Dead Space: All Suits, Ranked By Coolness (2024)

Isaac Clarke is a video game protagonist with a lot of beloved characteristics. One thing he has that is less reflective of his personality, and more reflective of the world of Dead Space, is the drip. The suits the engineer wears have been iconic since 2008, and the remake brings them to the modern world.

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Many of the suits in the Dead Space remake are cosmetic changes that happen when you upgrade them. When you get the Deluxe Edition, you get multiple cosmetic suits. Some can be obtained when subscribed to EA Play, while others are exclusive to the subscription service. Here is everything you can obtain throughout your nightmarish journey in the Ishimura.

Updated December 12, 2023 by Quinton O'Connor: We figured it'd be cute to add our own 'verdicts' on each suit, so we went ahead and did just that. Hopefully, 'cuteness' translates to 'useful information'.

14 Lone Survivor - Deluxe Edition/EA Play Pro

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EA Play Pro subscribers and Deluxe Edition holders get the weirdest suit in the game, Lone Survivor. At first glance, it appears to be a leathery outfit with antlers. When your eyes adjust, you realize that those antlers are hands.

Whoever decorated the suit, presumably Isaac, took the body parts lying around the ship for a creative appearance. For those with a dark sense of fashion, you may find the strung-up fingers and hands for antlers to be cute. Others may avoid you at any parties.

VERDICT: The hands are a bit much...

13 Sanctified - Deluxe Edition/EA Play Pro

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The Church of Unitology is a group in the game's universe that worshiped the Marker, the relic that turned people into followers and led to the alien infection. If you see a Deluxe Edition owner or EA Play Pro subscriber wearing the Sanctified suit, they haven't converted. Er, unless they have.

The dark suit appears normal from afar. When you get a closer look, you see writing on it reminiscent of what you see throughout the game. Like the Infected suit seeing an alternate version of Isaac, we get a look at his appearance if he joined the religion.

VERDICT: Honestly, it doesn't stand out much in a crowd. Then again, we suppose that might be an M.O. when it comes to the Sanctified.

12 Anodized - EA Play Pro

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Of the pre-order bonuses, the Anodized suit is one of the few that is a PC exclusive for EA Play Pro subscribers. The suit can add to the immersion if you know about the process of anodizing, which protects metals from corrosion.

The texture darkens Isaac's suit, making for a realistic look at how metal is affected when anodized. Except for the yellow straps across parts of the suit, you get a gray coloring. While it won't hide you in the shadows from the Necromorphs, it does bring some extra ambiance as you dismember aliens.

VERDICT: It's a bit on the bland side, and as a PC exclusive, we can't help but shake our heads a bit, but it's not terrible.

11 Bloody - Deluxe Edition/EA Play Pro

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The Dead Space remake coats Isaac in blood and guts throughout its many gruesome scenes. Like many effects in games, the blood goes away for a clean suit. If you like things to feel grisly while you try to escape the Ishimura, then the Bloody suit is perfect for you.

The bloodied Intermediate Engineering RIG is obtained from purchasing the Deluxe Edition or being an EA Play Pro subscriber. It is one of two brutal-looking RIGs in the game, right next to the gory Infested Suit.

VERDICT: Not bad, though sometimes the result feels less like horror fuel and more akin to some fantasy setting's battered armor. We hope that makes sense...

10 Level One - Suit Upgrade

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You start the game fairly naked. Although Isaac is not in his birthday suit, the starter RIG at the beginning of Dead Space lacks the armor plating from the other upgrades. It highlights his initial vulnerability.

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The first suit holds 12 inventory slots, which lets you get through that opening as you pick up health supplies and ammo for the Plasma Cutter. Thankfully, you don't have too long to wait before an upgrade arrives for more inventory slots and upgrade paths when you reach a Bench.

VERDICT: It's the sort of 'ho-hum' design that just works, so we're not upset or anything. It's simply outclassed by what's to come.

9 Level Two - Suit Upgrade

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Parts of Isaac's body, like his right arm and chest, receive some protective plating by the end of Chapter One when you receive your first upgrade. Now, with a weapon in hand and some armor, you can feel more secure.

After spending the 10,000 credits, you receive some stat bonuses from the second-level suit. It grants five percent damage resistance and bumps your inventory to 18 slots. Now you can take more of a punch and grab more items to assist you on your adventure.

VERDICT: The stat upgrades can't be dismissed, though we're thinking more in terms of design than functionality for many of these rankings. In that regard, it's a modest step up from the initial suit.

8 Venture - Deluxe Edition/EA Play Pro

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The Venture suit in Dead Space is perfect when going to battle against Necromorphs. The Deluxe Edition and EA Play Pro exclusive gives an almost Spartan look from Halo to Isaac with a rounder helmet and plating that is fitting for a soldier fighting aliens across the galaxy.

The RIG has a blend of navy blue and white coloring. While it maintains the signature lights across the suit and helmet, it is one of the most distinguished suits that stands out from the rest of the options.

VERDICT: Arguably a bit on the bland side, but more than the sum of its parts. We wish they'd have cooled it with all these Deluxe/EA Play Pro exclusives, but...

7 Burnished - Impossible Mode Reward

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Of the few suits you can unlock by playing the game, the Burnished is rewarded if you dare to try the game's Impossible Mode.

It's named after a process of polishing by rubbing a material, and it adds a dark sheen on Isaac's suit. While it has nothing to do with the process of burnishing, the lights on the helmet are turned red, giving you a sinister appearance when roaming the dark halls of the mining ship.

VERDICT: We dig the red helmet lighting, and we think is is a pretty decent look. Maybe the first one on our list we'd choose over the default appearance.

6 DS-08 - Included For Everyone

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The remake tries to be faithful to the 2008 classic, but everything gets a tweak to feel and look modern. If you want that old-school aesthetic, then you have the DS-08 suit to satisfy you, which puts Isaac in the original RIG.

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As it's included for every player, you can look like the 2008 version whether you played it or not. The changes are in the bronze plating, giving it a reddish coloring. The helmet has thicker lights and less texture to its plating compared to the remake's revamped version of the engineer's suit.

VERDICT: That bronze is rad, but the whiteish dots across the surface feel a little odd in such higher resolution.

5 Level Three - Suit Upgrade

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The next suit upgrade takes some time, and searching, to obtain. In Chapter Four, you can find the schematic on a bench in the EVA Prep room. It will be more expensive than the last upgrade, but it will be worth the money spent for the stat bonuses it grants, like all other upgrades.

After spending 20,000 credits at the store, you will receive more damage resistance and inventory slots. The resistance hit ten percent, and the inventory will hold 22 items. Aesthetically, Isaac will see more bronze plating to cover his body and some additions to his helmet.

VERDICT: Still an incremental aesthetic improvement, but at least we're on an upward slope here.

4 Level Four - Suit Upgrade

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By the time you reach the fourth suit upgrade, the armor plating will be more uniform to give you a more secure feel in your RIG. All you need is to go to the downstairs workbench in the Equipment Workshop in Chapter 7.

It costs 35,000 credits at the store before stepping in for the additional plating. The damage resistance reaches 15 percent, and you can carry 26 items in your inventory. By this point, you will need that space to store weapons, ammo, and other supplies.

VERDICT: The knee guards, the bronze that edges closer to gold, it's all coming together now.

3 Level Five - Suit Upgrade

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Complete Isaac's armor set with the fifth suit upgrade in Dead Space. The maximized armor is found in Chapter 10 on a bench in the bathroom. If you have enough credits (60,000), then you will be all set for the Hive Mind boss battle.

The last stretch of the game will leave you with 20 percent damage resistance and 30 inventory slots. It gives plenty of freedom to load up on ammo and supplies to blast through the hordes of Necromorphs awaiting you and defeat the final boss.

VERDICT: It's pretty predictable at this point, we know, but each RIG upgrade in Dead Space adds just enough extra armor to look a little cooler than the last. We're glad they didn't go overboard here.

2 Infested - Deluxe Edition/EA Play Pro

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The Infested suit is a true gift to horror lovers. If you pre-ordered the Deluxe Edition or are an EA Play Pro subscriber, then you're able to see Isaac as an infected crew member. It takes the brutal nature of the Bloody suit to a whole other level.

Isaac is brutalized as pieces of him are missing, showing plenty of blood and gore. If you look closely between the bone and entrails, you can see parts that have gone from human to Necromorph. Too bad the aliens are not tricked into thinking you are one of them when wearing this suit.

VERDICT: Now this is some real nightmare fuel.

1 Level Six - New Game Plus

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Give Isaac an almost Punisher look with the sixth leveled suit, which is obtained by completing Dead Space and replaying it on New Game Plus. The black and white suit has an almost skeletal appearance that makes you look like the ultimate Necromorph killer.

The upgrades from the final suit upgrade are less drastic than the previous ones. You do not gain any new inventory slots, maxing you out on 30. You receive 30 percent of damage resistance, preparing you for any difficulty setting you select for your second playthrough. But the aesthetic value is a major upgrade, and the best of the best in Dead Space.

VERDICT: If you want full-blown gory horror, Infested is the way to go. You'll be horrified. But if you want your Necromorph foes to be the ones who are scared instead, the Level Six RIG is unrivaled.

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