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->'''"[[KarmicDeath Isaac, we're all gonna burn]] [[{{Foreshadowing}} for what we did to you...]]"'''

''Dead Space 2'' is the sequel to the well-received ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' and the second game in the ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' series. The game continues the story of Isaac Clarke, the only surviving member of the team sent to the planet-cracker [[GhostShip USG Ishimura]]. In search of his girlfriend [[DistressedDamsel Nicole]], Isaac quickly discovered that there was more to the outbreak than meets the eye, and was thrust into a life-or-death struggle against the undead creatures known as the [[BodyHorror Necromorphs]].

Three years later, Isaac wakes on a hospital in the labyrinthine space station called Titan Station, or The Sprawl. Somehow, Isaac is still alive, [[SanitySlippage but his mental state has deteriorated]], and now hallucinates visions of his girlfriend. The horror aboard the ''Ishimura'' may have been contained, but the [[ZombieApocalypse Necromorph]] [[TheVirus outbreak]] is about to [[HereWeGoAgain begin all over again]] and Isaac is the only one who can stop it.

Gameplay was largely unchanged from the first ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'', though weapons were tweaked so they are all useful in some capacity this time.

''Dead Space 2'' was released on January 2011 for the PC, {{Xbox 360}} and [[PlayStation3 PS3.]] The first trailer can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtEEa4PU7ok here]]. Exclusively for the [[PlayStation3 PS3]], ''VideoGame/DeadSpaceExtraction'', originally a NintendoWii release, was also bundled with the collector's edition of ''Dead Space 2''. In March 2011, a [=DLC=] was released called ''Dead Space 2: Severed''. It follows Gabe Weller and Lexine Murdoch, two returning characters from ''VideoGame/DeadSpaceExtraction'' as they try to get off the Sprawl. It is only available for the console versions of the game.

Like it's predecessor, ''Dead Space 2'' opened to positive reviews, with many critics again praising the atmosphere and the above-mentioned tweaking of weapons. Criticism was leveled at how the game had more action setpieces, and and some (Mostly veteran horror fans) felt that the critics were over-hyping the horror.
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* AbandonedArea: Pretty much everywhere you visit is either already abandoned or will be in very short order...
* AbandonedHospitalAwakening: The game begins with Isaac waking up in a hospital on the Sprawl. It's not abandoned at the time, but by the time you gain control, it's smack in the middle of the Necromorph infestation.
* ActionizedSequel: While the original isn't lacking in action, the sequel ramps up the scale of the set-pieces and speed of the pacing a lot.
* ActionSurvivor: Isaac seems to be this to some degree. He's not a trained soldier, just an engineer. He still is determined to survive, and manages to use modified tools and his environment to overcome impossible odds, including things like overcoming a small army of security guards waiting for him.
* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: Present and prevalent as ever, with Isaac's survival dependent on the Sprawl's plentiful automated stores which happily cough up lethal weaponry and heavy armour in exchange for stolen credits, despite the unfolding crisis situation engulfing the station. You would expect the stores to ''at least'' let you run up a debt, but no.
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler:ANTI, the A.I. in charge of the solar array. While her attempts to impede Isaac are an aversion, since he's actively circumventing normal security procedures, she was very much malfunctioning before the necromorph outbreak began. Just ask poor Howard Philips]].
* AirVentPassageway: Isaac can climb into some Jefferies Tubes at certain points.
* AllThereInTheManual: All though he is key to the plot, Nolan Stross' background is very lacking in the game. It's only by going through the expanded universe (namely watching Dead Space: Aftermath) that you find out details about his life, like who he's chasing and talking about during his hallucinations.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes
** Multiplayer unlocks for the Human Security team include [[PaletteSwap a lot of variations on repainting the exact same]] Security Suit.
** Single-player [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOOy3EMiIoI unlocks]] are scattered around levels, so one will have to play through the game at least twice to get a full set. All suits are reskins of four types of [=RIGs=] (Engineering, Security, Vintage and Advanced) and have a wide range of [[InfinityPlusOneSword bonuses]].
** Isaac also gets an extra suit for single-player: the Riot Security Suit -- if you link the iPhone tie-in game to your EA account.
* AnEconomyIsYou: The automated stores which dot Titan Station sell the game's weapons, ammunition, assorted armor, and medkits. Likewise, emergency supplies consist of ammo, medkits ([[CaptainObvious okay, this might be a logical emergency supply]]) and cash cards.
** The store at least is a justified example. When you first access it, the store welcomes Isaac by name and job title -- the items offered are customized to his exact preferences, and his security clearance as a CEC engineer permits him to purchase weapons and armor. Also, half the weapons are engineering tools anyway, simply applied in a way that is not how the manufacturer intended.
* AnnoyingArrows
** If a telekinetically-thrown spear-object doesn't do enough damage to kill a necromorph, it will get up and continue trying to eat Isaac. Justified in that Necromorphs are [[OurZombiesAreDifferent alien zombie-things]] that can survive limbs being removed; an arrow isn't going to stop them if it doesn't hit the right spot.
** [[spoiler:In the encounter with Tiedemann. Isaac pulls out ''two'' Javelins, one of which must've deflated his lungs. He can even heal after the final battle, meaning he literally shrugged it off, via the same first-aid magic that can heal him from within an inch of death after a Necromorph mauls him.]]
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: If you don't move after getting a text log, the game will be gracious and give you plenty of time to read it. If you DO move, you may activate a Necromorph event that was down the hall a little bit.
* AnyoneCanDie: Par for the course for this series.
* ApocalypticLog: Back in grand tradition.
* ArcWords: "Step 1: Crawl into the dark machine. Step 2: The screws go tight, all around. Step 3: Cross my heart and hope to die. Stick a needle in my eye. Step 4: She'll be waiting."
* ArmorIsUseless: Isaac seems to have serious issues with his CollapsibleHelmet coming off at exactly the worst times.
** [[spoiler:Justified in the scene where the hallicunation of Nicole tries to kill you since it is pretty much a fight between Isaac and his schizophrenic mind which means that Isaac most likely deactivated the helmet himself without consciously knowing it.]]
** [[spoiler:Also at least partly justified in the fight against Stross as he first stabs into the connection between your suit and your helmet apparently causing a malfunction and thus deactivates the helmet.]]
* ArtifactOfDoom: Subverted by the Marker, which is revealed to be [[spoiler:man-made!]]. This ambiguity probably started as a vanilla {{Retcon}} but by now the devs at Visceral have got to be feeding it on purpose...
** Not much of a surprise when you remember that the Marker from the first game was also [[spoiler:man-made]].
* ArtificialBrilliance: The Stalkers are programmed very well- they're capable of playing long hide-and-seek games and flanking effectively. Stalkers are also attempt to run away if you successfully use stasis on them while they are behind a box. They will attempt to run the opposite way so that they still in cover making it hard to determine if you used stasis on them. By the that point, though, all you need to do is poke your head around the box, BUT if you didn't stasis them, they will rush the corner and knock you down before you can a single shot off. I hope YOU didn't attempt to run around that corner.
* ArtificialStupidity: On the other hand, you can keep throwing down trap mines in the places they need to run by to get into new cover, they'll continuing running into every mine you place. As a result, if a mine goes boom, you just replace it and the next stalker will kill itself on it in the exact same manner.
* ArtificialGravity: Isaac will have to solve several puzzles that can only be done through zero-gravity gameplay.
* [[AteHisGun Ate His Spear]]: [[spoiler:Fail to banish the image of Nicole in the ending sequence and Isaac loses it]].
* AuthorAppeal: This is the third Visceral game in a row to feature UndeadChildren. The first being the original ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' and the second being ''VideoGame/DantesInferno''.
* {{Badass}}: Isaac is much less mentally stable in this game (and that's saying something), but seems utterly determined to ''not die'' no matter ''what'' happens to him. When Necromorphs, his personal nightmare show up after he was forced into cryosleep the first thing he does is HEADBUTT it and then start running. In fact, he seems much more together while killing Necromorphs then he does while confronting his hallucinations.
* BackForTheDead: You may remember [[spoiler:Franco]] from ''Dead Space Ignition'' (which was released in the fall of 2010). [[spoiler:He dies less than a minute in.]]
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Isaac keeps seeing a very hostile hallucination of Nicole that repeatedly gives him TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, so this was inevitable. [[spoiler:Subverted, when he seems to come to a milestone about accepting Nicole's death and she immediately becomes more helpful and normal-looking. Then double-subverted when she goes evil again at the end and he really does have to fight her! Poor Isaac can't catch a break]].
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: even at the end of the game, when Isaac is at one tiny fragment of HitPoints and has canonically been shot through the shoulder and hand, there's no blood or sign of injury to be seen.
* {{BFG}}: Practically all of Isaac's ordinance feels this way, but the Force Gun and Contact Beam stand out.
* BilingualBonus: For anyone who remembers how to decipher the Unitologist Runes from the cheat sheets in the first game, since well over half of the [[RoomFullOfCrazy graffiti]] is scrawled in it.
* BlackAndBlackMorality: In this corner, the corrupt, dystopian government that destroys planets for resources. In the other corner, a bunch of crazed cultists who believe that the Necromorphs are the future of humanity. [[TookAThirdOption Isaac chooses to fight against both of them.]]
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler: Franco (from ''Ignition'') dies about twelve seconds into a new game]].
* BloodIsTheNewBlack: One of the DLC suits is the Bloody Vintage Suit, which boosts damage to the Javelin Gun, Force Gun and Flamethrower, plus it comes with Bloody versions of those weapons.
* BloodstainedGlassWindows: An early segment of the game involves Isaac fighting through a Unitologist cathedral.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: A good Javelin or Kinesis-impalement will do this to a Necromorph, usually accompanied by them being stuck to the wall.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: [[spoiler:The Marker Intelligence seems to function in this manner, as it attempts to enact its AssimilationPlot with Isaac's contribution a necessity, yet incessantly sends Necromorphs after him with lethal intent]].
** The Marker [[spoiler:doesn't need Isaac alive...]]
** A example that spans both games is the fact that [[spoiler: the Marker was seemingly benevolent in the first ''Dead Space'', manipulating Isaac into helping it stop the Necromorph infestation, while in ''Dead Space 2'' the Marker Intelligence seems to be the driving force behind the Necromorphs. Although there are [[{{Retcon}} alternate explanations]]]].
* BodyHorror:[[spoiler:Franco is killed by a Necromorph Infector moments after Isaac wakes up. Not only does this showcase how fast the Necromorph virus infects dead tissue, but it demonstrates how horrific the transformation of a corpse to a Necromorph is in excruciating close-up as his face splits to reveal the howling musculature beneath. [[TheDeterminator Isaac promptly headbutts it and escapes]]. The way he was transformed, you'd think he didnt quite completely die before the transformation began. It's really FridgeHorror if you think about it too much (imagine your face splitting like that). ]]
** [[spoiler: Tiedemann. When he finally confronts Isaac, half of his body, including his head, has been burned past the musculature. Think Two-Face in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' and you got it.]]
** If Isaac is cut in half by a automated pressure lock door, a small part of his spine will twitch in a spastic manner. It's disgusting beyond all reasonable measures. Many of the other deaths count as well.
* BoringButPractical: The Seeker Rifle. Zoomed in it has the same damage as the Contact Beam without the charge up delay, and guarantees a kill in two shots on anything short of a Brute, but it's a one shot rifle in a game full of magnetically levitated chainsaws, industrial cutting tools, and flamethrowers.
* BorrowedBiometricBypass: How do you cheat an ID scanner? Odds are there's a nearby mutilated corpse with sufficient clearance...
* BossRoom: It starts getting painfully obvious by the time you reach the tripod nest.
** The areas where you encounter Stalkers also invariably give themselve away with their familiar array of peek-a-boo obstacles (which essentially function as waist-high walls for the enemy).
* BreakingTheFourthWall: At one point a mentally deteriorating Stross begins shouting at Isacc to stop staring at him, after which he quickly glances at the camera shouting "Stop staring, stop it!".
* BribingYourWayToVictory: There are several DLC packs with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOOy3EMiIoI suits]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx2-rXxj4bk weapons]] that can give you a leg up on the early parts of the game. Not only are they free (so your cash can be spent upgrading them), but the suits are superior to anything you can buy in the short term (a decent replacement doesn't come around for five chapters).
* BulletTime: A shootable version of it with the stasis module. Many enemies move much quicker now, especially Leapers, plus it regenerates at a slow pace (about one shot per minute), giving you all the more reason to use it. This is what the developers were aiming for, since most players only used Stasis for puzzles and rarely for enemies in the first game. That said, they severely scaled back the charges (start with two, four at most) compared to the first game.
* CallBack: Isaac's initial running sequence ends with him being attacked by a Necromorph that gets itself sliced in half by a pressure door, just like the first one that pursued him in the original game, until the elevator doors destroyed it. Thank goodness NoOSHACompliance works both ways in this game!
** [[spoiler: An entire chapter is based on the Ishimura, where you must ride the tram to fix the main centrifuge...again. Isaac even lampshades this and visits the Medical Deck where two levels of ''Dead Space'' took place]].
** [[spoiler:When Isaac flies away in the ship with Ellie at the end, it begins the same as the ending of Dead Space 1. Slumping up against the chair, exhausted, and typing in a few commands before some overdue rest. Then the ominous music starts up, and Isaac is obviously freaking out, knowing what happened last time, looks to his right to see...normal, helpful, human Ellie.]]
--->'''Ellie:''' [[spoiler: (''looking confused'') What...?]]
* CatScare: ''Dead Space 2'' takes this trope and runs with it. Lights flickering, balloons popping, blaring commercials appearing on TV screens, loud machinery suddenly activating as you pass by, the list goes on and on...
** One embarrassing variation has [[spoiler: Isaac spooked by a cartoon sun falling from the ceiling.]]
** Another one is an alarm clock that goes off when Isaac leaves an apartment. There are several similar looking clocks but this is the only one that goes off in the whole game, and it goes off during a time when no enemies have appeared for a while.
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler: Ellie during the ending]].
* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: Averted in the same fashion as the first game; literally changing clothes is a free action, everything else ''is not''. The only other time you can't be attacked is at save stations.
* CheckPointStarvation: Hardcore Mode. It only allows you to save ''three times'' in the whole game, and there are ''no'' checkpoints.
* ChurchOfHappyology: Visiting a Unitologist community is a large part of the game; they put on a nice front, but you can find a document near their indoctrination center where a machine has analysed exactly how psychologically vulnerable to manipulation a potential convert is.
* ClosedCircle: Isaac is confined to the Sprawl in the same way as when he was trapped on the Ishimura.
* ClusterFBomb: Isaac's SuddenlyVoiced in ''Dead Space 2'', and though most of his melee-attack grunts are the same, if you keep mashing the "Stomp" button, his grunts give way to a small flood of obscenities at whatever he's stomping. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Doing so is incredibly cathartic]] after one of the little buggers gets the jump on you.
** Tiedemann on the other hand seems oddly restrained, even with things going wrong and people dying around him the worst thing he calls Isaac is an idiot.
* CollapsibleHelmet: Isaac Clarke has various versions of his Resource Integration Gear, all of which have one of these helmets that can fold away and be stored in his suit. Often however, the helmet appears to unfold at points where it would not necessarily be a good idea, for example, when Stross attacks Isaac.
** This although is at least partly justified since Stross apparently causes a malfunction in Isaacs suit with his first stab.
* CompetitiveMultiplayer: ''Dead Space 2'' features a new multiplayer mode, a first for the series; it takes the form of team-based gameplay, with one side playing as the human engineers, and the other side playing as different types of Necromorphs: [[FragileSpeedster The Pack]], [[CombatTentacles The Lurker]], [[PersonalSpaceInvader The Puker]] and [[PoisonIsCorrosive The Spitter]]. The humans will be tasked with completing a specific goal, and will be armed with the same kinds of weapons and tools Isaac uses, while the Necromorphs have to stop the humans from completing that goal, and will receive help from several Necromorph [=NPCs=] spawned to assist them. It plays much like {{Singularity}} with [[UpToEleven even more gratuitous]] BodyHorror.
* ContinuityNod: When you're forced to go aboard [[spoiler: the Ishimura]], Ellie asks you, "Is it safe?" This was a very common piece of graffiti in ''Dead Space'', often in places that might be safe for now, but just reading that message was ParanoiaFuel, given that it was ALWAYS written in blood.
** Failing a particular action sequence results in Isaac being killed. The camera pans in for a close-up on his severed arm floating in space, looking just like the cover box art of ''Dead Space''.
** Isaac receives a video of [[spoiler: Stross trying to kill Ellie with a screwdriver in the eye. The captain of the Ishimura died from being impaled through the eye with a sedative syringe]]. This time around, though, [[spoiler: Ellie survives and returns the favor to Stross and winds up having to wear an eye patch for the rest of the game]].
** In the ending, [[spoiler: as their gunship flies away, Isaac starts to relax and look at the seat beside him, only to see Ellie who gives a confused "What?"]]. This references the first game's ending with [[spoiler: Necro-Nicole]].
** [[spoiler: Chapter 10 takes place on the Ishimura and you must visit the places where the first six levels of ''Dead Space'' occurred. Humorously, you have to fix the centrifuge again, which was notoriously frustrating in the first game because as soon as it was fixed, you had to outrun it, something Isaac even lampshades]]. Additionally, on that same level, [[spoiler: Ellie says that the necromorphs are coming in through a hole in the medical deck. This is probably the same place in ''Dead Space'' where Isaac had to travel through to get to "Zero G Therapy".]]
** If you pay attention on [[spoiler:the Ishimura, the room where he hallucinates Nicole's video is the Hunter room and you come from where Mercer was standing when his baby popped out]].
** The [[spoiler:Ishimura escape pod located in the Captain's Quarters]] Isaac uses in ''Dead Space 2'' is the same one that was jettisoned in the first game with a Necromorph inside, presumably replaced.
** At least one poster on The Sprawl advertises zero G basketball, a sport which Isaac got to try his hand at in the original game.
** And, of course, there's always Peng.
* CoverDrop: There is one for both Dead Space 2 ''and'' VideoGame/DeadSpace:
** If the player is killed by [[CutsceneBoss The Tormentor]], Isaac's arm will float in space resembling the cover of the first game.
** After buying the Advanced Suit, there will be a close-Up of Isaac's helmet, the cover of Dead Space 2.
* TheCorruption: The official name of the [[MeatMoss organic goo]] that covers walls and floors during a Necromorph outbreak.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: As with the first game, Isaac will limp and breath raggedly when he is severely injured. However, any final blow that does not provoke one of TheManyDeathsOfYou, no matter how minor, can cause his limbs to fly off amusingly, [[ArmorIsUseless despite his full body armour]]. It doesn't evoke terrifying mutilation so much as ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: You could start a gallery based just on this one game. And they have. And it's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBj-eQSLLGY here]].
* CrueltyIsTheOnlyOption: You HAVE to turn of the power to the government sector which kills 200-250+ people. Likewise, [[spoiler: you HAVE to kill Stross. He's an AssholeVictim to some degree (okay, maybe a big degree... YMMV), but he's still a good guy who is driven insane by guilt and Marker influence. The Marker proceeds to gloat about it causing Isaac to hit a very angry HeroicBSOD.]]
* CutAndPasteEnvironments: A variation. Titan Station was built Levittown-style; you travel through two or three apartment blocks and mall strips that look very similar in general layout, but have different damage, graffiti, bodies and other clutter in the area to differentiate them. For the most part, in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', there is no backtracking. Two of the same straps ARE the same. They are ones before the Unitology Church. You go through them after a lot more damage has occurred so it's hard to tell, but you can tell the Unitology entrance is the same. The best way to tell is that the statue of the Space Cadet is the same both times if you travel through there. If you didn't destroy the first time through it will be intact. If you did destroy it, it WON'T be intact.
* CutsceneBoss: [[spoiler: Tiedemann. It consists of two [[PressXToNotDie action button mashings]] to [[MadeOfIron pull two-foot javelin spikes out of your body]] and aiming [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the Javelin Gun you just stole]] [[FinishHim at his head and pulling the trigger]].]][[note]] And if you miss, he dies anyway, since you punctured his throat[[/note]]. There's also The Tormentor, whose battle is essentially a series of aiming mini-games.
* CutsceneIncompetence: When Isaac [[spoiler:finally meets Daina face-to-face, he gets seized by two ''unarmed'' Unitologist staff]]. Hard to believe that he's unable to resist after dismembering and beheading monsters that took over the station a couple of hours ago.
** This gets contested frequently, as Isaac has never demonstrated any kind of willingness to harm humans before (or after; you are ''unable to'' attack the [[spoiler:security forces]] when they show up) that point. Isaac has also demonstrated sufficient intelligence to use it as a "Get my questions answered, ''then'' resist" situation.
** Isaac also has a strange compulsion to remove his helmet any time someone's trying to stab him in the face, though this may just be a flaw in the design of his armour.
*** Supposedly, this is used to reflect upon his subconscious sucidal behavior. It makes sense; most other men would either kill themselves, go insane, or both after seeing the things Isaac has. Of course, he ''is'' kind of insane.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Often averted: many of the large scale events [[spoiler:[[HighSpeedMissileDodge such as when Isaac is rocketing towards the Sprawl at terminal velocity]]]] gives the player much control over your direction or your gun.
** Played straight in one sequence where Isaac is beaten up in ways that would be easily be fatal or highly damaging in standard gameplay, yet he comes out with no health damage at all.
** Played straight after the [[spoiler:above-mentioned HighSpeedMissileDodge]] when the player has control. The following cutscene has Isaac breaking through a glass roof, through various bits of duct work, and landing with enough force to crack metal flooring. All this without a single scrape, cut or broken bone that he should have suffered from all this at the speeds he was falling.
** The fall would indeed be deadly if Isaac would'nt have his rocket boots that he e.g. uses in each zero-gravity scene or in flight cutscenes to slow himself down and which can be heard being in use during the aforementioned fall.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Oddly enough, the fact that Isaac isn't nearly as sluggish and slow as he was in the first game (and that the mouse movement is much more precise) will throw off players who now have much more fluid controls to work with.
* DangerousWindows: For tolerably obvious reasons, what with the Sprawl being a space station and all, though they sure are pretty selective about ''which'' windows are, in fact, dangerous. Close inspection of these windows reveals they're most often "temporary" glass for areas under construction or repair; the "permanent" glass is marked with a strong-man symbol and is bulletproof. The ''real'' question is why the emergency shutters don't always close automatically, but that can be filed under RuleOfDrama.
** Be afraid of any window that says 'For future expansion'. Be very afraid.
* DeathCourse: Done spectacularly when Tiedemann turns on the CEC factory's processing plant with you in it, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome in zero-gravity, no less]].
* DestinationDefenestration: There's an achievement for shooting a necromorph with a javelin gun straight through a breakable window into space!
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: If at any time you use the Objective Marker system when you have no coordinates to your next objective [[note]](such as when you don't have access to a VoiceWithAnInternetConnection)[[/note]], Isaac mutters "No objective? What the hell...?"
** If you destroy corpses completely by stomping on them, Infectors will fly around looking for a target, realize there are no corpses, and then target you.
** In the room before the game's first zero oxygen area, you can step on an electronic weight scale to see how much Isaac weighs. It seems like a small easter egg at first, but if you put on a suit and come back, as a clever detail, the weight actually becomes much heavier! And it's different for every suit!
** The Cutscene Boss can be [[spoiler: killed with alternate fire! He does have a javelin already in him, after all...]]
** The metal detector at the security check point actually works.
** There's a room where Ellie and Stross stand on a balcony while Isaac is down on the ground floor. When Ellie video-chats with you using a module built into her wrist gear, you can simultaneously look up at the two of them standing there. Their expressions and body language match what you see through video-chat.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Unitology, particularly as you're visiting their recruitment center, looks like the absolute distillation of absolutely every bad thing that has ever been so much as rumored about [[ChurchOfHappyology Happyology]].
* DoorToBefore: Used liberally in the Unitology church, which is one of the few places you can backtrack.
* DrillTank: For all your FastTunnelling needs.
* DungeonBypass: Instead of looking for the door to the government sector, [[spoiler:Ellie ploughs straight through its foundations]].
* DynamicLoading: You'll only see a loading screen when starting the game or restarting from death. Most elevator rides are the game's way of disguising loading times, but even those are livened up with a radio call, usually. This also results in [[UnskippableCutscene cutscenes being unskippable]], since they're all "in-engine" and live.
* [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding: After all the horrible things Isaac had to go through over the past few three years and the events of this game, he finally manages to defeat the EldritchAbomination masquerading as his dead girlfriend. He simply sits down and waits to die when Ellie comes in on an awesome BigDamnHeroes moment. Is it over? Not by a long shot: Isaac's likely a fugitive, and while there are still other Markers, or whatever that thing that wants to be "reborn" is, Isaac finally seems to have a semblance of peace and has come to terms with Nicole's death. Out of ALL current ''Dead Space'' multimedia, this game probably grants the happiest ending to be seen in the story so far]]. Dead Space 3, subverts all of this. He did get to live in peace for a few years.
* EasterEgg: A few, mostly in the form of stuff you can read on the walls. For example, you may notice that the X-rays of people's heads have a "V" watermark on them, making it the Visceral Games' logo. You may also notice that the elementary school is putting on a play about Kafka's ''Metamorphosis''. (The hell?!)
** The hair salon in the mall area features pictures of various hairstyle models out front, one of whom bears a striking resemblance to Dead Space 2's executive producer, Steve Papoutsis. It's fairly hilarious.
** While exploring the elementary school in Chapter 6, the player may notice children's drawings depicting various familiar things from the Dead Space universe, including a slasher, the Peng Trophy, and a man in a Security Rig using the propulsion jets to fly.
** There's a working scale in the room where you trade in your patient's outfit for an engineering space suit. Walking onto it before and after you get your suit shows off how much of a weight difference it is. TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything.
** In several areas there are notes on a notice board that say "Family killed by necromorphs, need money for plasma cutter and beer". Another talks about free kitties with a picture of what appear to be two black panthers.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: The final battle implies the Markers' purpose is to incarnate one somehow, presumably by using human flesh during a convergence event]]. Confirmed in the next game.
* ElevatorActionSequence: Twice: all the way up to the solar array and up the [[spoiler:mine shaft]].
* EmptyRoomPsych: [[spoiler:Subverted]]: on the [[spoiler:Ishimura]], you enter a decontamination chamber and have to wait in near-darkness for the cycle to end. Savvy players or those who've played through the first game will be on-edge, waiting for the inevitable Necromorphs. [[spoiler:They actually attack when you come back a second time]].
** The entire [[spoiler:first half of the Ishimura]], in fact. There are no enemies. Behind the corner... no enemies. A hallway that looks like an obvious place for an ambush... no enemies. Then suddenly [[spoiler:a stack of boxes is seen to MOVE in the distance]]. And then [[spoiler:you're attacked by a Brute. Twice]].
* EpiphanicPrison: In a way. [[spoiler: Isaac is unable to accept and come to terms with Nicole's death, so her specter hounds him throughout the game. Only when he finally comes to terms with it, does she become normal. And even that is a subversion (The Marker was using him all along). And then by the end, he's finally accepted and come to terms with her death and is free of it.]]
* EverybodysDeadDave: [[spoiler: Serves as TheStinger to possibly set up another installment]].
* EyeScream: Implied multiple times, depicted twice. And the ''second'' depiction is a mini game! Failing it is ''bad''. Succeeding at it...isn't much better.
** Eye paracentesis is a generally safe procedure and it's implied that all of the "key subjects" had it performed on them numerous times. Watch the vidlog with Stross in the hospital carefully, the doctor checks his right eye, mentions the procedure, Stross objects due to pain and the doctor states "First thing in the morning!".
* ExplosiveDecompression: A risk in ''Dead Space 2'', due to the game taking place in a space station. There's even an Achievement/Trophy for getting a number of Necromorphs blown out into space this way. Of course, you have to keep Isaac from being blown out, too!
* TheFaceless: Now that Isaac's [[SuddenlyVoiced got a voice]], he also has a face to go with it: one of the last images of the first trailer was a shot of Isaac's face before his helmet covered it. Naturally, the game uses this to notch the death scenes UpToEleven. For example, Isaac getting his helmet ripped off and a Necromorph Tripod's spike ''shoved down his throat''.
* FacialHorror: Depicted in glorious detail during the intro. You may also want to view (former) Unitology clergy corpses through the Seeker Rifle's zoom scope.
** Happens [[spoiler: to Isaac in the final battle if you get too close to Marker Nicole and she consumes you. See: [[AteHisGun Ate His Spear]].]]
** Also happens to [[spoiler: Tiedemann]] before the final battle - he has had most of his face (including his nose) burned off and is horribly still alive.
* FakeDifficulty: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hardcore Mode]], only unlocked after beating the game once, is genuinely tough due to severely limited ammo/health and highly lethal enemies. The "Fake" part comes from [[SaveGameLimits only allowing you to save a grand total of three times in a 15-chapter game]] and [[ClassicVideoGameScrewYous deleting all checkpoints]]. If you die, you're kicked back to your last save. But since you're only allowed three, this means that one death could cost you literally hours of progress. [[SarcasmMode Thank you, Visceral]].
** In the PC version however, that is three saves per session meaning that you can have your three saves, quit and [[GoodBadBugs return with the counter reset]].
* FakeOutFadeOut: [[spoiler:At first, the ending heavily suggests that Isaac will die when the Marker explodes. Cue Ellie piloting the gunship]].
* FanDisservice: The female spitter is actually naked, with visible breasts and nipples. It's far from arousing, however. Same for the Nests.
* FiveStagesOfGrief: [[spoiler: Marker-Nicole indicates that this is what Stross' "Steps" are, as well as a Build Your Own Cthulhu construction kit.]]
** Bit of an odd case, though. [[spoiler: Marker-Nicole]] states that "Step Four is Acceptance", indicating that Bargaining was skipped entirely. Also, since [[spoiler:Stross' Step Three was to gouge people's eyes out with a screwdriver]], Anger and Depression seem to have switched places.
* FoodPills: Posters reminding children to eat their "Suplicaps" (namely fruit and veggies) can be seen in the school.
* ForcedTutorial: Learn to run or die, learn to use stasis or die, learn to use telekinesis or die and so on. The stasis tutorial is quite a bit more forced than the other tutorials; after a short hacking minigame, Isaac equips his RIG with the stasis module. A split-second later, a Slasher drops out of the ceiling, and you literally only have time to stasis it and do nothing else before it kills you in one hit. This is especially jarring in Hardcore mode, where this single room can send players back as far as 3 hours at a time.
* FutureSpandex: Most of the truly [[http://deadspace.wikia.com/wiki/Advanced_Suit advanced RIG suits]] look quite tight fitting.
* GaidenGame: One was released for the iPhone[=/=]iPad system, simply titled ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' (usually referred to as "Dead Space: Mobile"). It features a backdrop to ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', where a mysterious protagonist codenamed "Vandal" is tricked into releasing Necromorphs into the Sprawl at large by the Church of Unitology, and struggles to correct it. Some of Vandal's logs can be found in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', minus the voice filter disguising [[spoiler: [[SamusIsAGirl the fact that she's a woman]]]].
** There's also one you can play on the Xperia Play. Not so great, though....
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: The [[http://deadspace.wikia.com/wiki/Hacker_Suit Hacker Suit]] (an OldSaveBonus from ''Ignition'') leaves Isaac's neck and ears exposed. Even when he goes extra-vehicular. "SpaceIsCold" nonsense notwithstanding, this should cause depressurization problems, as your ears are connected to your lungs. (Then again, Titan does have a nitrogen-based atmosphere. [[MST3KMantra Ahh, who knows.]])
* GasLeakCoverup: The deaths of everyone on the Ishimura and its illegal mining colony were explained away as a "terrorist attack," and since this was in a remote area of space they could get away with it. They're going to have a lot harder time explaining away losing a major metropolis in the Sol system. [[spoiler: Additionally, the coverup is a ''literal'' coverup; when you get to the Ishimura, most of the areas that have been cleaned up are covered in taped-up plastic sheets with the bloodstains washed away.]]
* GoombaStomp: With ''gravity boots''.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: An enhanced gameplay feature: using kinesis on a Necromorph will automatically pluck off one of their blades/claws to be hurled at another, whereas in the original it was of limited effectiveness. You can also throw regular bodies, though this is not nearly as effective.
* HackingMinigame: Used when Isaac is fiddling with gizmos to make them work (or to make them stop working).
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Most of TheManyDeathsOfYou leave you in this state.
** Which can glitch and lead to a GoodBadBug. In this case Isaac is only a pair of disembodied legs running around with a gun floating and firing.
* {{Hallucinations}}: A common occurrence thanks due to Isaac's SanitySlippage. [[spoiler: The ones on the Ishimura let the design team reuse old animations.]]
* HamToHamCombat: The final boss fight between Isaac and [[spoiler: The Marker]], as seen [[http://youtu.be/s09-zS-Cxn8?t=20m6s here.]]
* HarderThanHard: Hardcore Mode, which must be unlocked, grants you minimal ammo and med packs, and only allows you to save ''three times''. If you die, you do not continue from the last checkpoint, but from the last time you saved (so make sure you save when you need to!) You'll need to play ''very'' carefully and make full use of the Stasis and Kinesis Modules' abilities to impale enemies to save yourself. The reward? [[spoiler: The ultimate LethalJokeItem: a red foam hand you put over Isaac's hand. It doesn't shoot bullets: instead, he makes "Bang! Bang!" and "Pew! Pew!" noises with it. It's a guaranteed OneHitKill on Necromorphs]].
* HarpoonGun: the Javelin Gun
* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits: Early on, Isaac gets a message from [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Daina]] reminding him to kill Necromorphs by dismemberment. His response is simply, "[[VideoGame/DeadSpace I know: I've had a lot of practice]]."
** However there are three more reminders, a message in blood, a panicked marine on the radio and a recorded message.
* HeroicBSOD: Isaac [[spoiler: has a very angry outburst when Marker!Nicole gloats about him having to kill Stross. Isaac blames the Marker for making him kill him. It's left ambiguous if he's referring to the Marker manipulating him, Stross, or both. He then has his worst hallucination soon after because his mind is in such disarray over the event. In fact, it's the only hallucination where Marker!Nicole can DIRECTLY kill Isaac instead of forcing him to commit suicide... [[MindScrew Maybe.]]]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Isaac is convinced that RedemptionEqualsDeath when it comes to making up for causing Nicole's death, and thus forces Ellie to escape while he goes after the BigBad and be a {{BigDamnHero|es}}]]
** [[spoiler: Inverted through Ellie who, being the {{Determinator}}, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome turns around her escape ship and smashes it into the Sprawl to save Isaac]].]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Late in the game, Isaac can find two logs left by Vandal, the protagonist of the iOS game. She unwittingly released the Necromorphs, and sacrificed herself to stop the Sprawl reactor from going critical.
* HideYourChildren: Very much averted. The first game had reanimated toddler corpses (Lurkers) with CombatTentacles, and ''Dead Space 2'' isn't any different. In addition to the Lurkers, we now have Crawlers (exploding babies) and the Pack, which are five-year-old, screaming {{Glass Cannon}}s that will attempt to ZergRush you.
** Visceral Games isn't even trying to hide it this time. While before it was hinted that the babies who became Lurkers were in fact clones used for growing lost limbs and were little more than vegetables in vats, this time around they've actively shown that these were normal human children, namely by having them appear near daycares, schools and children's shops.
*** One scene has [[spoiler:''a mother picking up a Crawler and cradling it'' in the nursery as Isaac watches helplessly from behind a window. [[LudicrousGibs The scene ends exactly as expected]].]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: You wind up killing [[spoiler: Tiedemann]] with his own Javelin Gun. Additionally, try catching the projectiles spat out by Pukers or Spitting Slashers and throwing it back at them-- it's a one-hit kill!
** It's also interesting to note that Isaac [[spoiler: fixes the Solar Array]] in Chapter 7 [[spoiler: only to have it used against him]] in Chapter 9.
* HolographicTerminal
* HomicideMachines: Many and varied, as mentioned in the NoOSHACompliance entry.
* HumanPopsicle: The frozen bodies of Unitologists and the stasis beds in the hospital. Isaac has also spent time in stasis.
* HumanResources: What the Necromorphs run on.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: ''Dead Space 2'' introduces a new weapon called the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Javelin Gun]] which pins anything straight to the nearest wall.
** [[spoiler: And it's disturbingly realistic in the end when Isaac ''uses it on himself''.]]
** The Kinesis Module is much stronger than before, and grabbing hold of any rod-like object or a Necromorph's claw allows you to easily hurl it straight through any Necromorph.
* ImplacableMan: The appendage-regenerating Necromorph makes a return appearance. This time, it looks much less like the Hunter and more like a true alien creature in its own right[[note]]its face somewhat resembles a miniature version of the Hive Mind from the first game. Perhaps it's a very, ''very'' early-stage new Hive Mind?[[/note]]. Worse? It's only barely glimpsed before you encounter it [[note]]when you cut the power to the Government Sector[[/note]], and drops through vents to follow you.
** It also looks like a Necromorph tribute to a [[Franchise/BioShock Big Daddy]], which doesn't help. At all.
* InfantImmortality: While you never see it happen, it's averted in that it's made completely unambiguous that certain Necromorph types are infested Infants, Children, and even Fetuses.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: The fully-upgraded Contact Beam. It even gets a damage bonus from the Riot Security Suit. The final boss battle can be completed in just a few shots, and alt fire is perfect for keeping away the swarming demon children.
** There is also the reward for beating [[HarderThanHard hardcore mode.]] It can kill any Necro in one hit, has infinite ammo [[spoiler:[[LethalJokeItem and just happens to be a red foam finger.]]]]
* InkSuitActor: Nicole's redesigned appearance (which even extends to the flashbacks to the first game) looks suspiciously similar to her new voice actress. Stross and Ellie look just like their voice actors, too. In the case of Ellie they made her hair longer and changed her eyes to blue.
** Isaac has also be slightly redesigned to resemble the likeness of Gunner Wright, his voice actor.
* InsaneEqualsViolent: Subverted with Isaac, who acts only out of self-defense on the necromorphs and to destroy the Marker. Played straight with [[spoiler: Stross]].
* InsurmountableWaistHighFence: {{Exaggerated}}. In addition to Isaac having managed to survive an entire game (to date) without ever learning to jump, there is one puzzle involving these laser beams that revolve around an axis. You're supposed to Stasis them and run from niche to niche while they're delayed... but the lowest one is waist-high, meaning that Isaac could easily have just crawled under them. That is, if he had ever learned to crawl.
* IronicNurseryRhyme: As if "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" wasn't unnerving enough for the original, the devs have given "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1ZS2se9g4M Ring Around The Rosie]]" the same treatment for ''Dead Space 2''.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: You [[spoiler: are forced to fight the memory of your dead girlfriend who is the psychopathic embodiment of a man-made 'ancient' alien artifact's will. Did we mention this all takes place in what might or might-not be your own psyche?]] ...Yeah.
* JetPack: Isaac gets this along with rocket boots in his armor. They only work in zero gravity.
* KillItWithFire: One of the most item-drop efficient ways to face off the Pack. The Pack all die in one hit, and swarm in numbers of up to a dozen at a time, but the game de-spawns enemy corpses if they are too numerous, and you won't have time to stomp on all of them to get all the items. Enemies that are killed by the flamethrower, however, automatically drop their item (because the lingering flames continue to damage their corpse).
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler: Franco, who is killed less than 30 seconds after waking Isaac up.]] Just to mess with you even more, the subtitle shows the full text of his speech, leaving you to suspect nothing as you read along.
* KindaBusyHere: Played straight during the first stalker encounter.
-->'''Daina''': "Isaac! I..."
-->'''Isaac''': "NOT NOW!!"
** And later:
---> '''Ellie''': Isaac, they're swarming all over the ship!\\
'''Isaac''': (fighting off half a dozen necromorphs) '''I KNOW!''' I'll call you later!
* KleptomaniacHero: Isaac once again takes anything he can find, even when a PA message makes it clear evacuation teams will shoot looters on sight. Of course, the government's already trying to kill him, so what's a few more stolen health packs, right?
* LaserGuidedKarma: Only seconds after performing a BatmanGambit, [[spoiler: Diana is gloriously gibbed by an [=EarthGov=] Gunship]].
* LateArrivalSpoiler: If you didn't play the first game, promotions for ''Dead Space 2'' often spoil [[spoiler:the fact that Nicole is dead. However, it rarely includes the fact she was dead by the start of the first game]].
** For ''Dead Space Extraction'', confirmation on upcoming DLC will feature [[spoiler: Gabe and Lexine, meaning they did survive the GaidenGame's ending. Tragically, this means Nathan may have been the Necromorph from the ending of that game. Cutting off his arm to escape after being stabbed in the arm didn't help]].
** Another LateArrivalSpoiler for anyone who played ''Dead Space Ignition'': [[spoiler: Franco (the nice guy who wakes up Isaac) is a Unitologist spy who's just very good at ''acting'' nice. No surprises, then, that the woman he's working for, Daina, is also a Unitologist with an agenda]].
* LandMineGoesClick: Or "vroo-oo-oo- BEEP!" in this case. There's also the Cysts, little necromorph land mines that spit out an explosive bouncing-betty-like thing; the cysts aren't always easy to see, but betray their location by the constant gurgling noise they make.
* LateToTheTragedy: Less so than in the original game, but enough that it makes no real difference.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: When Stross is hallucinating on the tram before [[spoiler: Tiedemann cuts the colony in half and you re-board the Ishimura]], he apparently sees an unidentified "he" -- presumably his murdered son -- and yells at this apparition to stop staring at him. From the camera angle, Stross seems to be staring right [[ParanoiaFuel out at the player]].
* LethalJokeItem: Your reward for beating the dreaded Hardcore Mode is the Handcannon, a ridiculous foam finger...that just happens to completely decimate whatever it "shoots".
-->[[spoiler: "Pull Right Trigger/R2 to go [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Bang Bang]], Press Right Bumper/R1 to go [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Pew Pew Pew]]."]]
* LimitedLoadout: Isaac can only equip 4 weapons at a time. The rest must be either kept within the safe (accessible from any of the Sprawl's store consoles) or sold to those stores to free up space.
* LostInTransmission: In the Unitology church. Doubles as ParanoiaFuel when [[spoiler:Daina warns Isaac about the crypt]].
* MadeOfIron: When Isaac is doing his [[spoiler:space flight back to the sprawl from the solar array]], he crashes into a glass roof on top of a building and fires his reverse thrusters for a few seconds before landing on his feet. By all rights the amount of force that he is using (which causes the metal to develop cracks where his feet land,) should have shattered his bones on impact, even maybe outright killing him when crashed through the glass. Then again, [[RuleOfCool it was awesome.]]
** Ellie survives everything that Isaac does, without the benefit of Isaac's suit of armor. She loses an eye, but it doesn't seem to slow her down.
* MadeOfPlasticine: Any corpse you come across can have its limbs cleanly removed through careful application of Isaac's boot, as if he [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation were wearing heavy metal skates]]. This even applies to corpses whom you talking with 15 seconds ago. FanWank assumes that Isaac activates his gravity boots as he stomps ForMassiveDamage.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: [[spoiler: Ellie's "You owe me an eye, you bastard!" And this was right after she smacked Stross with a length of pipe.]]
** [[spoiler: Isaac gets his left hand and ''torso'' punctured with two foot long javelin projectiles, and [[WalkItOff seconds later he seems to have forgotten this ever happened]] as he has a relaxed sit down during the FakeOutFadeOut then rocketing to salvation rather than messily bleeding out through his collapsed lung.]]
** [[spoiler:He also recovers from a [[EyeScream needle in the eye]] rather quickly, but maybe the game is simply accommodating the fact that Isaac can take ludicrous amounts of punishment and heal himself with simple med packs... but then again he is never seen medicating any of his CutScene injuries and his rig doesn't indicate an increase in well-being.]]
* TheManyDeathsOfYou: Just as varied as the original. There's all the PressXToNotDie sections, plus failure to hit the switch on blown-out decompression windows causes Isaac to be smushed messily by the pressure door when it automatically closes. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGbPlTnipCg See all of them here.]] (Warning:Contains spoilers... and {{Squick}})
* MindRape: [[spoiler:This is the FinalBoss' finishing move to Isaac.]]
* MindScrew: Since [[spoiler:Isaac's close proximity near the Red Marker during the last parts of the first ''Dead Space'']], his brain hasn't been in the right place. At several points in the game, Isaac must face hallucinations of [[spoiler:Nicole and come to terms with her death]].
** [[spoiler: After you use the needle machine, when you kill one Necromorph, it suddenly screams "NOOOOOOOO!" in a human voice.]]
* MonsterCloset: The necromorphs pop out of vents, floor tiles, the ceiling; outside of a few rare circumstances you never run across them in the open. After a while you can pick out exactly what parts of the wall the Necromorphs will pop out of. Not content with the vanilla version of this trope, the game will now happily spawn Necromorphs from thin air while your back is turned.
** All three games have vents. And ''2'' has several sequences where the player themselves must crawl through service tubes. You can tell where this is going.
** Skewered and fricassed in WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation's Review of ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', a modern adherent to the original version of the trope. The narrator notes that monsters pop out of identical air vents so often there's no surprise when they do, but that the air vent doesn't go anywhere, suggesting the poor beastie had to pry off the cover, put the cover back on once it was inside, and just take a nap. Since ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' is a SurvivalHorror game, knowing where the enemies are all but guaranteed to jump out from certainly removes a ton of suspense.
* MoodDissonance: [[spoiler: The game ends on a ContinuityNod joke instead of a JumpScare or BitterSweetEnding]]. You're unlikely to get this if you haven't seen the first ''Dead Space'' ending.
** Also embodied by the numerous upbeat posters/announcements/messages you come across, as well as by [=EarthGov=]'s ubiquituous catchphrase (''Good things are happening!'')
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: One part of the game [[spoiler:has Isaac needing to infiltrate an area cordoned off by the military and blocked by an energy barrier keeping the Necromorphs away. After Isaac disables the generator the barrier is swarmed by Necromorphs...who then move into the area that Isaac needs to get into. He also inadvertently triggers a Convergence event by letting them get to the Marker.]]
** Also, though he has no control over it, [[spoiler: Isaac was responsible for creating the Marker in the first place.]]
** If he had just [[spoiler:gotten on the ship with Ellie, hundreds of people might still be alive. Then again, thousands more might have died; it's hard to tell for sure.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain
** [[spoiler: When Daina betrays Isaac and is about to shove him into stasis, the [=EarthGov=] gunship that's been trying to kill Isaac inadvertently saves him by killing all the Unitologists present and giving him a chance to escape]].
** Immediately afterwards [[spoiler: he gets chased by a giant, rampaging Necromorph Tormentor. Isaac is quickly cornered, but the gunship shows up again and causes the two of them to get blown out into space -- hanging ''onto'' the gunship! Then the Tormentor knocks loose some of the gunship's fuel pods, which Isaac detonates. This blows up both of Isaac's problems and throws him back onto the station. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!]]
** At one point, Isaac unleashes hundreds of Necromorphs on 200+ military personnel. They slaughter enough of each other to make Isaac's journey to destroy the Marker EXTREMELY difficult instead of downright impossible.
* NoGearLevel: The very beginning of the game. In a straitjacket (thanks to Isaac being in a mental institution), and with an alarmingly low health bar. Have fun!
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: The game offers a clever example which spans both the single player and multiplayer campaigns. When playing as the Sprawl Security Forces in multi-player, the engineers can attempt a mission in which they send firing coordinates to the solar array. The fire mission being depicted is actually the one ordered by Tiedemann at the end of Chapter 9 of the single player campaign. If the engineers succeed in their mission, thus enabling [[spoiler: the energy beam attack which cuts the Sprawl in two]], one engineer can be heard to say "The Array is firing. He can't survive that," referring to protagonist Isaac Clarke at whom the attack is directed. Naturally, [[spoiler: Isaac survives.]]
* NoOSHACompliance: The Game: Part Two. {{Justified|Trope}} like the previous game: Isaac either climbs into places unfit for human passage or has to deal with damaged safety devices. All the more reason to show off those (no longer off-screen) engineering skills!
** Still plays it straight a few times though. Probably the worst example is the giant rotating laser grid room in the Government Sector, where literally the only way to reach the controls that shut them off is to ''outrun the incredibly lethal spinning laser arrays'' that entirely fill the circular room. That, or crawl under them, but then all the Necromorphs doing the same would get you.
** Also played straight with the breakable Expansion Planned windows. Who in their right mind would install windows that someone could break by accident when the other side '''is a vacuum'''? If a plastic pane used to cover a broken car window is lost, that's just some plastic. These break and there could be several deaths. For that matter, why does the metal shutter designed to seal hull breaches need to be manually activated to work immediately (instead of cutting you in half after a short period), and why is the activation switch placed in such a manner that it needs to be ''shot'' to trigger it?
* NoOntologicalInertia: Off-screen, but you find a log stating that all of the Necromorphs remaining on the Ishimura just ''melted'' after the Hive Mind and Red Marker were destroyed.
** But, their remains start to reanimate [[spoiler: in the presence of a marker signal.]]
* NothingIsScarier: [[spoiler: The first several minutes of the Ishimura is ''agonizing''.]]
* NoticeThis: This game isn't as blatant about it as the first one. Collectible objects do still glow, but not nearly as brightly. It is entirely possible to not notice some items without a close inspection. For a more subtle example, most of the rod-shaped items that you can pick up to shoot with kinesis have a tiny shine or glow on one end, similar to a fiber-optic cable.
* NostalgiaLevel: [[spoiler: You revisit the Ishimura to get the tram moving again, and come across locations from the original game, as well as experience flashbacks to the original infestation]]. The SanitySlippage pours a hefty helping of ParanoiaFuel onto the fire.
* NotUsingTheZWord: Of course, only Isaac knows the creature's proper names, so he's pretty much the only one to call them "Necromorphs." Everyone else calls them "those...things!"
* OldSaveBonus: If you have a ''Dead Space'' save, you get a free "refurbished" plasma cutter from the first game. If you have an ''Ignition'' save, you get the Hacker RIG suit.
* OneHitKill: You can be hit by several, mostly triggered by standing too close to dangerous objects like the Guardian and the DrillTank's cutting blades, but Isaac can dish them out as well -- the Contact Beam's primary fire will instantly de-limb anything human-sized or smaller, regardless of the difficulty level. Very useful against the fast, deadly, and tough-as-nails Elite necromorphs.
** The final boss has one. It also has a FlashStep. Frustration can ensue.
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: The Marker infects almost everyone with a special form of dementia. According to one log, if you're smart you get to learn the process required to make a Marker replica; if you're not, enjoy going stark raving mad whilst drawing incoherent nonsense everywhere before you kill yourself to make it stop... and if you're really unlucky, proceeding to be resurrected as a screeching beast rampaging against your friends.
* OnSecondThought: When Isaac is stopped by the lock-down, Diana yells at him for not hurrying. He then yells back that he doesn't need her help. She yells, "FINE! Let's see how long you can survive on your own," which happens to be punctuated by breaking vents and a crap-ton of slashers coming out of the wood work. Isaac then contacts her claiming he DOES need her help. Turns out, she just got busy finding him a new path while he was thinking it though.
* PaterFamilicide: Nolan Stross murdered his family after being [[MindRape mind raped]] by the Aegis VII Marker.
* PersonalSpaceInvader: Par for the course with the Necromorphs, but now there are more variants with ranged attacks to harry you at a distance.
* PetTheDog: Tiedemann orders the Sprawl to be evacuated against direct orders from his superiors in [=EarthGov=], and risks losing his career because he does not want everyone under his governance to be killed.
* ThePlan: [[spoiler: The Sprawl scientists wanted Gabe and Lexine to have a child so they can study the child for Marker immunity -- It's implied that these men are actually the Oracles that were hinted at in the main game and shown in Salvage.]]
* PlayingWithSyringes: In an odd twist, you are forced to do it to ''yourself'' at one point. Arguably the most squick-worthy moment of the entire game. [[EyeScream It's about 20 times worse if you fail.]]
* PreAsskickingOneLiner:
-->'''Isaac:''' [[spoiler:"Goddammit, I trusted you! Fuck you, '''''and fuck your Marker!'''''"]]
** Also counts as a PrecisionFStrike (and two of only three times the word is used in the game, not counting the ClusterFBomb above).
* PressXToNotDie: [[spoiler:Certain events require the player to fend off Isaac's SanitySlippage, or risk Isaac [[EyeScream suffering life-ending consequences]]]].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: YOU WILL ALL BE MADE ONE! '''MAKE! US! WHOLE!'''
* RearWindowWitness: The game grants you a front-row seat for several deliciously gruesome scenes, including [[spoiler: the first appearance of a Creeper where its interaction with a distraught nurse results in the room getting a nice red paint job, and -- later on -- Ellie's (failed) attempt to rid herself of the Stross problem]].
* {{Retcon}}: The Red Marker suppressing the Necromorphs by design has been retconned out, more or less; it was a byproduct of being on its pedestal, but ''Dead Space 2'' downright states the Markers are the true source of the problem. WordOfGod admits to this ContinuitySnarl.
** WordOfGod subsequently stated that [[spoiler: while the Marker affects Necromorphs, it doesn't cause them, and this will be elaborated on in the future.]]
* RespawningEnemies
** Some sections of the game have neigh-constant spawns intended to overwhelm Isaac unless you advance.
** And sometimes multiple waves respawn if [[NoFairCheating a player backtracks to a save point in order to trigger a checkpoint]].
* RewardingVandalism: Most of them are already smashed up, but you can find a couple of vending machines or [=ATMs=] that are in pristine condition. Busting them up may give you money or medpacks.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Returns with a vengeance in this game, ''especially'' in the Church of Unitology, who, being a corrupt cult, were already one foot in the crazy camp.
* RuleOfSymbolism: [[spoiler: The final boss battle may be a reference to [[Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist certain movie]] about a man driven to suicide by some demon kids, add haunting Nicole tempting Isaac into abandon all hope and you get some FridgeHorror bonus. Isaac is even pierced through his hand seconds earlier.]]
* RunningBothSides: [[spoiler: The Red Marker is responsible for the Necromorphs and guiding Isaac, making Isaac believe that Nicole is the product of his guilty subconscious and, siccing the Necromorphs on Isaac to reinforce the illusion, all to make him believe that he is destroying the Marker, when in fact he is helping it. Furthermore, a log reveals the Marker has been influencing the Unitologists to constantly make more Markers to spread its influence, by making them think Necromorphs are the next step in human evolution]].
* SanitySlippage: People have been exposed to the Marker (either another replica, or these are more survivors scrounged from the Ishimura) and a recurring problem with them is being haunted by symbols. One such subject deteriorates throughout the game as a foil to Isaac's more grounded state. Another subject bite an orderly and, since they use memory suppressants, he had to be told why his jaw was broken every time they had to wake him up.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: [[spoiler:The Handcannon: primary fire causes Isaac to say "Bang Bang", secondary causes him to say "Pew Pew"]].
* SceneryGorn: Titan Station is a beautiful place with lots of detailed environments, covered in blood and rubble and things on fire. The black-lit sections of hallway (to show biological matter [[spoiler:on the Ishimura's medical decks]]) are ''gorgeous''.
* SequelDifficultySpike: Isaac's abilities are slightly better than they were in the first game. This is to make up for the fact that everything else is a lot tougher, too. Enemies only drop items when they take postmortem damage instead of dropping them instantly, which means that the game despawning corpses after a particularly long battle actually robs you of needed supplies. This, coupled with enemies dropping less ammo on higher difficulties, means that no matter how well you hoard you'll always be a bit short on ammo and using kinesis a lot. Certain weapons were nerfed slightly and alongside the larger variety of enemies, old enemies have been given noticeable boosts in speed and strength.
* SequelEscalation: Actual play time may vary, but unlike in ''Dead Space'' there is virtually no backtracking, so there's a lot more new-content-per-time. [[spoiler:Apart from [[CutAndPasteEnvironments reusing maps from the first game on the Ishimura]]. A sneaky move on behalf of the game designers, seeing as reviewers can't point this out on without spoiling the plot. However, this is more of a deliberate NostalgiaLevel, and most of the areas have undergone changes (unsettling plastic sheeting everywhere, for starters)]].
* ShapeshifterBaggage: Present as always, and the close-up view of a Necromorph transformation only confirms the physical impossibility of the alterations they undergo. [[MST3KMantra And if that really bothers you, well...]]
* ShortRangeShotgun: The Force Gun is effectively this, mixed with a little MagikarpPower. Unupgraded, it mostly pushes enemies over unless you're at point-blank range. Upgraded, you can tear enemies completely apart in one hit, provided you're close enough. No matter the upgrade level, it's still murder on the pack (provided you don't get caught reloading, of course).
* ShoutOut
** ''{{System Shock}}2'' players will feel right at home in [[strike: the Von Braun]] The Sprawl.
** Also the Achievement/Trophy for surviving the first Stalker ambush is called "[[Franchise/JurassicPark Clever Girls]]".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOOy3EMiIoI Folding RIG helmets]] and Zero-G propulsion system built into boots are crying ComicBook/IronMan.
** A line gun-related Achievement/Trophy is called "[[Franchise/EvilDead My Boom Stick]]".
** Howard Phillips is almost certainly a ShoutOut to Creator/HPLovecraft.
*** The "Real Life Sci-Fi Writer" naming convention continues with a certain Mr. [[Creator/CharlesStross Stross]]...
**** And Mrs. [[UrsulaKLeGuin Le Guin]]. Same for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Langford Ellie Langford ]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_W._Tiedemann Hans Tiedemann]]
** Many song titles from the soundtrack are examples, like "[[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes It had to be]] [[IndianaJones Unitology]]" or "[[WarAndPeace War And Pieces]]."
** The name "The Sprawl" is an obvious shout out to Creator/WilliamGibson.
*** The ''O'Bannon'', the ship on which Stross was originally a crew member and which featured prominently in ''WesternAnimation/DeadSpaceAftermath'', is probably a reference to ''Film/{{Alien}}'' screenwriter Dan O'Bannon.
** [[http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/558649716539682044/29ADEC2503084064995268EC10F0C9D5D732E2F0/ This]] bit of graffiti outside the Church of Unitology may be a send-up of [[TheSlenderManMythos the Slender Man.]] That page's graphic is the very first Slender Man photoshop; note the way he's posed with the child.
** [[spoiler:The Inception horn sound blares when Nicole drags Isaac in the BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind.]]
** The triple-ringed gravity drive from Film/EventHorizon, the inspiration for the style and tone of the first game, makes an appearance.
* SpaceIsNoisy: Once again, averted; you hear nothing but sounds that travel through vibrations, such as your own weapons fire or large shocks striking the ground you're standing on. Even the music that plays for thrilling outer-space sequences is muted and understated.
* SpaceIsSlowMotion: Isaac's RIG thrusters in ''Dead Space 2'' are not terribly fast when navigating in interiors, but really, you wouldn't ''want'' to move fast in a zero-G environment because you'd be banging into the walls like crazy. When you use the dash button, you can go a good bit faster.
* SpringLoadedCorpse: Common enemies use this as a tactic, just as they did in the first game. However, the WarmupBoss also does this after you've "killed it". Made worse by the fact that it even drops an item beforehand, which is a common sign that an enemy is going to stay down.
* TheStinger: During the end credits [[spoiler:as Isaac sits on the ground, exhausted and defeated, his videoscreen activates]]:
-->'''[[spoiler:Ellie]]:''' You complete bastard! Was this your great plan? [[spoiler:Dump me off and die]]?\\
'''[[spoiler:Isaac]]:''' [[spoiler:I'm [[CallBack full of bad ideas]], remember]]?\\
'''[[spoiler:Ellie]]:''' Yeah, well here's another one. [[spoiler:I'm crashing through the roof to get you. Now move your ass]]!
** [[spoiler: After the real credits, there's a conversation [[SequelHook where we learn there are at least]] [[OhCrap 11 other man-made Markers]].]]
* SniperRifle: The Seeker Rifle, which does more damage when zoomed in. Make sure to target the enemy's limbs, of course, since headshots in this series are of limited effectiveness.
* SpaceStation: The Sprawl, a massive cityscape the game takes place in. It's formed from when they mined almost all of Titan until nothing was left but the space station they built around it.
* StopHelpingMe: In-universe example, Isaac invokes this when he claims he doesn't need Daina's help in the hospital after he misses her planned escape route... until he's attacked by a wave of Necromorph Slashers. [[OnSecondThought Isaac quickly changes his mind]]. This is true even if Isaac manages to thresh through them [[GameplayAndStorySegregation without any difficulty]], but that could be because he's trapped.
* StoppedClock: All clocks are permanently stopped at 12:00.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Isaac goes from a HeroicMime who had nothing more than VoiceGrunting and a FacePalm to express himself to a full on character this time, complete with {{ClusterFBomb}}s when the moment calls for it.
* SummonBiggerFish: [[spoiler:Isaac's method of clearing a path through the government facility's blockade.]]
* SurvivalHorror
* SuspiciousVideogameGenerosity: A big empty room with lots of ammo pickups is ''never'' good news...
** Neither is a room with a save station, a store, ''and'' a workbench. Slightly subverted by the gift shop in the Unitology Church which has them there because there are A LOT of [[DoorToBefore doors to before.]]
* SwissCheeseSecurity: Security checkpoints occasionally use R.I.G. scanners to limit access. They're unable to tell when an authorized R.I.G. is connected to a corpse, however.
* TakeMyHand: [[spoiler:TheStinger. Failure to do so is... unpleasant.]]
* TakeYourTime: At one point, Tiedemann is getting away, and Isaac has to employ some Gravity Tethers ([[spoiler:aboard the ''Ishimura'']]) to pin his escape vehicle in place. It is impossible to be too late to do this. (Partially justified in that said "escape vehicle" is ''a chunk of a moon'', and just how fast could such a thing go?)
* TearsOfBlood: [[spoiler:Isaac momentarily has these from his right eye after he '''drives a needle into it'''.]]
* TechnologyPorn: Whenever Isaac exchanges his RIG for another at one of the in-game stores, it's always accompanied by a short sequence of him flexing his arms, sections of the suit moving, and [[CollapsibleHelmet the helmet closing into place.]]
* TeleportSpam: [[spoiler:Nicole does this when you fight her, though she uses it offensively because letting her grab you [[PsychicAssistedSuicide doesn't end well]].]]
* TemptingFate: Done ''to'' you, but still unpleasant.
-->'''Ellie:''' At least you won't have to go through [[spoiler:the Medical Deck]].\\
'''Computer:''' Obstruction ahead. Stopping. Welcome to [[spoiler: the Medical Deck]].\\
'''Isaac:''' [[OhCrap Crap.]]
* ThatThingIsNotMyChild: Horrifically averted the first time you encounter the baby necromorphs.
* ThroatLight: A certain recurring hallucination has this.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: In the trailer with Music/TheSmashingPumpkins song, after seeing [[spoiler: Ellie talking to Isaac]], there is a cut to [[spoiler: a ship pulling away from a dock]], and if you look in the background, you can clearly see an [[spoiler:upset Ellie talking to someone. Then it cuts to Isaac standing in the same room wearing the same color suit as the person Ellie was talking to, and the ship gone. He then looks upset and slides down the wall.]] Granted, knowledge of the ending helps, but it's still not exactly subtle.
** Also done frequently in several trailers; EA frequently used the same clip of [[spoiler: Stross lunging at Isaac with an eye on a screwdriver,]] sort of hints that things don't go too well for them.
* TruthInTelevision: An audio log explains that more intelligent people are less affected by the Marker's dementia and instead can make out "instructions" from it. The affects of real-world dementia like Alzheimer's are lessened for people who perform mental exercises, such as puzzles, regularly. Isaac is an engineer frequently problem-solving and fixing VERY complex machinery, which may account for his resistance to the Marker's dementia and his ability to [[spoiler: defeat the Marker in a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind that leaves it effectively "brain dead".]]
* TurbineBlender: The only way to [[spoiler:permanently kill the regenerating Ubermorph is to force it into a giant fanblade.]] It's probably a glitch, and as such is [[SkippableBoss completely optional]] to those too busy running for their lives.
* VideogameCrueltyPotential: The Javelin Gun impales Necromorphs upon walls for its primary attack. Its secondary attack electrocutes the target, then '''explodes''' inside it. The Rivet Gun fires explosive bolts into the enemy, and its secondary fires rivets that ricochet wildly, damaging all nearby Necromorphs.
* VideogameFlamethrowersSuck: Most of the returning weapons in the game have completely identical stats compared to the original game. The flamethrower is the exception, as it has been rebalanced to address complaints that it was completely useless in the first game. It now does quadruple damage compared to the first game, making it more useful for bringing down Necromorphs. It still chews through ammo at an insane rate, though.
* WallSlump: Isaac, ''twice''. He's had a long, hard day.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: According to Tiedemann's logs, the only reason that he wanted to study the Marker was to get research grants for Titan Station and breathe some life into it. Also, he hoped to eventually use the Marker to bring about a new era of peace and prosperity for humankind, though that probably wouldn't have worked.
* WhamLine:
-->'''Isaac:''' [[spoiler:Daina... you're a Unitologist?]]
** Also:
--->'''[[spoiler:The Marker:]]''' Thank you, Isaac. [[spoiler:Now... ''[[MindRape time to die.]]'']]
** And then after the credits:
--->[[spoiler:...Marker Site 12 is a total loss.]]
* WhatHappenedToMommy: Early on you will encounter a young couple fleeing an apartment complex. The woman doesn't want to go, claiming that she "can't leave mother behind", but the man eventually drags her away. If you decide to make a detour and visit their apartment, you will find out what happened to mommy...
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse
** [[spoiler:After chasing Isaac around the final stage like a bloodhound, the regenerating Ubermorph just up and disappears when Isaac reaches Tiedemann]].
*** [[spoiler:There's a conveniently placed [[TurbineBlender fan blade]] just before the end that allows you to avert this trope if you make use of it, though this is a glitch and as such probably non-canon.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Tiedemann unleashes one of those at Isaac [[spoiler:after he cuts the power to the Goverment Sector compound. To be fair he had a damn good point as Isaac became guilty, by proxy, of murdering the only group of humans with any reasonable chance of surviving the Necromorph outbreak. Sadly, he didn't have much choice as he needed to destroy the Marker and those soldiers were in his way, and actively trying to kill him]].
* WithMyHandsTied: Isaac wakes up in a straitjacket, [[spoiler:and the only guy who could help him has just been necromorphed]]. So what does he do? [[TheDeterminator Headbutt said Necromorph and run away]]. He even manages to push an attacking slasher into [[NoOSHACompliance a high-pressure door]] and open doors without using his hands before finally getting out of his bonds.
* YouWillBeAssimilated: Possibly the true goal of the Markers, [[spoiler: if evil Hallucination Nicole's words are to be taken this way, where her BossBanter screams "YOU WILL '''ALL''' BE ONE! MAKE US WHOLE!" One log you find suggests that the compulsion to build more Markers, even for justified reasons such as technological study, is all some sort of long-term [[AncientAstronauts alien mental influence]]]].
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[[folder: ''Dead Space 2: Severed'' provides examples of:]]

* AdultFear: A husband searching for his pregnant wife in all this mess? Uh-oh.
* ContinuityNod: Gabe short-circuits a power cell that Isaac must replace, and Gabe later sees the corpse of Isaac's first BossFight.
* CutAndPasteEnvironments: Levels 1 and 11 from the original game are where Gabe travels through, but in the other direction. At first, you're there before Isaac, and then later you are there after he left.
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Gabe dies and his corpse is taken for research, and Lexine is now a fugitive.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: Gabe's teamate, Vic, betrays him and attempts to kill him. [[spoiler: He succeeds.]]
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]]: [[spoiler: After losing his leg, Gabe stays behind to open the hangar bay doors and allow Lexine and their unborn child to escape.]]
* [[JumpingOnAGrenade Thrown On A Grenade]]: [[spoiler: After a quick fight, Gabe manages to take Vic's grenade and throw him onto it. It doesn't help much.]]
* JustFollowingOrders: [[spoiler:Vic claims that he doesn't really want to kill Lexine, but that he is just doing his duty and following orders.]]
* [[spoiler: LastStand]]: [[spoiler: Gabe gets one of his legs blown off, and must hold off Necromorphs while shooting the safeties off an airlock, so his wife can escape.]]
* MeaningfulName: Severed refers to the series' main mechanic and [[spoiler: Gabe's leg being blown off from a grenade]].
* TheMenInBlack: [[spoiler: Or Dead Space's version being the Oracles, wearing all white garb and referring to Necrmorphs as their servants, along with possible psychic powers. They are the secretive arm of an authority possibly above [=EarthGov=] itself, with Lexine and Gabe Weller being (or at least were) unwittingly part of their Oracle program.]]
* OfficialCouple: Gabe and Lexine are married now. [[spoiler: He even got her pregnant]].
* PairTheSpares: [[spoiler: For ''VideoGame/DeadSpaceExtraction'', Lexine and Weller got married.]]
* RedShirt: [[spoiler: Colin Price, the last surviving member of Gabe's security team, is brutally killed by an infector minutes into the game and transformed into the game's first Twitcher. Somewhat justified as he was heavily wounded as seen by his RIG meter at the beginning.]]
* RedShirtArmy: All regular members of Gabe's and Victor's security teams barring Colin Price perished in the outbreak before the game even starts. [[spoiler: Colin Price meets the same fate some 5 minutes into the game.]]
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler:Gabe died defending Lexine, but she survived bearing their child.]]
* SuperSpeed: The Twitchers, Necromorph security guards which can move very fast, make their return after being absent in the main game.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Vic arms a grenade and attempts to blow up Gabe with it. [[DownerEnding He succeeds]].]]
* POVSequel
* ThePowerOfLove: Gabe shot his way though hundreds of Necromorphs and disobeyed direct orders to get to Lexine. [[spoiler:Even getting his leg blown off from a grenade still doesn't stop him from defending his wife until his last breath.]]
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened to Nathan?]]: The only other survivor from ''Extraction'' isn't seen, or even mentioned. WordOfGod states he [[spoiler: was the Necromorph that attacked Lexine at the end of ''Extraction''.]]
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