From the craggy surface of Aegis VII to the relatively virgin hallways of the USG Ishimura, Dead Space: Extraction rarely fails to impress with its quality visuals. It wouldn't be a stretch to call it one of the best-looking titles on the Wii. The superb lighting effects of the original game don't quite make the transition, but you won't miss all the strobes and shadows quite as much as you'd think. The entire game may be scripted, but the animations are fantastic. You'll see genuine emotion on the faces of your fellow survivors, and as a result, you'll grow attached to them -- although you know you probably shouldn't. Each Necromorph form is brilliantly designed, repeat offenders aside. Taking them apart limb by limb is as gory and satisfying as it ever has been.
Creepy ambience and ethereal whisperings are staples of the survival-horror genre, and Dead Space: Extraction is chock full of both. That's not all that makes the game's sound design so exceptional. The soundtrack is standard Dead Space fare, which is definitely a good thing. Timpani glissandos lend tension to every empty corridor, and Necromorph attacks are punctuated by screeching strings and blatting horns. The borderline silence of each zero-gravity vacuum sequence is brilliant in and of itself. To top it off, the voice acting is fantastic across the board.