EA seems to be expanding their horizons by making themselves not just a Sports Sim company. Dead Space could be one developed game that shows that they mean business.
Take away the fact that this game is kind of a knock off of Bioshock. It's not a first person shooter and it takes place in space but the ideas of making your character grow, level up suits, weapons, etc... was made beautifully in Bioshock. Dead Space also made them wonderful as well.
If we look away from that and focus at the creative wonder of no 'nic-nacs' around the screen, using players back as a health meter and making yourself feel like a sci-fi movie, that is where they exile greatly.
From there, the story of this game might draw you closer and closer as it doesn't become a survival test for Isaac (the character you play in the game) but more for you.
The close quarters, flickering lights, noises, and even music will make your arm hair stand up with anticipation. This makes you take in the surrounding environment not to see how beautifully developed it was, but to make sure nothing surprises you on your way to completing the chapter.
There are back stories with audio and video files that you pick up and gander at while you kill or search around for items. These tapes of auido and visual data will help you uncover the mistery of this ship Ishimura and maybe lead you to Isaac's wife (the beginning of the gives the real reason why Isaac and the crew aboard his ship were going to this infected nest).
I advise you to take another look at this game if youplayed it and didn't enjoy it. I advise those who haven't played it to take a shot at this game. You might be surprised the second time around.