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.