According to Cliff Bleszinski, who was the former Epic Games design director, Horror Games that are priced as high as Dead Space 3 was will be tough to sell to gamers. Cliff Bleszinski claims that horror games that are sold so expensively will more than likely be rented, rather than bought, and then returned after completing the campaign in a few days.
“In the $60 disc-based market horror doesn’t fly, It’s the ultimate ‘Campaign Rental’ that’s played for 2 days and traded in and I’m sure EA knows this.”
Cliff Bleszinski then goes on to state that he does believe that the horror genre is still alive and well, and while saying this he does reference such popular horror games as Slender and Amnesia: The Dark Descent, among others. But, he does state that in his opinion, the horror genre will not become prominent in the gaming industry until the Horror genre goes fully digital.
Many people disliked the way Dead Space 3 turned out, due to it becoming more action oriented rather than focusing entirely on the horror aspect. Bleszinski goes on to say that while the game has morphed into something different than a confined horror game, such a transformation is not necessarily a bad thing.
“At the end of the day, this franchise feels like it’s starting as a solo experience, a solitary and confined horror game, and now it’s evolving into much more than that,” he said. “You can either fight it or embrace it. I choose the latter, as at the end of the day it’s FUN.”
Such a statement can be taken to mean many things, but many horror fans may not like the fact that Dead Space 3 was not as Horror oriented as the previous titles of the same name. But Dead Space 3, for all of its criticisms, is still a fun and exciting game to play. Even though it seems that the changes made to broaden the fan base may have cheapened many of the scares, while getting rid of much of what made the franchise scary, the game is still worth a playthrough due to its amazingly creepy atmosphere and fun experience.