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Dead Space: Extraction (2009) is a shooting game where you only control the aiming, like a light gun game. It's a spin-off prequel from the main Dead Space series and follows survivors of a mining colony as it is overrun by deadly monsters.

Play involves killing alien enemies and solving spatial puzzles to keep you and your team safe. There are different interactive elements that use motion controls as well. Like the main game, the combat is gory and with a puzzle element as you use various weapons to sever the alien's limbs.

It stands out from other on-rails shooting games as Antony Johnston's script offers a strong story that sets the stage for the other games. This, along with an orchestral score, makes it surprisingly compelling as a narrative as well as a test of skill.

You play multiple characters as you navigate through the Aegis VII colony and the mining ship Ishimura from a first-person perspective. The story is split into ten chapters and told in real-time with cutscenes and voice work. At the end of each chapter, you are awarded a rating and can upgrade your abilities and weapons. As you progress you gain ten weapons each with alternative firing options. You can also use Stasis to slows objects for a short time, and Kinesis to pick up and throw or move objects.

Although older rated, it stands out because of the unusual combination of strong narrative and light-gun shooting challenge.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Dead Space: Extraction 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 21 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Shooting game with Narrative and Puzzle elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Both versions offer local cooperative mode. Players can join or leave at any point. You need a motion controller for each player. The Wii version supports the Wii Remote and Nunchuk in the Wii Zapper gun. The PlayStation 3 version lets you use either DualShock controller or PlayStation Move, it also adds a head-up display.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 18 for strong bloody violence and strong language.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong horror violence and coarse language.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.


You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/09/2009, updated in 2011

Out Now: PS3 and Wii

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Shooting (Narrative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: EA (@EA)

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