last week (first world backlog problems). Man, how wrong was I. Yes, it was a little watered down from the original, but man what a fun game. I enjoyed every minute of it. When it ended, I wish it hadn't as I was just having that much fun. They still kept the atmosphere and had plenty of jump scares to keep me on my toes.
Now Dead Space 3 - I picked it up during the Origin Bundle and just finished it last night.... Man, now that was a disappointment. Issac Clarke is now hiding in cover shooting human baddies in a city? What a crap opening if I ever saw one. Thankfully, it did get a little better, but I can count on one hand the number of times I was creeped out where compared to the last two, I lost count. Not to mention, they made it the longest of the three games and they dragged out that campaign way too long. I had to force myself to finish it.
When I read that Dead Space 3 had poor sales, I'm now not surprised. These publishers feel the need to make every game target everyone and in the end, no one will like it. I really wish these publishers would watch this Jimquisition as it truly shows that you can't make one game for everybody. If you have 10 spare minutes, I'd encourage you to watch it.
It pains me to see my favorite IP of last generation come to this. What did you all think of the Dead Space series? I realize I guess I am late to the party - blame the backlog! :)