New mod turns dead space into a spooky first-person horror game

The original Dead Space might not look as snazzy as the new remake released earlier this year, but thanks to a new fan-made mod you can play the original game in first-person perspective. Not only does it look scarier, it also looks really good.

The original Dead Space was first released in 2008 and was developed by Visceral Games and published by EA for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. It’s a terrifying third-person survival horror game heavily inspired by Resident Evil 4 and sci-fi movies like Event Horizon. Both the original Dead Space (and its flashy 2023 remake) rely on being able to see main character Issac Clarke’s back and body, as this is where your health and other HUD elements are placed. And having the camera back there lets you see more around you and protect you from ambushes lurking around corners.

So what if a mod eliminated all of that and turned the game into a first-person shooter, aka a first-person hoax? Would the horrors be scarier? Would health management be almost impossible? Would the experience be more difficult overall? Well, you don’t have to wonder anymore.

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First Person Mod is the simply-titled but superb-looking Dead Space mod created by Reverse Engineering Gamer that does exactly what it suggests: turns Dead Space into a first-person experience. The mod is available now and can be downloaded via Nexus Mods. However, keep in mind that this was designed for the original Dead Space, not the modern remake.

According to the mod creator, it only took about five days to create the “core” of the mod. However, it took “several months” and a lot of work to tweak and tune the mod to work as well as it does and actually make the game playable in first person. The original plan was not to create a first-person mod but to experiment to see what kind of camera mods could be implemented into the horror game. Kotaku reached out to the modder to find out what these other camera mods were.

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“This quickly grew into a first-person mod project,” explained Reverse Engineering Gamer.

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“Admittedly there were some frustrating times creating this mod, but overall I had a lot of fun creating this project. I hope you guys enjoy playing/using this mod as much as I enjoyed creating it.”

While the mod creator suggests that you “enjoy” your creation, I think most people will be too scared to enjoy it as they desperately shove health packs in their faces, unable to tell if they near death or not while being hunted by an unseen pack of undead villains. Have fun!