Originally Posted by ImSlightlyBored
The opening - shooting those mercs - was bad though. The other two games have such strong introductions, so it was a little disappointing.
I agree with this assessment. I also found the first chapter of Dead Space 3 to be more than a bit off-putting. After playing through it, I didn't bother picking the game up again for a week. It wasn't because I strongly disliked it, I was just very apathetic about it. Nothing in the first chapter particularly grabbed me. The abundance of cover-shooting mechanics turned me off. It didn't feel like Dead Space, and shooting humans inherently spoils the science fiction setting. There are tons of modern shooters where I can go to shoot people. I buy Dead Space games so that I can shoot cosmic monstrosities in sci-fi themed environments.
For the past two days, I have gotten back into playing Dead Space 3. For anyone who had a similar experience to mine, you can rest easy. After the first chapter, things quickly start accelerating in what I consider to be the correct direction. The sequences on the derelict ships above the planet were much more of what I look for in Dead Space. I loved the multitude of chances they give you to navigate and explore in zero gravity. I also loved that they threw in some optional missions/ships that you can tackle if you feel like it.
It had a rocky start compared to its predecessors, but I'm thinking that overall I'm going to approve of Dead Space 3.