Too be honest the Necromorths aren't scary they jus look like stupid humans with dumb sounds. I've never been scared by Dead Space but than agen it takes a lot to scare me as I've been heavily desensitized. It may ahve scared me bak when I wuz 10 but even with the lights out and complete darkness in my room with the exception of the TV I still got no scares outta this game. If anythin it's boring cause it's alwayz the same stupid enemies. They could at least put sum new more scarier creatures in DS2. The things that Ram you were kinda creepy mainly cause they just remind me of raptors lol.
DS1 scared the **** out of me, no joke. The combonation of flickering lights, the feeling of being alone, the audio (randomly disappearing, especially while in vacuum), and necromorphs jumping out at you when you turn the corner really did it for me. I mean, it really only works the first time you play it. The second time isn't so bad, you already know what's coming, you know what to expect. I really love this game, everything about it ( I also love that Issac was searching for his girlfriend, so sweet , just sucks that she was actually dead lol).
DS2 sucked.. was very action based, and it just wasn't scary at all while DS1 fit into the survival-horror genre.. and i really don't think that DS2 did at all, and like i said before.. it was not scary.
I haven't quite finished 2 yet but it made me jump once or twice. Other than that just kind of a creepy feeling here and there. Nearly ran out of ammo a couple of times and that "scared" me, not wanting to die.
The chapter in the Ishimura was real creepy to me. Especially at first when nothing was happening and I was just waiting for it. Also all the mess from the cleanup process, the biohazard signs, and the writing in blood that was only partially cleaned up. I'm glad they did that, and glad it was only 1 chapter, not OVERdone. The parts where Isaac had flashbacks of what happened in the 1st game didn't scare me but definitely fooled me. I was thinking "Again? Really?" But, not real.
The 1st one might've been scarier but I can't remember. I have played it so many times, it definitely isn't scary any more. Just fun as hell. They should have had random spawnings instead of EVERY enemy being scripted. That would retain any creepines/scaryness in additional playthroughs, a big part of the game. Loved both of them though.
Dead Space is an amazing horror game, my GF and her sister came to play it at my house, i dared them to play it at night with lights off and cranked up volume
But DANG, they screamed soo loud when those necromorph's pretend to be dead and just stand up and charge you xDD
They actually woke up my parents and the baby at home!
soo yeah, as you play it furthur you dont get scared, but for first timers,
Get your Rosary, Holy Bible, Holy Water, and the TV remote xDDDD
Like many I found the first game to be much more frightening then the second. It is likely to do with inexperience facing the necromorphs in the first game along with the derelict ship, the Ishimura, setting the perfect tone. Derelicts have become cliche but the people over at EA Redwood Studios (now Visceral) knew what they were doing. A big part of the scare factor for me was the sounds, as if one of the creatures were scuttling under the bulkheads around you. Dead Space 2 was also a good game and a worthy enough sequel but the addition of a voice for Issac did hurt the immersion somewhat. It is debatable but it seems to me that Issac Clarke's character in the story was enriched by having a voice (done superbly by Gunner Wright) but that sacrificed some of the immerssion for the player. I also did not think Visceral did as good a job with the background noise as in the first game but then again maybe it is because the Sprawl seemed less claustrophobic and "crowded" as the Ishimura.
Overall though it is important to remember that Dead Space is not Amnesia. It is not a purely "horror" game but more of an action oriented survival horror game. One with more emphasis paid to the former than the latter in comparison to, say, the first few Resident Evil titles (though that too had a lot of action).