Dead Space shows that our obsession with retreads isn’t nostalgia, it’s about filling a AAA void

It’s January 27, 2023, and this week’s hottest new releases include Dead Space and GoldenEye 007. Your cynicism might make you question why games are so obsessed with nostalgia. But these kinds of releases aren’t really about nostalgia—they’re about filling a void in the world of modern AAA games.

Dead Space is an exceptionally well-crafted remake of a beloved cult classic, yes, and while I enjoy the original game, fond memories aren’t why I’m so excited to dive into the new version. This is a single-player, story-driven game built to be completed in a few days rather than offering an endless stream of content.

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