The wait for Dead Space 3 is now over, and protagonist Isaac Clarke no longer has to go it alone. But if you’ve missed out on the previous two games (and expanded universe), and still want to try your hand at slicing Necromorphs, EA and Visceral have produced a new video series detailing the “Journey Through Darkness” that should get you up to speed.

Previous trailers have established that the forces at work in Dead Space 3¬†have a history predating the games themselves – in other words, a lot of fiction to digest. Since EA is hoping to bring more players to this game than the first pair, they’re putting the spotlight on their leading man: Isaac Clarke. The first in this four-part video series details “Isaac’s Journey,” outlining (and spoiling, obviously) the events of the first two games.

The embodiment of the notion that ‘no good deed goes unpunished,’ we have to wonder how much time will go by before Isaac realizes his calling¬†isn’t mining, and just accept his new vocation as Necromorph-slayer. Despite his unwillingness to seek out trouble, he’s got a knack for finding it – and bringing it to its knees.

And clearly the years of experience have paid dividends (mental illness aside), as Isaac is sporting improved armor, has shown an increased awareness of weapon efficiency, and is now even capable of constructing his own weapons from scratch (provided he’s got a few dollars to spare).

Dead Space 3 Demo Co-op

We might be going out on a limb here, but we’d say it’s probably best if Isaac just stop delaying the inevitable, put on some Phil Collins to get his blood pumping, and become a Necromorph hunter for good. He’s even got himself a new partner in the form of John Carver. If we were in EA’s shoes, a departure from the ‘horror’ formula in favor of a Tango & Cash-style buddy-monster-hunter franchise wouldn’t be too much of a step.

Granted, the fans might hate it, but only time will tell. From everything we’ve seen of Dead Space 3 gameplay (and played for ourselves) Visceral has found a happy medium between action gameplay and survival horror tension. Perhaps a more action-oriented incarnation of Dead Space may be forthcoming for those who’d rather do the scaring themselves (in the form of amputational carnage). We know EA wants to branch out, so we won’t be surprised if that comes to fruition.

How much farther do you think Visceral can take Isaac before suspension of disbelief starts to wear? Is he a strong enough lead to carry the franchise himself, or is a bit of a change in order? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Dead Space 3 releases on February 5 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

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