The gameplay is why I keep coming back, it's definitely never been scary. I never really had much hope for it as a narrative but the final acts of Dead Space 2 and Dead Space 3 always somehow seem to make up for crappily handled starting points. Maybe the writers for DS2/DS3 suck at writing begins? I know I've had similar issues.
I'm referring more to the overarching narrative, like how everything from chapters 1-7 are essentially everything we saw in Dead Space 1, just sped up and remixed in hopes that someone wouldn't notice. Whereas after we're done with Daina, Ellie and Stross become key figures and the entire narrative changes tone and focus. If they really wanted first a Unitologist angle then a fight for survival angle, I would have just taken Dead Space mobile, fleshed it out a bit, and make the game have two separate campaigns that, while both being shorter, could then allow for drastically different tones and focuses.
Thriller-Survival my fucking ass. I've played Dead Space 1 and 2 in the dark and wasn't even creeped out. They're generic cash cows that have decided to strip themselves of the "horror" elements that made them at least sonething different as far as blockbuster tripe from EA goes and simply turn into another generic 3PS with spess mareens in bulky armor fighting spidery aliens.
Fuck EA and anyone who's sewn to the company. They are a cancer killing the games industry with their unartistic, uncreative horseshit. Battlefield and Dead Space are like disco, blatant commercial whores selling themselves to stockholders an ignoring pleas from actual consumers, symptoms of the greater problem of corporate greed tainting the industry.
Basically, EA products taint the games industry as disco tainted the music industry, with stockholders demanding as much crap as possible while they can profit rather than better games. EA has created many of the negative trends in modern gaming. Games published by EA slaves feature abuse of quicktime events, generic, soulless soundtracks, boring gameplay, and pay-to-play multiplayer, all of which have spread throughout the industry.
I just hope shitheads like you will realize just how much EA is crippling the industry, and like me vow to never buy an EA product if he can help it. Do not fund their corrupt corporate empire.