The first Dead Space was a decidedly single-player affair that pitted players against the hordes of Necromorphs hiding in the shadows of space. When Dead Space 2 arrived on the scene, Visceral maintained the solo survival story, while also adding in a perfunctory multiplayer component to spice things up.
Despite the constant evolution of the series, much was made of the drastically different idea to insert cooperative play into Dead Space 3. At its heart, Dead Space 3 is the natural next stage in the growth of the franchise, which still keeps a keen focus on the solitary exploits of protagonist Isaac Clarke. Concerns raised that co-op might in any way diminish the quality or experience of Dead Space 3 were unfounded, and Visceral should be commended for how incredibly complete Dead Space 3 is from top to bottom.