Plenty of reasons to play again, and again.
If you were wondering what was in store for you when you finish playing Dead Space 3 for the first time, Executive Producer, Steve Papoutsis has four options for you.
If you finish Dead Space 3 and want to head back in for some more action you’ll be able to unlock four new options. You’ll have your standard New Game+, which allows you to start over with the gear you’ve accumulated during your first playthrough.
In addition to New Game+ you’ll be able to try your hand at Classic Mode which disables co-op play and crafting, in favor of the old blueprint system for building weapons. Pure Survival mode gets rid of the supplies that are placed around each environment and only lets you collect resources from killing enemies. Last, but not least, is Hardcore Mode which tasks you with finishing the game in one life.
Papoutsis explains the four hidden modes by saying “What else can you choose to do? How about play DS3 in 4 unlockable game modes! Each mode is on-disc, and becomes available when you beat the game once. There’s New Game+, which lets you start a new game with all your upgrades and arsenal intact. There’s Classic Mode, which is for the DS1 veterans out there. It’s single-player only, uses “classic” aiming, and there’s no crafting – all weapons have to be built from blueprints, a la the original game. Another mode is Pure Survival Mode. If you like survival horror and resource management, this is the mode for you. Enemies ONLY drop resources, and there’s no ammo, health, or weapon parts to be found. You’ll have to choose what to craft every time you see a bench. Upgrade? Med Pack? Plasma Core? Think fast – there’s a Waster right around the corner! Finally, we have the aptly-named Hardcore Mode. Choose this mode, and you only get one life to live for the entire campaign. Make sure to wear a clean pair of boxers when you play…”
I love when a game gives you a reason to play it for a second, or third, time. That is, of course, if it’s a good game which we’ll get to find out on February 6th, 2013.