I'm not ready to eat crow about Dead Space: Extraction yet (I was pretty hard on it for being an on-rails shooter—making me think it was basically another dumbed down version of a popular franchise for the Nintendo Wii), but I will say that with each new clip and trailer I see, my opinion of the game seems to improve. That may not mean a thing in the long run (because we've all seen great clips and trailers and then played a retail version of the same game only to find out it sucks…), but I like to be honest—and right now I'm getting a positive vibe from the game.

This new clip (running just over four minutes) talks about the characters in the game and shows off some more gameplay. Interestingly enough, the characters on display in the clip look identitical to their voice actors. I don't know that I can recall another game where that's ever happened.

Dead Space: Extraction is set to invade stores on September 29th.

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Mike Bracken is a 43-year-old writer and bohemian living in Florida with a mountain of movies, books, and video games.

A film critic by trade, specializing in Euro-horror, cult exploitation, and Asian action cinema, Mike has written reviews for a diverse group of print and online publications. He covers horror news, movies, books, and games at TheHorrorGeek.com and Horrorsquad.com and spent two seasons as The Horror Geek on Comedy Central's pop-culture game show, Beat the Geeks.

Mike's childhood was spent playing videogames any time he got a chance. His parents had a Pong console and his grandmother had an Atari 2600, where Mike cultivated his skills by playing hour upon hour of games like Space Invaders, Berserk, and Asteroids. From those early experiences Mike learned one thing: he loved games.

In 1999, Mike became a staff reviewer at Cinescape Magazine's website where he spent a year learning the craft of game criticism. After internal changes led to Mike leaving Cinescape in late 2000, he joined up with RPGFan in 2001 and spent several years writing reviews for them. Happy, but looking for an opportunity to expound on a wider variety of titles, Mike joined GameCritics.com and hopes to help Chi, Dale, and the rest of the GC staff bring a higher level of respect to the field of game criticism.
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“Interestingly enough, the characters on display in the clip look identitical to their voice actors. I don’t know that I can recall another game where that’s ever happened.”

Half-Life 2 is another example, actually. The actors for the most part resemble the people in the game (or, well, actually the other way around.)

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Thanks for the extra footage, Vince. I haven’t watched it yet, but I’ve seen so many clips about the game at this point that there’s probably no real reason left to avoid the spoilers.

I think it’s okay to be disappointed (as I was) that the game is an on-rails shooter, but to single that out as a reason for giving the game a lower score seems to miss the point.

Here’s some additional footage videos. Don’t watch if you don’t want spoilers… Chapter 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSmiRRWut8s Chapter 3 http://www.wiitalia.it/2009/09/24/dead-space-extraction-tgs-2009-chapter-3-gameplay/ A number of reviews have hit the net today too. Seem to mostly glow about the game. One negative a review had was it was on rails… That’s kinda like marking a negative against a fighting game because its a fighting game. Maybe the way to look at it is if they took Street Fighter and turned it into a platformer, then marked against it because it was a platformer, even if the mechanics were solid. Still doesn’t make sense to give… Read more »