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There are a lot of systems to keep track of in the Dead Space remake. The game is packed full of different ways for players to deal with the series’ iconic space zombies, the necromorphs, but in order to keep up with the many challenges the game throws at you, you’ll need to make sure that Isaac’s gear is up to snuff.
Upgrading gear in the Dead Space remake is done exactly how it was in the original game which means that veterans of the series should have no issue with understanding how it works. In order to upgrade your gear, you’ll need two things: at least one Power Node and a workbench. Here’s everything you need to know about upgrading your gear in the Dead Space remake.
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Power Nodes Explained
As you explore the USG Ishimura, you’ll eventually find Power Nodes hidden away on the ship. These function as Dead Space remake’s upgrade currency. Essentially, the more you have, the more upgrades you can purchase for Isaac’s gear. In order to use them, however, you’ll need to find a workbench. Workbenches can be found all over the Ishimura and usually pop up near save points and other safe areas.
Power Nodes are always found in small blue and yellow containers that hang on the walls. They’re easy to miss so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for them as you explore the depths of the planet cracker-class ship.
How to Upgrade Your Gear
Once you have at least one Power Node, head to a workbench. At the workbench, you’ll be able to choose from the different pieces of Isaac’s gear: his weapons and his suit. Weapon upgrades include things like increasing the damage output, reducing reload times, and increasing ammo capacity. Suit upgrades include things like increasing your overall HP, increasing the size of the area of effect for your stasis blasts, and increasing the damage of your kinesis module.
Choose the item you want to upgrade and you’ll be taken to a dot matrix that represents the upgrade path for your selected item. Purchase slots with your Power Nodes to upgrade your gear. Take note that you can reset your nodes, however, it costs a fee of credits, so it’s best to be careful about what you choose to upgrade.
It’s also worth pointing out that not every space in the upgrade path will improve your gear, however, “wasting” certain nodes is essential for fully upgrading pieces of gear.