UPDATE 2: The real review is now up, and it’s a startling high 9.75/10. You can read it here.

UPDATE: Andrew Reiner is stating on Twitter that these review details are fake/false. He says the actual review was written by associate editor Tim Turi and that fans can expect “the real deal” on Tuesday.

Game Informer’s review for Dead Space 3 has reportedly been leaked by publication Baziwood, and according to their opinion, it’s good but not quite the brilliant sendoff many fans were hoping for.

They gave it a 7.75/10, a noticeable but not completely drastic drop from their 9.25/10 for the original Dead Space and 9.00/10 for Dead Space 2. They praised the game’s visuals and satisfying shooting, as well as the upgrade system and the co-op, even though they stated the latter functioned a little differently than was advertised.

They criticized the general lack of scariness and creepy atmosphere, as well the encounters with human enemies, which they felt were wholly unnecessary and awkwardly executed. They also stated that the replay value was low compared to the previous entries, and that certain aspects of the game also lacked polish compared to those two. It’s not known who wrote the review, but given that executive editor Andrew Reiner reviewed the previous games, it’s not unlikely that he returned to do this one.

Certainly, those are only the barest details of the review, and 7.75/10 is still a decent score, but it’s not hard to see they were a bit disappointed with it. We’ll see what other publications thought of it very soon, as the review embargo is lifted on the release date of Feb. 5. As for us, we may or may not have a review for the title depending on whether we get a review copy or not and whether any of will pick it up if we don’t. Either way, tread cautiously, my friends, and lower your expectations slightly.

Michael Urban
Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at michaelurban@onlysp.escapistmagazine.com. Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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  1. I trust Visceral Games will deliver something spectacular. Ever since the nonsensical reviewing of Resident Evil 6, I’ve espoused to never take any score seriously. Even before that, it was only a minor influence, at best. Gamers should forge their own path into that vast world of gaming, lest they be constantly led around by the nose by an increasingly hype-driven gaming press.

    1. sorry but RE6 was shit no matter how you flipped it. it was mediocre

      1. Mediocre? By no stretch of any conceivable imagination can the total package of Resident Evil 6 be considered mediocre.

        1. by the old fans of the game it was freaking terrible for the new fans it was great…..and yes it wasn’t very good but that’s my opinion

          1. I’m a new fan and I hated it.

          2. god the chris campaign made me want to puke.

          3. As a person that bought the original the first day of release, bought a Japanese Dreamcast just to play the import version of Code Veronica, and currently owns every RE game ( yes, even Operation Raccoon City) with the exception of the 2 Outbreaks for PS2, I really enjoyed the game. More enjoyable to me than any Dead Space game, and I love those. I give props to Capcom for attempting to create such a behemoth of an action horror game, when in gaming today with such a well known franchise, it’s wholly unnecessary. And people should drop the pretense of RE 6 betraying the survival horror roots, when both RE 4 and 5 were action games, as well. It’s a little late to complain.

            I’m not trying to sell you on the game, but here’s the thing: disliking a game and a game being terrible, while rarely mutually exclusive, are not the same thing. I dislike a few games. Uncharted 3, The Walking Dead, Twisted Metal, Halo, Skyrim. While I personally do not see the fascination people had with these games, I don’t say the games ‘are shit’ because I don’t feel them. So to me, while RE 6 will not be everyone’s cup o’ tea, and I respect that, there are too many things that work right in the game for it to be rated a a 4 or below by self respected gaming journalist. Reviews, to me, are meant to be informative, honest and respectful in ways to the hard work of the developers. But too many these days seem to fall on the side of either troll-level bashing or fanboyish exaltation.

          4. it is your opinion but the majority opinion of people was that the game sucked. its fine though i loved turok evolution even though it was hated by critics and fans of the original series. i guess everyone loves a game that others hated sometimes

          5. That’s true, my friend.

          6. I feel this is just an argument of terminology at this point.

            If I like some game X and you don’t, that is nothing more than differing opinions. Same thing applies with game reviews since those are simply one person’s opinion. Just because the person’s thoughts have been formally typed up, doesn’t make it anything more. And as an extension to that, if a person doesn’t like a game, they’re going to call it “terrible”. So I feel that disliking a game and a game being terrible are two ways of saying the same thing. It’s just one man’s opinion.

            Which is why I like it when reviewers justify their scores. Because then I can judge for myself if the drawbacks pointed out are something that is an issue for me or not. For instance I once read a review for a game that took off points because it had “too much text” for me that’s a non-issue so I took that final score with a pinch of salt.

            So if a person calls a game you like, “terrible”, it’s just that one guy’s opinion. A friend of mine called Spec Ops: The Line terrible. I asked him if I could have some of the drugs he was on, but end of the day we chalked this game up under differing opinions and moved on.

          7. THANK YOU!!!!! This man gets it, everyone!

    2. I don’t recommend reading my review of RE6 then, since I more or less tore it apart. XD

      That said, I really do agree that gamers shouldn’t let reviews and hype dominate their drive and tastes. Quite a few people disagreed with my RE6 review, and I actually like that, since it shows those people can think for themselves and entrust themselves with the responsibility of choosing what they play and what they follow, while only using reviews as potential advice to consider or ignore as they please.

  2. i personally hope this bombs harder then MOH:WF with all the shit EA is pulling with this…..i don’t want BF3 or any other EA game to have this amount of BS…oh also dead space also has a online pass….for its online co-op…

    1. Thanks, I forgot to update this article once the real one came out. XD

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