Achievement Preview Spotlight: Dead Space 3

By Jonathan Barnes, 3 years ago
Strap in, gamers, because we're hitting the heavy-flow of the post-January release schedule. Taking a quick glimpse at the projected release calendar, it looks like we're going to have quality releases every week from here until April. This may be bad news for your wallet, but it's great news for the Achievement Preview Spotlight.

This week, we're taking a look at the terror so nice, they had to make it thrice, Dead Space 3.


Gamers familiar with the franchise probably remember that most of the achievements in Dead Space and Dead Space 2 were not the hardest. That is if you discount Epic Tier 3 Engineer and Hard to the Core. Will Dead Space 3 include a back-breaker at the end to sink your completion quest? Read on to find out.

The first hurdle to consider are the secret achievements. Dead Space 3 has 16 of them which total up to just under a third of the total gamerscore. One can probably surmise that the majority of these are plot-based. One of them is a juicy 50-pointer that is probably the "bonus" for completing the narrative (this is in addition to the Get On My Level achievement for completing the game on any level).

Aside from the secret achievements, many of the pops are pretty rote: dismembering enemies, upgrading your RIG, and helping your co-op partner. Amongst the rest of the flotsam and jetsam, there are a few notable markers.

The first two achievements go hand-in-hand:

The Professor in Dead Space 3
Collect all Artifacts.

The Librarian in Dead Space 3
Collect all Logs.

Ah... collectibles. I love them. You love them. Your mother loves them. Your brother loves them. Scratch that, we typically tolerate them. Be prepared to do a run with a walkthrough open.

The next achievement is one that every fan of the series should expect.

There's Always Peng! in Dead Space 3
It's always there.

With a hefty 50g base score, you can expect this guy to be worth a nice bundle of points even if/when the ratio drops after a solution is posted.

Many gamers were a bit upset upon learning that Dead Space 3 would support microtransactions to gain resources for weapon crafting.

Associate Producer Yara Khoury was quoted as saying:

You can buy resources with real money, but scavenger bots can also give you the currency that you can use on the marketplace. So you don't have to spend real world dollars.
With that in mind, the next achievement may cost you a few MSP, or have you scrounging for scavenger bots.

Master Plan in Dead Space 3
Create a Blueprint that needs at least 2000 resources worth of parts and Circuits to build.

Without knowing how bearish or bullish the in-game economy is, this achievement could range the gambit on difficulty/rarity. Nevertheless, you should probably keep your eyes open on one of your runs to nail this guy down.

As the first game in the series to introduce co-op, you can expect a handful of achievements to need a buddy. The next one is probably going to be the most-rewarding one on a story level.

Ghosts of the Past in Dead Space 3
Face all of Carver’s demons by completing all Co-Op only optional missions.

If you've followed any of the game's preview coverage, you know that Carver (like Isaac) has his own mental demons and hangups. I would venture a guess that popping this achievement will give you a good sense of his psychosis.

The final achievement to attract the steely gaze of the spotlight is probably going to be your white whale.

Survivalist in Dead Space 3
Survivalist128 (40)
Complete the game in Pure Survival Mode.

You wanted a challenge, you got a challenge. While there is the possibility that Aren't You Thankful? (Complete the game on Hardcore Mode) or Epic Tier 4 Engineer (Complete the game in Classic Mode) might end up with a higher ratio, this "Pure Survival Mode" sounds ominous enough that I think we may have a ratio champ.

Aside from the three previously-mentioned titans, other achievements that might trend to the tasty side are: Gun Collector (Collect all Weapon Parts), The Armorer (Collect all Circuits), and And Then We Doubled It! (Dismember 1000 limbs from living enemies).

All-in-all, the list for Dead Space 3 looks like what you would expect out of Visceral Games, some good challenges, a few frustrations, and some serious incentives for replay.

Dead Space 3 is set for a February 5th release in North America and February 8th release in Europe. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the front page for our official review!

If there's an upcoming game that you'd like to see featured in the Achievement Preview Spotlight, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.